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CrossFit affiliate opens in Kingsport

staff report • Jan 2, 2013 at 9:28 AM

KINGSPORT — CrossFit Shifty Powers, the first official CrossFit affiliate in Kingsport, is now open at 1664 E. Stone Drive, Suite C, in the Kroger shopping center.

The fitness regimen of CrossFit has been around for several years in large cities. Now the concept is moving into midsize communities and regions, featuring accredited Level 1 trainers to help clients reach and maintain their fitness goals.

“CrossFit is a regimen of constantly varied, functional movements performed at high intensity, and is often called the ‘sport of fitness,’” said Willie Hamilton, owner of CrossFit Shifty Powers. “People who do CrossFit see a greater level of fitness and strength in a shorter period of time than those doing almost any other type of workout.”

He said the core value of CrossFit is community, and all CrossFit locations are open to newcomers as well as those with experience.

“We welcome anyone who wants to try CrossFit to come for our introductory course to learn the basics and how to do CrossFit safely before starting a complete CrossFit regimen,” Hamilton said.

He said the CrossFit company takes pride in honoring men and women in uniform, particularly the military, law enforcement and firefighters. In this tradition, the Kingsport CrossFit was named after Shifty Powers, a native of Dickenson County, Va., who served in the 101st Airborne Division during World War II. Known in the region as a local hero, Powers was portrayed in the HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers.”

“When I was trying to come up with a name for the CrossFit box, I kept coming back to the idea of honoring a local hero, and Shifty Powers was the perfect fit,” said Hamilton, who was also born and raised in Dickenson County.

Hamilton is a licensed family nurse practitioner in Virginia and Tennessee and is an eight-year veteran of the U.S. Army. He is board certified in sports medicine and nutrition, and is a certified personal trainer and accredited Level 1 CrossFit trainer.

The “on-ramp” introductory course starts Jan. 7. Space is limited, so those interested are encouraged to call now to reserve a spot. For more information, call (423) 765-9500.

Wellmont Cancer Institute opens new office

JOHNSON CITY — The Wellmont Cancer Institute is opening a new office Thursday, Jan. 3, at 302 Wesley St., in Johnson City.

Among the services delivered there will be oncology, hematology, genetic counseling, clinical trials and infusions, including chemotherapy, hydrations and injections.

“Johnson City has been so gracious in its reception of Wellmont Health System, and we are grateful for the opportunity to continue responding to requests for our compassionate care,” said Sue Lindenbusch, the cancer institute’s vice president. “We look forward to providing strength for today and hope for tomorrow to patients in Johnson City who entrust their care to us.”

The cancer institute is moving into one of the former offices of McLeod Cancer & Blood Center, but Lindenbusch emphasized Wellmont has no connection to that recently closed business. She said the Johnson City office will operate under the stringent policies and procedures of the cancer institute, Wellmont Medical Associates and Wellmont Health System.

The new office will be led by a team of medical professionals, including Dr. Jamal Maatouk and Dr. Fadi Abu-Shahin, who joined the cancer institute and Wellmont Medical Associates Oncology & Hematology in 2012.

Dr. Maatouk completed an internal medicine residency and an oncology fellowship at the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University. Board-certified in internal medicine and medical oncology, Dr. Maatouk has made multiple professional presentations on cancer. She was also the founder, director and a writer for a monthly journal that was provided free to patients diagnosed with cancer and other chronic diseases. The publication included stories from patients about their feelings and needs as well as medical information from physicians.

Dr. Abu-Shahin also completed his residency and an oncology fellowship at the Quillen medical school. He served as chief resident of internal medicine and received the school’s Thomas Ronald Award for Excellence in the care of cancer patients. He is board-certified in internal medicine and medical oncology.

Another caregiver at the cancer institute’s Johnson City office is Debbie Pencarinha, a board-certified and licensed genetic counselor. Patients will also have an opportunity to participate in the cancer institute’s robust and innovative clinical trial program coordinated by Teresa Bailey.

For more information about the new office, call (423) 928-3020.

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