Medical Directors


Dr. Kristie Dickess 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 physicians. 

Dr. Dickess 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. Dickess 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. Lesley Abbott

Dr. Tim Hart

Dr. Matt Lewis