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200 Hospital Avenue
Jefferson, NC 28640

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Patient Focused Care

Riverside Medical Center's patients have access to advanced technology and a healthcare plan
specifically designed for their successful treatment and recovery. From admission until
discharge and beyond, Riverside Medical Center's teammates focus on exceptional care, close to home.

Patient Portal

Keep up with your personal health information by using the patient portal. We've made accessing your health records easy, but your information is still entirely private and confidential. See and manage lab results, perscriptions, billing, immunizations records, surgical history, past procedures, discharge instructions and more.
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Ashe Women & Children's Health Staff, smiling. There is nine females.
Ashe Women & Children's Health Staff, smiling. There is nine females.

Ashe Women & Children's Health

Located on the campus of Ashe Memorial Hospital, Ashe Women & Children's Health offers both primary and obstetric care for women as well as pediatric primary care for children, ranging from newborn to adolescents. Led by a team of experienced providers, Ashe Women & Children's Health is committed to transforming women's healthcare in Ashe County.

Ashe Women & Children's Health is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 336-846-0805

Our Providers

Tara Burgher, DO, AuD.
Dr. Tara Burgher is a board-certified family physician. Dr. Burgher completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders at Appalachian State University. She then went on to complete her Doctor of Audiology (Au.D) at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky. before earning her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Des Moines University in Iowa. Dr. Burgher went on to complete a Rural Obstetric Rural Expanded Surgical Skills Track (RESST) Fellow to further enhance her surgical and procedural skills including cesarean sections, tubal ligations, LEEPs, endometrial ablations and upper and lower endoscopy.

Michael Kepley, MD
Dr. Michael Kepley is a board-certified gynecologist and obstetrician with more than 35 years of experience. He earned his Bachelor's degree and his Doctor or Medicine from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Kepley then went on to complete an Obstetrics-Gynecology Residency at the University of Tennessee Memorial Hospital & Research Center in Knoxville, Tenn., in 1984. Prior to joining the team at Ashe Women & Children's Health, Dr. Kepley had his own practice in Statesville for 28 years before spending the past four years working with Statesville OB-GYN.

Gregory Lang, MD, MPH
Dr. Gregory Lang earned his Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Western Maryland College in 1990. He went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine in 2000 from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. Dr. Lang completed an internship in Family Practice at Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, N.C. before earning a Master of Public Health from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2002. He later completed a residency in Aerospace Medicine at the Naval Operational Medicine Institute in Pensacola, Fla. followed by a residency in Family Medicine at Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Fort Gordon, Ga. In 2016, Dr. Lang completed a Family Medicine Obstetrics Fellowship at Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood, Texas.

Alicia Crane, FNP-C, WHNP-C
Alicia Crane completed her associate nursing program in 2006. She then went on to complete a nurse practitioner program with certification in women's health in 2012. In 2020, Alicia completed her family practice certification. Alicia moved here from Florida in the Fall of 2021 for the beautiful scenery and change in weather and has fallen in love with Ashe County. When she's not busy working, Alicia enjoys spending time with her family, including her seven children, ranging in age from 4 to 24, and one grandbaby, hiking, camping and being outdoors.

Jessica Rupard, CNM
Jessica Rupard earned her Bachelor's degree in nursing from East Tennessee State University. She worked as a labor and delivery nurse at Ashe Memorial Hospital before enrolling at Frontier Nursing University in Kentucky in 2018 to pursue her Master's degree in nursing midwifery. Jessica joined the Mount Jefferson Family Medicine team as a certified nurse midwife in June 2021 before transitioning over to Ashe Women & Children's Health in December 2022.

Our Services

Women's Health
Pap Smear
Annual Gynecologic Exams
Breast Exam
Endometrial Ablations
IUD Insertion/Removal
Nexplanon Insertion/Removal
Endometrial Biopsy
STI Evaluation
Fertility Treatment
Infertility Evaluation

Initial Exam
Prenatal Care
OB Ultrasounds
Vaginal Delivery, Operative or Non-Operative
Post Partum Tubal Ligations
Primary and Repeat Cesarean Sections with Tubal ligation if *Desired
Family Medicine
Pediatric Primary Care from Newborn to Adolescents
Annual Exams
Geriatric Primary Care
Mental Health
Obesity Medicine: Evaluation and Treatment
Evaluate lifestyle and impact on overall health
Sexual Health
Osteopathic Manual Manipulation/Treatment offered after Initial Evaluation

Patient Portal and Secure Messaging To Your Provider and Staff

Ashe Women & Children's Health utilizes AthenaHealth, INC. as our EMR (Electronic Medical Records) software, on which all aspects of the clinic's operation are documented. The EMR offers you access to a secure, HIPAA-compliant, Patient Portal. You may sign up for the patient portal for free by creating a username and a password of your choosing. It is accessible from any device such as a home computer, laptop, tablet, iPad, or smartphone. A smartphone app can easily be installed on your phone. Once registered, you may log in to your own chart, look up patient care summaries, medication lists, lab results, conditions, billing and so on. The portal allows you to send Ashe Women & Children's Health providers and staff secure text messages regarding your health, scheduling or account billing. The portal will direct your message to the appropriate person within the clinic. We make it our goal to answer all messages as soon as possible, but if sent after hours or on weekend days; we will answer messages within no more than 24 to 48 hours.