Board Certified Internal Medicine
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About Internal Medicine

Doctors of internal medicine focus on adult medicine and have had special study and training focusing on the prevention and treatment of adult diseases. At least three of their seven or more years of medical school and postgraduate training are dedicated to learning how to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases that affect adults. Internists are sometimes referred to as the "doctor's doctor," because they are often called upon to act as consultants to other physicians to help solve puzzling diagnostic problems.


What's an "internist"?

Simply put, doctors of internal medicine are Doctors for Adults. But you may see them referred to by several terms, including "internists," "general internists" and "doctors of internal medicine." But don't mistake them with "interns," who are doctors in their first year of residency training. Although internists may act as primary care physicians, they are not "family physicians," "family practitioners," or "general practitioners," whose training is not solely concentrated on adults and may include surgery, obstetrics and pediatrics.


Caring for the whole patient

Internists are equipped to deal with whatever problem a patient brings -- no matter how common or rare, or how simple or complex. They are specially trained to solve puzzling diagnostic problems and can handle severe chronic illnesses and situations where several different illnesses may strike at the same time. They also bring to patients an understanding of wellness (disease prevention and the promotion of health), women's health, substance abuse, mental health, as well as effective treatment of common problems of the eyes, ears, skin, nervous system and reproductive organs.


Caring for you for Life

In today's complex medical environment, internists take pride in caring for their patients for life. When other medical specialists, such as surgeons or obstetricians, are involved, they coordinate their patient's care and manage difficult medical problems associated with that care.


What does "internal medicine" mean?

The term "Internal Medicine" comes from the German term Innere Medizin, a discipline popularized in Germany in the late 1800s to describe physicians who combined the science of the laboratory with the care of patients. Many early 20th century American doctors studied medicine in Germany and brought this medical field to the United States. Thus, the name "internal medicine" was adopted. Like many words adopted from other languages, it unfortunately doesn't exactly fit an American meaning.


What does "Board Certified" mean?

Board certification is a highly respected credential, recognized by hospitals, health plans, and patients. It demonstrates that a doctor has earned certified status through intensive study, self-assessment, and evaluation. Most important, certification denotes that this doctor can be trusted to possess the up-to-date knowledge critical in a world of ever-changing treatments and rapidly advancing technology.  Internists who are board certified are required to periodically recertify (retest).


Services offered at Bluewater Medicine:

Adult Medicine, Office Care,  Physicals, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, and High Cholesterol. We have an in office lab with on the spot rapid tests for blood count, drugs of abuse (urine drug screen), glucose, A1C (diabetes), cholesterol (lipid panel), HIV, urine test, mono, pregnancy,  INR (coumadin / warfarin), strep, and Liver test.   We partner with nationally recognized Quest Diagnostics to offer extensive reference lab services.


About Us


Kenneth W Ponder, M.D.


Date Of Birth: 1964

Place Of Birth: Tuscaloosa, Alabama






Orlando Regional Healthcare System, Orlando, Florida.

Internal Medicine Residency. July 1991 - June 1994 (Chief Resident, Outstanding Resident Award)
University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, Alabama. Medical Doctor. August 1987 - June 1991 (3.51 / 4.00 QPA)
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. B.S. Chemical Engineering, Cum Laude, August 1982 - May 1987 (3.62 / 4.00 QPA)

Licensure and Certification
State of Florida Medical License, ME 0063310

National Provider Identification# 1124093737
Board Certified Internal Medicine, November 1994-2024
Drug Enforcement Agency Registered
CPR & AED Certification for Health Care Provider (Basic Life Support)

Hospital Appointments:
Affiliate Privileges Twin Cities Hospital. Secretary of Medical Staff 1999. Chief of Medical Staff 2000. Board of Trustees 2001-2006. Vice Chief of Medical Staff 2009. Niceville, Florida.

Staff Members:


Cathy, L.P.N. - Joined April 2019. Cathy brings us 14+ years of primary care experience and 5+ years of home health nursing excellence.  In her off time Cathy enjoys fishing with her husband and caring for her 3 darling dogs. She looks forward to assisting with your needs.


Ann, LPN - Joined May 2010.  Ann will be helping you in the receptionist and nursing positions.  She especially enjoys geriatric nursing.  She's friendly and looks forward to helping you.


Mary-Allison, Reception - Joined June 2009.  Mary-Allison brings us 10+ years of experience as a receptionist, teacher, and dental assistant.  She has lived and traveled widely throughout the USA and Europe with her USAF spouse and family.  


Gina, R.N.Joined January 2007.  Gina has vast nursing experience from her years of duty at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center as a floor nurse.  Her specialty is intravenous therapy.  


Bluewater Medicine Staff Mary-Allison, Gina, Dr. Ponder, Sarah, Ann, Claire

Contact Us:

Bluewater Medicine
4566 E Hwy 20 Ste 103
Niceville, FL 32578



+1 850 897-1223+1 850 897-1223

Fax:     +1 888 423-5018

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