Asheville Pediatricians, Medical Care, & Special Needs Care

Your Asheville Family Health Experts

Our Philosophy

We practice comprehensive medicine for all children, newborns to teenagers.  We believe the cornerstones of healthy lives are well visits and appropriate vaccinations.  Sick visits emphasize doctor family communication for proper diagnosis and education for treatment and judicious use of all medications.

Pediatric Health Services

French Broad Pediatrics offers well care for patients ages 0-21 years of age.  Newborn and childhood services, adolescent care (wellness, skincare, nutrition and behavior) Adolescents will have “teenager only” well care days:

  • Comprehensive sick visits
  • Comprehensive special needs care
  • Comprehensive behavioral care
  • Long term care for asthma and chronic illness
  • Minor wound care
  • Inpatient newborn care

Members of the Care Team

French Broad Pediatrics uses a patient centered practice model focusing on individual patient needs and working closely with patients. Our Advanced Care Team is currently comprised of Registered Nurses, ShaeLynn Byas, Lisa Cody, and Laura Woods, triaging patient calls. These same RNs are also our Care Coordinators. They serve patients by assisting the providers in managing patient care outside of this practice.

Meet the Pediatric Care Providers of French Broad Pediatrics

John D. Templeton, MD

A Native of North Carolina, Dr. Templeton moved to Asheville in 2001 and has been an active pediatrician in our community, both in private practice and as a pediatric hospitalist. He received his MD from Tulane University and completed his Residency at Wake Forrest University Brenner’s Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem. Dr. Templeton is dedicated to comprehensive medical care emphasizing time to counsel patients and parents supporting their role as champions of their own health. He believes that communication is key and strives to make patients and parents comfortable discussing any health related issue.

Dr. Templeton is torn between the sea and mountains, an avid mountain biker and backpacker, he also loves to sail, fly fish and explore coastal waters with his family: Heather, Jack and Gray.

Lauren Keely Carlisle, MD

Dr. Carlisle moved to Asheville in 2006 from New Orleans. She went to LSU – New Orleans for medical school and residency, and then stayed on with the general pediatrics department. Throughout her medical career there, she worked extensively with a weight management program for overweight children and their families, and completed a Masters of Public Health in Nutrition at Tulane University in 2003.

Since being in Asheville, she has joyfully worked in private pediatrics, while participating in organizations such as Girls on the Run after hours. Besides having fun hanging out with her family, she loves to read, watch movies, and participate in sports such as running.

Rachel Mifflin, MD

Originally from Wisconsin, Dr. Mifflin moved to Asheville in 2022 after completion of her residency training. She received her MD from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health before moving to Nashville for pediatric residency at Vanderbilt. She feels very lucky to join the French Broad team. Dr. Mifflin loves pediatrics because every new age comes with new milestones, challenges, and celebrations; no two days are the same! She loves being able to learn with and from her patients and their families each day. Her goal is to allow each patient to be heard and for them to feel comfortable and confident both in and out of the clinic. Outside of work, she loves exploring with her husband Dan and their energetic dog Ruth. Some early favorites include Black Balsam Knob, Hominy Creek River Park, and the Downtown after Five summer concert series. They’re eager to see what else Asheville has in store!

Kristina Beardsley, MD

Dr. Kristina Beardsley happily put down roots in Asheville in 2018, after living in San Francisco for 7 years. She is originally from Charleston, WV where she completed medical school and residency training in pediatrics. For 10 years, she has practiced pediatrics, including a leadership role in a pediatric urgent care center in the Bay Area. Her practice style is warm and nurturing, and she enjoys involving children in ways to improve their health and wellness. She takes pride in truly listening to families and never underestimates a parent’s intuition! Dr Beardsley is thrilled to be a part of the team at French Broad Pediatrics. Her husband is an oncologist at Cancer Care of WNC, and they have two sons. When away from the office, she loves cooking, being outdoors, reading Harry Potter books to her kids, and discovering restaurants in Asheville.

Holly Mason


Holly is excited to be a part of French Broad Pediatrics. She discovered her passion for working with young families through the experience of having her own children. As a new mother in Seattle, she discovered the difference that supportive, comprehensive, and patient-centered care can make in the lives of growing families. Since moving to Asheville in 2001, she has worked as a Mother-Baby nurse and Lactation Consultant at Mission Hospital, and now joins French Broad Pediatrics as a Nurse Practitioner with an MSN from Duke University. Holly provides comprehensive primary care for babies through teens, as well as lactation support for breastfeeding families. Outside of work, Holly enjoys traveling, coming home from traveling, and dancing with her daughters in the kitchen.

Camellia Austin


Camellia is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a background in pediatrics, family practice, and emergency care. She absolutely loves working with children and infants. Camellia graduated summa cum laude from South College and received her undergrad degree with cum laude honors from UNC Wilmington. Camellia’s patient care philosophy embodies empathy, compassion, and treating the person and family unit as a whole. She is dedicated to reducing healthcare disparities, increasing access to care and health literacy.

Camellia is an Asheville native who enjoys spending time outdoors with her two children, Conor and Cooper. In addition to camping, swimming, and exploring local trails, she enjoys cheering from the stands at Cooper’s little league baseball games. 

Molly McDonough-Leota


Molly was born and raised in Asheville, NC. She travelled to New Zealand to study midwifery and then practiced as a midwife in Samoa, where she met her husband, before moving back home to raise their 5 children. She worked with area  families as a midwife and as a nurse and lactation consultant on Mission’s Mother Baby unit before returning to WCU to get her FNP degree. She is thrilled to be part of the French Broad Pediatric team.

Molly enjoys watching football, especially when her kids are playing, baking, and road trips.

ShaeLynn Byas


Shae Lynn was born and raised in Mars Hill, NC. She attended Gardner-Webb University and graduated with her nursing degree in 1998. Her nursing career began at Asheville’s Mission Hospital, taking care of patients in pediatrics as a staff nurse, charge nurse, and chemotherapy nurse. She also worked at AB Tech Community College as the EMS pediatric paramedic instructor, CPR instructor, and Pediatric Advance Life Support (PALS) coordinator. In 2013, Shae Lynn became the clinical manager at All Kids Pediatrics and then ABC Pediatrics. In January 2021, she joined French Broad Pediatrics as the Practice Manager.

Shae Lynn is excited to be a part of the team at French Broad Pediatrics and is enthusiastic to help make this an even greater place for children and their families.

Visit Our Office

40 N. Merrimon Ave, Suite 117
Asheville, NC 28804

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Contact Us

828-348-8232 Office
855-323-6740 Fax Number

For After Hours Care 828-348-8232

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