F. B. Jones, MD
F. B. Jones is a graduate of Davidson College and received his medical degree from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He is originally from Forest City. He completed a residency in family practice with MAHEC. Dr. Jones has been in practice with HSHP since 1979. He currently lives in Shelton Laurel.
Dr. Jones says he most enjoys serving the people of Madison County with their self sustaining pride and independence. He feels Hot Springs Health Program is a community/patient focused practice which tries to offer the county the most comprehensive care in the most cost effective way. Dr. Jones is the Medical Director of HSHP.
Kristi Schleder, MD
Kristi Schleder graduated from medical school at Southern Illinois University. She is a native of Chenoa, IL, and currently lives in Asheville, NC.
Dr. Schleder completed a residency in family practice with MAHEC and has been in practice with HSHP since 1990. She enjoys the great staff at HSHP, the friendly and inspiring people of Madison County and spending time with her husband, her son Neil, and her daughter , Erin. Dr. Schleder is board certified.
Charles Richard Young, MD
Dr. Young received his undergraduate degree in Biology from East Carolina University. During his undergraduate career he played collegiate soccer at UNC-Asheville, taught Emergency Medical Science for Pitt Community College, and was a Member of the National Ski Patrol at Wolfe Ridge. He went on to receive his medical degree from The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina in 1989. He completed his residency training in Family Medicine at the MAHEC Family Practice Residency Program in Asheville, NC. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Young has been in private practice for the last 25 years in the Piedmont region of North Carolina.
Dr. Young is pleased to join the HSHP since he grew up in Weaverville, NC. He is returning home to live on his Grandmothers Farm in Madison County, NC. Dr. Young and his wife Lynn are parents to four boys. He coached select level soccer teams for over 10 years. His current personal interests include training and competing with German Shepherd Dogs in the sport of Schutzhund.
Melissa Robinson, MD
Dr. Robinson received her undergraduate degree from Georgia State University in 1995, and graduated from East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine in 2014. She completed residency at ETSU Family Physicians of Bristol, and is board certified.
Dr. Robinson was born in Chicago but raised mostly in the Southeast. She moved with her husband and son to the East Fork area of Madison County in 2001.
Dr. Robinson spent her early career as a high school chemistry teacher. When her son went off to college, she did too, entering medical school at ETSU in 2010. Dr. Robinson is delighted to come back home and be able to participate in her community as a family physician.
Dr. Kim Heiselman
Dr. Heiselman received her undergraduate education from Oberlin College in Oberlin Ohio, and her medical degree from the University of Rochester. She completed her residency in family practice and a Rural Medicine Fellowship at MAHEC. Dr. Heiselman is board certified in Family Medicine. She sees the care and concern the staff has for the people of Madison County, and the grace and good humor with which people face adversity. She started seeing patients at Mars Hill Medical Center on May 18, 2020.
Ruth Loretta Leake, FNP
Ruth Loretta Leake received her RN degree from Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College, NC. She received her BSN degree from Winston Salem State University, Winston Salem, NC. She received her MSN degree as well as a Family Nurse Practitioner certification from East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN. Ruth Loretta Leake has worked with HSHP since 2001. She is a native of Alexander, and currently lives in Madison County. She says getting to know the children and their families are what she enjoys most about serving Madison County. Loretta also enjoys the caring staff at HSHP and their willingness to go the extra step for the people of Madison County.
Kenya Johnson, PA-C
Kenya Johnson received her Physician Assistant degree from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She received her undergraduate degree from Kansas State University.
She has worked in family medicine and emergency medicine. Her first job as a PA was in Madison County, Iowa in 1997. She is happy to continue her care of patients in Madison County, NC.
She is grateful to be a part of the medical staff with HSHP who provide high quality care and services to the patients of Madison County. She enjoys working with all ages.
Her personal interests include time spent with husband and two boys, camping, hiking, and biking.
Rachel Hoffman, PA-C
Rachel Hoffman is a native of Madison County and currently lives in Mars Hill with her husband, Lee and their two children. She worked as a physician assistant for five years after graduating from Bowman Gray School of Medicine in 1987. She then chose to work in other fields while her children were young. In 2005, she returned to practicing medicine as a physician assistant in Asheville, NC until joining the Hot Springs Health Program Staff in May of 2009. Rachel’s personal interests include gardening, sports, and her family. She finds serving the citizens of Madison County especially rewarding.
Sherrie Kerns, FNP
Sherrie Kerns received her BSN from UNC- Charlotte, NC. She served 8 years as a Captain in the USAF as a cardiac critical care nurse and 11 years as a civilian cardiac critical care and surgery nurse. Sherrie received her MSN degree and Family Nurse Practitioner certificate from Western Carolina University in 2015. She is excited about becoming a part of the staff of HSHP and is happy to serve the patients of Madison County, NC.
Sherrie lives with her husband Bryan, also a USAF veteran and Spruce Pine native, and two kids in Weaverville. They like to spend family time traveling, running and hiking.
Jessica Zook, FNP
Jessica is a native North Carolinian, born and raised in Winston-Salem. She first moved to Asheville in 1999. After establishing a home and family, she moved away in 2009 to pursue educational opportunities. She missed the mountains and people of WNC and returned home in 2015 to live in Fairview with her husband and son.
Jessica earned a Bachelor’s in Anthropology from East Carolina University (1996), an Associate’s in Nursing from AB-Tech (2004), a Bachelor’s in Nursing from Winston-Salem State University (2012) and a Master’s in Nursing from UNC-Chapel Hill (2015). She is nationally board-certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, Jessica was an Emergency/Trauma nurse at Mission Hospital (Asheville, NC), Oconee Memorial Hospital (Seneca, SC), and Moore Regional Hospital (Pinehurst, NC).
Jessica is delighted to be a part of the team of dedicated professionals at Hot Springs Health Program and is proud to continue the long tradition of nurse practitioners caring for people in rural communities.
Dr. Andrew Shelton. DO
Andrew Shelton completed his undergraduate degree from George Mason University, followed by a graduate degree from Georgetown University in physiology and integrative medicine. He received his medical degree from the DeBusk School of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, TN. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Shelton is also board certified in Internal Medicine.
Dr. Shelton is grateful to serve the people of Madison County, and appreciates the community/family focused model that HSHP demonstrates in providing care. He and his wife have 3 children; they are both from the same rural community in Virginia. He enjoys folk/bluegrass music and foxfire crafts.
Dr. Curry Jones, DO
Dr. Curry Jones grew up in Madison County attending Madison High School before completing his undergraduate degree at Davidson College majoring in Biology. He received his medical degree from Lincoln Memorial University in 2016 and completed his specialty residency training at the East Tennessee State University Bristol Family Medicine program and is board certified in Family Medicine.
Dr. Jones is glad to be back in Madison County after being away for his medical education. He lives in the Shelton Laurel community with his two year old daughter, Linnea, enjoys fly fishing and mountain biking, and looks forward to working with his neighbors.
Dr. Brooke Budde, Pediatrician
Brooke Budde received her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2002. Her pediatric residency was completed through the Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit where she continued to practice as a pediatric hospitalist. Nearly 10 years ago, she and her husband moved to Western North Carolina. Dr. Budde then practiced as a community pediatrician in Sylva and Bryson City. She is so happy to now be a part of the HSHP community.
Dr. Budde enjoys all aspects of pediatric and adolescent care from the newborn to college age. She enjoys helping families find solutions that work for them.
Dr. Budde and her husband have one son, 3 dogs, 3 cats, and too many chickens, turkeys and guineas to count. They have fun exploring the beautiful mountains by foot, bike and boat.
Brandi Wilson, FNP
Brandi Wilson received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN in 2012. She has worked as a certified inpatient pediatric nurse with pediatric, pediatric intensive care and neonatal intensive care populations. In 2018, she graduated from ETSU with her Master of Science in Nursing degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is board certified by the NC Board of Nursing and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Brandi is a native of Yancey County and currently lives in Burnsville with her husband, Cameron. She is excited be a part of HSHP and continues to be impressed at the quality of care provided. She enjoys seeing all ages, but has a special interest in pediatric healthcare. Her personal interests include her faith, spending quality time with family and friends, and gardening.