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About Us

Our goal is to treat you as if you were our only patient.

Like Having Your Own Private Doctors and Private Medical Practice

Founded by Dr. Robert Blackwood in 1997, Blackwood Family medicine’s physicians and staff welcome you as if you were our only patient. We invite you to experience the difference we offer in caring for our patients.

The practitioners at Blackwood Family Medicine are highly experienced in providing overall care for women’s health, such as administering regular well-women exams (pelvic exam, pap smear, breast exam, etc.). These preventive measure screenings are used to rule out pre-cancer and cancer conditions.

Physicians and Physician’s Assistant Staff

Robert C. Blackwood, M.D.

Dr. Blackwood received his medical degree from University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1982 and achieved Board Certification in Family Medicine in 1984. Over the past 30+ years, Dr. Blackwood has dedicated his life to his wife, Catherine, his 10 children, and medicine.

Dr. Blackwood began practicing in Virginia Beach more than 20 years ago. In addition to family medicine his expertise also draws from more than two decades as an emergency room physician and he has been a faculty member of the Eastern Virginia Medical School for the past 20 years.

Known for his keen mind, extensive experience, and an uncommon breadth of medical skills, having worked in both rural and urban environments as a private medical practice physician, Dr. Blackwood:

  • Understands the challenges facing families today.
  • Understands how health issues affect family dynamics and how to better cope with them.
  • Has comprehensive medical knowledge in the areas of Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Obstetrics.
  • Most noted is he is sought after among private doctors for his deep level of compassion and care for all of his patients.

Nicole Horn, Physician’s Assistant (P.A.)

Nicole is our part-time P.A. and a talented benefit to Blackwood Family Medicine.

Jenalee Shields, Physician’s Assistant (P.A.)

Meredith Dhillon, Physician’s Assistant (P.A.)


Nursing Staff, Medical Assistants, Patient Care

Susie Rowley, Registered Nurse (R.N.)

Susie has been a member of our team for 18 years. She is married to a physician and they have four children.

Emily K., Medical Assistant (M.A.)

Mercedes K., Patient Care Assistant

Felicia J., Medical Assistant (M.A.)

Cuency A., Medical Assistant (M.A.)

Danielle S., Medical Assistant (M.A.)

Nicole R., Patient Care Assistant

Administrative Staff

Catherine Blackwood

Catherine been the Practice Administrator for 20 years. She has more than 30 years experience in primary care management and is married to Dr. Blackwood.

As the mother of ten children she offers invaluable expertise in family life and parenting. Her compassionate ear and wise advice are often sought by patients. She has her own website and may be contacted directly (and confidentially) at, where she maintains a blog dedicated to motherhood and parenting.

Michael Blackwood

Michael is the Assistant Practice Administrator, helping his mother, Catherine, manage the daily business operations of the practice. He holds an honors degree in Spanish from The University of King’s College. Michael is also a Certified Medical Office Manager through The Practice Management Institute.

Hours of Operation

Office Telephone Hours:

8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Patient Appointment Hours:

Monday through Thursday:
7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lab and Blood Work Appointments

Existing patients with orders for blood or lab work from any of our practitioners may come to the clinic anytime between 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

If you need blood or lab work and do not have an order from a practitioner in our office, you will need to book an appointment.

REMINDER: If your blood or lab work is needed for a medication renewal, please plan ahead allowing us ample turnaround time for your results so we can renew your medication before you run out.

After Hours Medical Care? We are there.

Blackwood Family Medicine uses an after hours answering service, with 24 hour per day on-call access to all of our physicians. They will keep your information private, for your safety. No need to go to any of the other after hours clinics when you can reach your own doctor anytime.

Let us be your after hours doctors.