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Robert Kline, MD
A native of South Carolina, Robert graduated Magna cum
Laude from Portland's National College of Naturopathic Medicine in
1977. Two years later, he attended medical school at Oregon Health
Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. He was a member of the Alpha
Omega Alpha medical honor society and graduated Magna cum Laude. After
completing a three-year residency in family practice at Mountain Area
Health Education Center in Asheville, North Carolina, he worked at Hot
Springs Health Program in Madison County.
Jim Haaksma, MD
Dr. Jim Haaksma’s parents both grew up in Western
Michigan, but during his childhood, Jim’s family lived in several
Eastern states. He actually attended elementary school in nearby
Greenville, Tennessee. He graduated with a degree in English Literature
from Earlham College in Indiana, where he was inducted into the Phi
Beta Kappa honor society. After college, he volunteered as a teacher in
Egypt for three years. Upon returning to the United States, he
completed medical school at UNC Chapel Hill. He moved to Asheville in
1996 to complete his residency in Family Medicine at MAHEC. While
there, he was elected Chief Resident by his peers, and during his final
year he was named Outstanding Resident by the faculty.
Lauren Livingston, MD
Dr. Lauren Livingston grew up in Lexington, NC. She
graduated from Davidson College and attended medical school at Duke
University. She completed residency in Family Medicine at MAHEC, and is
board certified in Family Medicine. She has special interests in
pediatrics and obstetrics, but enjoys the full scope of family medicine
and is accepting new maternity care patients. Read about her maternity
care services here.
Sharon Lechner, MD
Dr. Sharon Lechner grew up in Annapolis, MD and
attended the University of Maryland for undergraduate and medical
school. During these educational years, mission trips to Romania, Kenya
and Honduras developed in her a love for international medicine and
Frankie grew up in rural Wisconsin. Her undergraduate
degree in theology led to ten years of mission work in Germany. After
that she completed an undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences and
graduated with a master's degree in the physician assistant program at
Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in May 2000.
Rebecca Cramer, MD
Dr. Rebecca Cramer was born and raised in Madison, WI. After finishing her undergraduate degree at Macalester College, she spent several years in Washington, DC, where she worked for an international public health organization. As part of this job she was fortunate to travel internationally, working in several Sub-Saharan African countries including Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and Benin. This overseas experience inspired her to further her public health training (MPH, Emory University) and ultimately to pursue medicine as a career. She completed medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health prior to doing her residency here in Asheville, NC at MAHEC. After completing her residency she was delighted to join Community Family Practice and is now proud to call Asheville home.
Outside of medicine Rebecca enjoys taking advantage of all Asheville has to offer. She loves whitewater kayaking and regularly paddles many of the area rivers including the French Broad and Green. An avid trail runner, she has competed in several area events including the classic Shut In trail run. She also mountain and road bikes.
At Community Family Practice, Rebecca is interested in all aspects of family medicine services including pregnancy care, delivering babies, pediatrics and adult care. Her active involvement in sports has given her a special interest in athletic-related injuries and treatment.