Our Care Providers


Dr. James T. Potter, Jr., M.D.

Pediatrics & Allergist

Dr. Potter is a Board Certified Pediatrician in the Commonwealth of Virginia and has been in practice since 2000. Dr. Potter completed undergraduate studies at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) and Milligan College where he obtained a B.S. in Biological Sciences. Dr. Potter went on to receive his Doctorate of Medicine from the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at ETSU.

Dr. Potter has worked in many facets of medicine during his career. Some of his experiences include working in the Emergency Department of Johnston Memorial Hospital, serving as Chief of Medical Staff and Chief of Pediatrics at Norton Community Hospital, and founding and operating the Appalachian Allergy Clinic in Norton, Virginia. Dr. Potter has suffered from allergies and asthma his entire life and finds great satisfaction in helping sufferers.

Additionally, Dr. Potter has a special interest in the treatment of child abuse and neglect. He serves as a member of the Wise County, Virginia Multidisciplinary Team which is made up of medical personnel, child protective services, the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, local law enforcement agencies, and Foster Care Services. The team reviews all physical and sexual abuse cases involving children.

Dr. Potter has hospital privileges at Mountain View Regional Medical Center and Norton Community Hospital.


Dr. James Campbell, D.O.

Internal Medicine & Pediatrics

Dr. James Campbell graduated in 1995 from the prestigious University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, and received a B.A. in Chemistry. He received his medical training at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, West Virginia, graduating in 2002 with honors. Dr. Campbell went on to complete an Internal Medicine - Pediatric Tract Residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Campbell is licensed to practice by the Virginia Board of Medicine and is also a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics.


Dr. Sheppard was chosen as Wise County's Best of the Best Physician in 2010 by readers of The Coalfield Progress.

Dr. Ronald David Sheppard, D.O.

Internal Medicine

Dr. Sheppard is a West Virginia native and completed a large majority of his education in his home state. Dr. Sheppard attended the University of Charleston from 1993-1995 before transferring to Marshall University where he obtained his B.S. in Biology in 1997 with honors.

He went on to complete his medical education at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) in Lewisburg, WV and received his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine degree in 2001. Dr. Sheppard completed his Internal Medicine residency at Norton Community Hospital in 2004, where he was Chief Resident, and has worked in Wise County since.

In addition to practicing medicine, Dr. Sheppard is an educator at Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine. He holds Board Certification in Internal Medicine and practices General Internal Medicine. Dr. Sheppard is a member of the American Osteopathic Association as well as the American College of Osteopathic Internists.


Dr. Samuel P. Deel, D.O.

Internal Medicine & Pediatrics

Dr. Deel is a native of Southwest Virginia and completed his undergraduate and medical education in the State of Virginia. Dr. Deel graduated among the top of his class in 2003 at Radford University and went on to complete his osteopathic medical education at the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) in Blacksburg.

He graduated at VCOM with Alpha Omega Alpha honors in the top 10% of the class. During his time at VCOM he received many awards including the Outstanding Medical Student in Pediatrics and OB/GYN Awards and induction into the Sigma Sigma Phi Honor Society.

Dr. Deel went on to complete a joint residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. At Appalachian Healthcare Associates, Dr. Deel provides both Pediatric and Internal Medicine services to patients in our Norton office.


Stacey B. Gipe, PA-C

Family Medicine & Women's Health

Stacey completed her Bachelor's of Science Degree at Wake Forest University in 1988 and continued on to complete her Physician Assistant Training at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University in 1990. Stacey has worked in a variety of settings as a Physician's Assistant and has been practicing in Southwest Virginia since 1994.

Stacey is certified by the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants and licensed by the Virginia Board of Medicine. She practices alongside Dr. Campbell at Appalachian Healthcare Associates.


Nick Sluss, P.A.

Family Medicine & Pediatrics

Nick completed the vast majority of his academic training at Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, Virginia, including his B.S. to become a Physician's Assistant. Nick received an additional two years of training via Stanford University on Chronic Disease Self Management.

Nick is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants as well as the Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants. Nick's personal interests include fishing, boating, hiking, participating in choir and serving as the Sunday School teacher for teens at his church.