Dr. Robert Blackwood (Family Medical Doctor) received his medical degree and Board Certification in 1984. In the twenty-seven years since then he’s dedicated his life entirely to family and medicine.  As a father of ten children, with his wife, Catherine, he has a deep appreciation of the challenges families face; he understands how health issues affect relationships, and how to cope with them.  As a doctor, he has a comprehensive medical knowledge, and an uncommon breadth of medical skills, having worked in both rural and urban environments, and in Family Medicine, Emergency, and Obstetrics. Although Dr. Blackwood is known for his keen mind and extensive experience as a physician, he is most sought after for his compassionate manner and care for all of his patients.

Catherine Blackwood (Practice Administrator) brings to the FMC not only nearly thirty years of primary care management experience, but also—as the mother of ten children—invaluable expertise in family life and parenting. She has a deep appreciation of the challenges families face, and she understands how health issues affect relationships, and how to cope with them. Her compassionate ear and wise advice are widely sought by patients; she may be contacted directly (and confidentially) at, where she maintains a blog dedicated to motherhood and parenting.

Susie Rowley (Registered Nurse) has been a wonderful member of our team for the past eleven years. She now works with us on a part-time basis Susie is married to a physician with whom she has four children and with whom she traveled with the navy. 

BethBeth Sloan (Nurse) is a licensed practical nurse (Tennessee Technology Center in Morristown). In addition to being a nurse, she manages referrals. She also has a wealth of experience as a nursing assistant in a nursing home. Beth’s husband is in the military; in her leisure time she enjoys running.

VanessaVanessa Thomas (Billing Specialist) is our expert on all things pertaining to insurance and billing. She has been in the medical field for over five years, and is married with three children. For questions about insurance or billing you may call Vanessa directly at 757.523.5718.

Mr. Michael Blackwood (Office Manager) brings a wide range of managerial experience, both in the profit and non-profit sectors. He is a Founder of the Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir, and holds an honors degree in Spanish from The University of King’s College. Michael is a Certified Medical Office Manager through The Practice Management Institute.