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Dr. Kathy Robinson

Family Medicine
Asheville, NC
33 years experience female

Locations

ABCCM

Asheville, NC

Address

50 Dunnwood Road, Asheville, NC, United States
Directions

About

Bio

I have been a family physician for 20 years. I have worked in private practice, in hospital medicine and in public health. I love helping patients take control of their health and develop healthier lifestyles. I believe that patients have a right to excellent medical care and accurate understandable information about their conditions. I am now retired from full-time practice. I volunteer at the free clinic in town and teach western medicine classes to acupuncture students.

Specialties
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Family Medicine

Licenses

United States: North Carolina

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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Not directly: ALS itself is not a painful condition. It causes weakness not pain. However, if someone has had ALS for a while the immobility can end up causing some... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Don't worry: You still have plenty of time to have children. The best thing is not to worry about it, focus on school and making a good life for yourself. If you d... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Condom, both is best: Birth control pills are very helpful in not getting pregnant, but even if you use them properly you still need to use a condom to prevent sexually tra... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Very rare: Brain tumors are rare in 23 year olds. Symptoms vary but they usually present with some sort of neurological change. Some examples would be trouble wi... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Thanks for asking: Confidence comes from an understanding that all of us are human. We all have good qualities and things that we want to improve. Do the best you can do... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
See doctor: There are many things that could cause this. It would be good to see a doctor and have an exam and some basic blood tests looking at for anemia and th... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Not a good idea: Serotonin reuptake inhibitors like sertraline magnify the effects of alcohol. One drink is like taking two drinks. It is best to not use alcohol while... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Should be accurate: A home pregnancy test should be accurate 30 days after unprotected sex. Some of the tests claim to be accurate within days after unprotected sex. In g... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
See endocrinologist: The best way for your doctor to determine your optimal insulin doses is for you to check your sugars before each meal and at bedtime. Write them down ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
It is possible: It is possible that your are pregnant. Please check a pregnancy test. Also start a prenatal vitamin if you are having unprotected sex and may become p... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
See doctor: I suggest that you see a doctor and be tested for sexually transmitted infections and urinary tract infections. You should not be having tenderness an... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Take pregnancy test: There are many things that can cause irregular periods. Please check a pregnancy test as soon as possible. If you are pregnant get on a prenatal vitam... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Muscle spasms: The most common cause for this sensation is muscle spasms. Try warm compresses and gentle stretches. Do the warm compresses first then gently stretch ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Untreated BV: If you are still having a fishy smell it is a sign that the BV has not been adequately treated. Call your doctor and tell them what happened and they ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
No, not safe: One day of use will not harm him but this is too strong of a steroid cream to use on a 3 month old. Please do not use any steroid cream on the baby un... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Yes, if: Swabs can detect herpes in the vaginal area if the blisters are opened and the fluid is collected on a swab. Just a blind swab in the vagina if there ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Simethicone: There is a medicine that you can buy at the pharmacy called simethicone that may help with this problem. You can also try avoiding dairy products as t... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Usually not: There are many causes for headaches. Headaches are not usually from brain tumors, but if you are having persistent headaches see your doctor or a neur... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Continue cryo: You can continue the cryotherapy, sometimes it takes many treatments if they are large warts. Sometimes they even have to be removed surgically if the... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Need exam: You need to see a doctor for an exam to get a diagnosis and treatment. There could be some kind of tumor or other abnormality causing this sensation. ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
See doctor: Please see a doctor as soon as possible. Blood in the sputum can be from something like bronchitis but can also be a sign of something more serious li... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Cyst/lymph node: It could be a lymph node or a cyst. It is best to have a doctor take a look at it to make sure that it is nothing serious.
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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Colonoscopy: This could just be hemorrhoids, but at 57 with blood in stools I would definitely recommend getting a colonoscopy to make sure there are no polyps. Co... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Get checked again: If you have started dilating your cervix and have had regular contractions for a day then you should be checked again to see if you have dilated furth... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Yes: There are no drug interactions and this should be fine.
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A female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Takes a while: It takes a while for your body to adjust to stopping the hormonal stimulation of taking the pill. Usually in 3-4 months your periods will straighten o... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Fans/windows: It is best to run fans and open windows as much as possible to help rid your indoor air of these volatile organic compounds that are in new materials.... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
After missed period: The most accurate results from home pregnancy tests are if the test is taken one week after a missed period. They may become positive sooner, but thi... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Depends on A1c: If your sugars are well controlled on your current medications, meaning your hemoglobin A1c is less than 7, then your current regimen is good. If not ... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Need pregnancy test: Please check a pregnancy test as soon as possible. If you are having unprotected sex please start a prenatal vitamin with folate (folic acid) to preve... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Not safe: Retinyl palmitate is not safe during pregnancy, especially early pregnancy so you should stop using that product now.
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Yes: There is some medical evidence that very low LDL and high HDL cholesterol can result in lowering the amount of plaque in arteries.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Depends: It depends upon what you mean by sick. Are you getting colds? During this time of year many people get colds and viruses. They best ways to protect yo... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Muscle strain: Sometimes the muscles get strained just doing normal activities. Some things that can help are soaks in a warm bath, drinking lots of water (at least ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Some things to do: This is a very uncomfortable conditions. Here are some things that may help. Avoid trauma to the areas, so no shaving or washing with washcloth. Use n... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Not bladder: Liver problems would not cause issues with your bladder. Liver disease can cause nausea abdominal pain. You need to know what type of liver disease yo... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Absolutely: This is one of the side effects of mirtazapine. Please see your prescriber as soon as possible and let them know that you are having this problem so ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Not that likely: It is possible that it is yeast but not very likely because yeast infections usually cause a lot of itching. Please see your doctor for testing to det... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Good chance: Nothing is 100% but if you have sex during the days around ovulation you could certainly become pregnant. If you are trying to become pregnant or havi... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Would not worry: This is probably just your body adjusting to the hormones in the new birth control pills. If you are bleeding heavily please see your doctor to be che... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Unlikely pregnancy: It is unlikely that you would feel pregnancy symptoms that early. Could be PMS but if you miss a period please check a pregnancy test. If you are havi... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Thyroid: It could be from a thyroid or other metabolic problem. Best to see your doctor for exam and some blood tests.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
The difference: CPAP and BIPAP are both used to help patients with sleep apnea and other respirator disorder. With CPAP there is continuous pressure on the airways du... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Stress or not eating: It could be the not eating before the exam. It could also be just the stress of taking the exam. Each person with migraine has different triggers and ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Reflux: It sounds like you are having gastoesophageal reflux. This is when stomach acid goes back up into your esophagus and causes heartburn. You can try an ... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Allergic: It sounds like you have come in contact with something you are allergic to. Have you started any new medications? Eaten any unusual foods? New body ca... Read More
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A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Patience/time: Any time you have an upper respiratory infection like the flu your sense of smell can become impaired. Smell is an integral part of taste. Just be pat... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Cervical polyp: It is not possible to tell you exactly why you are bleeding without doing an exam. One possibility is that you have developed a cervical polyp. This i... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
What kind of blocks?: If you are talking about blocked coronary arteries then the best way for them to be unblocked are angioplasty or bypass surgery. If the blockages are ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Possible: It is possible that if you are doing extreme exercises for the abdominal muscle that it can put a strain on the back and discs. If you are having back... Read More
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Oct 29, 2014
Dr. Robinson is a wonderful healer and colleague! She is an invaluable member of the medical community and HealthTap team! I would love to have her as my doctor, and also for my children. She's brilli...Read More
Oct 31, 2014
I have had the pleasure of being able to learn from a number of questions that Dr. Robinson has written for patients ranging over a variety of medical interests. I'm impressed with her fund of knowle...Read More
Oct 19, 2014
Dr. Robinson is a pearl beyond price! A modern day "Wise Woman," who embodies the true meaning of wisdom, which is knowledge combined with kindness and tolerance, and a willingness to not only share ...Read More
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! Yeah thought I might have been haven't had cramps feeling good besides the bleeding got 4 older kids 10-7- 2 and 11 month still breastfeeding him thanks again heaps am g...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! thanks, im glad i didnt get hurt either, that wouldve been really painful, i did call the police when i got home and told them about it to prevent someone else from gett...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you so much for giving a few options to try vs just "see your doctor" I did this same thing and my throat is so irritated but its just uncomfortable. Appreciated!!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of North Carolina School of Medicine, NC
Graduated 1989MD

Residency

DUKE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

Awards

Chief Resident Family Medicine Duke University
Top Doctor, Second Place, North Carolina - Fall
2014
Top Family Physician, Second Place, North Carolina - Fall
2014

Affiliations

American Academy of Family Physician
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