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AppFamily Medicine Providers

AppFamily Medicine providers are a team of board-certified family medicine physicians joined by resident physicians as a part of the MAHEC Rural Family Residency Program in Boone. Our residents are doctors who are fully licensed to practice medicine in North Carolina. AppFamily physicians work together with our residents to provide family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, care for older adults, same-day cute care, and more, while training talented young doctors.

Molly Benedum, MD

Molly Benedum, MD

AppFamily Medicine

Specialty: Family Medicine 

Dr. Molly Benedum is a board-certified family physician. She provides comprehensive primary care for all ages, including newborn/pediatric care and inpatient hospital care. Special clinical interests include women’s health, adolescent medicine, and integrative medicine. She loves caring for underserved and vulnerable populations. She divides her time between seeing patients and directing the new MAHEC Rural Family Medicine Residency Program and is passionate about teaching the next generation of excellent primary care physicians to serve the High Country.

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Amanda Blaylock, PA-C

Amanda Blaylock, PA-C

AppFamily Medicine

Specialty: Family Medicine

Amanda Blaylock joined the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System team in November 2016. She received her bachelor’s degree in Health Education and Behavior from the University of Florida in 2011. She went on to complete her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies at Bethel University in McKenzie, TN in 2015. Before moving to Boone, the Georgia native worked for an urgent care in Austin, TX. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, watching football and going to the gym.

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David Brendle, DO

David Brendle, DO

AppFamily Medicine

Specialty: Family Medicine

David Brendle, DO, joined Appalachian Regional Healthcare System in April 2017. Dr. Brendle completed his undergraduate degree in Business Administration at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and his master’s degree in Exercise Science at Appalachian State University. Before attending medical school, he worked at the Geriatric Research and Education Clinical Center (GRECC) in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pennsylvania and completed his family medicine residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC.

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Alycia M. Brown, MD

Alycia M. Brown, MD

AppFamily Medicine

Specialty: Psychiatry

Dr. Alycia Brown earned her medical degree from UNC Chapel Hill in 2000, and completed her psychiatric residency and child fellowship there as well.  She worked in private practice in Graham, NC, and at a hospital and clinic in Fort Wayne, Indiana, but is happy to finally call the High Country her home.

Dr. Brown has a passion for treating anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and ADHD. She is double board certified in child and adult psychiatry, and she particularly enjoys working with adolescents and college students. In her personal time, she loves traveling, reading, and hiking with her border collie Riley.

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Chris L. McCracken, MD

Chris L. McCracken, MD

AppFamily Medicine

Specialty: Family Medicine

Chris McCracken, MD graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA, and completed his Family Medicine residency at Washington Hospital in Washington, PA. Particular interests of his within Family Medicine include women’s health, pediatric and adolescent medicine, orthopaedic and sports medicine, and in-office dermatologic procedures.

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Beverly Womack, MD

Beverly Womack, MD

AppFamily Medicine

Specialty: Obstetrics, Gynecology, Women’s Health

Dr. Beverly Womack, a board certified gynecologist, graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with a B.S. degree in Microbiology from the University of Georgia. She completed medical school and residency at Medical College of Georgia, serving as the chief administrative resident in 2001. Dr. Womack moved to Boone from Americus, Georgia in 2009 with her husband and two busy boys.

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Laura Zimmerman, MD

Laura Zimmerman, MD

AppFamily Medicine

Specialty: Family Medicine

Laura Zimmerman, Ph.D., M.D., provides same-day and walk-in care at AppFamily Medicine. Dr. Zimmerman completed her medical training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her residency at Duke University Medical Center and Pitt County Memorial Hospital. Outside of medicine, she also has her M.ED. from the University of Houston and her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

Before joining Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, she practiced medicine at Rex Express Care in Holly Springs, NC. When not at work, she enjoys reading, exercise and going to the theatre.

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Second Year Residents

John Cunningham, MD

John Cunningham, MD

MAHEC Rural Family Medicine Residency

Specialty: Family Medicine

Dr. Cunningham received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed medical school at The University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He particularly enjoys taking care of patients in the hospital. Outside of work, he and his wife take advantage of the beautiful outdoor activities the High Country offers, especially rock climbing, and cooking together.

Jeb Fox, MD

Jeb Fox, MD

MAHEC Rural Family Medicine Residency

Specialty: Family Medicine

Dr. Fox is originally from Boone. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from N.C. State University and then went on to Chapel Hill to earn his MD from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Fox is passionate about rural underserved populations, particularly in Appalachia, mental health, reducing stigma, substance use disorders, wilderness medicine, prenatal care, and migrant worker populations.  In his leisure time, he loves to do all things all things music and/or snow sports. He plays guitar and piano, sings, and occasionally tries his hand at writing and recording.

Erinn Murphy, DO

Erinn Murphy, DO

MAHEC Rural Family Medicine Residency

Specialty: Family Medicine

Dr. Murphy received her undergraduate degree from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and attended The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Virginia. She is particularly interested in pediatrics, LGBT medicine, mental health, reproductive health, and osteopathic manipulative treatment. Outside of work, Dr. Murphy enjoys spending time with her fiancé and young daughter.

Lindsey Shapiro, DO

Lindsey Shapiro, DO

MAHEC Rural Family Medicine Residency

Specialty: Family Medicine

Dr. Shapiro received her undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University and attended The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas. She is particularly interested in lifestyle medicine, pediatrics, reproductive/women's health, mental health, and osteopathic manipulative treatment. Outside of work, Dr. Shapiro can be found painting and creating art, growing cut flowers for arrangements, enjoying the outdoors, and playing with her Sheltie, Riley.

First Year Residents

Connor Glen Brunson, MD

Connor Glen Brunson, MD

MAHEC Rural Family Medicine Residency

Specialty: Family Medicine

Dr. Brunson comes to the High Country with a background as a middle school science teacher and an EMT. He earned a BS in Public Health from the University of South Carolina and his medical degree at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville. His special clinical interests include obstetrics, narrative medicine and underserved populations. He says being in Boone helps him reconnect with a small community and return to nature. Dr. Brunson is a musician who writes his own music as well as plays the guitar, drums and piano. He is also a Dungeons and Dragons enthusiast.

Toria Knox, DO

Toria Knox, DO

MAHEC Rural Family Medicine Residency

Specialty: Family Medicine

Dr. Knox is passionate about rural underserved healthcare in Appalachia. She received her BS in biochemistry from Virginia Tech and DO from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her special clinical interests include lifestyle medicine, osteopathic manipulative treatment and caring for vulnerable populations. She enjoys gardening, outdoor activities, learning new things, and snuggling with her 16-year-old cat Rascal.

Caitlin Porter, DO

Caitlin Porter, DO

MAHEC Rural Family Medicine Residency

Specialty: Family Medicine

Originally from the mountains of Western North Carolina, Dr. Porter is excited about practicing medicine in Boone. She received a degree in biology from Gardner-Webb University and completed medical school at Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine. Special clinical interests include patient education, rural and underserved populations, and osteopathic manipulative treatments. She enjoys fishing, hiking, spending time with family and hanging out with her goldendoodle Bogey. Her husband is a teaching professional at Grandfather Golf and Country Club.

Jessica Stevens, MD

Jessica Stevens, MD

MAHEC Rural Family Medicine Residency

Specialty: Family Medicine

Dr. Stevens welcomes the opportunity to return to and serve within a community she loves for her residency. She received her undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University and then attended UNC Chapel Hill for medical school. Her special clinical interests include lifestyle/prenatal medicine and sexual health. She enjoys trail running, backpacking, tiny living, botany, reading and spending time with her partner Will and dog Sam.