Kelly Rothe, DO

Mountain Medical Arts PLLC

2 South Main St, P.O.Box1240
Burnsville, NC 28714
(877) 505-4516
doctor@mtnmedarts.com

Practice Areas

2003–Present

Mountain Medical Arts PLLC, A Private Practice established as a National Health Service Corp’s underserved health clinic by Dr. Rothe. Her vision was to provide comprehensive family practice including osteopathic, behavioral, emotional and nutritional treatments. In 2008 she hired PA-C Malinda Achard who practiced at MMA until 2018. We now supervise her at Vital Roots in Asheville. 2009 my husband Jeff Polgar MD joined MMA, he was a NHSC scholar. In 2015, after much consideration, we pulled out of the insurance paradigm and converted to a Direct Primary Care practice. Dr Polgar and I run the office together with a wonderful staff and low overhead.  We have fallen in love with medicine again.

7/2003–12/31/2014

Inpatient Medicine, Attending, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, Spruce Pine, NC.  I maintain my privileges, but only use them for outpatient orders and coordination of inpatient care.

2007–2015

Medical Director, Hospice of Mitchell County

2015–Present

Assistant Medical Director Hospice of the Blue Ridge (same but expanded organization). I stepped down to do Integrative care, complicated consults to alleviate suffering, and Home Face to Face visits, a position I prefer for its team approach with the hospice nurses, social workers and chaplain in direct patient care instead of paperwork.

2007–10/31/13

Child Medical Evaluations, Ally’s House, Yancey County Child Advocacy Center. Together with DSS and the Yancey County Sheriff Department, we volunteered our time to found a Child Advocacy Center that served four counties for many years. When it became sustainable,  https://www.southmountain.org/childrens-advocacy-centers/ assumed management and I resigned when they found an experienced replacement.

2003–Present

Nursing Home Care, Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation
Skilled Nursing Facility, Spruce Pine, NC, and Brookside now Smoky Ridge in Burnsville NC and other local assisted living facilities.

2004–Present

Doc House Sublet space to acupuncturists, massage therapists, mental health therapists, donate space to community organizations like Carolina Literary Festival, Airbnb for out of town individual medical consults coordinating myriad treatments.

 


Board Certifications/Licensure/Credentials

2015

Passed Integrative Medicine Boards

November 2010

Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Care, required every ten years

2007, 2010, 2013

Certification in Child Abuse and Neglect

April 2004–Present

DEA License, renews every three years

2003–Present

Physician Privileges at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, Spruce Pine, NC

2003–Present

Board Certified in Family Practice Medicine, last recertification 4/2013

8/2003–Present

North Carolina Medical License to practice Medicine and Surgery renews annually

June 2000-April 2003

Moonlighting Privileges, Emergency Room Physician, Highland Hospital Rochester, NY

October 2000-May 2003

New York State Medical License to practice Medicine and Surgery


Education

2000–2003

Family Medicine Residency, University of Rochester, New York

1995–1999

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Oklahoma State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Tulsa Oklahoma

1987–1990

Bachelor of Science, Pre-medical student, Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

1986–1987

Culinary Arts, Johnson and Wales University, Providence, Rhode Island

1986

Finger Lakes Community College, Canandaigua, NY

1987

Marcus Whitman High School NY


Continuing Education

2004–Present

Writing Workshops including The Duke Creative Writers’ Workshop, Great Smokies Writing Program UNC, numerous classes and private study with https://abigaildewitt.com/, and http://www.kateyschultz.com/

2007–Present

Hospice and Palliative Care, ongoing CME

2007–2015

Child Abuse and Neglect, ongoing CME

2003–Present

Family Practice Medicine, ongoing CME 300 every three years see AAFP/ABFM sites for log of courses

2011

iMosaic Conference bringing together American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA), American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM), American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) and International College of Integrative Medicine (ICIM)

2013

Addiction Medicine Conference, Asheville NC

2003–2015

Psychotherapy Evaluation and Management with mentor Dr. David Sperber, University of Rochester, New York

2003–2014

Advanced Cardiac and Basic Life Support

October 2001          Osteopathy in the Cranial Field, advanced training, 22-hour CME, Biddeford, Maine

July 1999

Certified Yoga Instructor, White Lotus Yoga Foundation, Santa Barbara, California

1999

Licensed Massage Therapist, instructor and therapist, Tulsa, Oklahoma

May 1999

Basic Longevity, American College for Advancement in Medicine Spring
Conference, Orlando, Florida

June 1998

Osteopathy in the Cranial Field, Cranial Academy 40-hour CME, San Diego, CA

April 1997

Osteopathy in the Cranial Field, Southerland Cranial Teaching Foundation
40-hour CME, Long Island, NY

Teaching Experience

2010–Present

Established Mountain Edible Arts through WWOOFUSA.org to mentor individuals interested in organic sustainable farming

2003 - Present

MAHEC and UNC Chapel Hill Medical Students and Residents

2003–Present

Various school programs through the public schools, Tar Wars, County health and wellness fairs etc

1995–Present

Personal and Group Yoga Instructor, specializing in Iyengar and Vinyasa Hatha
Yoga, mentors Ganga White and Tracy Rich

2000–2001

Canandaigua City Schools, substitute teacher in math and science

1996–1999

Teaching Assistant, Department of Family Practice, Manual therapy and Osteopathy in the Cranial Field at OSU-COM, Tulsa, OK, mentor Kenneth Graham, DO

1989–1990

Teaching Assistant, Biology, Department of Biological Sciences, Cornell
University, Supervisor, Dr. Carol McFadden


Community Wellness Outreach, Publications, Awards and Honors

April 21st 2018

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csxg1n

October 26th 2017

February 22nd 2017

http://wlos.com/news/news-13-investigates/diagnosis-mistakes-12-million-happen-a-year

May 2003

Guest speaker, YMCA Canandaigua NY “Keeping Your Mind Working” lecture series for the elderly

June 2003

Honorary speaker, “Preventing and Controlling Asthma,” National Conference on Asthma
2003, Meeting the Challenge of Healthy People 2010, Washington DC, National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute

November 2002

Guest Speaker, “Grief” Palliative Care Series, Strong Memorial Hospital

April 2002

Guest speaker, University of Rochester Medical School, Complementary and Alternative
Medicine Conference

1999

Honorary speaker, American Lung Association 2nd Annual Asthma and Lung Disease
Research Dinner

1997

Travel/Tuition Scholarship for a 40-hour Cranial Osteopathy course granted by the
Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation, Long Island, NY

1996

Travel Scholarship to the College on Problems of Drug Dependence annual conference, Puerto Rico

1995

Travel scholarship for a poster presentation at the International Narcotics Research
Conference in St. Andrews, Scotland

1994

Research grant to explore the tolerance, dependence, withdrawal and analgesic effects of various opioids using an amphibian model, awarded by Gardner Industries, OK

1987–1990

Academic scholarship from the Cornell Tradition

Research Experience

1993–1996

Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology: Molecular and Behavioral Studies in Opioid Expression and Tolerance in Amphibians, Supervisor, Dr. Craig Stevens

1990–1992

Research Assistant, Department of Neuroscience: Molecular and Genetic Research in Cell Adhesion Molecules and Transcription factors in Neural Development and Degeneration, Supervisors, Dr. Stuart Lipton and Dr. Dana Leifer

1988 - 1990

Research Assistant, Department of Biopsychology, Cornell University, Neuro-anatomic Analyzation of Thalamo-ablation Studies on Neuronal Migration Patterns in Rodents, Supervisors, Dr. Martha Windrem, Dr. Barbara Finlay

1986

Research Assistant, Department of Psychology, Cornell University, Molecular Studies on a Sexually Dimorphic Acetylcholine Receptor in Mice, Supervisor, Dr. Tom Podleski


Publications

2017 The Great Smokies Review Issue 16 http://www.thegreatsmokiesreview.org/2017/non-fiction/from-sleep-walking-a-memoirs

2015 Fall  Kelly Rothe DO and Jeff Polgar MD Let Food Be Thy Medicine Plough to Pantry Vol. 1 issue 3 page 22

Stevens, C.W. and Rothe, K.S. Supraspinal administration of mu, delta, and kappa-selective opioids produces analgesia in amphibians, European Journal of Pharmacology, 331:15-21, 1997

Rothe-Skinner, K.S. and Stevens, C.W., Distribution of opioid-expressing neurons in the frog: an in situ  hybridization study. Proc. International Narcotics Research Conference, Analgesia 1:683-686, 1995


Abstracts Presented

Rothe, Kelly, DO “Community Medicine: A grassroots asthma camp for teens”, power-point presentation, National Conference on Asthma 2003-Meeting the Challenge of Healthy People 2010

Rothe-Skinner, K.S., and Stevens, C.W., Analgesia produced by intracerebroventricular injection of morphine in amphibians, College on Problems of Drug Dependence, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1996.

Rothe-Skinner, K.S.,  and Stevens, C.W., Distribution of opioid-expressing neurons in the frog: an in situ hybridization study, International Narcotics Research Committee, Scotland, 1995.

Rothe-Skinner, K.S., and Stevens, C.W., Dynorphin Expression in amphibian brain and spinal cord: in situ hybridization studies, Society for Neuroscience Abstracts 20 (465.7), Miami, Fl. 1994.

Leifer, D., Dreyer, E.  Rothe, K., Heng,J., Neve,R., Lipton,S., “Identification and Analysis of Thy-1
Receptor cDNA clones from Brain and Muscle”. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts 17 (10.7), Anaheim, California, 1991

Leifer, D., Dreyer, E.,  Rothe,  K., “Characterization of Thy-1 Receptor Protein and cDNA Clones”. Annual Neurology Conference 41 Boston March 1991

Windrem, M.,  Rothe, K., Schwartz, J., Finlay, B. “The Role of Thalamic Afferents in the Development of Cerebral Cortex”. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts 15 (417.4), Phoenix, Arizona, 1989


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