Barret BlevinsBarret Blevins Joins Wellmont Medical Associates Physical Therapy, Practices In Abingdon Facility

Barret Blevins has joined Wellmont Medical Associates Physical Therapy, contributing to the comprehensive, high-quality care available from Wellmont Health System at Exit 19 off Interstate 81.

From postoperative rehabilitation to sports medicine, Blevins provides a range of physical therapy services in his practice, which is located at 24530 Falcon Place Blvd. Suite 203. He comes to the practice with several years of experience and extensive knowledge of the region, having been born at Bristol Memorial Hospital and raised in the Abingdon area.

This background and his familiarity with Wellmont and its reputation of improving patients' lives led him to choose Wellmont Medical Associates.

"I'm excited to join this practice," Blevins said. "I look forward to combining my skills, experience and hard work with the diligence and commitment of my patients to help them return to their regular activities and achieve the best quality of life possible."

The addition of physical therapy has expanded the breadth of services Wellmont conveniently provides patients in this Abingdon facility. Others include Wellmont Urgent Care, the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute and Wellmont Medical Associates Pulmonology & Sleep.

Another occupant of the building is the Wellmont Medical Associates family medicine practice of Drs. Alison Whitman and Kellie Blackwell and nurse practitioner Melissa Morenings. Dr. Whitman is a medical doctor, and Dr. Blackwell is an osteopathic physician

Reflecting on his career, Blevins said his interest in athletics led him to choose physical therapy.

"I remember as a kid watching baseball and football games and seeing players get injured," he said. "I was always interested in the process of their treatment so they could return to the field.

"In particular, I remember an incident where a football player suffered a suspected spinal cord injury and had to be carted off the field on a backboard. I wondered what was going to happen next with him. In conducting research, I learned physical therapists play an integral role in many injuries and medical procedures in getting people back to their previous condition."

With his career path settled, Blevins obtained a bachelor's degree in physical education from Emory & Henry College and a doctor of physical therapy degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. When he began treating patients, one of his many skills helped him considerably.

A friend's mother once noted one of Blevins' positive traits was his encouragement of others. He said that skill is important for physical therapists as they urge patients to work hard during rehabilitation.

"It's extremely important for me to understand my patients' goals with physical therapy," Blevins said. "I have learned not every injury or impairment is the same, so asking my patients about their ambitions with recovery is the most important part. I'm patient and even-keeled, and that helps my patients remain motivated during their therapy."

Blevins is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the National Athletic Training Association. He is also a volunteer athletic trainer for Washington County schools.

"We're pleased to have Barret enhance the diversity of compassionate health care we deliver in Abingdon," said Dr. Stephen Combs, chief executive medical officer of Wellmont Medical Associates. "He has exceptional skills that will benefit our patients with physical therapy needs and contribute to the continuum of care we offer in Southwest Virginia. He and our other caregivers are privileged to have the opportunity to serve them with their expert care."

Blevins is available for appointment by referral from a physician. More information is available by calling 276-619-6195 or visiting www.wellmont.org.