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Welcome to AMMA!






Welcome to AMMA’s home on the web.  Please browse our site to learn more about how we can help you achieve your health-related goals. Feel free to call us or email us if you have questions or would like to set up an appointment for a complete consultation.

We are a small, locally owned, practitioner run medical office.  We see clients from 8am until 8pm Monday through Friday.  If you call during business hours and we don’t answer, we are probably giving undivided attention to our clients.  You can expect the same when you come for an appointment.

Please leave a message! We will follow up with you to assess your needs within 48 hours.

Be well!

Amber & Paul Vachon


How to Overcome Ergonomic Issues With Laptops


While the laptop is a wonderful piece of technology, the way in which it is placed on a desk or on a lap is not always the most ergonomic. But, there are several practical steps that can be taken to increase the ergonomic setup of the laptop in the home or office. Here are a few of the ergonomic issues with laptops:

Keyboard spacing

Laptop keyboards can be quite compact with some keys having camped spacing while others have odd placement. There is a greater risk of repetitive stress injuries and hand cramp in those that regularly use the small keyboards.

Screen size

The screen size is typically a lot smaller with the laptop compared to the standard desktop monitor. The compact screen is certain to lead to the more noticeable cases of eye stain compared to the larger ones.

Screen placement

The position of the laptop screen and keyboard is fixed. While it is possible to tilt the angle of the screen, there isn’t the option to place the screen and keyboard at different heights or spaced apart. This is necessary for the proper ergonomic setup.
Small pointers

Laptops are built with integrated pointers such as a dot or touchpad. They aren’t the easiest to use or very comfortable. It can put the hand and wrist in an uncomfortable position and can lead to repetitive stress injuries over the longer periods of time.

Ergonomically setting up your laptop

There are several useful steps that can make the laptop setup more user-friendly. A simple solution is to create a setup that is similar to a full desktop computer. The wrists should be kept in a comfortable and natural position. Plus, the screen should be angled to minimize the need to bend the neck.

One of the best ergonomic solutions is to invest in a laptop docking station. This is a great choice for the laptop that is regularly used in a single location. The docking station is essentially a keyboard, monitor and mouse that are ready to connect to the laptop. This helps to create a setup that is similar to a full desktop computer with the screen at a more favored height and more flexibility to place the keyboard and other peripheral devices.

The next best solution is simply to use a stand with a separate mouse and keyboard. This gives the option to position the laptop screen at a height and angle that gives the desired comfort.

Find out more about the more useful PC accessories and office accessories for a comfortable working environment.

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New Gymnastics Facility in DownTown Kingsport!

We are thrilled to welcome Victoria Cunningham and her team to DownTown Kingsport and look forward to the grand opening of Flight Athletic Academy.  Our three-year-old is SUPER excited to begin training with “Miss Toria.”

In addition to gymnastics classes for the little ones, Flight Athletic Academy offers classes for all ages, including competitive gymnastics and cheer, dance, adult fitness, and homeschool activities.  They even offers classes in aerial silks and juggling through a partnership with Night Owl Circus Arts!

FAA offers free evaluations and their Parents’ Night Out is a great way to check out the facility!

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Lymph System Animation

lymphWe’ve just added a neat little animation to our Lymphatic Drainage page.

Amber found it on the Dr. Vodder School International website, where it was provided courtesy of Prof. Neil Piller of the Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide, Australia.

Enjoy the tutorial!  The lymph system is AWESOME!!!!





A New Online Start!

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We’ve gotten out of the habit of making new posts to the website and hope to do better at it in the new year. Perhaps that can be one of our New Year’s Resolutions?

We’ve been a little busy on the homefront lately. As you can see in the photo above (thanks to the amazing Jennie Case of Denim & Lace Photography), we’ve added a daughter to the family!

Even though we’ve not spent much time in our online home, we’re still in the same physical location, working with folks by appointment only.  Amber has cut back her hours in order to spend more time caring for our two little ones, but is in the office on Mondays and Fridays.

Our rates are going up for the first time in nearly a decade!  Please see the Menu of Services for details.

We look forward to seeing you soon.  Let us know what we can do to help you!


Paul & Amber Vachon


Inclement Weather?

Winter Storm watches are going on today.  Some places are already experiencing sleet and most of the schools are closed for the day.  We are here, but please give us a call if you will not make it for your appointment today.   See our Snow Policy here. The same goes for all types of inclement weather.


Thanks to the Mystery Giver

Imagine my surprise when UPS delivered a package with a smile today.

Apparently, an anonymous client sent me a Kindle (with all the extras) for Christmas.   Though I would love to personally thank this individual for such a generous gift, it seems that Secret Santa wishes to remain secret.  So, thank you.  I hope you read this post.  What a treat!  We’re looking forward to using our new toy during our Christmas travels.  I’ve already loaded more books than we’ll be able to read in a year!



Christmas Holidays

Our office will be closed for the Christmas holidays as of Tuesday, the 18th of December.  We will reopen on Wednesday, the 3rd of January.

We wish you a wonderful holiday celebration with your family and friends!



.   ~ Amber, Paul & Francois


Remember to Redeem Your Groupons!

Francois would like to remind everyone with an unused Groupon that they are expiring soon.  He love giving massages and wants to be sure that everyone is able to receive their sessions.  Remember that same day bookings are not often available, so please call to schedule an appointment soon!

As with all Groupons, the promotional value will EXPIRE on the date specified in the offer.  The amount paid, however, WILL NEVER EXPIRE and will be honored after the promotional value expires.  The amount paid may be applied toward any goods or services offered by Francois., but cannot be combined with other offers.

To reserve an appointment, please call Francois directly at 423-863-0390 or send an email to


Website Functional Again!

Whew!  We’ve had a time with our website, but it is finally functional again. . . .  Immense thanks to Kanishka of The Creative Trust Agency for coming to the rescue.  Without him, I’d probably be lying in a puddle of tears on the office floor.  Thank you, Kanishka, for working your magic!

Now that the site is back under my guidance, I will do my best to keep it tidy.  Please email me if you find any broken links or anything of a buggy nature on this site.  I need all the help I can get.  Thanks so very much for your patience!