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Dayspring Family Care, PLLC offers quality medical care to those living in the South Knoxville and Seymour area. Our goal is to glorify God by providing our patients with excellent health care. The services offered at Dayspring include: treatment for acute illnesses, well exams, school/sports and DOT physicals, laboratory and diagnostic testing, as well as management of chronic health issues such as diabetes and hypertension. We accept most major insurance packages as well as Tenncare and Medicare.We are glad to accept walk-in visits for acute illnesses. However, please be advised that we may not always be able to accommodate every walk-in patient. We ask that you call prior to coming into the office to inquire about same-day appointments. Please do not use walk-in visits to obtain refills on medication or regular follow-up visits. Instead, plan these visits ahead of time. This will allow us to give you the full time and attention necessary to handle your health care needs.

Our Staff

Mr. James (Jim) E. Deweese


Jim has been in practice since 2000. Originally from Altoona, Pennsylvania, he graduated from Johnson Bible College in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Bible and Music.After several years of working in various management positions in the Knoxville area, he returned to school to pursue a career in health care. In 2000, Jim graduated with honors from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences.After working for the Federal Correctional Institution in Ashland, Kentucky for almost two years, he returned to the East Tennessee area to work with Dr. Ken Justice at Parkway Medical Center in Sevierville. In March of 2006, he began working alongside Dr. Robert Beam in Seymour at Dogwood Family Practice.In January 2007, he opened Dayspring Family Care where he enjoys working with his wife as well as a qualified, friendly staff.Mr. Deweese is certified with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).Jim enjoys gardening, raising chickens, ducks, turkeys and rabbits. He is active in his local church congregation and enjoys singing and playing brass instruments. Jim and his wife, Dena, live in Seymour and have two sons.

Dena Deweese


Dena has been with Dayspring Family Care from the beginning. In her role as Practice Administrator, she not only manages the office but handles referral appointments, obtains pre-certifications for testing and contacts patient with lab and imaging results.

Krystal -- Medical Asst.


Krystal -- Medical Asst. -- She is a diligent worker who knows her job and enjoys caring for our patients. Krystal is such an asset to our office.

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Whitaker Michael Smith, MD


Dr. Smith joined Dayspring Family Care in mid-2021 and brings with him over 30 years of experience in healthcare.  Originally from Kentucky, he has worked in rural areas as well as bigger cities. We are pleased to be able to partner with Dr. Smith to provide our patients with excellent healthcare in the South Knoxville area.


Becky -- Phlebotomist


Becky -- Our phlebotomist is one of the best around, gentle and almost painless, well, almost!

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