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
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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
Faculty Physician
Phone: 828-418-0040
Fax: 828-418-0041
MAHEC Family Health Center at Enka/Candler
1914 Smokey Park Highway
CandlerNC 28715
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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
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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 Enka/Candler
1914 Smokey Park Highway
CandlerNC 28715
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photo Rebecca Bernstein, MD
Internal Medicine Faculty, Continuing Professional Development Medical Director
Phone: 828-771-3500
Fax: 828-412-4171
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
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Undergraduate:
Indiana University
Medical School:
New York Medical College
Residency:
Montefiore Medical Center, Primary Care and Social Medicine

Dr. Rebecca Bernstein has worked in WNC as an internal medicine hospitalist for the past 12 years. She has taught MAHEC family medicine residents on the inpatient teaching service. She served as medical director of the inpatient diabetes program creating a unique team of providers caring for patients with inpatient hyperglycemia and diabetes.  She also served at chairperson of the Mission Health Diversity Committee, educating healthcare workers on implicit bias and identifying local healthcare disparities.


photo Stephanie Call, MD, MSPH
Internal Medicine Residency Program Director
Phone: 828-771-3500
Fax: 828-412-4171
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions
Undergraduate:
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Medical School:
University of Maryland at Baltimore
Internship:
Internal Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Residency:
Internal Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Chief Resident:
Internal Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Fellowship:
General Internal Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Past faculty appointments:
University of Alabama at Birmingham (Associate Program Director)
University of Louisville (Associate Program Director)
Virginia Commonwealth University (Program Director, Associate Chair)

Dr. Stephanie Call was recruited to start the Internal Medicine Training Program at MAHEC in the fall of 2019.  Dr. Call is a nationally recognized educator, recently receiving the national Associate of Program Directors in Internal Medicine Distinguished Medical Educator Award.  She was also a recipient of the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award - one of the highest honors bestowed by the ACGME.  She is recurrently recognized by her learners and institutions, having received numerous teaching awards from each of the medical universities with which she was affiliated, including a recent University-wide Distinguished Teacher Award and an award recognizing her leadership in graduate medical education.  Dr. Call was also recognized as Working Mother of the Year in 2012 for demonstrating that you don’t have to choose between a fulfilling career and a wonderful personal life (And her three daughters, Alex, Katie and Emma, agree!).


photo Mike Coladonato, MD
Family Practice Physician
Phone: 828-628-8250
Fax: 828-628-8633
MAHEC Family Health Center at Cane Creek
1542 Cane Creek Road
FletcherNC 28732
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As Director of the Cane Creek satellite office, I provide full-spectrum family medicine to the local community, strive to teach our residents small practice practicalities and survival skills, and inspire the community to be healthful. My interests inside of medicine include international work, medical acupuncture, obstetrics, office procedures including vasectomy, resident education, nutrition, inpatient medicine, Latino outreach, and striving to be the best family doc I can be.

photo Steve Crane, MD
Faculty
Phone: 828-693-4431
Fax: 828-693-4434
WNC Family Medical Center
510 Balsam Road
HendersonvilleNC 28792
Map & Directions
Areas of special interest include wellness and prevention, healthy aging and general adult medicine.

photo Diana Curran, MD
Faculty
Phone: 828-692-4223
Fax: 828-697-4691
Henderson County Department of Public Health
1200 Spartanburg Highway
HendersonvilleNC 28792
Map & Directions

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

photo Blake Fagan, MD
Chief Education Officer, UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC
Faculty, 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
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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
Phone: 828-258-0670
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
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Areas of special interest include family centered maternity care (low risk obstetrics), indigent Hispanic population, integrated behavioral health and resident teaching.

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
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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 Practice 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 Practice Physician
Phone: 828-258-0670
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Cane Creek
1542 Cane Creek Road
FletcherNC 28732
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Areas of special interest include toxicology, global health, infectious disease, OB, and ultrasonography.

photo Melissa Hicks, MD
Family Practice 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
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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
Director, Division of Family Medicine
Phone: 828-258-0670
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
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Areas of special interest include sports medicine, care of adolescents and children, prevention and health promotion.

photo Jessica Knapp, DO, CAQSM
Assistant 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
Faculty Physician/Asst 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 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 Nancy Kubiak, MD, FACP
Internal Medicine Faculty, Medical Director & Associate Residency Program Director
Phone: 828-771-3500
Fax: 828-412-4171
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions
Undergraduate:
Texas A&M University
Medical School:
Baylor University, College of Medicine
Internship:
Internal Medicine, Primary Care, University of Colorado
Residency:
Internal Medicine, University of Mississippi
Chief Resident:
Internal Medicine, University of Mississippi
Past faculty appointments:
University of Louisville (Associate Program Director, Medical Director)

Dr. Nancy Kubiak has a long history of involvement in graduate medical education in Internal Medicine, having served as an Associate Program Director and as the director of an Internal Medicine Resident and Fellow Outpatient Practice.  She has been repeatedly recognized for teaching excellence by her past institutions and trainees, and led curricular innovations in both primary care and in the foundations of quality improvement. She is joining MAHEC as an experienced educator, associate program director and medical clinical director.


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
Phone: 828-257-4730
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
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Areas of special interest include pediatrics, dermatology, and infectious disease.

photo Lisa LaVallee, MD
Director, Family Medicine 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 women and children’s health, OB, dermatology and osteoporosis.

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

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

photo Caroline Mueller, MD, M.Ed, FACP, FAAP
Internal Medicine Residency Program Associate Director
Phone: 828-771-3500
Fax: 828-412-4171
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions
Undergraduate:
University of Illinois
Medical School:
University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Residency:
Internal Medicine-Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati
Past faculty appointments:
University of Cincinnati, (Program Director of the Cincinnati Hospital Group Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency)

For 30 years Dr. Caroline Mueller has been a primary care physician, and her goal was nurturing residents in their knowledge, skills, and relationships with patients over their years of training in both the ambulatory and inpatient settings. She was the first resident to train as a med-peds person at the program in Cincinnati, so she knows what is involved to be a resident who is blazing trails. She was the Program Director for the Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency for many years, during which time the residency became one of the most successful in the country, but it was the opportunity to provide a challenging yet secure training environment that motivated her most. To be able to say "I have your back" to young physicians who are pushing themselves to be their best is a great honor. Other roles included ward team attending, student clinic attending, and humanism in medicine preceptor.


photo Julia Oat-Judge, MD
Assistant Director, Family Medicine Residency Program
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 Assistant Program Director and OBCurricular Director at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) FamilyMedicine Residency program in Asheville, North Carolina.

Dr. Oat-Judgereceived 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 Ginger Poulton, MD, MSEd, DipABLM
Family Practice 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 Vicki Power, CNM
Nurse Midwife
Phone: 828-692-4223
Fax: 828-697-4691
Henderson County Department of Public Health
1200 Spartanburg Highway
HendersonvilleNC 28792
Map & Directions

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

photo Lisa Reed, MD
Family Practice 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 Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

photo Amy Russell, MD
Family Practice 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 Practice 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
Opioid Educator
Phone:
Fax:
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

photo Eric Smith, MD
Family Practice Physician
Phone: 828-418-0040
Fax: 828-418-0041
MAHEC Family Health Center at Enka/Candler
1914 Smokey Park Highway
CandlerNC 28715
Map & Directions

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

photo Gloria Trujillo, MD
Family Practice Faculty
Phone: 828-257-4730
Fax: 828-257-4750
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

photo Aaron Vaughan, MD
Director, MAHEC Sports Medicine, Director, Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship
Phone: 828-258-0670
Fax: 828-257-4738
MAHEC Family Health Center at Biltmore
123 Hendersonville Road
AshevilleNC 28803
Map & Directions

Dr. Vaughan is a clinical assistant professor for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His primary professional interests include non-surgical orthopedics, ultrasound medicine, regenerative medicine, exercise as medicine, and traumatic brain injury and concussion management. Aaron actively conducts research on the national level with the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.

Aaron serves as the team physician for Warren Wilson College. He provides medical coverage for multiple local teams including the Asheville Rugby Football Club. Dr. Vaughan also serves on the board of directors for the Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission and has been the medical director for multiple events including the 2018 and 2019 International Tennis Fed Cup, the Biltmore Marathon, the Lake Logan Triathlon, the Asheville Turkey Trot, the Hellbender 100-mile trail race, and the Haute Route international cycling race.

A graduate of Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dr. Vaughan completed his family medicine residency at the University of Virginia. He completed a primary care sports medicine fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was the team physician for Carolina Hurricanes professional hockey team as well as for the university. Aaron has called Western North Carolina and Asheville home since 2013. He enjoys travel, trail running, and cycling among other outdoor activities.


photo Anja Woody, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Phone: 828-418-0040
Fax: 828-667-9515
MAHEC Family Health Center at Enka/Candler
1914 Smokey Park Highway
CandlerNC 28715
Map & Directions