Our physicians are compassionate, professional leaders in their field. 


David L. Cobb, Jr., M.D., FACOG

Dr. Cobb received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee in Memphis, then moved to Asheville to complete his residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC). He has been practicing in Asheville at Grace since 1999. He loves his profession; particularly the richness of interacting with and caring for people as they navigate important times in their lives. Dr. Cobb and his wife have six children. He spends a lot of time hiking and camping for Boy Scouts with his five sons and enjoys cultivating the family's extensive vegetable garden.  

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R. Bruce Councell, M.D., FACOG

Dr. Councell is recognized locally and state wide by his peers as a pioneer and leader in the advancement of gynecologic surgery for the patients of Western North Carolina. He has received certificates, licenses, and awards and is a member of many academic societies including the Society of Pelvic Reconstructive Surgeons, the American Urogynecologic Society, the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. He has served as chief of the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at both St. Joseph's and Mission Memorial Hospitals.  Dr. Councell continues as Clinical assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill, and as an instructor of gynecologic surgery for the residents of the Mountain Area Health and Education Center Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program.

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Marianne R. Pestoff, M.D., FACOG

Dr. Pestoff was born and raised in Avon, Ohio, just west of Cleveland. She did her undergraduate and medical school training in Indiana attending Purdue University and Indiana University respectively. After graduating from medical school she moved with her husband John to Asheville for her residency training in OB/GYN through MAHEC. She has been practicing in Asheville since 1999. Dr. Pestoff has three children and enjoys hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, cooking, running, and gardening.

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