Our highly qualified physicians are regional and national leaders in primary care sports medicine treatment and training.
Meet Your Doctors
Aaron Vaughan, MD
Dr. Aaron Vaughan is MAHEC's Sports Medicine Director and Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Director.
Dr. Vaughan is also the Primary Care Sports Medicine Director for Mission Sports Medicine in Asheville and 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 University of North Carolina Asheville, Warren Wilson College, and Asheville City Schools. He provides medical coverage for multiple local teams including the Asheville Rugby Football Club, Asheville Tourists, and Asheville City Soccer. 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.
Jessica Knapp, DO, CAQSM
Dr. Jessica Knapp serves as the Assistant Director of MAHEC's Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program.
Dr. Knapp is a research fellow with the North American Primary Care Research Group. Her work and research focuses 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.
An athlete herself, Jess started her training as an undergrad at Penn State Behrend where she was inducted into the college’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014 for her achievements as a long-distance runner that included being named Female Athlete of the Year twice among other awards.
Jess went to Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine for her medical training. While in medical school, she was served as head coach for high school and middle school cross country and track teams. She trained in Wilmington, NC for her primary care residency and then completed a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Connecticut. After her fellowship, Dr. Knapp worked as core faculty at Tufts Family Medicine Residency and spent several years teaching the physical exam courses at Tufts School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School. During that time, she earned the Young investigator’s Research Grant Award and Humanitarian Award from the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.
Jess and her husband moved to Asheville a few years ago to be closer to friends and family and these beautiful mountains.
Kyle Judkins, DO
Dr. Kyle Judkins is a primary care sports medicine fellow at MAHEC. He strongly believes in the treating the whole patient—mind, body, and spirit—and incorporates osteopathic manipulative therapy whenever he can to support his patients.
Kyle received his undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry from Wheaton College and then spent several years working in research in Connecticut. He made his way South to attend medical school at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Virginia Campus in Blacksburg. Dr. Judkins completed his family medicine residency at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he served as chief resident in his third year.
Originally from a small seaside town in Maine, Kyle and his wife (who is a native of Raleigh) both enjoy Asheville. They love to run, road cycle, mountain bike, hike, camp, and eat delicious food–all of which are readily available in Asheville and our surrounding mountains. Be sure to ask him about his unicycle and juggling!
Joshua Wu, DO
Dr. Joshua Wu is a primary care sports medicine fellow at MAHEC. He is passionate about sports medicine and nonsurgical treatment approaches to support athletes and weekend warriors alike.
After graduating from the University of Florida, Josh spent a year working at a physical therapy clinic that inspired him to learn more about musculoskeletal medicine at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Carolinas Campus in Spartanburg, South Carolina. After graduating from medical school, Dr. Wu completed his family medicine residency at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Virginia. Throughout his medical education, he worked alongside team physicians at various high schools and colleges including the University of South Carolina, College of William & Mary, and Christopher Newport University.
During his free time, Josh enjoys running, playing almost every sport, paddle boarding, tubing, kayaking, outdoor adventures, exploring new places, and hanging out with friends and family.