Life Care Center of Gray welcomes its first on-site physician

Joel Gonce, M.D., recently started as the first on-site physician at Life Care Center of Gray, Tennessee.


In his new role, Gonce will enhance physician accessibility to patients and families. He will aid in hospital transitions and pharmacy communications, and being on-site will allow him to personally respond to medical changes or emergencies in a timely manner.


Gonce comes to Life Care Center of Gray from Holston Medical Group, where he served in the long-term care division for the past seven years. Prior to that position, he was a family practice physician for HMG for 29 years.


A medical director in the industry, Gonce has attended patients at several skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers in Tennessee and Virginia.


"It sounded appealing to me to stay in one location and have a closer association with the residents and their families,” said Gonce. “We’re trying to make it easier on them by having a familiar face to see them day to day.”


“We are excited to have Dr. Gonce as our on-site physician,” said Ashley Lee, executive director. “We look forward to our residents having a closer relationship with their physician.”


A graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Knoxville, Gonce completed his residency in family practice at UT. He is a member of the American Medical Directors Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, the Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians and Sullivan County Medical Associates.


Gonce currently resides in his native town of Kingsport with his wife, Sandra Gonce. They have five children: Joel, Lorraine, Elgin, Jana and Lakeisha.