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Elk River Medical Associates

A practice of Appalachian Regional Medical Associates

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

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Phone: (828) 898-5177
Fax: (828) 898-8306
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Family and Internal Medicine and same-day appointments for your urgent care needs in Banner Elk!

Family 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.

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Primary Care & Internal Medicine

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  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Birth Control/Sexual Health
  • Chronic Illness
  • Dermatology
  • Diabetes
  • Geriatrics
  • Medicare Annual Wellness Visit
  • Preventive Care
  • Primary Care

Women’s Health

Women's Services
  • Birth Control/Sexual Health
  • Osteoporosis
  • Well-Woman Exam

Same-Day Appointments

Patient with Flu
  • Allergies
  • Cold or flu symptoms
  • Cuts or minor burns
  • Earache
  • Insect and tick bites, head lice
  • Immunizations
  • Infections: Bladder, ear, eye, sinus, urinary tract
  • Pain: Back or muscle
  • Skin conditions/rash
  • Sprains or joint pain
  • Vomiting and diarrhea

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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