Phone: 704-480-0008

Office Hours

Mon - Thur: 8am -5pm
Friday:  8am - 12pm
Closed: 12pm-1pm

Our Medical Team

At Cleveland Gastroenterology Associates in Shelby, North Carolina, our highly respected group of board certified gastroenterologist's have been caring for patients for over 30 years. Serving Shelby, Cleveland County and the Piedmont of North Carolina we treat patients in need of treatment for a wide range of gastrointestinal disorders.


Karel F. Rybnicek, M.D.
Karel F. Rybnicek, M.D., is a native of the Czech Republic.  He graduated from Purkyne University School of Medicine in 1978.   He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Christ Hospital and Medical Center in Oak Lawn, IL, and his fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He is board-certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology as well as a fellow of the American College of Physicians.  He is a member of the American Medical Association and the North Carolina Medical Society and is a NC Society of Gastroenterology Board Member for 2017-2020.

Karla V. Von, PA-C
After growing up in Phoenix, Karla moved to the Carolinas and completed her undergraduate degree at Bob Jones University. She then received her Physician Assistant Master’s Degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. She is board certified by the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants. Her areas of interest include, Cirrhosis, Hepatitis C and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Karla is fluent in Spanish.

Genevieve Morales, PA

Bio coming soon