Current Rural Fellows

Preparing Family Physicians

to succeed in rural communities

Current Rural Fellows

We are pleased to introduce you to our 2019-2020 rural fellows and where they are practicing in rural Western North Carolina.

Landon Allen, MD, MPH, MBA
New River Family Wellness
West Jefferson, NC

Dr. Allen is a lifetime native of North Carolina. He went to East Carolina University in Greenville for undergraduate, graduate, and medical school. He did his family medicine residency at MAHEC in Hendersonville. He is board certified in Family Medicine and practices full-spectrum care in his office and at the hospital for patients ranging in age from newborn to geriatric. Dr. Allen has a passion for farmworker, community, and child health issues. He opened New River Family Wellness with Dr. Caitlin Sullivan in 2019 in West Jefferson, NC and is completing his fellowship there.

Brittany Hipkins, MD, MPH
Blue Ridge Health - Jackson
Sylva, NC

Growing up in rural western Maryland, Dr. Hipkins’ family doctor took care of four generations of  her family, which inspired her to pursue her own career in rural medicine and provide full-scope care for families. Dr. Hipkins attended Duke University School of Medicine before completing her residency in family medicine with MAHEC in Asheville, NC. She is especially interested in women’s health and prenatal obstetrical care, geriatrics, and the treatment of opioid use disorder. Dr. Hipkins is completing her fellowship at Blue Ridge Health in Sylva, NC while also performing deliveries locally at Harris Regional Hospital.

Brittany Macdonald, MD
Blue Ridge Medical Center - Yancey
Burnsville, NC

Dr. Macdonald attended medical school at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and completed her family medicine residency with MAHEC in Asheville. Her special interests include inpatient medicine, rural medicine, pediatrics, and prenatal care. She has also been involved with the Asheville Open Streets project, which focuses on health and wellness, public transportation and safety, and building a sense of community. Dr. Macdonald will complete her fellowship at Blue Ridge Medical Center in Burnsville, NC.

Beth McKeon, MD
Baker Center for Primary Care
Linville, NC

A North Carolina native, Dr. McKeon grew up in Raleigh but always felt called to the High Country. She attended Appalachian State University for her undergraduate degree and attended medical school at East Carolina University. She completed her family medicine residency with MAHEC in Asheville where she developed a passion for pediatrics, women’s health, and chronic disease management. She's excited to bring these passions to the Baker Center team.


Kim Neiheisel, MD
Blue Ridge Health - Jackson
Sylva, NC

Dr. Neiheisel attended the Medical College of Georgia before completing her family medicine residency with MAHEC in Asheville, NC. She is passionate about providing full-spectrum care to patients of all ages in areas where there is a shortage of primary care providers. She is also interested in providing obstetric care to patients and working with student learners of all types. Dr. Neiheisel is completing her fellowship at Blue Ridge Health in Sylva, NC.