Our Providers

Our highly qualified physicians are regional and national leaders in primary care sports medicine treatment and training.


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 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 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!