Appalachian PsychiatryAppalachian Psychiatry
5 West Valley Drive
Bristol, Virginia 24201
Phone: (276) 644-9800
Fax: (276) 644-9808


Appalachian Psychiatry was formed in 2012 in Abingdon, Virginia. We have recently moved to Bristol, Virginia to provide a more central location to our patients. Our service area is southwest Virginia, Tricities, and Northeast Tennessee, including parts of Kentucky and North Carolina. We provide general psychiatric care to adults (age 18 and older) with all types of psychiatric illness. Since many medical illnesses can cause psychiatric illness a very detailed history is taken on initial evaluation as well as review of available medical history to arrive at diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Olmsted also provides specialty psychotherapy (counseling) to physicians, nurses, and other professionals. We tailor psychiatric medications to the individual and are familiar with the latest in psychotropic medications.

  • We value privacy and do not use any type of electronic medical records. All records are kept on site and are never released without express written permission. We are not associated with any “networks” and therefore no outside agency can access any of your records.
  • Prescriptions and telephone calls are handled promptly and our friendly staff will tend to your needs in an efficient manner.
  • We are very centrally located only four minutes from Exit 5 and have excellent parking and there are two pharmacies located directly across the street.

Thomas R. Olmsted, M.D.

Doctor Olmsted is a board certified Psychiatrist (lifetime) and has practiced in this region for the past twelve years.

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He earned his first undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi (BBA) in 1973. After serving four years as a naval officer he returned to college at LSU-Shreveport and earned a second undergraduate degree in Biology.

He graduated from LSU Medical School in 1984 and then completed a four-year residency in Psychiatry at Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans, having also earned the distinction of chief resident. He remained on the staff at Ochsner for two years and then entered private practice in New Orleans for the next fifteen years.

Dr. Olmsted sought additional training in psychotherapy (counseling) at the New Orleans Psychoanalytic Institute. He continues to see fellow physicians and other professionals for psychotherapy. He is a general adult psychiatrist (18 y/o and older) and is highly skilled in the use of psychiatric medications.