Program Coordinator - Kelly Pearson, MSN, FNP-BC
Kelly is a board certified family nurse practitioner. She has been an RN since earning her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University in 1999. Her favorite job as an RN was serving as the telephone triage nurse at an FQHC in rural Northern California. She earned her Masters of Science in Nursing from Western Carolina University in 2014. Kelly was a resident in the inaugural Advanced Practice Clinician in Safety Net Residency, graduating in 2015. She has been working as a primary care provider at WNCCHS since then. She has a passion for caring for all people, regardless of ability to pay. In her free time, Kelly loves being outside and spending time with family, friends, and her pets.
Preceptor - Jennifer Abbott, MD
Jennifer is a board certified family physician and has worked at WNCCHS since 2005. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and MAHEC Family Medicine Residency Program. Her practice includes pediatric, adolescent and adult medicine as well as HIV care and special focus on women's health and gynecological procedures. She oversees the health center's Transgender Health Program, which now includes over 200 gender non-conforming patients. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), and the American society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP).
Preceptor - Mary Scott Hayes, MD
Mary Scott practices full-spectrum family medicine, including HIV care and prenatal care, in English and Spanish at WNCCHS. She attended the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, and completed her family medicine residency at MAHEC in Asheville, NC. She has been an adjunct instructor in the Family Medicine Department of the UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine since 2008, and served as a community faculty preceptor at the MAHEC Family Medicine Residency program from 2012 - 2017. Her professional missions are to provide excellent medical care to all patients regardless of ability to pay, and to teach other medical professionals how to practice joyfully and effectively in the safety net setting. Outside of work, she spends most of her time with family and friends enjoying all of the outdoor recreation available in the mountains of western North Carolina.
Preceptor - Alison Fuller, MD
Dr. Fuller is a board certified family physician who is new to the WNCCHS team. She joined our staff in August of 2016 after graduating from MAHEC’s Family Medicine Residency Program. The sole recipient of the Gold Humanism Award at East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine and a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, Fuller has a passion for community and underserved medicine. Her practice includes transgender health, HIV care, women’s reproductive health, and minor in-office procedures. Fuller is a member of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. In her spare time, she is an avid collector of records and all things kitschy, a social justice activist, an animal lover, and a mediocre vegan chef.
Preceptor - Theresa Oursler, FNP
Theresa has been a Family Nurse Practitioner since 2002. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Georgetown University and her Masters of Science on Nursing from Western Carolina University. She has a passionate interest in community and public health. She has lived in Western North Carolina since 1981 and loves being part of the Asheville community.
Clinical Administrative Assistant- Karen Ives
Karen worked as a medical assistant at WNC Community Health Services starting in 2013 and has been a clinical administrative assistant since 2016. Her background is in Art and she enjoys making sculpture and spending time with her family.