NCHIE-Chatuge Family Practice

About Us

An independent, non-profit, community owned family practice.

Chatuge Family Practice has been established in Hayesville since 1974. We have been at our present location since May 1990. We have been in operation a total of 46 years. We have been designated as a Rural Health Center by the Office of Rural Health and Resource Development of North Carolina. Our primary service areas are Clay and Cherokee Counties, but we also see many patients from other counties of Western NC, Eastern Tennessee and North Georgia.

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Our Providers

Teresa Heavner, M.D. is a native of Rockingham, NC. She earned her MD degree from Bowman Gray in 1987, then went on to complete a three year residency in family medicine in Bangor, Maine.
Jill Brinke, M.D. is a family practice physician with Chatuge Family Practice and is on staff at Murphy Medical Center. She attended The Ohio State University and the University of Toledo where she was pre med and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy with minors in Latin and Chemistry.


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  • Medicare
  • Replacement Medicare Programs that are Private Fee for Service (PFFS)
  • Tricare
  • Workers Compensation with prior approval
  • North Carolina State Health Choice for Children

In Network

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
  • Cigna Healthcare
  • Humana
  • Most Cresent Programs -please call billing office for more information
  • MedCost
  • United Healthcare

Assistance Programs

No one will be denied access to services due to inability to pay; there are discounts available based on family size and income.

Please see links above or call Tricia at 828-389-6383 ext 140 to find out more information.