Dr. Kristen YostDr. Kristen Yost Joins Wellmont Medical Associates, Is Passionate About Helping Patients Improve Health

Dr. Kristen Yost has joined Wellmont Medical Associates as an internal medicine physician, bringing with her a dedication to improve patients’ lives.

Dr. Yost will provide high-quality, compassionate care at Suite 200E in Bristol Regional Medical Center. She will care for adults with all types of general medical needs.

Most recently, Dr. Yost practiced in Eastern Kentucky, where she saw first hand the prevalence of people with diabetes who were insulin-dependent. She said Tennessee has similar characteristics.

“I really like focusing on how to use insulin appropriately and how to integrate diet, weight loss and medicines to treat diabetes,” Dr. Yost said. “It is rewarding to see my patients meet their goals with their blood sugar and prevent lifelong illnesses, including diabetic neuropathy and renal failure.”

Dr. Yost considers herself a cheerleader for her patients by encouraging them to take necessary steps to stay healthy or improve their health. She advocates preventive measures, such as colonoscopies and mammograms.

“I’m very caring with my patients,” she said. “I treat them like they’re my own family. When they miss the mark – as all of them will at some point – I’m there to say, ‘Get up, try again and keep on going.’ And I cheer them on when they do well.”

Dr. Yost comes to Wellmont Medical Associates from Mountain Comprehensive Health Corp. in Whitesburg, Ky., where she practiced for three years and was affiliated with Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. She graduated from the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine and then completed her internship and residency.

Dr. Stephen Combs, chief executive medical officer of Wellmont Medical Associates, said he is excited Dr. Yost is bringing her skill set to Bristol.

“We’re looking forward to Dr. Yost’s contributions to our region,” he said. “Her focus on her patients and desire to see them succeed will provide support that is crucial to their success. She is deeply committed to her profession and will be an asset for Wellmont Medical Associates as we continue developing care models to meet the needs of healthcare reform.”

The apple didn’t fall far from the tree when Dr. Yost was deciding her career path.

“The reason I wanted to become a physician is because my grandfather is a lab director,” she said. “When I was a little girl, I would always go to the lab with him and I would look through the microscope. I saw all the doctors in the clinic, and I really admired them and what they did for their patients. As I got older, I decided I wanted to become a doctor like him.”

Dr. Yost said she chose to become part of Wellmont Health System because of the care it shows patients, physicians and co-workers. She said she was also impressed with her innovative partners in the Bristol office – Drs. Jonathan Dixon, Fred Greear, Steven Hanor, David Thompson and John Williams and nurse practitioner Priscilla Lowe.

“I just really felt at home with Wellmont, so that’s why I decided to join Wellmont Medical Associates,” Dr. Yost said.

The practice, originally named Bristol Medical Associates, was recently renamed Wellmont Medical Associates to reflect an enhanced relationship between Wellmont Health System and integrated physicians. Created earlier this year, Wellmont Medical Associates is a physician-led, professionally managed organization that enables physicians to set the direction for patient care.

Dr. Yost is board-certified in internal medicine. She is a member of the American Osteopathic Association and Beta Sigma Phi, an international women’s social, cultural and service organization.

To schedule an appointment, please call 423-844-5100. For more information, please visit www.wellmont.org.