Amanda Blaylock joined the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System team in November 2016. She received her bachelor’s degree in Health Education and Behavior from the University of Florida in 2011. She went on to complete her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies at Bethel University in McKenzie, TN in 2015. Before moving to Boone, the Georgia native worked for an urgent care in Austin, TX. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, watching football and going to the gym.
David Brendle, DO, joined Appalachian Regional Healthcare System in April 2017. Dr. Brendle completed his undergraduate degree in Business Administration at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and his master’s degree in Exercise Science at Appalachian State University. Before attending medical school, he worked at the Geriatric Research and Education Clinical Center (GRECC) in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pennsylvania and completed his family medicine residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC.
Dr. Brendle was drawn to Osteopathic Medicine because of its holistic approach to treating the patient. Before moving to the High Country, he practiced family medicine in Lenoir, NC. When not at work, Dr. Brendle enjoys spending time with his wife (also a medical doctor), running, cycling and rock climbing.
Karen Criminger graduated from Caldwell Community College in 1980 as a Registered Nurse. She then earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She was certified as a family nurse practitioner in 1988. Karen has experience in critical care, home health, family medicine and hospice care and is excited to use her experience to care for patients through Appalachian Regional Internal Medicine Specialists.
Karen has lived in Watauga County for 30 years. She is married and has two daughters and two grandchildren. She loves to knit, bake and hike, but her favorite activity is tea parties with her granddaughter. Participating in mission work through her church is also very important to Karen. She travels to Haiti several times each year.
James Logan, MD, specializes in diagnosing, treating and medically managing patients with rheumatic diseases and osteoporosis. Dr. Logan received his medical degree at Louisiana State University School of Medicine. He completed an Internal Medicine internship and residency at the University of Arkansas and a Rheumatology fellowship at Tufts Medical Center.
Dr. Logan joins ARHS with 22 years of experience, most recently as a member of the medical staff at Mercy Hospital Hot Springs located in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Dr. Logan shared that he is “thrilled to be in the High Country and looks forward to partnering with his patients and area physicians to make life better.”
Richard Smith, MD joined Appalachian Regional Internal Medicine Specialists on July 1, 2016. He is board certified in Internal Medicine (ABIM) and has more than 30 years of experience in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.
Dr. Smith completed his undergraduate degree at Bucknell University, PA, and his medical school training at Northwestern University Medicine School in Chicago, IL. He went on to complete his Internal Medicine Residency at USAF Medical Center Keesler, Keesler Air Force Base, MS. Shortly thereafter, he became the Chief of Medical Residents at Keesler Medical Center. From there, Dr. Smith served as the Chief of Internal Medicine at USAF Academy Hospital, CO.
Prior to moving to the High Country, Dr. Smith spent the last 23 years practicing internal medicine in Nashville, TN. His special interests include diabetes management, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, thyroid disease and cholesterol management. When not at work, Dr. Smith enjoys spending time with his wife and playing the guitar.