My open-minded approach and perceptive insight will empower you to achieve a higher state of health, and a higher state of self.

OptimalSelf MD

My profession and my heart is that of a healer, but my most valuable tool is my commitment to finding answers.  I don’t settle for less than the truth, and I will go the distance with you to find it.

During medical school and residency I learned about diagnosing and treating diseases, but not much about what caused them.  In my years in the hospital wards and the emergency room, I took notice of the effects that unhealthy environments and poor lifestyle choices had on both my patients and my peers – and unfortunately, myself.  I saw thousands of patients existing in that gray zone between health and disease where there is no clear diagnosis, and thus no acknowledgement from the medical profession.  Many accept this as a normal state of being.  This “pre-disease” state is an alarm signal from the body that needs to be listened to and corrected.

About 10 years into my career I began to understand that the pursuit of health beyond just the absence of disease is a specialty unto itself – one I didn’t learn in medical school or residency, but had to seek out on my own.

I began formal study in Functional Medicine in 2014 and I’m now officially certified through the Institute for Functional Medicine. I passed my exam in April of 2016, making me the 4th MD in the state of South Carolina to receive this honor.

My education does not stop there – in fact, it has just begun.  I am continually reading, researching, and attending conferences worldwide to add to my depth of understanding.

I’m excited to finally be able to offer the kind of medicine I believe in!

Let me be your private health detective.

Accreditations:

  • Institute for Functional Medicine, 2014 Certified Practitioner

  • Certified, American Board of Emergency Medicine

  • Certified, American Board of Pediatrics

  • South Carolina State Board of Medicine License to Practice Medicine & Surgery