Family Medicine Residency Program in Hendersonville People

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Evan Beasley*, MD, Residency Program Director - Hendersonville
Phone: 828-696-4289; Fax: 828-696-2350
Blue Ridge Community Health Services
2579 Chimney Rock Road
Hendersonville, NC  28792

I’m so glad you have found yourself exploring our program. I truly feel it is like no other program, and in a place like no other. While I was at LSU Medical School in New Orleans, I knew I wanted to do Family Medicine in unique and challenging ways. I wanted to be a part of something excellent, and my wife and I agreed on being in a place where every weekend could feel like vacation. We definitely found that in our program here, and three babies later, I’m so proud to be a graduate of this program.

I started to form a clear picture of what I wanted professionally, and when the opportunity came to work in a Teaching Health Center, where I could still practice inpatient, obstetrics, and be a teacher, I was ecstatic. It was even more amazing that it was happening right here under our noses. It’s truly a place where we are large enough to be a part of that change.

I’m so happy to be practicing in a clinic where we truly sere all people, and also to work with such amazing faculty and residents. And it doesn’t hurt to be surrounded by beauty, and to have some of the best mountain and road biking on the east coast. I hope you will consider a visit and take hold of all the opportunities available.
Andrew Morris, MD, Assistant Residency Program Director - Hendersonville
Phone: 828-696-1234; Fax: 828-696-1257
Hendersonville Family Health Center
709 N. Justice Street, Suite B
Hendersonville, NC  28791

After completing family medicine residency at MAHEC in Asheville, I discovered an enjoyment of clinical education while supervising learners during a 2-year term at Clinica Hombro a Hombro in southern Honduras. Upon returning to the U.S., I was drawn to North Carolina for the third time, the first being at Davidson College and this time to work with a great residency program that benefits from its relationship with four excellent organizations: MAHEC, University of North Carolina, Blue Ridge Community Health Services, and Pardee UNC Health Care.  

Each of these organizations contributes to a robust residency experience rolled out in a community health center and community hospital. I consider it a privilege to work alongside innovative and compassionate colleagues who are adapting to both local and national medical needs with new ideas about how to offer quality care to patients from all walks of life. Hendersonville is a place where I have the opportunity to practice the spectrum of what I was trained to do while adding new knowledge and skills to meet my patient’s needs; most recently in the areas of MAT, hepatitis C, and point-of-care ultrasound. My other medical activities include being the medical director of two local camps, a volunteer at The Free Clinics, and an instructor/course committee member for the Missionary Medicine for physicians course at Equip International.   

My wife, Laura, and I love living here with our four children: Luke, Gabriel, Ana, and Sam. During this season of life, they are my main hobby. It is a joy to raise them here with a sense of community and an appreciation for God’s creation as we hike the hills, explore the forests, ski the lakes, and cool off in the streams of Western North Carolina. We are an active part of our local church, Henderson County foster care, and our children’s schools. Once you come visit here, you will see why it is so hard to leave.

Margaret Baer*, LCSW, Behavioral Health faculty
Phone: 828-696-1234; Fax: 828-696-1257
Hendersonville Family Health Center
709 N. Justice Street, Suite B
Hendersonville, NC  28791

My family and I have lived in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina since 2000. We moved from our home in Little Rock, Arkansas and could not have made a better choice in terms of a place to raise our children and enjoy hiking, biking and being together in the outdoors. I attended the University of Arkansas and completed my Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1991. Since then I have had the pleasure of working with a wide variety of clients in many different settings and can honestly say I have never had a job in social work that I did not love. My job as a provider for BRCHS and the behavioral health faculty for our MAHEC residency program is an amazing opportunity that is the perfect balance of clinical work and teaching. I love everything about working with this diverse and energetic group of residents and look forward to many years of helping to educate family physicians about integrated care and the wonderful ways that we can serve patients by joining forces and creating a team of caring providers for each of them. Our son, Levi, is 22 and the proud owner of a bachelor’s degree in social work and our daughter, Olivia, is 18 and a senior at Hendersonville High School. I am fortunate to be married to my best friend, Fred, and we look forward to many more years in these beautiful mountains!
Diana Curran, MD, Faculty
Phone: 828-692-4223; Fax: 828-697-4691
Henderson County Department of Public Health
1200 Spartanburg Highway
Hendersonville, NC  28792

I am a family physician, and have been faculty for the Hendersonville Family Medicine Residency Program since 1996. I teach clinical rotations at the county health department in Obstetrics and Gynecology. In addition, I teach public health, community medicine, laboratory medicine, and coordinate the resident community projects. As the medical director at the Henderson County Department of Public Health since 1999, part of my role is to link family medicine with public health -- enhancing the resident experience in caring for Spanish-speaking, the uninsured, and low-income patients. I graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1993 and did my residency at the MAHEC Family Medicine Residency in Asheville. I have completed a fellowship in Faculty Development at the UNC School of Medicine and have a certificate in Community Preparedness and Disaster Management. My husband, Gary Curran, is also a family physician in private practice in Asheville. We are the proud parents of two children, Genevieve and Paul. We love living in the mountains where we can do our favorite activities including hiking, biking, running, white water rafting and canoeing, photography, spotting wildflowers and teaching our children about wildlife and gardening.



Teresa Fralix*, MD, PhD, Faculty
Phone: 828-692-4289; Fax: 828-696-2350
Blue Ridge Community Health Services
2579 Chimney Rock Road
Hendersonville, NC  28792

As an avid runner, hiker, biker and gardener, Western NC is my outdoor paradise. As a family physician committed to accessible, quality healthcare for all, my faculty position with Blue Ridge Community Health Services is an opportunity to serve the most vulnerable population living in our mountains. After my Family Medicine residency with MAHEC in Asheville, I completed a Rural Faculty Fellowship at the Hot Springs Health Program in Madison County, followed by a faculty position with MAHEC in Hendersonville. I recently returned to WNC after six years at another community health center, and I am very excited to be part of the new teaching health center paradigm. There is no better way to enhance the health of our entire community, particularly our most vulnerable patients, than to train and retain family medicine doctors as part of our community health center work.

Magdalena Hayes, MD, Faculty
Phone: 828-696-1234; Fax: 828-696-1257
Hendersonville Family Health Center
709 N. Justice Street, Suite B
Hendersonville, NC  28791

As a WNC native it has been my dream to return to this area for quite some time. I was excited to join the Hendersonville MAHEC Faculty because it allows me to continue doing all the things I’ve been trained to do, and to help teach residents and medical students.

After working at UCLA Medical Center and in the LA-County Health System, it’s a relief to join a smaller medical community. I am very impressed with the Pardee Health System, and the services that are available here. This is a great environment to learn, grow, and deliver high-quality patient care.
When I’m not working I enjoy hiking, cooking, traveling, and attending live music events. Living in Hendersonville is great for access to hiking trails, farmer’s markets, and concerts. I also have a 9-year-old German Shepherd Mix named Zora. My family is in Asheville and South Carolina.

Bryan Hodge, DO, Faculty
Phone: 828-696-1234; Fax: 828-696-1257
Hendersonville Family Health Center
709 N. Justice Street, Suite B
Hendersonville, NC  28791

Having completed a National Health Service Corps Scholarship at a Community Health Center in underserved St. Louis, I have found myself re-committing to academic teaching and serving an underserved population here with MAHEC and Blue Ridge Community Health. I was drawn to the dedication, innovation, and balance that I found in the residents and faculty at this program. My clinical passions include innovative practice models, improving health disparities by working with diverse and vulnerable patient populations, chronic disease management, and preventative medicine. This has led me to an array of experiences abroad in Honduras, Guatemala, and Kenya, as well as challenges closer to home like working with homeless diabetic patients and group visit models. Working in underserved communities with residents inspires me to create change that matters for those that need it most. I am constantly reminded how family medicine allows me the best opportunity to impact the lives of others in a positive sustainable fashion as well as treat patients as whole individuals. I consider myself very fortunate and inspired to be practicing and teaching in an environment that enthusiastically shares this belief.

Out of the office, I am happily surrounded by the commotion of four young daughters, a supportive wife, and the male companionship of a shih tzu toy dog. We enjoy traveling, camping, running, hiking, and swimming as well as exploring all the joys of Western North Carolina.
Amy Marietta*, MD, MPH, Faculty
Phone: 828-894-2222; Fax: 828-894-2229
Polk Health Center
155 West Mills Street
Columbus, NC  28722

My passion for community and public health started while working as an interpreter and medical assistant in a Latino community clinic in Washington, DC. I completed my medical and public health degrees at UNC Chapel Hill, and I was lucky enough to participate in the first class of the Asheville Longitudinal Program. I quickly fell in love with the people of western North Carolina, its engaged medical community, and the Blue Ridge mountains. I left North Carolina for my training at the Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program in Northern California, where I cared for underserved patients at the program’s teaching health center in the heart of wine country.

My life had changed a lot after three years of residency! I married my husband Lance, and we had our little girl Ellie at the beginning of my PGY3 year. After training, we wanted to come back to the North Carolina mountains. The mission and commitment to the underserved at Blue Ridge Community Health Services resonated with me, and I accepted a position as a family doctor at their teaching health center in Hendersonville, also working at their new rural site in Polk county. At Blue Ridge, I provide primary care services at both sites, with a particular interest in reproductive health and prenatal care. I teach family medicine residents at the MAHEC Hendersonville site, the Henderson county health department, and on the obstetrics service at Pardee hospital, where I also deliver my own patients. I am inspired every day by my brilliant, creative, and passionate colleagues dedicated to providing care to come of the area’s most vulnerable patients and teaching a love for full spectrum rural family medicine.

My family and I are excited to be back in the mountains with such a great community. We enjoy hiking, swimming, visiting local fairs and farmer’s markets, and my daughter’s favorite - hanging out with the goats at the Carl Sandberg house!


Hayam Shaker, MD, Faculty
Phone: 828-696-1234; Fax: 828-696-1257
Hendersonville Family Health Center
709 N. Justice Street, Suite B
Hendersonville, NC  28791

BA: College of Science, Cairo University
MS: Ain Shams University
MD: Kasr Al Aini Medical School, Cairo University

After graduating from the MAHEC Residency program in 2000, I immediately joined the faculty and have been a member of the program ever since. I moved to the United States in 1991 after serving as a physician in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War. I discovered my passion for teaching after taking care of the underserved population in Egypt. Teaching students, mid-level professionals, residents and patients has always been the highlight of my career. Serving in a rural community has always been fulfilling for me because this is the same environment in which I grew up. Currently, I am interested in my community’s nutrition, as both malnutrition and over-nutrition carry significant health risks to the whole population. Outside of work, I am happily surrounded by my three precious sons, Andrew, Samuel and Mark and my lovely daughter Cheryl. I enjoy travelling, swimming, tennis and Middle Eastern cuisine.

Julie Todd*, MD, Faculty
Phone: 828-692-4289; Fax: 828-696-2350
Blue Ridge Community Health Services
2579 Chimney Rock Road
Hendersonville, NC  28792

After graduating from medical school at UNC Chapel Hill, I left my east coast roots and headed out to Ventura, California for my Family Medicine Residency training. It was an awesome experience living in a new place and forming a close group of residency friends, but I always planned to come back to North Carolina to be closer to family. It was also very important to me to practice in an underserved area and enjoy where I live. Luckily, I found all of that in Hendersonville.

I was immediately drawn to Blue Ridge because of its mission to take care of the migrant farm worker population. When it turned out I could work with residents and keep practicing inpatient medicine and OB along with this mission, I knew it was a great fit. I am very excited to be joining such a creative, dedicated, and experienced team of providers all working toward the same goals: providing excellent care to those who need it most and training residents to be the best doctors they can be. My favorite parts of family medicine are dermatology, procedures, women’s health, and everything to do with obstetrics!

My family has enjoyed getting to know Hendersonville, Asheville, and the surrounding areas. We love local produce, reading, movies, hiking, running, and watching the seasons change.

MaryShell Zaffino*, MD, Faculty
Phone: 828-692-4289; Fax: 828-696-2350
Blue Ridge Community Health Services
2579 Chimney Rock Road
Hendersonville, NC  28792

We moved to Asheville in 2008 for my family medicine residency at MAHEC Asheville. We love the area so much and have met so many wonderful people that we never want to leave. I started working for Blue Ridge Community Health Services shortly after graduating from residency as I wanted to work in a Community Health Center. The work is fulfilling and challenging, and although some days are the latter more than the former, I love what I do and where I work. There are amazing people here, and my job gets more inclusive every day. Initially, I was seeing primarily middle aged adults with a few scattered well child checks. Now I am seeing those patients plus more children, prenatal patients, procedures, including colposcopy, and TEACHING! I’m excited that BRCHS and MAHEC have merged and to have residents in the clinic. It allows me to learn more and to be a better doctor in attempts to provide a better example to learning physicians.

We also love the community here. Between Hendersonville, Asheville, and surrounding areas, there is a lot to do! We particularly enjoy getting outside, riding bikes, hiking, and of course, just hanging out with our children and friends. There are many fun festivals, sporting events, and gathering places. It’s a great place to be!

* Denotes a healthcare provider not employed by MAHEC.