Mountain Area Pediatrics is excited
to announce Dr. Kiersten Derby is
joining our practice and will begin
seeing patients January 2022!

Welcome our new pediatrician,
Dr. Kiersten Derby!


COVID VACCINE is now available for ages 5 and up!

Call 828-254-4337 to schedule your appointment.

Or ask about receiving your COVID vaccine
during your well care visit!

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reach from little hands!) A nurse will call you
back when your exam room is ready.

Please wait in your car!

Call 828-254-4337 and tap “0” to check in.

Keep your phone line free (and out of
reach from little hands!) A nurse will call you
back when your exam room is ready.

We are dedicated to keeping our patients
and staff safe during this pandemic.

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DR. Kiersten Derby

Dr. Derby and her family recently moved to Asheville from Kalamazoo, MI and are embracing all things Western North Carolina. Dr. Derby is a great addition to our already wonderful team of physicians and we are excited for you to meet her!

Dr. Derby was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned her Bachelor of Science in neuroscience at Brown University. After spending a year working in Hawaii studying cancer epidemiology, she returned to Atlanta for medical school. She received her medical degree at Emory University School of Medicine, and also obtained a degree in Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health. She then completed her pediatric residency at the University of Washington, with a focus on community and global health.

Board-certified in pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Derby has practiced pediatrics in Washington and Michigan since 2016. She is thrilled to now put down roots in Asheville.  Dr. Derby and her husband, Evan, have two sons. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, stand up paddling and surfing, and vegetarian cooking.

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Let us introduce ourselves

Our Pediatric-specific medical staff at Mountain Area Pediatrics consists of six Board Certified Pediatricians. Additionally, our ancillary clinical staff of Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Certified Medical Assistants, and Phlebotomists, offer top-notch care with countless years of experience.

Our Pediatricians are on the admitting medical staff at Mission Hospital for newborns, and have close working relationships with the “big kid” inpatient pediatric hospitalists/intensivists. Whatever your pediatric needs may be, the staff at Mountain Area Pediatrics will assist you with compassion, professionalism, and expertise!


From a Dream to a Reality

Mountain Area Pediatrics (MAPA) transitioned from being a dream to a reality when Dr. J. Bennett Bailey started the practice in 1980. Dr. Bailey (Dr. Ben as he is known by his patients and countless others who adore him) strived to provide personalized, thoughtful, compassionate care to his patients.

He always took time to listen. Many have said that “Dr. Ben is worth the wait because I know that when he is with my child, my child is the only thing in this world during the very special visit.” Since 1980, more than 60,000 children have passed through the doors of MAPA.



Appointment times are available daily for a variety of needs including Newborn Visits, Well Child Visits, Hospital Follow-ups, Behavior Consultations (including diagnosing and management of ADD/ADHD), Nutrition and Exercise Counseling, Asthma and Same Day Sick Visits.

We have a co-management agreement with a behavioral health facility and we can refer to outside behavior health professional if needed. Dental varnish is available at well child visits for our younger patients. MAPA is equipped with an onsite lab offering multiple diagnostic tests. As part of our advanced care team we have a group of telephone triage nurses, including RN’s and LPN’s, who are available to speak to you as about the health of your child.