Taking blood pressue

Taking blood pressue

Taking the pulse of an older patient

Taking the pulse of an older patient

Examining Pregnant Woman

Examining Pregnant Woman

First Aid for a broken arm

First Aid for a broken arm

Ear Exam

Ear Exam





Baby with Stethoscope

Baby with Stethoscope

About Us

Appalachian Family Care is currently accepting new patients.

Appalachian Family Care was established in 2006 with the goal of providing primary healthcare based on wellness protocols and sound all-natural interventions.


The personal attention you would expect from a small practice, with the screening and disease management you would expect from a large group.


At Appalachian Family Care, we offer a personalized and friendly atmosphere.  We tailor our care to accommodate each individual patient's needs. 

At Appalachian Family Care in Johnson City, Tennessee, we treat and diagnose a wide range of medical conditions for children (age 2 and older), adults, and geriatrics.  We provide our patients with a wide range of primary care medical services. 


Our list of treatment services includes:

  • Coughs

  • Colds

  • Flu

  • Ear Aches

  • Nausea and Vomiting

  • Rashes

  • Minor Sprains

  • Disease Management

  • Wellness Exams

  • Sports and School Physicals


In order to make our clinic as convenient and affordable as possible, we accept the vast majority of health insurance plans and even offer self-pay options for patients without insurance.  For more information, call us at 423.282.2516 .



Preventive Care


The law requires that insurance plans cover preventive care. The specific services covered were chosen by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent team of 16 scientists and medical experts. Based on its recommendations, insurers must cover basic preventive services for all adults, regardless of age, sex, plan cost or risk level.


Included but not limited to:

  • Alcohol misuse screening and counseling.

  • Blood pressure screening.

  • Depression screening.

  • Obesity screening and counseling.

  • Tobacco use screening and counseling.

  • Immunizations for adults and children as recommended by the CDC.​​

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm, one-time screening for men of specified ages who have ever smoked.
  • Aspirin use to prevent cardiovascular disease for men and women of certain ages.

  • Cholesterol screening for adults of certain ages or at high risk.

  • Colorectal cancer screening for adults over 50.

  • Diabetes (Type 2) screening for adults with high blood pressure.

  • Diet counseling for adults at high risk for chronic disease.

  • Hepatitis B screening for people at high risk.

  • Hepatitis C screening for adults at increased risk, and one time for everyone born between 1945 and 1965.

  • HIV screening for everyone 15 to 65, and other ages at increased risk.

  • Lung cancer screening for adults 55-80 at high risk because they’re heavy smokers or have quit in the past 15 years.


​​In addition to the preventive care guaranteed to all adults, additional screenings are covered for women. These include screenings for breast and cervical cancers and selected screenings for pregnant women. 


Similarly, screenings and immunizations are available for free for all kids so long as you use your insurer’s provider network.


To take advantage of our medical services, Please call 423.282.2516 with any questions or to schedule your visit. 

School, College,
Sports, Adult Physicals


We make it easy to get your participation physical for school activities, sports, or camp.

What You Should Bring:

If your school or organization requires a specific form for the physical, please bring it with you. Otherwise, we have a standard form suitable in most cases.

The Process:

Medical History

AFC will ask questions similar to the following:

  • Serious illnesses among other family members

  • Illnesses that you had when you were younger or may have now, such as asthma, diabetes, or epilepsy

  • Previous hospitalizations or surgeries

  • Allergies

  • Past injuries

  • Any medications that you are on

  • Does the athlete have asthma (wheezing), hay fever, or coughing spells after exercise?

  • Has the athlete ever stopped exercising because of dizziness or passed out during exercise?

  • Has the athlete ever suffered a heat-related illness (heat stroke)?


Physical Exam

During the physical part of the exam,  AFC will usually:

  • Record your height and weight

  • Take a blood pressure and pulse (heart rate and rhythm) reading

  • Test your vision

  • Check your heart, lungs, abdomen, ears, nose, and throat

  • Evaluate your posture, joints, strength, and flexibility


Why it’s important?

The exam helps determine whether it’s safe for you to participate in a particular activity. Most states actually require that kids and teens have a sports physical before they can start a new sport or begin a new competitive season.

To take advantage of our medical services, Please call 423.282.2516 with any questions or to schedule your visit. 

Immunizations & Vaccinations Recommendations
Appalachian Family Care adheres to the General Best Practice
Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
To take advantage of our medical services, Please call 423.282.2516 with any questions or to schedule your visit.
High Blood Pressure
Appalachian Family Care can provide tips on lifestyle strategies such as exercising and eating well that may help lower your blood pressure, as well as prescribe medicine if necessary. 
To take advantage of our medical services, Please call 423.282.2516 with any questions or to schedule your visit.
Curative Care 


Curative care may take many different forms, but all have the same goals.  Aggressive care is a form of curative care and represents a proactive approach to medical treatment.

This care aggressively aims to eliminate medical issues, rather than simply minimizing their impact.

A patient that is receiving aggressive care will typically receive medication, have access to technology, undergo surgery and take any other measures that could be considered effective approaches to treat an illness. In some cases, aggressive care may have significant side effects that are considered acceptable because there is a real possibility of a cure.


Examples of curative care include:

To take advantage of our medical services, Please call 423.282.2516 with any questions or to schedule your visit. 

Non-Emergency Care 


Medical services rendered to patients whose conditions do not meet IDPH’s definition of emergency, during transportation of such patients to health care facilities for the purpose of obtaining medical or health care services which are not emergency in nature, using a vehicle, regulated by IDPH.


We accept patients of all ages, making Appalachian Family Care the ideal destination for medical services for each member of your family.  Why go to the emergency room for a non-life-threatening condition? You won’t have to pay the pricey ER copay.  We also accept most insurances and even offer affordable self-pay options as well.  Appalachian Family Care offers treatment for the following conditions:


  • Colds, Coughs, and Flu

  • Cuts and Bruises

  • Earaches and Infections

  • Minor Fractures

  • Burns

  • Rashes and Animal Bites

  • Sprains and Strains

  • Diarrhea

  • Allergies and Asthma

  • Respiratory Infections

  • Nausea

  • Eye Injuries

  • Ingrown Toenails

  • Back Pain & Soreness

  • Skin Infections (Poison Ivy, Sunburns, etc…)

  • & More


To take advantage of our medical services, Please call 423.282.2516 with any questions or to schedule your visit. 

Full Laboratory Services
Diagnosis and treatment of many health conditions often involve tests or procedures that require special services.
AFC provides diagnostic and monitoring tests for a wide range of disciplines including: 


  • Routine blood work

  • Blood counts

  • Metabolic panels

  • Cholesterol

  • Thyroid function

  • Vitamin D & B12 levels

  • Testosterone

  • Hepatitis panels

  • HIV Test

  • STD testing

  • Urinalysis & culture

  • Pregnancy testing

  • TB skin test

  • Additional lab services available

To take advantage of our medical services, Please call 423.282.2516 with any questions or to schedule your visit.

Minor Emergencies 
AFC provides care for minor medical emergencies
that require immediate attention including:
  • Lacerations

  • Sprains

  • Fractures

  • Wound Care

  • Sutures

  • X-Ray Orders

  • Sprains & Strains

  • Migraines

  • Kidney Stones

In cases where an outside specialist is needed, we can provide a complete list of referrals to qualified physicians.

To take advantage of our medical services, Please call 423.282.2516 with any questions or to schedule your visit.

AFC will help patients identify if they are at risk for diabetes based on family history and other factors.
To take advantage of our medical services, Please call 423.282.2516 with any questions or to schedule your visit.

Meet Our Team

William Clever


Thatcher Card


Amanda Cardin



Certified Medical Assistant


Mary Ellen Clever

Office Manager



Medical Assistant 






Appointment Scheduling 



About the coronavirus:

* It is similar to the flu.  Symptoms include fever, chills, sore throat, body aches, cough.

* It is transmitted like the flu through cough and contact.

* Like the flu, the majority of people who contract the coronavirus will recover within 2 weeks.

* If you have chronic health problems such as asthma, COPD, CHF, or other serious chronic health problems, you would be at an increased risk for pneumonia caused by coronavirus.

* Patients age 65 and older seem to be at an increased risk of pneumonia caused by coronavirus.

* Babies and small children seem to recover better from coronavirus than adults and have a much lower risk of complications such as pneumonia.

*According to the most recent reports, it can be transmitted BEFORE the patient shows symptoms and many patients do not realize they have been infected.

* Tests for the coronavirus are currently limited and we are not able to screen patients in our office.

How to protect yourself and others:

  • Wash your hands frequently and for at least 30 seconds, with soapy water, multiple times throughout the day.  Good hand washing is your best defense against coronavirus.

  • Alcohol based hand sanitizers work well to prevent infection between hand washings.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with your hands.

  • Clean hard surfaces at home, work, car, etc with Lysol or a 1 part bleach to 6 parts water solution daily.

  • Masks won’t necessarily protect you from getting the virus and should be reserved for patients who are known to have the coronavirus and for healthcare workers. 

  • Cover your cough with the inside of your elbow.

  • If you develop flu like symptoms, and you are otherwise healthy, STAY AT HOME FOR 2 WEEKS AND ISOLATE YOURSELF FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE AT GREATER RISK OF COMPLICATIONS.

  • If you develop flu like symptoms and are experiencing difficulty breathing, seek care from the emergency department.

  • Avoid unnecessary travel and large gatherings of people until approximately Memorial Day

  • Use common sense and be alert just like you would for a local flu outbreak.

  • Pay attention to any advisories from the CDC, State of Tennessee Department of Health, and your County Health Department.  We have included links to these and other helpful sites.

What we can do for you:

•      If you develop flu like symptoms, call our office and let us know.  We will assess your risks and try to treat your symptoms WITHOUT bringing you into the office if possible.

Use our e-mail to contact our office if the phones are busy  familycarenursing@outlook.com

  • If necessary, we can send in medication such as steroids, albuterol nebulizers, Ibuprofen, cough medications, etc. to help you with the symptoms and to help improve your breathing.

  •  If you develop symptoms and need to stay at home to self-quarantine for two weeks, we can provide you with a work excuse.

  • If necessary, we will refill your non controlled medications without an office visit.

  • We will update our website and social media with additional information on the coronavirus on a weekly basis every Friday, and more often if necessary.

  • We will continue to use antiviral disinfectants in the office and exam rooms, but with much greater frequency through the day.  This could cause some patients minor irritation of the eyes, or cause difficulty breathing.  If you are having a hard time tolerating the presence of disinfectant, let our staff know.

As always, we will do our best to serve you and your families.  We are hopeful that the coronavirus will have less impact than the normal flu virus has in our region.  If we are fortunate, the coronavirus will be a minor event compared to the regular flu season and it will be limited to regional “hot spots” through containment efforts. 

However, there is no vaccine currently available for this virus, and it may take up to a year or more to have a vaccine available to the general public.  We don’t know if the virus will fade away as the weather warms up, and even if it does fizzle out by Memorial Day or sooner, it could still come back in the Fall. 

We expect that there will continue to be more cases confirmed in multiple locations around the country as testing becomes more available in the coming weeks. 

We will be sending out a postcard to our more vulnerable patients advising them that they may be at a higher risk of complications from the coronavirus, and steps that they can take to protect themselves.

We are here to serve our patients and we take that responsibility to heart.  Each of you is precious to us and we want to keep you healthy and pursuing happiness throughout your life.  While it’s certainly true that the coronavirus has the potential to be a significant public health issue, it is important to remember that you have some control over your own health.  Use the same basic prevention practices you would for the flu, and you can help yourself and your family stay healthier.


William Clever, FNP 

Amanda Cardin, FNP                                           

Thatcher Card, FNP



1009 Lark Street Suite 1A

Johnson City, Tennessee 37604

Tel: 423-282-2516

Fax: 888-264-2167


Monday – Thursday  7:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Friday    8:00 AM – 12:00 PM


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