Leicester Community Health Center
711 New Leicester Hwy
Monday - Friday | 8 am - 5 pm
Primary Care, Behavioral Health, Pediatrics
Lydia is a nationally board-certified family nurse practitioner. She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She earned her MS in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner at Western Carolina University (2002) and her BS in Nursing at Florida International University (1991).
Lydia’s clinical experience as a family nurse practitioner encompasses family health, behavioral health, internal medicine, and pain management. In addition to her clinical practice, Lydia has been a nursing professor at Western Carolina University for over 10 years.
She has received a number of honors including being awarded Nurse Educator of Tomorrow Scholar and being nominated for the Curtis W Wood Excellence in Graduate Mentoring Award in 2018. However, Lydia shares, “My greatest honor is serving my community.”
Lydia has lived within the Leicester community for over 20 years, and enjoys serving her home community. She has one (fabulous) adult daughter, two (lovable) dogs, and one (affectionate) cat.
She enjoys flower gardening, hiking, dancing, and quilting. Her outside interests are exploring holistic healing modalities and visiting as many national parks as possible. She also provides community volunteerism through church-sponsored activities.
Dr. Jai Kumar is a board-certified pediatrician. He graduated from Duke Medical School in 1994, then completed his pediatric residency at Penn State Medical School, and has been in practice now for 20 years as a general pediatrician. Most of his early career was spent at Sylva Pediatric Associates, a regional practice which treated children from all over the western counties. He saw patients in the office but also provided full-spectrum inpatient pediatric care at Harris Regional Hospital - from the ICU to the delivery room. Then he began his affiliation with AMCHC in 2016.
Currently, Dr. Kumar works half the week at our Tallulah Community Health Center in Robbinsville and half the week at our Leicester Community Health Center. His mission is to provide excellent care to children in underserved areas. He is fluent in French and speaks some Spanish.
Dr. Kumar and his wife Sabrina grew up in rural eastern Tennessee. Sabrina is a professional flutist and can be seen performing in various venues throughout the region.
Dr. Parker joined Mission Medical Associates in 2011 after completing his residency, and he currently works as a family physician at Leicester Community Health Center.
Dr. Parker earned his Bachelor’s of Science at Wake Forest University, and his DO at Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He performed his residency at MAHEC.
Dr. Parker shared about what keeps him busy outside of work: “Asheville has a wealth of wonderful people and opportunities. I enjoy gardening, hiking, and spending as much time as I can with my wife and two sons.”
Having grown up in Asheville, Dr. Parker feels fortunate to be involved in the ever-changing and effective healthcare of Western North Carolina, and he looks forward to many continued years of service.
Dr. Peterson shares that she, “Grew up in Charlotte, NC and graduated from Duke University with a degree in Economics having no idea what I wanted to do in life. After exploring a number of different job settings (e.g. secretary, high school teacher with the Peace Corps in Africa, payroll bank accountant), I found her calling at UNC School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, followed by residency at St. Joseph's Medical Center in South Bend, IN.”
After practicing for several years in northern Indiana, Dr. Peterson moved to NC in 2001 and established a solo practice, Leicester Medical Clinic, in 2003. When she closed that practice in 2015, she donated most of my equipment and office furniture to Appalachian Mountain Community Health Centers.
The relationships established with the AMCHC management team at that time evolved into a job with Leicester Community Health Center, located about a mile from her old practice, which has allowed Dr. Peterson to be reunited with many of her former Leicester Medical Clinic patients. Dr. Peterson is married to Ben Pickard, a general contractor.
Dr. Poulton has a bachelor of arts in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor of science in Biomedical Science from Grand Valley State University.
After graduating from the University of Michigan Medical School, he completed his residency training at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC), in Asheville, NC. He is a board-certified Family Medicine Physician and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Dr. Poulton enjoys family medicine because it allows him to establish strong, long-term relationships that can span multiple generations. He believes in leveraging patient-centered care and communication as he partners with patients to develop a long-term plan for their health and wellness. Dr. Poulton is also a member of the faculty for the Communication in Healthcare and Relationship Centered Leadership courses for the Mission Health System.
An outdoor enthusiast, Dr. Poulton enjoys most any activity that allows him to get outside with his wife and two boys.
Dr. Sylvanus attended medical school at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He completed his residency at MAHEC Family Medicine Residency Program, and is board certified with the American Board of Family Medicine
Originally hailing from Colorado, Dr. Sylvanus came to WNC for MAHEC’s Family Medicine Residency program in Asheville. He shared that he is happy to continue serving Western North Carolina working with AMCHC. Dr. Sylvanus provides primary care to patients of all ages, from newborn to geriatric. His professional interests include pediatric care, women's health, sports medicine, and preventative medicine.
When he is not busy serving his patients, Dr. Sylvanus enjoys the outdoors, hiking and playing ultimate frisbee.