NEWPORT—Soon, patients with vascular conditions in the Newport area won’t have to travel far to receive medical care. Jennifer Cole, Nurse Practitioner with East Tennessee Vascular Center (E.T.V.C.), will be available for patient visits on a part-time basis.

Starting February 11, 2020, Jennifer Cole, FNP-BC, will begin seeing patients at Dr. Overholt’s office in Newport, TN. Her hours at this office will be every other Tuesday, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“Since East Tennessee Vascular Center is the only clinic to treat vascular conditions in our area,” says Dr. Assadnia of E.T.V.C., “We’re trying our best to reach out to all locations.”

Outside the Lakeway Area, the closest vascular surgeons are in Kingsport and Knoxville. Many patients want to stay closer to home for medical care, especially those who are elderly or who find travel uncomfortable. “So,” Dr. Assadnia says, “We try to bring our team to them.”

Jennifer Cole, FNP-BC., specializes in vascular disease. Conditions she treats include peripheral artery disease, abdominal aortic aneurysms, carotid disease, deep vein thrombosis, venous insufficiency, varicose veins, phlebitis, edema and hyperbaric wounds.

Cole says, “In Newport, there aren’t many specialty offices, so I’m happy to offer vascular care to patients here.” The hope is that if vascular specialists are available in the area, patients will be more apt to keep their vital appointments.

“Jennifer is such a tremendous asset to our practice,” says Dr. Assadnia. “She is very knowledgeable and loves to educate our patients about their diagnosis. Our main goal is to help those patients that can’t travel receive the ‘big city’ care in their hometown.”

Other clinics where E.T.V.C. patients can be seen include the main office in Morristown, Claiborne Medical Center in Tazewell, Jefferson Family Physicians in Jefferson City, and the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Morristown Hamblen Hospital. Since locations other than the main office will have varied hours, patients should call E.T.V.C. to learn more about appointment times.

E.T.V.C. is a member of HealthStar Physicians, P.C., a multi-specialty physicians group consisting of 500+ staff, 100+ providers and now more than 14 locations in East Tennessee. HealthStar Physicians cares for patients from birth to geriatrics, with 20 specialty services in addition to primary healthcare.

The main office of East Tennessee Vascular Center is located in Morristown at 1125 W. 1st North Street. They are currently accepting new patients, and can be contacted at 423-317-6560, or online at

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