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MAHEC Boone Rural Family Medicine Residency

MAHEC Boone Rural Family Medicine Residency

The MAHEC Boone Rural Family Medicine Residency Program, located at Watauga Medical Center, and AppFamily Medicine is a partnership between ARHS and Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) and will also serve as a clinical training site for medical students from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. The program was created to train full-scope family doctors to serve in rural and underserved communities. Resident training will take three years, and ARHS and MAHEC are hopeful that many residents will choose to continue their careers in the High Country.

 

Second Year Residents

John Cuningham, MD

John Cuningham, MD

MAHEC Rural Family Medicine Residency

Specialty: Family Medicine

Dr. Cuningham 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.

School and sports physicals: Important whether learning in-person or remotely

School and sports physicals: Important whether learning in-person or remotely

A. Kyle Wilson, MD, is a family medicine doctor at Baker Center for Primary Care. Dr. Wilson is skilled in providing care for the whole family, including infant, pediatric, adolescent, and adult patients.

 

School & Sports Physical Now more than ever, it is important that all school-aged children and adolescents obtain a school or sports physical. One of the primary benefits of this visit is to help students and their families better understand how they can stay well as our nation continues to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

A school physical is designed to cover many different components that make up a student’s overall health and wellbeing.

  • screening students for heart related problems
  • assessing vaccination status
  • addressing conditions that could require a treatment plan prior to returning to school
  • vision and hearing screening
  • addressing potential developmental and behavioral concerns
  • other factors that affect a student’s well-being and educational success.

 

Getting ready for the school/sports physical visit

 

Prior to the visit, it will be helpful to think through your student’s past medical history and existing medical problems. Filling out any patient paperwork for your provider will help guide you on what type of information to include.

An important part of a student’s medical history includes family history of any potential heart-related problems as well as specific pediatric diseases. It will be helpful if parents or guardians are able to tell the provider if the patient has any family members who have passed away at a young age due to a heart-related condition. This will help the provider assess the student’s risk of heart-related issues.

 

Setting students up for success

 

Another important part of a school physical involves addressing the student’s exercise tolerance. Does the student become mildly short of breath upon exercising only for a few minutes? Can the student participate in exercise activities similar to other students in his or her class? Questions like these can help the provider assess many different things such as screening the patient for asthma and musculoskeletal disorders.

The school physical also provides the opportunity for parents or guardians to discuss potential concerns regarding the student’s behavior or development. Learning disorders often go unidentified through adolescence. It is important that each student is empowered with the opportunity to perform at his or her best level. The doctor can help identify, manage and make any assessment referrals for possible conditions such as hearing and vision loss, ADHD, learning disabilities, and more.

Occasionally, accommodations are needed so that students can meet their academic potential. Earlier identification gives opportunities for earlier interventions, if needed. A school physical is an excellent opportunity to better understand how the student can ultimately be given the best chance to meet his or her aspirations.

 

We can help

 

At AppFamily Medicine, Baker Center for Primary Care, and Davant Medical Clinic*, we desire to be a medical home for the entire family – infant, pediatric, adolescent and adult (*Davant Medical Clinic sees patients 6 years and older). This includes helping students and their families get ready for the coming academic school year and have confidence that students’ medical needs are addressed. We look forward to serving you and your family as the coming academic year approaches with its own particular challenges.

Call your child’s primary care provider or one of the following practices to schedule a school physical. You can also request an appointment online.

AppFamily Medicine

148 Hwy 105 Extension, Suite 102
Boone, NC 28607
Phone: (828) 386-2222
Fax: (828) 386-2223
AppFamily Medicine website

Baker Center for Primary Care

Baker Center for Primary Care

436 Hospital Drive, Suite 230
Linville, NC 28646
Phone: (828) 737-7711
Fax: (828) 737-7713
Baker Center website

Davant Medical Clinic

623 Chestnut Ridge Parkway
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Phone: (828) 386-3350
Fax: (828) 386-3352
Davant Clinic website

Health Navigation

Health Navigation

Health Navigation

If you are a patient of one of the following Appalachian Regional Medical Associates practices,

and are being discharged from Watauga Medical Center or Cannon Memorial Hospital, you may receive a call from the Health Navigation Team to assist you in getting follow up care with your primary care provider.

We will follow you throughout your recovery journey for at least 30 days. We have highly trained registered nurses, respiratory therapists, certified health coaches, and certified medical assistants, who work with your healthcare team to establish health goals and help you create a plan to meet those goals. Let our team work with you to overcome any barriers to becoming a healthier you.

Medicare Annual Wellness Visit

Medicare Annual Wellness Visit

Medicare is proactively supporting preventive medicine by covering the costs of an Annual Wellness Visit and screenings. The earlier we can detect health issues, the better they can be managed. Patients appreciate the time spent and opportunity to ask questions about their health. Appalachian Regional Medical Associates feels the benefits of this program can have a huge impact on helping patients stay well.  

 

What is an Annual Wellness Visit (AWV)?

Medicare Part B covers a yearly visit to a healthcare provider at no cost to you to help prevent disease and disability. At this appointment, you and your healthcare team will discuss your current health and risk factors and develop a personalized prevention plan to help you stay healthy. The Annual Wellness Visit may include the following screenings. Additional screenings may also be recommended based on the health risk assessment and screenings. These may require a co-pay or co-insurance.

  • Health risk assessment
  • Height & weight
  • Blood pressure
  • Body mass index
  • Gait Analysis
  • Hypertension screening
  • Cognitive evaluation
  • Medication and family history review
  • Identify your current providers
  • Health and wellness education
  • Personalized health report (5 – 10 year plan)
  • Tobacco or alcohol counseling
  • Advanced Directive and Healthcare Power of Attorney review
  • Depression screening

How to make an appointment

Call (828) 386-2038 or any of the following offices to schedule your Annual Wellness Visit.

Appalachian Regional Internal Medicine Specialists

148 Hwy 105 Extension, Suite 104
Boone, NC 28607
Phone (828) 386-2746
Fax (828) 386-2750
Appalachian Regional Internal Medicine Specialists website

Baker Center for Primary Care

Baker Center for Primary Care

436 Hospital Drive, Suite 230
Linville, NC 28646
Phone: (828) 737-7711
Fax: (828) 737-7713
Baker Center website

Davant Medical Clinic

623 Chestnut Ridge Parkway
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Phone: (828) 386-3350
Fax: (828) 386-3352
Davant Clinic website

Elk River Medical Associates

150 Park Avenue
Banner Elk, NC 28604
Phone: (828) 898-5177
Fax: (828) 898-8306
Elk River Medical Associates website

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I have an AWV?

You should have an AWV once per year. After the first 12 months of participating in Medicare, patients qualify once per year for additional wellness visits.

How much does it cost? 

There is no cost to you for the appointment. The Annual Wellness visits are fully covered by Medicare as long as you have not had a previous AWV within the past 12 months. Some screenings may require a co-pay or co-insurance.

Is the Annual Wellness Visit the same as the yearly physical?

No, the Annual Wellness Visit is a preventive visit and does not replace your annual physical exam or ‘checkup.’


For more information about Annual Wellness Visits, be sure to ask your provider or visit www.medicare.gov.