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.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Furman University, and then went on to earn her medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her family medicine residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she moved to Winston-Salem in grade school. In her spare time, Molly and her husband Joe enjoy playing with their rescue pup, cooking, and traveling
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.
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.
Dr. Brendle was drawn to Osteopathic Medicine because of its holistic approach to treating the patient. Before moving to the High Country, he practiced family medicine in Lenoir, NC. When not at work, Dr. Brendle enjoys spending time with his wife (also a medical doctor), running, cycling and rock climbing.
Dr. Alycia Brown got her medical degree from UNC Chapel Hill in 2000. She did 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 off hours, she loves traveling, reading, and hiking with her border collie Riley.
Gray Lackey, PA-C, is a native of North Carolina. He attended Appalachian State University, where he received a BS in exercise science. Gray continued his education at the Medical University of South Carolina, where he became interested in acute care. After graduating from Physician Assistant school, Gray gained experience working in the Emergency Department. He then accepted a job in urgent care, where he practiced for three years in the Triad area of NC.
Gray returned to Boone as a provider in 2017 and now practices at AppFamily Medicine. Outside of work he enjoys being outdoors, exercising, as well as spending time with friends and family. In his spare time, Gray also likes working on various do-it-yourself projects.