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Steven Baker, MD Steven Baker, MD
Psychiatrist

MAHEC Center for Psychiatry and Mental Wellness map
125 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803
phone (828) 398-3601

Dr. Baker specializes in the psychiatric assessment and treatment of children and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. He has been the Medical Director of the MAHEC IDD Behavioral Health Clinic since January 2015. Dr. Baker is also Medical Director for NC START West, a consultative agency which serves IDD patients in WNC. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine in 1987 and completed residencies in general and child/adolescent psychiatry at the University of Colorado in 1993. Dr. Baker received board certification in both Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 1994. Since moving to Asheville in 1994, he has primarily practiced in community mental health. For the past 10 years, Dr. Baker's clinical focus has been increasingly on individuals with IDD and psychiatric disorders.


Steve Buie, MD Steve Buie, MD

Chair, Department of Psychiatry
Psychiatry Residency Program Director

MAHEC Center for Psychiatry and Mental Wellness map
125 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803
phone (828) 398-3601

Dr. Buie is program director of the Psychiatry Residency and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Wellness. He treats adults with all psychiatric conditions with particular interests in bipolar disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, depression, and anxiety disorders. He is trained in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a treatment for severe depression. Dr. Buie attended the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill as an undergraduate on a Morehead Scholarship. He obtained his medical education at the University of the North Carolina School of Medicine. He completed a residency in internal medicine at a Columbia University training hospital in New York and a psychiatry residency at Cornell Medical College, also in New York. Dr. Buie is an adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the UNC School of Medicine. He is a past president of the North Carolina Psychiatric Association, is president of the North Carolina Psychiatric Foundation, and is a member of the American College of Psychiatrists.

In his free time, Dr. Buie enjoys hiking the beautiful trails of the Blue Ridge mountains, making wine and working in his permaculture garden.


Nick Ladd, DO Nick Ladd, DO
Associate Director (outpatient), Psychiatry Residency Program

MAHEC Center for Psychiatry and Mental Wellness map
125 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803
phone (828) 398-3601

Dr. Ladd is a native of Western North Carolina (WNC) who completed his education throughout this region. He majored in Environmental Studies and Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Then he attended medical school at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine due to its focus on serving rural Appalachia. In wishing to stay close to the community he wanted to serve, he completed his general psychiatry residency and child and adolescent fellowship at Wake Forest Baptist Health where he served as a Chief Fellow. Clinically he focuses on adult and pediatric outpatient psychiatry at multiple locations in WNC. He heads the Programa Latin concentration that has expanded mental health services at a pediatric office rooted in the nation’s oldest migrant health center, partners with Vecinos farmworker health program through volunteer psychiatric consultation, and provides the mental health component of MAHEC’s medical trips to Honduras. He is excited about helping to meet the mental health needs of the underserved children and families across WNC by training the next generation of compassionate providers who will be equipped to serve community members throughout their life span.


John Nicholls, MD, JD John Nicholls, MD, JD
Medical Director, Department of Psychiatry

MAHEC Center for Psychiatry and Mental Wellness map
125 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803
phone (828) 398-3601

Dr. Nicholls is a general and child/adolescent psychiatrist. Prior to attending UNC School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, he was an active lawyer, working for a federal judge and then for large firms in North Carolina and Georgia. After medical school, he completed his residency in general psychiatry and his fellowship in child/adolescent psychiatry at UNC Hospitals where he remained on faculty as Medical Director for its Child/Adolescent inpatient units. Dr. Nicholls and his family moved to Asheville in 2012 and has worked in a variety of inpatient, outpatient, and managed care settings. He is a native of Western North Carolina and when he is not working, he enjoys time with family, various sports, and all kinds of music.

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