Family Medicine - Asheville


We are a rigorous Family Medicine training program based in scenic Asheville, North Carolina. Our transformative residency program under the Mountain Area Health Education Center is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains and primarily serves the rural, often underserved, populations of the Western NC region. As of June 2015, our primary practice site has achieved the highest level status as a PCMH, helping to provide the best possible care for our patients and the best education for our residents.

Our goal at the MAHEC Family Medicine Residency Program in Asheville is to develop residents into highly skilled and compassionate physicians through quality education, innovative practice, evidence-informed decision making, and collaborative, team-based care. Our graduates’ skills extend beyond the care of the individual patient into population health, community needs assessment, scholarship, healthcare advocacy, and practice management in an evolving healthcare system. We train family physicians who can practice full-spectrum Family Medicine anywhere, from rural to urban and regional to global settings.

For more than 40 years our curriculum has offered outstanding training in our Family Health Centers and our world-class hospital system. Residents have always been key contributors to our program’s environment of innovation. This comprehensive training is highlighted by strong commitments to maternity care/women's health, behavioral medicine, geriatrics, sports medicine, global and community-based care, rural medicine, and care of special populations including patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities and substance use disorders. We remain committed to the care of our patients without regard to their ability to pay.

We encourage you to apply for a position with us.


MAHEC is committed to creating an equitable and inclusive place to work, learn, and receive care. We actively recruit physicians, staff, and students from underrepresented minorities, and we strive to implement policies and procedures that value and support diverse backgrounds and experiences. MAHEC does not discriminate on the basis of socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, spiritual practice, geography, disability, or age.

Click here to learn more about our participation in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Pursuing Equity Learning and Action Network.


Lisa LaVallee
Program Director

Heidi Knoll
Assistant Program Director

Julia Oat-Judge
Assistant Program Director

Natalie Smith
Program Administrator

Kelci Dishner
Program Coordinator/Scheduler


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4th Year Medical Student Rotations

If you are interested in completing a 4th year rotation with us, please contact Cheri Y. Fleming, BSHWP, GME Program Specialist. Learn more about our rotations.

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This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1,656,886 with 0 percent financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit