Our Providers at Biltmore OB/GYN
Dr. Travis, a native of Kentucky, received her Bachelors of Science degree at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. She received the Murray State University Presidential Scholarship, a prestigious four-year full academic scholarship. She majored in biology, graduated Magna Cum Laude, and was inducted into the Alpha Chi National Honor Society. From there, she attended medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky. During that time she was an active member of the American Medical Women’s Association.
Having selected a career in obstetrics and gynecology, she headed to Texas where she completed her internship and residency at the University of Texas – Southwestern at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Her professional career began in Texas where she stayed on as an attending at Parkland for four years. She began her private practice career in Plano, Texas before moving to the Southeast.
After working with Carolina Ob-Gyn Care in Spartanburg, South Carolina, she and Dr. Saltzman founded Biltmore Ob-Gyn in 1995. Dr. Travis is Board Certified and a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Dr. Travis and her husband, Dr. Gerald Travis, a pediatric psychiatrist, live in Asheville with their two children.
Dr. Saltzman grew up in Chicago, Illinois, having been a true American baby, born on the 4th of July. She spent time at the University of Michigan before heading to the University of California, Los Angeles where she received her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychobiology. She graduated Cum Laude from UCLA. After college, she stayed at UCLA and worked on her Masters of Public Health in epidemiology. From there, she headed back to the Midwest to spend two years at the University of Health Sciences at Chicago Medical School, completing her medical degree back out in California at Stanford University School of Medicine. At Stanford, she received both the resident teaching award and a commendation for excellence in patient care. She completed her internship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Stanford University Medical Center.
Dr. Saltzman is Board Certified and licensed in both California and North Carolina. She started her private practice career with the San Jose Medical Group while continuing as Voluntary Clinical Faculty with the Department of Ob-Gyn at Stanford. Eventually heading east, she found her way to Asheville. After working with the Mountain Area Health Education Center at Mission Hospital, she and Dr. Travis founded Biltmore Ob-Gyn in 1995.
Dr. Saltzman and her husband, Dr. Leon DeJournett, a pediatric intensivist, live in Asheville with their three children. She enjoys skiing, antiquing and restoring old homes.
Dr. Chitour, originally from Texas, received her Bachelors of Arts Degree at the University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated with Honors and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Remaining in Texas, she headed to Baylor College of Medicine where she not only received her MD with High Honors, but was inducted into the medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha. Choosing a career in women’s health, she completed her internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was briefly an Assistant Clinical Instructor at the University of Pennsylvania before settling into private practice with the Princeton Medical Group in Princeton, New Jersey in 1983.
Dr. Chitour remained in Princeton until moving to the mountains of North Carolina in 2006. She is Board Certified and a fellow in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. While at Princeton, she was named a top doctor in the New York Metro Area from 2000 through 2005. She joined Biltmore Ob-Gyn in 2006.
Dr. Chitour lives in Asheville with her husband, Naguib, and their three children.
Dr. Garbarino, a native of Tennessee, received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia. At the University of Richmond, she majored in biology, graduated Summa Cum Laude, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. From Virginia, she headed back to Tennessee, where she attended the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. Selecting a career in obstetrics and gynecology, she completed her internship and residency at The Ohio State University. She is Board Certified and currently a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as well as the American Medical Association. She began her private practice with Biltmore Ob-Gyn in 2006.
Dr. Garbarino and her husband, Dr. Judd Garbarino, an Emergency medicine physician, live in Asheville with their daughter and son.
Dr. Morel, a native of New Orleans, LA, received her Bachelor of Science degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. She majored in biology, graduated Cum Laude, and was inducted into the Tri Beta Honorary Society. At Rhodes, Dr. Morel was a varsity swimmer, team captain and MVP for the Women’s Swimming and Diving team.
She returned home to New Orleans where she graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine. She selected Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA to complete her internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Morel’s choice of an ob/gyn specialty was influenced by her mother who taught Lamaze preparation classes in their home.
While in Virginia, both she and her husband confirmed their passion for the outdoors, especially the mountains. Asheville is their dream town complete with the outdoors and artisan culture so reminiscent of all that they love about New Orleans.
Dr. Morel and her husband Dr. Thomas Morel, an emergency medicine and palliative medicine physician, live in Asheville with their son.
From Dr. Harrington:
The purpose of this letter is to make you all aware of an impeding change in my practice circumstances. This spring, my husband and I will be adopting a little girl from Ethiopia. I have decided that I will not be returning to Biltmore Ob-Gyn after my maternity leave. My husband, daughter and I will be moving back home to Rochester, NY where I will be practicing academic medicine closer to family. This has been a difficult decision because of the wonderful colleagues, staff and patients with whom I have worked. It has been a privilege to be a small part of your lives these past six years.
I will be available for appointments through June 30, 2011 unless our adoption is finalized sooner. Thereafter, I would encourage you to continue care with my colleagues at Biltmore Ob-Gyn. Drs. Travis, Saltzman, Chitour, and Garbarino are exceptional physicians in whom I have the utmost confidence. In addition Biltmore Ob-Gyn will be welcoming a new physician Kelley Morel who will start seeing patients in August.
I wish you the best in the future and will always be thankful for the opportunity I have had to get to know each of you.
Nan Nussman, a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and native of Western NC, received her Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Haywood Community College in 2000 where she was voted Outstanding Nursing Student by her peers. She then began working in the surgical ICU at the VA Medical Center where she stayed until 2002. Her career with Biltmore Ob Gyn started in 2002 when she was initially hired as a phone triage nurse. While continuing to work at Biltmore Ob Gyn, she obtained her Bachelor of Nursing Degree from East Tennessee State University in 2006. Pursuing her degree further, she obtained her Master of Science in Nursing from Western Carolina University in 2009 where she was voted Outstanding Nurse Practitioner by the Western Carolina faculty. Nan officially joined our provider staff later that same year. She and her husband Scott are living and raising their two children in Haywood County.