HMG enhances care options with new Pulmonology team and practice

Published 10:10 am Tuesday, January 18, 2022

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Access to whole-person specialty care will support better breathing and sleep management for community members

Kingsport – On Tuesday, January 18, Holston Medical Group (HMG) announces the opening of HMG Pulmonology at Medical Plaza, which will begin providing patient care on January 24, 2022. HMG Pulmonology will support patients in managing and treating a variety of breathing disorders and work in conjunction with the HMG Sleep Centers in Kingsport and Bristol to provide patients with state-of-the-art sleep monitoring to diagnose sleep disorders. The Tri-Cities area will now have expanded access to support conditions including asthma, COPD, lung cancer, cystic fibrosis, bronchitis, pneumonia, post-COVID-19 complications, and others.

Leading HMG Pulmonology and providing compassionate, specialized care will include notable community healthcare providers Cynthia Dean, FNP, Lisa McKinney, DO, Mirle Girish, MD, and Janice Ewing, FNP.

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Cynthia Dean, FNP: Dean has been with Holston Medical Group since 2018. Leaning on her 27+ years as a nurse, she has a breadth of experience helping patients with sleep issues and pulmonary conditions.

“I enjoy working with my patients and using the latest advances in the diagnosis, treatment, and management to better their sleep and breathing. I look forward to being the community’s health partner for life and supporting their sleep and pulmonary needs,” said Dean.

Lisa McKinney, DO: McKinney spent much of her adolescence as a hospital patient; the care she received as a child inspired her to specialize in pulmonology and focus on patients with cystic fibrosis, COPD and bronchiectasis.

“I believe a holistic approach and a strong partnership are critical to helping patients manage their pulmonary diseases,” says McKinney. “Often it’s simple, small changes applied consistently over time that have the greatest impact and can help patients live a full life, even with a chronic disease like COPD or asthma.”

Mirle Girish, MD: Girish saw firsthand the impact of smoking and COPD on his father and has dedicated his 30+ years in the medical field to help the community live a healthier, smoke-free lifestyle.

“My father died of respiratory issues related to smoking at the age of 50,” says Girish. “I have a personal passion for helping my patients stop smoking and have achieved a 90% success rate. I don’t give up on my patients and work closely with them to find solutions that work best for them. I enjoy that human connection I share with my patients.”

Janice Ewing, FNP: Ewing has 25 years experience as a Nurse Practitioner, 13 of those in pulmonology, and considers it a privilege when patients choose to work with her on their health.

“I love helping my patients and being a partner in their health journey,” Ewing says. “I believe that education is key and it empowers my patients to know that they hold the power to make the changes necessary to improve their health. I act as a health partner to each one so they each know their personalized options and are being the smartest healthcare consumer possible.”

HMG Pulmonology will begin seeing patients on Monday, January 24 and is conveniently located at HMG Medical Plaza in the Comprehensive Care Clinic, 105 W Stone Drive, Suite 1J, Kingsport.

For more information about HMG Pulmonology, or to schedule an appointment, call 423-378-7654 or visit