Charles J. DePaolo, M.D.
Board Certified Physician

Board Certified

Dr. Charles DePaolo is a graduate of the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. He then received his BChE. at the Georgia Institute of Technology. For several years he was an engineer employed by Exxon Company, USA, New Orleans, Louisiana. He received his medical degree from Louisiana State University and completed his internship at Methodist Hospital in Memphis and residency in orthopedic surgery at the Campbell Clinic of Orthopedic Surgery in Memphis in 1992.

Dr. DePaolo has practiced medicine in Asheville for over 20 years and specializes in Sports Medicine, Joint Reconstructive Surgery, and Shoulder, Hip, and Knee Surgery. He is speciality certified in Sports Medicine “Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine”.

Active participant in orthopedic research with National Institute of Health (NIH),
Dr. DePaolo is currently participating in two NIH studies concerning hip fractures treatment. He has performed research in rotator cuff repair techniques and is currently coordinating a post-market study in total knee arthroplasty.

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

He and his wife, Sally, have three children, Jack, Sarah, and Stuart.

Abby Maxwell, M.D.
Board Certified Physician

Board Certified

Dr. Abby Maxwell is a graduate of Duke University (2003), Bachelor of Science,. Major-Biology, concentration in Marine Biology; Minor – Economics. She received her medical degree from New York Medical College in 2008.

Dr. Maxwell did her post graduate training in Orthopaedic surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University and received her Sports Medicine Fellowship from MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dr. Maxwell specializes in Sports Medicine and has had the opportunity to work as an associate team physician for several college and professional teams during her training including Loyola University’s men’s and women’s soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams, Towson University’s men’s and women’s lacrosse, Morgan State University’s men’s and women’s basketball.  She was also able to work alongside the head team physicians for the Baltimore Ravens and the Washington Nationals. In addition to working with professional and college athletes, she worked as an associate team physician for Thomas Jefferson High School Football (Richmond, VA), Associate team physician John Marshall High School Football (Richmond, VA), and Varina High School Football, (Richmond, VA).

Dr. Maxwell enjoys working with athletes and finds it very rewarding. She loves their enthusiasm for sports and their desire to play. She is motivated to help athletes/patients get back to what they love to do. When it comes to sports medicine, she understands the importance of intervention and prevention to stop injuries before they happen, always exploring non-surgical as well as surgical options, and serving athletes to counteract the upsurge in sports injuries.

She and her husband are looking forward to life in Western North Carolina.

Past Jobs

Sarah Beth Spainhour-Reese, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Sarah Beth Spainhour-Reese obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Clemson University in Clemson, SC and obtained her Masters of Health Sciences in Physician Assistant studies from Duke University. She is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is also a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Sarah assists in the office as well in the operating room on a wide variety of surgeries.

Sarah’s interest in orthopedics and sports medicine began at an early age when Sarah began showing horses as a child. She went on to win national titles while showing professionally and for the Clemson University Equestrian team before turning her focus to medicine. She maintains an athletic lifestyle enjoying the many outdoor activates Asheville has to offer.

Sarah and her husband are expecting their first child in November.


John Sullivan, PA-C
Physician Assistant
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