About Us - Integrative Family Medicine of Asheville

Asheville’s Original Direct Primary Care Practice

Your Health, Your Life…Integrated.

At Integrative Family Medicine, we have an integrative focus that supports long-term wellness by addressing the whole person and teaching our patients the skills they need to take better care of themselves.

Our integrative approach focuses primarily on nutrition, fitness, meaningful stress reduction, and personal growth. Through our personalized health coaching, we guide our patients in making healthy lifestyle choices that encourage optimal health and well-being. We aim to develop plans that meet specific patient values and needs.

We offer our comprehensive direct pay membership for an easy, monthly membership fee plus one-time $80 enrollment fee. This includes savings on additional visits as well as lab and procedure costs.

A Whole Team Approach

Aneela Cox

Aneela Cox

MD

Accepting new patients

Aneela completed her Integrative Medicine Fellowship under the direction of Dr. Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona. Aneela provides an integrative approach to full spectrum primary care including pediatrics, women’s health, and men’s health. With a focus on being…Read More

Elizabeth Frost

Elizabeth Frost

PA-C

Accepting new patients

Liz grew up in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado and graduated with honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. She found her way to North Carolina in 2007 landing first at Lake James and eventually moving to Asheville…Read More

Chad Krisel

Chad Krisel

MD

Chad grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, earning an undergraduate degree in environmental science with minors in religious studies and natural resource ethics from the University of Florida. Seeking to combine this education with his passion for serving others, Read More

Brian Lewis

Brian Lewis

MD MPH

Brian was born in Greensboro, North Carolina and pursued his undergraduate, medical and public health studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has over 25 years of experience in Holistic & Integrative Medicine. He is passionate about personalized lifestyle medicine as the foundation of sustainable health care…Read More

Sarah Schopbach

Sarah Schopbach

FNP

Sarah grew up in Palo Alto, CA, and played collegiate soccer while getting her undergraduate degree in Human Development from the University of California, San Diego. She decided to pursue nursing and graduated in 2011 from New York University with a Bachelor of Nursing …Read More

Aimee Spencer

Aimee Spencer

PA-C

Accepting new patients

Aimee grew up in Asheville before moving out west where she received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Utah. Knowing she wanted to pursue medicine, she graduated in 2011 with her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies with distinction from Touro University, Nevada. ….Read More

Ariana Figueroa

Ariana Figueroa

Health Coach

Ariana Figueroa is an Integrative Health Coach trained by Duke Integrative Medicine. She works to help patients bridge the gap between personal goals, expert medical recommendations, and the ability to incorporate both into their daily lives. She is passionate about the Health Coaching process and the power of its platform to empower people to reach their goals...Read More

Katherine Wilson

Katherine Wilson

MSHN

Katherine Wilson, MSHN and Nutrition Consultant, partners with people in making nutrition and lifestyle changes to achieve optimal wellness. Her focus is transitioning people to a whole food diet and… Read More

Meet Our Staff

Ela Twigg

Ela Twigg

Practice Administrator

Raised in West Virginia near the Maryland border, Ela attended the University of Maine where she earned a BA in cultural anthropology.  With a professional background in the healing arts, social services, customer service, sales, and office management, Ela brings to IFMA her expertise in and combined passions for promoting individual, community, and environmental healing…Read More

Brandi Oltmann

Brandi Oltmann

Front Office Supervisor

Brandi was born in Pennsylvania but grew up in Chapel Hill, NC, where she attended UNC-G with studies in Biology and English.  In 1998 she moved from Chapel Hill to Western North Carolina and finally put down roots in Asheville in 2001. Brandi’s love of biology led her to the medical field, and she has been an integral part of several medical offices in WNC...Read More

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Certified Medical Assistant

Coming soon…

Savannah Petty

Savannah Petty

Front Office Associate

Savannah is an Asheville native who recently spent two years living in Knoxville, TN, working as a loan clerk with a local credit union. Friends and family ultimately brought Savannah back to the Blue Ridge Mountains and in turn, to IFMA...Read More

Melanie Warren

Melanie Warren

Front Office Associate

Melanie is a 6th generation Asheville native, raised in the mountains of Candler. In 2010, after spending 10+ years in customer service, she attended    A-B Tech Community College where she obtained an associate’s degree in Medical Office Administration...Read More

Han Burdett

Han Burdett

Medical Assistant

Bio coming soon…

Samantha Giordano

Samantha Giordano

Business Engagement Specialist

Samantha grew up near Annapolis, MD, where she attended college level courses in her last year of high school to quickly pursue her dreams of becoming an expert in business… Read More

Meet The Founders

Two traditionally trained MDs who left their practice to create a new, holistic vision of health care.

Founders

Chad Krisel, MD & Brian Lewis, MD MPH

Integrative Family Physicians

Drs. Krisel and Lewis both share the ideals of sustainability, holism, service, and personal cultivation. They met through advocacy work in medical school, and later became close friends while completing the Family Medicine residency program in Asheville, NC.

During residency they faced the big question that frustrates primary care doctors: How do we address the needs of the people we serve when conventional medical practice does not provide the time or resources to address the full scope of people’s health concerns? In asking themselves how they could practice medicine differently they wanted to create a model clinic that would demonstrate a simple, transparent, and integrative approach to health care. They selected the best, evidence-based elements from conventional Western medicine and combined them with complimentary / traditional healing arts.

Read more about their approach here