Meet Our Providers

Michael T. Hood, M.D.

hood.jpgDr. Michael Hood graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Memphis. Dr. Hood completed his internship and residency in Family Practice at East Tennessee State University – James H. Quillen College of Medicine in Bristol. He is Board Certified in Family Practice and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Hood practiced emergency medicine for 30 years, and he was an assistant clinical professor at two medical schools for 15 years. He is one of the founding physicians of Family Practice Center where he has practiced since 1982. Dr. Hood is skilled in making difficult diagnosis, outpatient dermatological surgery, lesion removal, emergency medicine and rheumatology.

In his spare time, Dr. Hood volunteers with the Boy Scouts and enjoys wine making. He is an examiner for the F.A.A. for pilot physicals, and he is currently president of the Newport Theatre Guild and enjoys wine making as owner of the Goodwater Vineyard..

David H. McConnell, M.D.

mcconnell.jpgDr. David McConnell graduated from the University of Tennessee Center of Health Sciences, Memphis. He completed his residency at Baroness-Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga. He is Board Eligible in Family Practice and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. McConnell is a past president of the Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians. He is a member of the Tennessee Medical Association serving on the committee for Continuing Education and the American Medical Association. He is formerly an instructor at the University of Tennessee Center of Health Sciences, Department of Family Practice. He also serves as Cocke County Medical Examiner, Medical Review Officer, and as a certified National DOT examiner

During his free time, Dr. McConnell loves watching Atlanta Braves baseball and fly fishing.

David J. Kickliter, M.D.

kickliter.jpgDr. David Kickliter graduated from the University of Tennessee Center of Health Sciences. Dr. Kickliter completed his internship with the Gadsden Memorial Hospital Family Practice Program, a division of the University of Alabama. He completed his Family Practice Residency at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Kickliter is Board Certified in Family Practice.

He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Tennessee Medical Association and the American Medical Association.

He is a former clinical instructor for the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in Knoxville.

When he’s not working, Dr. Kickliter enjoys pheasant hunting, basketball and taking care of his grandkids!

Jennifer Eisenhower, F.N.P.

eisenhower.jpgJennifer Eisenhower graduated from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, and continued there for her Master of Science in Nursing. Jennifer is licensed with the State of Tennessee as an Advanced Practice Nurse and Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner with the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is also a certified National DOT examiner.

In her free time, Jennifer volunteers with Relay for Life and enjoys life on the lake.

Amy Pitts, F.N.P.

amyAmy Pitts was raised in Newport, TN and is excited to offer healthcare services to her community as a board certified family nurse practitioner. She graduated with her Masters of Science in Nursing from Carson-Newman University where she received the Contribution to Nursing Science Award. Amy has been involved in nursing for six years with recent experience in critical care at our local hospital. Amy's goal is to partner with you in creating a plan to optimize your health and wellbeing. Amy feels she has "come home" to the Family Practice Center and will continue their tradition of offering thoughtful care to you and your family.

Shawna Ball, F.N.P.

ShawnaShawna K. Ball is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner that has been a part of the medical field since 2012. She graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from East Tennessee State University in 2012, and obtained her Masters of Science in Nursing in 2017 with a concentration in family medicine from Carson-Newman University. She came back to her hometown of Newport, Tennessee to practice medicine with the people of her own community. When she is not practicing medicine, her time is spent with her church, family, and friends.