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Elk River Medical Associates

A part of Appalachian Regional Medical Associates

Call  (828) 898-5177 for same-day care

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Phone: (828) 898-5177
Fax: (828) 898-8306
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Our Office

Mon -Fri, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
150 Park Avenue
Banner Elk, NC 28604

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Convenient primary care and same-day appointments for your urgent care needs!

Telehealth is now available. You may be able to visit with your healthcare provider from the safety of your own home! Call (828) 898-5177 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

Primary Care and Internal Medicine: Elk River Medical Associates has been an integral part of Avery County medical community since opening in Banner Elk in 1990. Dr. David Kimmel and Dr. Alfred Earwood specialize in Internal and Primary Care Medicine.

Same-Day Clinic: Life is busy and your time is valuable. Elk River Medical Associates Same-Day Clinic now provides treatment for minor illnesses and injuries by appointment. The Same-Day Clinic is a convenient option for acute medical issues for which you would normally go to urgent care in Banner Elk, such as colds, flu, sore throat, sinus pain, ear pain, allergies, bug bites/stings and minor injuries for patients ages 13 and up. Give us a call to reserve a time that fits your busy schedule.

Patients may contact The Practice Manager at (828) 898-5177 with questions, concerns, complaints or compliments regarding Elk River Medical Clinic.

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Our Services

Cold & flu

Complete Physical Exams


Family Medicine



Medicare Annual Wellness Visit

Preventative Care

Primary Care

Primary Care

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Chronic Illness
  • Cold & flu
  • Complete Physical Exams
  • Dermatology
  • Diabetes
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Geriatrics
  • Medicare Annual Wellness Visit
  • Osteoporosis
  • Preventive Care
  • Primary Care
  • Well-Woman Exam

Same-Day Clinic 

  • Allergies
  • Cold or flu symptoms
  • Cold sores
  • Cuts or minor burns
  • Ear ache
  • Fever
  • Foreign Body in the Eye
  • Immunizations
  • Infections: Bladder, ear, eye and sinus
  • Insect and tick bites
  • Strep throat
  • Pain: Back or muscle
  • Skin conditions
  • Sprains or joint pain
  • STD testing
  • Upper respiratory infection or bronchitis
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
Conditions and Services NOT appropriate for same-day or walk-in

Call 911 or go to the Emergency Department for:

  • Anaphylaxis
  • Altered mental status or confusion
  • Bleeding – heavy or abnormal
  • Choking or foreign body lodged in throat
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath (unless URI related, asthma or COPD exacerbation)
  • Chemical burns
  • Chest pain or chest pressure
  • Fainting or blacking out
  • Headache – severe
  • Nosebleed – active
  • Motor vehicle accident injuries
  • Seizures
  • Paralysis or weakness
  • Vomiting or coughing up blood


Schedule a Primary Care appointment for: 

  • Catheter follow up
  • Depression/anxiety
  • Headache – mild
  • Hospital/ER follow up
  • Kidney Stones
  • Medication refills
The office staff responded immediately upon calling and explaining my health situation, and scheduled me right away. They were courteous, professional and helpful. Dr. Earwood is one of those top 5% doctors who excels in all areas regarding patient treatment! Not only is he incredibly skilled and knowledgeable regarding health issues, but is familiar with his patients’ records, listens to them, and offers wonderful advice regarding their concerns. He takes his time with each patient, which is a rarity these days! He truly is an excellent physician!

Nurse Dottie is just as dedicated as Dr. Kimmel. In fact all the staff at Elk River Medical Associates treats their patients with respect, care and are concerned about us.

Dr. Kimmel explains everything and does not make me feel uneasy about anything. I know I am in good hands with him.

Excellent experience as usual. He has been our family doctor for at least 30 years. There were no delays and the clinic’s concern for our privacy is great. They are always careful about cleanliness.

Health Navigation

If you are a patient of one of the Appalachian Regional Medical Associates practices, and are being discharged from Watauga Medical Center or Cannon Memorial Hospital, you may receive a call from the Health Navigation Team to assist you in getting follow up care with your primary care provider. Read More: Health Navigation

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