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Grace Cottage Welcomes Dr. Blackwood

Dr. Carol Blackwood, a family practice physician with a specialty in geriatrics, has joined the staff of Grace Cottage Family Health in Townshend.

A graduate of the University of Vermont (B.A. Chemistry, B.S. Textile Design), and the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Dr. Blackwood finished her medical studies while serving in the U.S. Navy. She completed her family practice residency at the Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton, CA, and her Geriatrics Fellowship at East Carolina University.

Dr. Blackwood served with the U.S. Navy for 25 years, most recently as Family Physician and Geriatrician at Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital in North Carolina. Her career in the Navy has taken her all over the world.

Prior to receiving her medical degree, she was an intelligence officer at the Anti-Submarine Warfare Operations Center in Misawa, Japan; a watch officer in Seoul, Korea; an intelligence instructor in VA; and an assistant intelligence officer for the Submarine Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet, based in Norfolk.

She was a Family Physician at naval hospitals in Lemoore, CA, and Jacksonville, FL, and during 2005, she was deployed to Fallujah, Iraq.

"When I was in Iraq, I realized that when I retired from the Navy, I wanted to 'go home' to Vermont," said Dr. Blackwood. "I found a perfect piece of land to build a house on in Rockingham, with room for my beagle and two horses (a Morgan and a Tennessee Walker)." She retired from the Navy earlier this year.

"I chose to join Grace Cottage because it's so strongly a part of the community - I'll be able to get to know my patients and their families, and we'll be able to work together as a team to promote good health and long life."

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Blackwood, call 365-4331.

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