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Fred Stichel

Mountain Area Health Education Center

Fred Stichel

Fred Stichel is the Registered Dietitian and Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics Educator at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) Family Health Center in Asheville, NC.


At MAHEC, Fred supports populations with, and at-risk for, diabetes and other chronic health conditions through individual consultations and in group clinics. Fred is a seasoned dietitian who has worked with people of all ages in pediatric and family health clinics and hospitals across Western North Carolina. He is passionate about helping his patients learn how to prevent and reverse chronic diseases through whole food, plant-based eating. An integral part of MAHEC’s primary care team, Fred consults with patients, providers, and residents and trains post-graduate dietetic interns from Western Carolina University.

Fred earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Binghamton University and a Master of Science degree from Queens College of the City University of New York. He served as a biology teacher in New York City high schools for ten years, where he was one of few instructors who incorporated concepts of nutrition into the curriculum. Following his move to Asheville, Fred attended Western Carolina University where he completed the program leading to his registration as a dietitian.

Fred has designed and implemented nutrition care and nutrition education programs in primary practices throughout the Asheville area, including the current program at MAHEC. He is a member of the Buncombe County diabetes leadership collaborative, and is collaborating with partners across the state on programs to improve the health of communities. Fred speaks at various meetings and continuing education programs regarding the influence of food choices on wellness and disease prevention.

Fred spends his leisure time mountain biking and traveling to watch his two daughters play soccer.