What is Internal Medicine?

Doctors of internal medicine, called internists focus on comprehensive adult medicine. While the name internal medicine may lead one to believe that internists only treat internal problems, this is not the case. Doctors of internal medicine treat the whole person, not just internal organs. They care for their patients for life, from late teen years through old age. While an internist is often confused with a general or family practitioner there are distinct differences between the two. For instance, an internist devotes three years of education to studying adult medicine, specifically learning how to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases that affect adults. Internists don’t deliver babies, don’t treat children, and don’t do surgery. We do however have wide-ranging knowledge of complex diseases that affect adults. Internists are specifically trained not only to diagnose and treat disease, but to prevent the initial onset of these diseases by recognizing and controlling risk factors such as elevated blood pressure and cholesterol. Internists are trained to diagnose and treat chronic illness and specifically situations where several different illnesses may strike at the same time.

An internist can treat you for something as routine as the flu or fatigue or provide in-depth care for diseases such as diabetes, lung or heart disease. Internists often coordinate the many subspecialists the patient might see in the process of treating illness. Internists’ patient’s like knowing that they have a long-term relationship with a physician who is equipped to deal with whatever the patient brings, no matter how common or rare, or how simple or complex.

S. Nichole Feeney, MD

Pediatric Medicine & Internal Medicine at Grand River Health Clinic…

Dr. Feeney

S. Nichole Feeney, MD

Phone: 970-625-1100

Pediatric Medicine & Internal Medicine at Grand River Health Clinic 2
Grand River Health Emergency Services

501 Airport Road in Rifle

Dr. Feeney came to Grand River from McNairy Regional Hospital in Selmer, Tennessee, where she practiced Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Feeney moved to the area with her husband Ryan, an attorney, and four children. She also adores horses and owns four Tennessee Walkers. She calls them her “therapy”. The Feeney family also loves acting and theater and would very much like to get involved in the local arts community, once they get settled in.

When asked what drew her to rural medicine, Dr. Feeney says, “Rural health care allows me to give total patient care and the opportunity to be more involved in the community. It makes it more personal. I grew up in the country…I love this area and all it has to offer.”

What does Dr. Feeney like most at Grand River Health? “The wonderful medical community, helping my patients and a more balanced lifestyle for myself and my family” replies Dr. Feeney.


  • Bachelor of Science: Rhodes College in Memphis, TN
  • Internship: University Of Tennessee College Of Medicine
  • Residency: University of Rochester, in Rochester, NY and was Chief Resident of Pediatrics


  • Pediatric Medicine – Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics
  • Internal Medicine – Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine

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Conditions Treated

  • General medicine
  • Respiratory disease
  • Vascular and heart disease
  • Blood problems
  • Kidney problems
  • Joint and rheumatologic problems
  • Digestive problems
  • Endocrine and hormonal problems
  • Urinary problems
  • Neurological problems
  • Infectious disease
  • Mental health
  • Diabetes