Meet Our Staff


photo Walter Accles, PA
Physician Assistant
Phone: 828-258-0670
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

My clinical focus is on same-day appointments and acute care. I enjoy this role and the great work environment at the Family Health Center.


photo Susan Alexander, MD
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Phone: 828-418-0040
Fax: 828-418-0041
MAHEC Family Health Center at Enka/Candler
25 Westridge Market Place
CandlerNC 28715
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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; she completed medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine; and she completed her family medicine residency at MAHEC in Asheville.


photo Katie Alfonso, DO
Sports Medicine Fellow
Phone: 828-257-4730
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

Hello there! I’m Kathryn, and I can’t be more excited to be here at MAHEC for fellowship.

I grew up in North Dakota, and after receiving a degree in nutrition at the University of North Dakota, I attended medical school at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Washington. I recently completed residency training in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. There I developed a particular interest in musculoskeletal disorders and sports medicine. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to get to know the Asheville community =)

My happy place is in the mountains, and in my free time you can find me running the trails, camping, or chasing the next sunset with my dog, Tucker. My professional interests include diagnostic and interventional ultrasound, women’s health in athletics, and human performance and biomechanics.


photo MaryLynn Barrett, LCSW, MPH
Behavioral Health Professional
Phone: 828-257-4730
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions
Areas of special interest include effects of trauma on the mind and body specifically as pertains to PTSD, anxiety, panic, depression and chronic diseases such as IBS, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.

photo Gregory Bernardi, PA-C
Advanced Practice Practicioner (APP)
Phone:
Fax:
MAHEC Family Health Center at Newbridge
218 Elkwood Avenue
AshevilleNC 28804
Map & Directions

photo Michelle Boose, MD, MPH, FAACP
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Phone: 828-257-4730
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

photo Mike Coladonato, MD
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Phone: 828-628-8250
Fax: 828-628-8633
MAHEC Family Health Center at Cane Creek
1542 Cane Creek Road
FletcherNC 28732
Map & Directions

I provide full-spectrum family medicine to the local community, strive to teach our resident physicians small practice practicalities and survival skills, and inspire the community to be healthful. My interests inside of medicine include international work, integrative medicine, chronic disease management, low risk obstetrics, office procedures including vasectomy, resident and medical student education, nutrition and exercise as medicine, inpatient medicine, work/life balance, Latino outreach, and advanced care planning for end-of-life discussions. 


photo Brian Desmond, MD
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Phone: 828-257-4730
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where I also completed Medical School at the University of Michigan. My wife (a current MAHEC Obstetrics and Gynecology Resident) and I were attracted to MAHEC and Asheville by the wonderful people and community, the strength of the training programs, and the beautiful setting.  I completed my residency in Family Medicine at MAHEC. Following graduation, with the help of faculty mentors, I designed a fellowship role where I divide my time between providing full-scope primary care at MAHEC Family Health Center, teaching residents, and working as an adult hospitalist at Mission Hospital.  Outside of medicine, I love running, hiking, and biking in the WNC outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.


photo Tony Esterwood, MD
Geriatric Physician
Phone:
Fax:
MAHEC Family Health Center at Givens
2360 Sweeten Creek Rd.
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

photo Nicole Evans, DO
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Phone: 828-257-4730
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

photo Blake Fagan, MD
Chair of Family Medicine
Chief Education Officer, MAHEC
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UNC School of Medicine
Phone: 828-257-0670
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

Blake Fagan, MD, is a family physician at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) in Asheville, chief education officer at UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC, and a faculty member of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Fagan directs the office-based opioid treatment services provided at MAHEC’s family health centers and trains healthcare providers and medical residency programs across the state in medication-assisted treatment, safe pain management, and safe opioid prescribing practices. Dr. Fagan completed his undergraduate education at the University of Missouri–Columbia, medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and his family medicine residency at MAHEC in Asheville.


photo Dan Frayne, MD
President, MAHEC
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Phone: 828-258-0670
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

Since July 2018, Dr. Frayne has served as President of MAHEC.  He joined the MAHEC Department of Family Medicine in 2006 and held several leadership positions including Medical Director, Assistant Residency Director, and Medical Director of the Department of Continuing Professional Development and the Simulation Center. 

He attended Boston University and the University of California at Irvine College of Medicine, and completed a Family Medicine Residency at Lancaster General Hospital in Pennsylvania.  He then spent four years as a rural primary care physician in Linville, North Carolina.  He is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine with UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine and is a clinical preceptor for medical students at the UNC School of Medicine Asheville Campus. 

Preconception healthcare and advocating for women’s health and improved birth outcomes is an area of great interest to Dr. Frayne.  He has been involved in grant-funded collaborations to expand the IMPLICIT Interconception Care model and state and federal Preconception COIIN projects.  He has served as a member of the NC State Preconception Health Strategic Planning Team since 2016, is the co-chair of the clinical working group of the National Preconception Health and Healthcare Initiative, and sits on multiple national steering committees focused on improving reproductive health for women.  He has collaborated with colleagues to publish numerous articles on this topic and is a presenter at state and national conferences.

Dr. Frayne’s vision is to improve the health of the community by impacting the system from the ground up, both personally and professionally. He believes that the health of our community will be transformed if we focus on healthcare through an intergenerational lens - improving the health of women before pregnancies to achieve a healthier mother and child, and ultimately a healthier family and community. We can only do this well if we transform the way we deliver healthcare. Transformation can happen by focusing on quality outcomes and population health, expanding beyond the clinic structure and into the community AND dedicating ourselves to ending racism and creating equity for all.


photo Carriedelle Fusco, FNP
Nurse Practitioner
Co-director, MAHEC Office-Based Opioid Treatment Services
Phone: 828-258-0670
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

Carriedelle Wilson Fusco, MSN, FNP-BC, holds a master’s degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University and is board certified as a family nurse practitioner. Carriedelle joined the MAHEC Family Medicine Residency program in Asheville in 2012 and works with an interdisciplinary team to care for patients with chronic pain on chronic opioid therapy and patients struggling with opioid addiction and other substance use disorders. She also teaches medical, nursing, and pharmacy students; medical residents; other learners; and community providers in the management of chronic pain and substance use disorders. Carriedelle is the co-medical director for office-based opioid treatment services at MAHEC Family Health Centers. 


photo Josh Gettinger, MD
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Phone: 828-258-0670
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

photo Benjamin Gilmer, MD
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Phone: 828-258-0670
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Cane Creek
1542 Cane Creek Road
FletcherNC 28732
Map & Directions
Areas of special interest include toxicology, global health, infectious disease, OB, and ultrasonography.

photo Melissa Hicks, MD
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Program Director, Transitional Year Residency Program
Phone: 828-258-0670
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions
Areas of special interest include the full scope of family medical care, including caring for women during pregnancy and childbirth, along with the family.

photo Steve Hulkower, MD
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Phone: 828-258-0670
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions
Areas of special interest include sports medicine, care of adolescents and children, prevention and health promotion.

photo Laura Jacobson, MD
Sports Medicine Fellow
Phone: 828-257-4730
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

My name is Laura Jacobson, and I am one of the incoming primary care sports medicine fellows at MAHEC. I grew up in Sheboygan, WI with my parents and younger brother.  Growing up, I enjoyed having the opportunity to play a variety of sports but came to love soccer the most. I attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse as a molecular biology and Spanish major and was lucky to be able to continue playing soccer during my time there. I then moved to Chicago for medical school. During medical school I found my niche in family medicine, and knew that I wanted to pursue a career that included both primary care and sports medicine. I moved back to La Crosse, WI and completed my residency at Gundersen Health System. Outside of medicine, I enjoy traveling (especially visiting National Parks), hiking, kayaking, playing soccer, and reading. I am looking forward to starting my sports medicine fellowship at MAHEC and am excited to explore Asheville!


photo Sylvia Kauffman, MD
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Phone: 828-257-4730
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Enka/Candler
25 Westridge Market Place
CandlerNC 28715
Map & Directions

photo Jessica Knapp, DO, CAQSM
Director, Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program
Phone: 828-258-0670
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions
I started my training as an undergrad at Penn State Behrend where I was inducted into the college’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014 for my achievements as a long distance runner which included being named Behrend Female Athlete of the Year twice among other awards (I clearly liked competitive sports).

I went to Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine for my medical training and during that time was a head high-school and middle-school cross country and track coach. I trained in Wilmington, NC for my primary care residency and then completed my sports medicine fellowship at the University of Connecticut. After my fellowship, I worked as core faculty at Tufts Family Medicine Residency and helped teach the physical exam courses at Tufts School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School for several years. During that time I earned the Young investigator’s Research Grant Award and Humanitarian Award from the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.

My work and research is focused on female athletes and disordered eating, body image issues, the female athlete triad (energy deficiency, menstrual disturbances, and bone loss), the benefits of sports participation for young girls, and group visits to encourage pediatric patients to get moving. My husband and I moved to Asheville from Boston to be closer to friends and family and these beautiful mountains!


photo Heidi Knoll, MD
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Assistant Residency Program Director
Phone: 828-257-4730
Fax: 828-257-4750
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

I joined MAHEC in 2015, inspired by the quality,patient-centered, innovative healthcare that is the core of this organization.I was born and raised in northeast Ohio, then completed my undergraduate degree in psychology, medical school training, and family medicine residency training all at Brown University in Providence RI. After that, my next stop was Asheville, where I plan to stay!

My spouse and I were drawn to the cultural andoutdoor activity offerings this area provides and are delighted to be raisingour family here. I have a particular interest in full spectrum women’sreproductive health, pediatrics, group medical care including Centering Parenting(a group visit model for well infant care), and resident teaching. My favoriteaspect of family medicine however, is the diversity of seeing patients all theway from the newborn stage through end-of-life care.

My practice is full-spectrum, including prenatal/delivery care as well as adult/pediatric hospital care, although most of my clinical time is in our outpatient clinics seeing adults, children, and prenatal patients for their primary care needs. I see patients at both our Biltmore office and speak Spanish at a conversation level. I also provide transgender care services.


photo Kyle Knowlson, MD
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Phone: 828-257-4730
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

photo Valerie Krall, MA, LCMHC
Director, Behavioral Medicine
Phone: 828-258-0670
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

Areas of clinical interest include depression, anxiety and PTSD. Valerie utilizes cognitive-behavioral strategies as well as mindfulness and acceptance based approaches.


photo JT Labruyere, PA-C
Revenue Cycle Champion, Physician Assistant
Phone: 828-628-8250
Fax: 828-628-8633
MAHEC Family Health Center at Cane Creek
1542 Cane Creek Road
FletcherNC 28732
Map & Directions

photo Robyn Latessa, MD
Campus Director, UNC School of Medicine-Asheville Campus
Interim Chair for the Department of Research
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Phone: 828-257-4730
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions
Areas of special interest include pediatrics, dermatology, and infectious disease.

photo Lisa LaVallee, MD
Director, Family Medicine Residency Program
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Phone: 828-258-0670
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions
Areas of special interest include women and children’s health, OB, dermatology and osteoporosis.

photo Susan McDowell, MD
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Substance Use Educator
Phone: 828-257-4730
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

Susan has been in the WNC region since 2010 and enjoys taking care of patients from age 0 to 100.  She currently practices mainly at the MAHEC Newbridge site.  Special interests include women's health, chronic disease management, substance use disorder treatment, and care of children.


photo William McLean, MD
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Phone: 828-407-2400
Fax: 828-686-3365
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

photo Charley Messenger, PA-C, MMS, MS
Physician Assistant
Phone: 828-418-0040
Fax: 828-667-9515
MAHEC Family Health Center at Enka/Candler
25 Westridge Market Place
CandlerNC 28715
Map & Directions

photo Kerriann Minott, MD
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Community Faculty
Phone: 828-257-4730
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

photo Rathika Nimalendran, MD
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Phone: 828-257-4730
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

photo Julia Oat-Judge, MD
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Phone: 828-257-4730
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

Dr. Oat-Judge is the OB Curricular Director at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) Family Medicine Residency program in Asheville, North Carolina.

Dr. Oat-Judge received her medical degree from The John Hopkins School of Medicine in 2010and completed an OB/GYN internship at Brown Medical School in 2011, a FamilyMedicine residency at MAHEC in 2014, and a Maternal Child Health Fellowship atBrown Medical School in 2015. She provides comprehensive primary carefor patients of all ages (newborn through geriatric) and all genders.  Sheperforms a variety of procedures such as skin biopsies, joint injections,ultrasound, and management of pregnancy loss/miscarriage.  She has aspecial interest in reproductive health care and provides prenatal care forpregnant patients, hormonal treatment for transgender patients, and all formsof contraception including vasectomies, IUDs and contraceptive implants.

Dr. Oat-Judge speaks Spanish and welcomes Spanish-speaking patients.  Sehabla español! 

 


photo Ari Pence, MD
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Phone: 828-257-4730
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

Ari Pence is a Family Medicine Physician who recently graduated from residency at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL.  Dr. Pence practices full-spectrum family medicine, including obstetrical care. She believes in holistic, patient centered care for each individual. She has completed advanced training in Integrative Medicine through the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine. She is currently pursuing her IBCLC and Perinatal and Postpartum Mental Health provider licensure. She feels strongly about destigmatizing and providing excellent behavioral health care across the lifespan. She is also part of the OBOT team and cares those struggling with addiction. Outside of work she enjoys hiking, traveling (pre-COVID times), and spending time with her husband and their 2 year old daughter Poppy. She is fluent in Spanish.


photo Ginger Poulton, MD, MSEd, DipABLM
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Phone: 828-257-4747
Fax: 828-257-4763
MAHEC Family Health Center at Newbridge
218 Elkwood Avenue
AshevilleNC 28804
Map & Directions

I’m originally from Falls Church, VA. I graduated from the University of Virginia in 2004. It was there that I first became interested in medicine while serving as an impromptu Spanish medical interpreter at a free clinic in the area. After college I joined Teach for America. I worked as a high school science teacher in Phoenix, AZ, while enjoying lots of active pursuits out West. I spent my summers abroad working with healthcare personnel in Honduras and Uganda and decided to switch career paths.

I graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 2010 and was thrilled to come to Asheville for residency training at MAHEC. My husband and I have settled here with our two sons, and continue to enjoy all of the wonderful outdoor activities Asheville has to offer. I became board certified in Lifestyle Medicine in 2019 and am the Program Director for the Lifestyle Medicine Residency Curriculum.

I chose Family Medicine because I was excited by the opportunity to form long lasting relationships with patients and to help connect patients to valuable resources they need in the community.  I am thrilled to be working at the MAHEC Family Health Center at Newbridge, a satellite office on the North side of town.


photo Rebecca Putnam, MD
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Phone: 828-257-4730
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

I came to MAHEC for my residency after developing a love for full spectrum care during medical school in Colorado. I was chief resident and as faculty am happy to run the Adult IDD (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities) Assessment clinic where I provide primary care consultation to adults with special needs. I am also the medical director of the Acute Care Clinic which was the first outpatient clinic testing for and treating COVID in Western NC. I serve as faculty in both the Asheville Family Medicine residency and in our newer Transitional Year program, focusing on outpatient family medicine.

My favorite part of being a family doctor is getting to stick with my patients through all of life’s transitions, and also adapting to the new needs these transitions bring. During medical school I waffled between going into adolescent medicine, addiction, infectious disease, obstetrics, pediatrics, hospice, and geriatrics.  I get to do all of these as a family doctor!

In my free time I enjoy hiking, maintaining my garden, cooking, and most of all spending time with my family.


photo Lisa Reed, MD
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Phone: 828-257-4747
Fax: 828-257-4763
MAHEC Family Health Center at Newbridge
218 Elkwood Avenue
AshevilleNC 28804
Map & Directions
Welcome to MAHEC Family Medicine! We want to be your medical home. I am very happy to be practicing at MAHEC Family Health Center at Newbridge in Woodfin. I consider myself very lucky because I love my job. I get so much joy out of taking care of patients, from babies to older patients and everyone in between. I am particularly interested in women’s health, pediatrics, behavioral health and caring for Latino patients. I also provide transgender care services. It is wonderful to work in and out of the hospital to take comprehensive care of patients.

I grew up in Iowa, where I studied at Grinnell College and the University of Iowa. I completed residency here in Asheville with MAHEC Family Practice. I have been lucky to travel some and see healthcare practices around the world. I am happy to call Western North Carolina home. My husband and I love the fabulous local food and I love going on hilly runs with our sweet dog, Maggie. We are expecting our second child in early 2018.

photo Candie Ross-Moore, MSN, APRN, GNP, BC
Nurse Practitioner
Phone: 828-257-4730
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Givens
2360 Sweeten Creek Rd.
AshevilleNC 28803
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Candie Moore MSN, APRN GNP BC is a board certified Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. She received her post master’s graduate degree from St. Louis University and has over 25 years experience working with the elderly.

Candie has provided primary care to the frail elderly in multiple settings including: Acute Care,  Memory Care, Palliative Care, Hospice Care, Post Acute Care, Long Term Care and Assisted Living. 

Candie strongly believes it takes a village to provide quality care to older adults. This philosophy is what drew  her to MAHEC and our beautiful mountain community. She currently provides primary care at the Deerfield and Givens CCRC’s. Candie and her husband moved to Black Mountain to be closer to their children and grandchildren. She enjoys family, cooking, music, gardening, swimming, boating, fishing and the outdoors.


photo Amy Russell, MD
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Phone: 828-258-0670
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

photo Amy Santin, MD
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Phone: 828-628-8250
Fax: 828-628-8633
MAHEC Family Health Center at Cane Creek
1542 Cane Creek Road
FletcherNC 28732
Map & Directions

photo Joshua Schactman, MSW
Mental Health Professional
Phone: 828-257-4730
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

Josh joined the MAHEC faculty in December 2014. Josh has worked in adult mental health since 1999 and adult/child mental health since 2007. Before coming to MAHEC he helped established walk-in counseling and assessment services for adults and children in an outpatient community mental health setting. Additionally, Josh regularly consulted with DSS on complex cases in Rutherford and Polk County. Prior this he worked in an adult substance use program and partial hospitalization programs.

He completed his undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts and Masters degree in Social Work at University of Georgia. Josh works with patients to build on their strengths and resiliency, while working to connect them with resources in their own community. Josh believes strongly in matching interventions with patients’ readiness to change and having the relationship as the focal point for the change agent.


photo Shuchin Shukla, MD, MPH
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Opioid Educator
Phone: 828-257-4730
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

photo Matt Simpson, MD, MPH
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Phone: 828-257-4730
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

photo Eric Smith, MD
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Phone: 828-418-0040
Fax: 828-418-0041
MAHEC Family Health Center at Enka/Candler
25 Westridge Market Place
CandlerNC 28715
Map & Directions

photo Fred Stichel, MS, RD, LDN
Registered Dietitian
Phone: 828-257-4730
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

photo Carrie Torrey, PhD
Integrated Behavioral Health Care Provider
Phone: 828-257-4730
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

I joined MAHEC as a Behavioral Medicine Faculty member in 2022. I have lived in Asheville since 2013 and worked at the Asheville VA Medical Center prior to coming to MAHEC. While at the VA, I provided mental health care to Veterans and their families who were experiencing grief, end of life, cancer, life transitions, health challenges, relationship challenges, and aging. 

I was drawn to work at MAHEC for the diversity of clinical opportunities and client populations. MAHEC’s Family Medicine Department is widely known for its dynamic learning environment, which I have experienced firsthand while consulting alongside the talented family medicine team. I find all staff to be accessible, friendly, and incredibly smart and motivated. I feel fortunate that my colleagues continuously stimulate my own learning and make me a better therapist. Working alongside multiple disciplines allows me to think through clinical concerns from multiple perspectives and address client needs in a holistic manner. Working within the MAHEC Family Medicine clinic provides a solid community I can lean on for intellectual growth, emotional support, and innovation. It is truly an inspirational institution.

I hope to provide residents a safe and exciting environment to learn about the integrated care model, develop skills to build rapport with clients to ask challenging questions, and learn methods to motivate clients to engage in healthy behaviors.

Please don't hesitate to reach out to me if you would like to talk about the integration of behavioral health care within MAHEC Family Medicine.


photo Gloria Trujillo, MD
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Phone: 828-257-4730
Fax: 828-257-4750
MAHEC Family Health Center at Givens
2360 Sweeten Creek Rd.
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

photo Genevieve Verrastro, MD
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Phone: 828-257-4730
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

photo Jan Westphal, MD
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Phone: 828-257-4730
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

photo Suzie Willis, APRN, MSN, FNP
Nurse Practitioner
Phone:
Fax:
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

photo Jennifer Winn, PA-C
Physician Assistant, UNC Asheville
Phone: 828-257-4730
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

I am originally from Greenville, SC. I graduated from the College of Charleston in 1995 with a BS in Physical Education/ Exercise Physiology. I found my love of medicine at UNC Chapel Hill where I worked as a lab technician. I graduated from the Physician Assistant program at George Washington University in 2007. I greatly enjoy all aspects of patient care and am passionate about healthy living. Currently, I work with UNCA students at the Health and Counseling Center.  In my free time, I love spending time with my husband and kids. We love to bike, swim, and play outside. I am also an avid cyclist and enjoy yoga as well. 


photo Anja Woody, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Phone: 828-418-0040
Fax: 828-667-9515
MAHEC Family Health Center at Enka/Candler
25 Westridge Market Place
CandlerNC 28715
Map & Directions

photo Heather Zanzig, MSW, LCSW
Integrated Behavioral Health Care Provider
Phone: 828-257-4730
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
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I have my Master’s degree from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work. My clinical practice began in the late nineties when community mental health was a team-based approach. This shaped my belief which is that people can thrive when offered the opportunity for integrated care. My training is primarily with families and children (0-18 years) as well as pregnant and post-partum women. I’m passionate about supporting caregiver/child relationships because it can shift entire family dynamics and improve outcomes for all family members. My specialties include attachment, caregiver/child interactions, and anxiety reduction for children and adults using CBT strategies, mindfulness, and acceptance.


photo Angela Zarrella, FNP
Nurse Practitioner
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MAHEC Family Health Center at Cane Creek
1542 Cane Creek Road
FletcherNC 28732
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I am originally from the Boston area and moved to Asheville in 1999. My family wonders what keeps me in the south and I love telling them about this precious place and its many treasures I cherish: the landscapes, hikes, art, culture, beer, and the restaurants!! What hasn’t changed since moving is my love for the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. 

Healthcare is a second career for me and I am so glad I found my passion in caring for others. I am most satisfied when I work with vulnerable populations and/or have the opportunity help people when they need it most. I am currently enjoying working with people suffering with addiction. I also really enjoy advanced care planning. 

I live with my husband, three kiddos, two dogs and, I am now a cat lady.