870 State Farm Road, Suite 102
Boone, NC 28607

Phone: 828-264-0029


Gastroenterology Providers in Boone, NC

Our Providers include a Board Certified Gastroenterologist, a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Certified Physician Assistant.  The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with their training, professional credentials and work experience.

Douglas M Trate, MD

Dr. Trate came to Boone in 1996 and worked with Western Carolina Digestive Diseases for one year before opening his own practice, Appalachian Gastroenterology, in 1997.  He earned his undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Pennsylvania and his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.  He did his post graduate training in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at Temple University.  Dr. Trate is certified in Gastroenterology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Adrian D Qualls, PA-C

Adrian joined our practice in February, 2015.  She is a native of Southeast Virginia and lived in northeast Tennessee before moving to Boone.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree at  Allied Health at East Tennessee State University and her Master of Physician Assitant Studies at Lincoln Memorial University.  We are honored to have her as part of our provider team.

Leah B. Vaughan, FNP

Leah joined our practice in April, 2016.  She is a native of Lenoir, North Carolina.  She earned her undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UNC-Greensboro, then went on to earn her Masters of Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner degree from East Carolina University.  Leah joins us from Wake Med in Raleigh with 9 years of patient care experience.  We are excited to have her join our team.

Our Support Staff

Our Clinical Support Staff includes Registered Nurses  and Certified Medical Assistants.  Our Administrative Support Staff includes a Certified Gastroenterology Coding Specialist as well as holders of various business degrees.  All of our staff is very experienced and highly trained.  We are committed to giving you the best possible service at every phase of your visit with us.