Medical Directors



Medical Directors

Dr. Kristie Downs joined Community Hospice as the full-time Medical Director in August 2016.  Dr. Downs spent an extended amount of time with us during her residency and has also worked as one of our covering physician. 

Dr. Downs is a graduate of Thomas More College, and earned her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  During her residency at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Dr. Downs served as Chief Resident.  She previously worked in family practice in Ironton.



Dr. J. Ryan Kazee is our Associate Medical Director. He earned his medical degree at University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky and completed his residency at Marshall University Family Medicine, Huntington, West Virginia.  He is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is in private practice with Family Medicine Center.


Dr. Tim Hart is a graduate of Marshall University School of Medicine, Huntington, West Virginia, and did his residency at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia.  He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has his own private practice in Ashland.