Dr. Matt Mahar
Dr. Mahar grew up in rural Nebraska, the son of two dedicated educators. He was drawn into the field of medicine in high school as he watched his father battle colon cancer. The physical, emotional, and spiritual care provided by the doctors and nurses in his father’s last days inspired him to make a career of serving others.
Dr. Mahar complete his Family Practice residency at St. Anthony’s hospital in Denver, Colorado, where he served as the first resident at the Inner City Health Center bolstering his desire to serve the poor.
After settling into his first job in Sylva, North Carolina, he quickly got involved in the free clinic and became the first medical director of the Good Samaritan Clinic of Jackson County. In 2002, he started Wellspring Family Practice with a goal of providing compassionate care in a Christian environment.
Dr. Mahar’s true passion is his family, and he and his wife Sandy have four energetic children. They are actively involved in their church, community and the new Christian school their children attend.
Kathy was born in Robbinsville, and grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina. She graduated from Western Carolina University in 1984 and spent 17 years as a critical care nurse in Asheville, Indinapolis, and Atlanta, before going back to Western in 2001. She graduated with a Master Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2004.
She has worked at Haywood County Health Department and at Blue Mountain Urology and Haywood Medical Associates as a Nurse Practitioner.
Kathy has two daughters and four dogs, and loves traveling, hiking and music.
Kevin was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. He later graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor of science. With an interest in medicine, Kevin attended Barry University in Miami, FL where he received a Masters of Clinical Medical Science in Physician Assistant studies in 2010.
He has spent the last 5 years working in the emergency department in Ft. Lauderdale, Charlotte, and Los Angeles. Kevin later decided to leave the fast paced lifestyle of Los Angeles to the more slow paced lifestyle in the Western Carolina mountains with his wife, also a PA.
In his free time, Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife and standard poodle, Mancha. He also enjoys playing guitar, hiking, camping, running, triathlons, art, and traveling.
Chelsea Hollifield Dennis is a native to the beautiful Western North Carolina mountains and grew up in Sylva, North Carolina.
Chelsea has been interested in a career in medical care since she was an active member of HOSA, the Health Occupations Students of America, while a student at Smoky Mountain High School. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Honors College of Western Carolina University in 2011. After earning her BSN, Chelsea served as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department of Harris Regional Hospital.
In 2016, Chelsea earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Western Carolina University, and is now a certified Family Nurse Practitioner. At WCU, Chelsea was a member of Sigma Theta Tau, an international honor society for students in the field of nursing. To further advance her practice skills, she recently began her studies in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Western Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
During her studies, Chelsea has worked with local healthcare providers in family practice, women’s health, pediatric health, urgent care, long-term care and volunteer health services. She combines her love of her community and her work to provide her patients with attentive care and seeks to understand how to help each individual patient reach his or her best health. Chelsea helps her patients navigate the portals to available healthcare services, and gives them the primary care base to coordinate their plan to better overall health.
In her free time, Chelsea enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, experiencing different cultures, and exploring the outdoors.