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.
Marianna T. Daly, MD, MPH
Marianna T. Daly received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1979 and graduated from medical school at East Carolina in 1985. She also holds a Master of Public Health degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Dr. Daly is originally from Durham and now resides in Asheville. She completed a residency in family medicine with MAHEC. Dr. Daly is board certified and has been in practice with HSHP since 1988.
She most enjoys working with HSHP patients, and the feeling of camaraderie with staff. She enjoys serving Madison County and the strong sense of community; developing long term relationships with patients, and working toward changes in the public health of Madison County.
Her special interests are rural health care, public health and medical ethics.
Steve Johnson, DO
Steve Johnson received his undergraduate degree in medical technology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He worked as a laboratory technologist before obtaining his medical degree from Des Moines University – Osteopathic Medical Center in Iowa. He completed his residency training at East Tennessee State University and is board certified in family medicine.
Dr Johnson joined HSHP in 2006. He appreciates the care and willingness of the staff at HSHP, and is grateful to be a part of an organization that focuses on patient care and trying to meet the needs of the community. He enjoys seeing all types of patients for both acute and chronic care and has special interest in wellness and osteopathy. He lives in Asheville with his wife and two boys. His personal interests include playing and listening to music, travel, hiking and time with family.
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.
Susan Mcdowell, MD
Susan McDowell is a family physician who joined Hot Springs Health Program in 2013. She is originally from Marion, Virginia, a small town in the southwestern part of the state, and left to attend college at the College of Wooster in Ohio, graduating with a degree in Neuroscience. She earned her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, VA and then completed her family practice residency at MAHEC in Asheville, NC. She enjoys women’s health, office procedures, taking care of adults and children, and teaching medical students. Outside of work, Dr. McDowell enjoys soccer, running, and all sorts of outdoor activities. She and her husband live in Asheville.
Ben Stepp, MD
Dr. Stepp is a graduate of North Carolina State University and University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He is happy to be working with the patients of Madison County and surrounding areas.
Nicole K. Groves, MD
Dr. Nicki Groves comes to us from the Great Midwest. After growing up in rural Iowa, she attended Macalester College in Minnesota, and ended up staying in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area for 20 years. She attended medical school and completed her pediatric residency at the University of Minnesota. After Dr. Groves completed training, she practiced general pediatrics for 9 years before relocating with her husband and identical twin girls here to Western North Carolina.
Since arriving in the Asheville area in June 2011, Dr. Groves and her family have made their home in Black Mountain. For the past 5 years, she has worked at Mission Children’s Hospital in a variety of roles, including Pediatric Hospitalist and Children’s Ambulatory Medical Director. Dr. Groves is thrilled to be returning to general pediatrics in the clinic. She does have several special interests, including working with children with feeding disorders, asthma management, and adoption medicine. Additionally, as a mother of multiples, she also enjoys caring for other families with multiples.
Ryan Hensley, MD Pediatrician
Dr. Hensley is a board-certified pediatrician originally from Burnsville, NC. After graduating from Mountain Heritage High School, he earned his B.S. in biology and chemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill. He earned his M.D. from East Tennessee State University, where he was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and Gold Humanism Honor Society. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where he received the Babies’ Milk Fund Pediatric Primary Care Award and the Joseph L. Rauh Award in Adolescent Medicine. He practiced primary care pediatrics in Cincinnati prior to returning to North Carolina.
Dr. Hensley enjoys all aspects of pediatrics but has a special interest in asthma management and increasing immunization rates. Outside of medicine, he enjoys spending time with his family and playing the piano and organ. He is excited to be practicing in Madison County and to have the opportunity to work with the children and families of his home region.
Sara Lappé, MD
Sara Lappé is a pediatrician who grew up in a small town on Lake Erie in northern Ohio. She earned an undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Attending medical school at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio she continued to develop a passion for taking care of infants and children. Dr. Lappé then moved to Durham, NC to complete her pediatrics residency at Duke University. After completing residency, she returned to Ohio and worked at the Cleveland Clinic for 5 years where she practiced primary care and was the director of the Be Well Kids Program, a pediatric weight management program.
Dr. Lappé moved to Asheville, NC with her family in 2017 and joined Hot Springs Health Program. She is a board certified pediatrician and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and has a special interest in preventative care, infant care, breastfeeding and nutrition. Outside of the office she loves spending time with her husband and children cooking, biking and exploring the mountains of Western North Carolina.
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.
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.