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Robert Kline, MD

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.

In 1989, Robert and two other graduates of MAHEC opened Community Family Practice in Asheville. In addition to building a practice consistent with his vision of providing the highest possible quality of medical care to his patients, he served three years as vice chief of staff at Mission Hospitals and has served for six years on Mission Hospital's Board of Directors. His interests include nurturing his front and back yard/ garden, cycling, wooden bowl turning, and devoting his Fridays to full time grandfathering his beloved Morgan Grace. 

Robert and his wife Kathie have two grown daughters, Seraph Grace and Elyse.

Jim Haaksma, MD

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.

In 1999 Jim joined Community Family Practice. Initially he practiced the full scope of Family Medicine, including obstetrics. Although he no longer delivers babies, he continues to emphasize the care of whole families. His own family currently occupies most of his time away from CFP. Jim and his wife Jenny have five children between them. They live in Barnardsville, but he can more often be found following his kids’ soccer teams around the State.

Lauren Livingston, MD

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.

She lives in Asheville with her wife and two sons. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, learning bluegrass banjo, and watching her sons grow.

Sharon Lechner, MD

Sharon Lechner, MD    Accepting New Patients

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 travel.

Warm weather and a great family medicine program lured Sharon down to North Carolina for residency at UNC-Chapel Hill. She met her husband, Logan, an OB/GYN, during their intern year and they married later in residency. After residency, Sharon completed a fellowship year at UNC in maternal-child health with cesarean section training. Board certified in family medicine, she has a special interest in taking care of the entire family. 

The Lechners were drawn to Western NC because of its beautiful mountains and strong sense of community. Outside of medicine, Sharon enjoys running, practicing yoga, growing in her church, eating good food with friends, and laughing with her husband.

Frankie Ann Weinberger, PA-C

Frankie Ann Weinberger, PA-C

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.

Her primary area of work has been in outpatient internal medicine, along with one year of pediatrics. Since moving to Asheville in April 2011, she has worked in urgent care and primary care medicine. Building relationships with patients and their families, along with the great variety of health concerns, are what have always drawn her to primary care. She has a special interest in integrative medicine which combines the best of Western medicine with other treatment modalities when it is safe and appropriate. Promoting a healthy lifestyle for the body, mind and spirit is the emphasis of her medical practice.

Outside of clinical medicine, she and her husband enjoy their two sweet King Charles Spaniel canine children, spending time with friends, nature, music and reading. She also does yoga, dancing and journaling. Frankie is active in her faith community, and has served as pianist, organist, choir director and singer for many years.


Rebecca Cramer, MD    Accepting New Patients

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 completed 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.