Laughlin Memorial Hospital and Summit Medical Group have announced that a physician couple -- Kenneth Nickle D.O. and Carla Nickle D.O. -- have joined them in the practice of family medicine, in which they are both board-certified.
The Nickles recently completed their service in the U.S. Army. Their last duty station was Alaska.
Dr. Kenneth Nickle was deployed for a year in Iraq with his unit, while Dr. Carla Nickle served recently in Afghanistan treating wounded soldiers.
They reside in Greeneville with other family members.
Dr. Kenneth Nickle earned dual undergraduate degrees in psychology and philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. He earned a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, W.Va.
He completed his internship and residency in family medicine at the Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon, Ga.
A press release said, "Following his residency, he was assigned to Fort Wainwright, Alaska, where he served as flight surgeon to an Air Cavalry unit caring for the soldiers of that unit and their families. He was deployed to Northern Iraq for one year with his unit.
"During his time in Alaska, he was presented the outstanding Flight Surgeon Award."
DR. CARLA NICKLE
Dr. Carla Nickle, a Greeneville native and graduate of Chuckey-Doak High School, earned dual undergraduate degrees in communicative disorders and special education from East Tennessee State University.
She then earned a master's degree in speech/language pathology at Radford University in Virginia, and earned her doctor of osteopathic medicine degree at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, W.Va.
She completed her internship and family medicine residency at Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon Ga.
During her residency, Dr. Nickle received the Outstanding Resident Award.
After residency she was stationed in Fort Wainwright, Alaska, where she managed the Wounded Warriors Unit and served as officer in charge at the Troop Medical Clinic.
The press release said, "Very recently she was deployed to Afghanistan for one year with the 3rd Brigade of the 10th Mountain Infantry Division, based out of Fort Drum, N.Y.
"During her deployment she received the Combat Medical Badge for her care of wounded soldiers while under direct fire from insurgents.
"Upon return from deployment, she served as director of the emergency room at Bassett Army Community Hospital until her transition from Alaska to Greeneville."