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Welcome to the MAHEC Family Health Center at Enka!

MAHEC Family Health Center at Enka is located in the heart of the Enka community and near the neighboring Haywood County communities . Our team offers full primary care for all ages and life stages and would welcome the opportunity to care for you and your family as patients!

If you are an established patient and have a true emergency after hours, please go to your nearest Emergency Department. Please note that we do not prescribe controlled substances on the first visit or after hours.

Our services include, but are not limited to:

  • Spanish-speaking team members and care providers
  • Family-centered care through all ages and life stages
  • Diagnosis and management of acute and chronic medical problems
  • Preventive care including Pap smears, pediatric and adult immunizations, and wellness visits
  • Family-centered obstetrics including prenatal care, delivery services, and newborn care
  • Integrated clinical pharmacy support
  • Integrated Behavioral Health
  • On-site Laboratory services and X-rays
  • DOT / CDL physicals
  • Medication for opioid use disorder (sometimes called MAT)
  • A variety of minor procedures including skin biopsies and joint/soft tissue injections
  • Birth control options including nexplanon, IUDs, and depo-provera
  • Sports Medicine Fellowship-trained physician
  • 24-hour on-call doctor availability
MAHEC Family Health Center at Enka/Candler
25 Westridge Market Place
Candler, NC 28715

Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm

  • (828) 418-0040 phone
  • (828) 418-0040 after-hours phone
  • (828) 667-9515 fax
  • (828) 407-2637 medical records fax
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COVID-19 Precautions in Place at MAHEC

Masks: All patients and visitors are asked to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status, while in the office. Please bring a mask with you.

Visitors: Two (2) visitors per patient will be permitted to enter in support of their loved one. In a continued effort to keep our patients and staff safe due to ongoing COVID-19 community spread:

  • All patients and visitors will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon entry to a MAHEC office.
  • Visitors who have not been released from COVID-19 quarantine or visitors who are actively symptomatic are kindly asked to not enter the facility.

Virtual support continues to be welcomed at all MAHEC locations. If you would prefer to call your support person from the exam room so they can participate in your visit, we encourage you to do so.

What is telemedicine?

A telemedicine visit is conducted using a computer or smartphone so you and your provider can see and hear each other. If you're not familiar with telemedicine, don't worry. This is new for all of us, and we're learning together! Many of our patients appreciate the convenience of telemedicine.

When it's time for your appointment, we will email and/or text you a link to click to start your appointment.


Susan Alexander, MD Susan Alexander, MD
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Family Medicine Residency Assistant Program Director

MAHEC Family Health Center at Enka/Candler map
25 Westridge Market Place
Candler, NC 28715
phone (828) 418-0040

Susan Alexander, MD, is a family physician at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) in Asheville. She is board-certified in Family Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine. She is a clinical assistant professor with the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

Dr. Alexander practices full-scope family medicine at the MAHEC Family Health Center at Enka/Candler. She provides primary care for newborns, children, and adults, and she provides pregnancy care. Dr. Alexander also provides inpatient care at Mission Hospital, including some obstetrics and deliveries. She also offers a wide array of in-office procedures. Additionally, Dr. Alexander provides office-based opioid medication-assisted treatment services. She speaks Spanish, and interpreter services are available as needed.

Dr. Alexander completed her undergraduate education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and her family medicine residency at MAHEC in Asheville.


Bill Hitch, PharmD, BCPS, CPP Bill Hitch, PharmD, BCPS, CPP

Vice Chair, Department of Pharmacotherapy, MAHEC
Assistant Professor of Clinical Education, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Special Interests: Infectious disease and transitions of care

MAHEC Family Health Center at Enka/Candler map
25 Westridge Market Place
Candler, NC 28715
phone (828) 418-0040

Bill Hitch is the Director of Pharmacotherapy at MAHEC in Asheville, NC and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Education at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy. He received his PharmD degree from the University Of North Carolina Eshelmen School of Pharmacy and completed a specialty residency in Ambulatory Care through Mission Hospitals and MAHEC. Dr. Hitch serves as the Assistant Director of the Pharmacy Practice Residency Program at Mission Hospital practiced in the Ambulatory Care setting and serves as a preceptor for pharmacy students as well as PGY1 and PGY2 residents. His practice is in inpatient family medicine where he rounds with physicians on the Family Practice Service at Mission Hospitals. He is a Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner at MAHEC Family Health Center, which has been recognized as a Level III Patient Centered Medical Home. Areas of interest include interdisciplinary education, transitions of care, infectious disease, and global health.


Sylvia Kauffman, MD Sylvia Kauffman, MD
Family Medicine Faculty Physician

MAHEC Family Health Center at Enka/Candler map
25 Westridge Market Place
Candler, NC 28715
phone (828) 418-0040


Marina MacNamara, MD, MPH Marina MacNamara, MD, MPH
Family Medicine Faculty Physician

MAHEC Family Health Center at Enka/Candler map
25 Westridge Market Place
Candler, NC 28715
phone (828) 418-0040


Charley Messenger, PA-C, MMS, MS Charley Messenger, PA-C, MMS, MS
Physician Assistant

MAHEC Family Health Center at Enka/Candler map
25 Westridge Market Place
Candler, NC 28715
phone (828) 418-0040


Julia Oat-Judge, MD Julia Oat-Judge, MD
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Assistant Director, Family Medicine Residency Program

MAHEC Family Health Center at Enka/Candler map
25 Westridge Market Place
Candler, NC 28715
phone (828) 418-0040

Dr. Oat-Judge is the Assistant Program Director and OB Curricular Director at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) Family Medicine Residency program in Asheville, North Carolina. She received her medical degree from The John Hopkins School of Medicine in 2010 and completed an OB/GYN internship at Brown Medical School in 2011, a Family Medicine residency at MAHEC in 2014, and a Maternal Child Health Fellowship at Brown Medical School in 2015. Dr. Oat-Judge provides comprehensive primary care for patients of all ages (newborn through geriatric) and all genders. She performs a variety of procedures such as skin biopsies, joint injections, ultrasound, and management of pregnancy loss/miscarriage. She has a special interest in reproductive health care and provides prenatal care for pregnant patients, hormonal treatment for transgender patients, and all forms of contraception including vasectomies, IUDs and contraceptive implants. Dr. Oat-Judge speaks Spanish and welcomes Spanish-speaking patients. Sehabla español!


Matt Ransom, PharmD, MPH Matt Ransom, PharmD, MPH
Chief Pharmacist

MAHEC Family Health Center at Enka/Candler map
25 Westridge Market Place
Candler, NC 28715
phone (828) 418-0040


Eric Smith, MD Eric Smith, MD
Family Medicine Faculty Physician

MAHEC Family Health Center at Enka/Candler map
25 Westridge Market Place
Candler, NC 28715
phone (828) 418-0040


Anja Woody, PA-C Anja Woody, PA-C
Physician Assistant

MAHEC Family Health Center at Enka/Candler map
25 Westridge Market Place
Candler, NC 28715
phone (828) 418-0040

New Patients (If you have NOT had a pre-visit planning phone call.)

Click below to download our new patient packet. It contains forms you will need to print out, complete, and bring with you to your first visit.

New Patients (If you HAVE had a pre-visit planning phone call.)

Click below to download our new patient packet. It contains forms you will need to print out, complete, and bring with you to your first visit.

Current Patients

Privacy Policy & more

Click below to read our privacy policy, patient bill of rights, and patient centered medical home brochure.

Medical Records Release Forms

Click below to download our medical records release forms. Use page 1 to have your records SENT to another facility; use page 2 to request that MAHEC receive your records from another office. Note that a fee will be charged if you are requesting the records for yourself. There is no charge for sending records to another facility.

MEND Telemedicine Consent Forms

You will sign these forms electronically at the beginning of your telemedicine visit. If you would like a copy for your records, please click below.

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