Thoughtful Care and Personal Attention

Our Team

The Biltmore Medical doctors help patients with a range of common to complex medical needs. We understand that your health is determined by many factors including mental and spiritual needs. Our focus is in promoting your overall wellness and not just treating illnesses through education and proven results. When you call our offices you will speak to a member of medical team not an answering service. Each of our doctors works with a dedicated assistant and together your medical team is committed to treating your needs with thoughtful care and personal attention.

Our Providers

Dr. Lucian Rice, MD

Dr. Lucian Rice, MD

Dr. Rice obtained his bachelor’s degree from Emory University and attended Emory Medical School. He performed internships at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA and Duke Hospital in Durham, NC. Dr. Rice is board certified in Internal Medicine and has a special interest in health and wellness. He joined Biltmore Medical in 1973.

 Dr. W. Virgil Thrash, MD

Dr. W. Virgil Thrash, MD

Dr. Thrash obtained his bachelor’s degree from Emory University and attended the Medical College of Georgia. He performed his internship and three years of Internal Medicine Residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He was a Flight Surgeon in the US Air Force for two years and joined Biltmore Medical in 1976. He is board certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Thrash has been married for 48 years to his wife, Nancy. He has two grown children and five grandchildren. He enjoys the beach and spending time with the grandchildren.

 Dr. James Ladd, MD

Dr. James Ladd, MD

Dr. Ladd obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and attended medical school there as well. He performed his internship and residency at Washington Hospital Center, in Washington, DC. Dr. Ladd is board certified in internal medicine and joined Biltmore Medical in 1990.

Dr. Thomas Rennard, MD

Dr. Thomas Rennard, MD

Dr. Rennard obtained his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and attended the University of Michigan Medical School. He performed his internship and residency at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. Dr. Rennard is board certified in internal medicine and joined Biltmore Medical in 1993.

Dr. James Andrews, MD

Dr. James Andrews, MD

Dr. Andrews obtained his bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and attended Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC. He performed his internship and residency at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. Dr. Andrews is board certified in internal medicine and joined Biltmore Medical in 1998.

Dr. Kelly Largent, MD

Dr. Largent obtained her bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College and attended the University of Minnesota Medical School. She performed her internship and residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, WI. Dr. Largent is board certified in internal medicine and joined Biltmore Medical in 2008.

Dr. Alan Morgan, MD

Dr. Alan Morgan, MD

Dr. Morgan obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and attended medical school there as well. He performed his internship and residency at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Morgan is board certified in internal medicine and joined Biltmore Medical in 2015.

Charles (Cole) Sims, MD

Charles (Cole) Sims, MD

Dr. Sims obtained his bachelors degree from Clemson University and attended the Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine in Charleston, SC. He performed his internship and residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and stayed on to complete an additional year as Chief Resident there as well. He is currently a fellow in geriatric medicine at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Sims is board certified in internal medicine and will join Biltmore Medical in August 2018. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife and two young children, especially outdoors.

 Dr. Samuel Thielman

Dr. Samuel Thielman

Psychiatrist

Dr. Thielman went to medical school at Duke University School of Medicine and did his psychiatry and fellowship training at Duke University Medical Center. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Before returning to North Carolina, he was a senior psychiatrist at the U. S. Department of State where he served as Director of Mental Health Services. Dr. Thielman has broad expertise in the treatment of mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders, and problems related to complex work and personal situations. His behavior health care approach involves a careful behavioral health assessment, and using a variety of approaches to behavioral health problems, including psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy. He closely collaborates with Biltmore Medical Associates’ primary care providers. He is licensed to practice medicine in North Carolina and Virginia. He joined BMA in 2018.

Melissa Ballard, FNP

Melissa Ballard, FNP

Melissa is an Asheville native, who grew up in East Asheville. She attended Western Carolina University’s School of Nursing, where she obtained her B.S. in Nursing and her M.S. in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner. She has been a registered nurse for 25 years and a Family Nurse Practitioner for 10 years. Her experience includes Mission Hospital’s Mother/Baby unit, primary care, and Mountain Kidney Associates. Melissa is married with two children, a son and a daughter. Her son is a student at Western Carolina University, and her daughter is planning on attending Auburn University in the fall. Melissa loves water sports, cooking, travel, and spending time with family and friends. She attends Biltmore Church.

Peggy Deitz, FNP

Peggy Deitz, FNP

Peggy obtained her bachelor’s degree from Duke University School of Nursing and attended the University of North Carolina School of Nursing for her Family Nurse Practitioner Certification. Peggy was born and raised in Hendersonville, NC. She has lived in the town of Weaverville for 31 years. She is married with one grown son. She enjoys gardening, walking and hanging out at the lake with family and friends.

Our Care Teams

Each of our doctors works with a dedicated assistant and together your medical team is committed to treating your needs with thoughtful care and personal attention.

Our Staff

At Biltmore Medical Associates we are a team of caring, medical professionals who make every trip and all interaction with our office a quality experience.

Testimonials

Folks always treat me as family, make me feel they care about my concerns and are highly effective in providing care and information.

Shaun T.

Dr. Ladd has been my primary physician for more than 20 years.  No matter how busy he is, I have his full attention during my visit. He listens to my concerns in regard to medications, and health.  I am a octogenarian, and I am doing rather well under Dr. Ladd’s care.

Anne G.

Everyone is very friendly and helpful. Very prompt when you call or go in to the office. I came to this practice looking for a “Dr.” who would listen to me and truly cared what he could do for me. I am so pleased with MY DOCTOR, DR. ALAN MORGAN! I had hurt with an old shoulder surgery for 5 yrs. I DID NOT NEEDS ANY PILLS. I needed help. He sent me to a specialist at Wake Forest, where I learned I had a shoulder replacement that was TOO BIG for me and I had a STAPH INFECTION THAT HAD BEEN WITH ME SINCE THE FIRST SURGERY IN 2012! I can give him a very high recommendation! Thank You for accepting me as your patient! You are my God send, Dr. Morgan! Don’t hurt and NO PAIN PILLS!

JB

I could not be more pleased with the skill and care that Dr. Rice gives to me as a patient. He seems interested in my health and my satisfaction with life, and I enjoy our visits.

Crystal G.

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