Dr. Kowa

Dr. Harald Kowa has been a well-known and popular Pediatrician in Asheville since 1991.  He founded Blue Sky Pediatrics Asheville in 2009 with the vision of the practice focused on “Happy Children”.  His goal was to have a practice that works with parents to support their child’s best health and sense of well-being.  He believes every parent and child needs personalized attention to be sure each child is happy.

Dr. Kowa is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville.  He completed his Residency in Pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Dr. Kowa is a member of several boards and committees dedicated to better community and healthcare services for children in the Asheville area.

Dr. Kowa and his wife, Karen, are the parents of four children.  When not spending time with his family, he enjoys biking and following the Florida Gators.  He is proud to have completed cycling the entire Blue Ridge Parkway over 6 consecutive days and has completed several of the most difficult Century bicycle rides in the area.

Dr. Kowa is a very competent and respected physician and loves coming to work to “play with the kids.”  He enjoys seeing children of all ages and takes a special interest in children with learning and behavior difficulties.  He was also the leading physician for the effort to provide mental health services to be available in the Pediatric office setting.  


Dr. Peggy

Dr. Peggy O’Hara (Dr. Peggy) joined Blue Sky Pediatrics in 2012 after serving as an Interim Pediatrician for McDowell Pediatrics in Marion.  She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington, Kentucky.  She completed her Residency at Children’s Hospital of Austin in Austin, Texas.  She practiced for 15 years in rural pediatrics in Montana and Utah.

Dr. Peggy is the mother of two young sons, Noah & Sawyer.  She moved back to the Southeast to be near her family.  “I decided it was time to trade the Rocky Mountains for the Smoky Mountains and I am very happy here.”  She has been described by her patients as being great at educating, supporting and working with families to provide the best care for their children.

Dr. Peggy has residency training in Psychiatry and this helps her in all aspects of treating children with behavioral disorders.  She loves to work with families, using her knowledge and experience to help with the challenges of parenting from birth to young adults.  “I chose to work with children because I think one can have an impact in their health-both mental and physical.  I believe in treating the ‘whole’ child by listening, validating and respecting them.”  “I am very fortunate to work with such a special population.”



Dr. Williams