The Lowcountry is lucky enough to have two equally wonderful programs dedicated to helping individuals and families recover from substance use disorders. WAKEUP CAROLINA and WAYPOINT RECOVERY CENTER won the hearts of our voters and tied for the Best Addiction Recovery Center.
Nearly everyone suffers from some sort of allergy. If you want to be seen by the best, contact DR. MARIA STRECK with MUSC Health – named Best Allergist. Although she sees patients of all ages, she specializes in pediatric allergy and immunology.
BEST ALLERGY CENTER
CHARLESTON ALLERGY & ASTHMA has been treating Lowcountry residents who suffer with allergies and asthma for over 30 years. Named the Best Allergy Center, they are dedicated not only to making you feel a lot more comfortable but also to improving your overall quality of life.
BEST AMBULATORY CENTER
MUSC HEALTH took this year’s award for Best Ambulatory Center. When you are scheduled for outpatient care services, you can trust that MUSC will excel at getting you in and out for treatments that don’t require admission to the hospital.
JENNIFER ESSE, AU.D., of Carolina Hearing Services on Daniel Island, is dedicated to improving the quality of life for her patients by increasing their ability to hear and communicate. This dedication has earned her the accolade of Best Audiologist by our readers.
BEST BARIATRIC DOCTOR
East Cooper Bariatric Surgery’s DR. MORRIS J. WASHINGTON has become well-known for his personal and compassionate care of those suffering from obesity. His bariatric and metabolic weight loss experience includes laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic gastric bypass, laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding and intragastric balloon.
BEST CANCER CENTER
The HOLLINGS CANCER CENTER AT MUSC holds numerous state and national accolades, and now it holds the HealthLinks title for Best Cancer Center. Hollings has revolutionized care by using cutting-edge technology and the most advanced medicine. They are also at the forefront of cancer research.
Affiliated with Roper St. Francis Healthcare, DR. WILLS C. GEILS of Cardiology Associates of Charleston took home the Best Cardiologist accolade by our HealthLinks readers. You can trust Dr. Geils when it comes to the matters of the heart.
BEST CBD RETAILER
CBD, or cannabidiol, is the naturally occurring compound found in cannabis. CBD can be used to treat a wide range of health conditions, including joint pain, anxiety, sleep disorders, migraines and more. SWEETGRASS PHARMACY and THE CANNABIS PHARMACY tied for the HealthLinks Best CBD Retailer.
BEST CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
The MUSC SHAWN JENKINS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL’S spectacular new building isn’t the only reason they won Best Children’s Hospital. It is their level of care that sets them apart. It is simply the best when you only want the best for your child.
Founder of Advantage Healthcare of Charleston and voted Best Chiropractor, DR. CHRISTOPHER GRAY uses chiropractic techniques to relieve pain and help patients maintain overall health. His goal is to relax tight muscles and allow the spine to retain its natural curve with realignment.
BEST COLORECTAL SURGEON
DR. MARGARITA MURPHY of the Colon Surgeons of Charleston is quite sought after when it comes to GI concerns. That is why she was named Best Colorectal Surgeon by our readers. For colonoscopies, gastroenterology, colorectal surgery, abdominal operations or anorectal concerns, make an appointment with Dr. Murphy.
MUSC houses many of the best of the best, and, for Best Dermatologist, DR. JONI MAZZA-MCCRANN is no exception. Practicing in pediatric and adult dermatology, she has a special interest in medical and surgical treatment of common skin conditions.
BEST DERMATOLOGY CENTER
GERMAIN DERMATOLOGY offers comprehensive medical, surgical and cosmetic skin care services. Their thorough care and treatment plans have garnered them the accolade of Best Dermatology Center. You can trust Germain Dermatology to protect your body’s largest organ – the skin.
BEST DENTAL PRACTICE
Take that first step toward a beautiful, healthy smile by making an appointment at DANIEL ISLAND DENTISTRY – the winner for Best Dental Practice. Whether you need a general checkup or cosmetic dentistry, you can count on a great experience with the team at Daniel Island Dentistry.
We have so many wonderful dentists in the Lowcountry! Best Dentist goes to DR. EDDIE WHITE of Sewee Dental Care in Mount Pleasant.
BEST EMERGENCY ROOM
Hopefully you won’t need to use this, but when you do, it is nice to know that we have a favorite among our readers. For the Best Emergency Room, they picked ROPER ST. FRANCIS HEALTHCARE. When a trip to the ER is in order, head to Roper stat!
BEST EMT PROGRAM
If you are looking for a fast-paced and exciting career in health care, consider being an Emergency Medical Technician or EMT. For certification on emergency care and transport, our readers chose TRIDENT TECHNICAL COLLEGE as the Best EMT Program.
For DR. BRITTANY HENDERSON, being an endocrinologist is not just her job – it’s her passion. She has helped countless people regain joy in their lives by overcoming thyroid-related illness. Named Best Endocrinologist by our readers, Dr. Henderson utilizes multiple effective strategies for treatment.
Some reviews deemed him the “tooth saver.” DR. JASON COHEN of Endodontics Ltd., with locations in downtown Charleston and Mount Pleasant, has indeed saved the teeth of more than 15,000 patients over the past 15 years. That is why Dr. Cohen was named Best Endodontist by our readers.
ENT – the ear, nose and throat specialty – requires specific skills in managing disease of the sinuses, larynx, oral cavity and upper pharynx, as well as structures of the neck and face. DR. EDWARD L. MCNELLIS of ENT & Allergy Partners was named Best ENT.
BEST EYE CENTER
Your eyes are the window to your soul, so why not take good care of them? Our readers chose MYEYEDR. as Best Eye Center. From a regular eye exam and being fitted for contacts or glasses to treatment of dry eye syndrome or cataracts, MyEyeDr. does it all.
BEST FITNESS CENTER
When you join the MUSC WELLNESS CENTER, you are not just joining a gym. You are joining a community. They have a wide range of fitness classes and programs to choose from, a top-notch facility, exceptional staff and premium exercise equipment. That’s why they were named Best Fitness Center.
A part of the renowned practice of Charleston GI, DR. MARC D. NOBLE took the accolade as Best Gastroenterologist. For issues with the gastrointestinal track or liver and to get your routine colonoscopy, you can trust Dr. Noble and the team at Charleston GI.
BEST GI PRACTICE
The team at CHARLESTON GI took honors as the Best GI Practice. With colonoscopies being an important element of preventive medicine, Charleston GI makes the process seamless from start to finish. Their professional staff has experience treating a wide range of GI conditions.
BEST HEALTH FOOD
You may exercise, but do you eat right? It is important to do both. WHOLE FOODS MARKET took the win for Best Health Food location. With stores in Mount Pleasant and West Ashley, the Whole Foods Market sources the finest natural and organic food available.
BEST HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY
The BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD SYSTEM is a national health insurance company that has a reputation for comprehensive health care with a full-range of coverage options. They truly have a plan to fit every lifestyle and budget, which is why they were named Best Health Insurance Company.
BEST HEARING CENTER
Being able to communicate effectively is a basic aspect of quality-of-life. Perhaps we take it for granted until it is compromised. That’s where CAROLINA HEARING SERVICES comes in. Named Best Hearing Center, they’ll work to bring back your hearing so that you can get back to communicating effectively.
BEST HOLISTIC MEDICAL PROVIDER
Nurse Practitioner KATHY PRICE of Advantage Healthcare of Charleston takes pride in her physical medicine approach to health care by treating the patient’s total body wellness. Named Best Holistic Medical Provider, she will advise patients on holistic treatments that benefit them in the long-term.
BEST IN-HOME CARE
In-home care has taken on a whole new meaning in the past year. COMFORT KEEPERS, which took top honors in the Best In-Home Care category, has kept up with the changing landscape created by the year of COVID-19. Their staff was ready with PPP, while the demand for their services increased.
BEST HOME HEALTH
AMEDISYS offers home health care to help people recover from illness, injury or surgery. They can help manage long-term medical conditions with nursing and other services, all in the comfort of the home. That is why they were named Best Home Health.
BEST HOSPICE CARE
CRESCENT HOSPICE has been named by our readers as Best Hospice Care. The reason? They provide a team of professionals to guide clients through their illness. They also offer support for the family when they need it most.
ROPER ST. FRANCIS HEALTHCARE was named the area’s Best Hospital by our readers. This coveted award comes from their full-range of award-winning services. It’s safe to say that you are in good hands with Roper.
For the highest level of medical monitoring and care, you can trust the intensive care unit at MUSC. Named Best ICU by our readers, MUSC offers round-the-clock care by a highly- trained team of medical professionals to patients who are in critical condition.
Internists see patients with internal diseases such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity and lung disease. Our readers chose two doctors to win our Best Internist category – DR. ERIC BOLSTER of Palmetto Primary Care Physicians and DR. LAURA LEE KINNEY of Liberty Doctors.
BEST LABOR AND DELIVERY UNIT
It’s a moment in time you will never forget. Delivering your baby should be an experience filled with joy, and you’ll get nothing but the best at MUSC. Voted Best Labor and Delivery Unit, you can feel assured and safe that you and your baby will receive top-ranked care.
BEST MARTIAL ARTS ACADEMY
It’s more than martial arts: It’s confidence building, exercise and self-defense. CHARLESTON MUAY THAI AND BOXING was named Best Martial Arts Academy by our readers. The owner trained in Thailand but came back home to Charleston to teach martial arts and later open his own gym.
BEST MEDICAL-SURGICAL UNIT
ROPER ST. FRANCIS HEALTHCARE takes the win as Best Medical-Surgical Unit. When it comes to taking care of patients for a variety of reasons, either in preparation for surgery or following surgery, it is the team at Roper that wins the hearts of our readers.
BEST MEMORY CARE FACILITY
Families can rely on MOUNT PLEASANT GARDENS ALZHEIMER’S SPECIAL CARE CENTER for compassionate specialized care. Named Best Memory Care Facility, Mount Pleasant Gardens will assist dementia patients with this transition in their life with utmost care.
BEST MEN’S CLINIC
The CHARLESTON MEN’S CLINIC focuses on the health concerns related specifically to males, especially on their sexual health and well-being. For a sensitive and personal approach to men’s health, our readers named Charleston Men’s Clinic as Best Men’s Clinic.
DR. ROBERT CARLILE practices downtown and in Summerville. Co-winner DR. SUNIL PATEL has offices at East Cooper Medical Center and four other Lowcountry locations. Their specialty diagnoses and treats disorders of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and the involuntary nervous system.
The DAVID AND LAURA STONE NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT at the Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital at MUSC garnered top honors for providing comprehensive care for healthy and critically ill newborns from throughout the state, offering family-oriented care for high-risk newborns.
MUSC claimed the title for Best Nursery. They provide high-risk newborns with services including pediatricians and specialists in pediatric general surgery, cardiac surgery, ENT surgery, neurosurgery and cardiothoracic surgery. They treat all neonatal medical conditions, including birth defects.
BEST NURSING SCHOOL
MUSC’S COLLEGE OF NURSING took top honors for its long-standing – 136 years – tradition of excellence in preparing the finest professional nurses who care, cure and create new knowledge in improving the health of individuals, families and communities.
Providing primary and preventive care, education and GYN surgery, Roper St. Francis Healthcare’s DR. ELAINE EUSTIS led the readers’ poll in her category, which includes hormone replacement and hormone balancing. She earned high marks in explaining conditions and treatments.
BEST OB/GYN PRACTICE
With offices in four locations from downtown to Georgetown, winner LOWCOUNTRY OB/GYN bills itself as the “leader in comprehensive obstetric and gynecological services for women of all ages.” This practice offers personalized care from pregnancy testing through delivery and postpartum care.
Winner of the Physician Champion Award of the Roper St. Francis Foundation, DR. DAVID ELLISON also takes top honors among our readers. A graduate of Yale and Duke University, Dr. Ellison is board-certified in internal medicine, medical oncology and hematology.
At MyEyeDr. in Mount Pleasant, you’ll find winner DR. BRAD MAJORS, who examines, diagnoses, treats and manages diseases, injuries and disorders of the visual system, the eye and associated structures and identifies related system conditions affecting the eye.
Founder and medical director of Waring Vision Institute in Mount Pleasant, DR. GEORGE WARING IV, is HealthLinks’ winner. Dr. Waring is an expert in refractive and cataract surgery. Active in clinical research, he incorporates technological advances into his practice.
BEST OPERATING ROOM
Unless you’re on the surgical team, it’s hard to understand how anyone could rate an operating room – because you’re unconscious if they’re doing things right. ROPER ST. FRANCIS HEALTHCARE takes the title in this category, offering modern operating rooms and technology, including cutting-edge robotics.
BEST ORAL SURGEON
Maybe DR. MATTHEW BAREFOOT earned the crown because he’s a DDS and an M.D. Maybe it’s because he wants every patient to experience the passion he feels about his profession. Dr. Barefoot has the tools and expertise to assure the best outcomes.
If straight, white teeth and a beautiful smile are your goals, COASTAL FAMILY ORTHODONTICS is the place to go, according to HealthLinks Charleston readers. This is a forward-looking practice offering services including palatal expanders and clear and ceramic braces.
BEST ORTHOPEDIC DOCTOR
It’s a tie: DRS. DEL SCHUTTE and JOHN M. GRAHAM. Dr. Schutte emphasizes total joint replacement and reconstructive surgery, including robotic technology. Dr. Graham leans toward the evaluation and treatment of sports injuries, including knee and shoulder surgery.
BEST PAIN MANAGEMENT DOCTOR
If they’re in pain – real pain – HealthLinks Charleston’s No. 1 go-to guy is Advantage Healthcare’s DR. CHRISTOPHER GRAY. He provides comprehensive services from medical pain relief to physical therapy and rehabilitation to joint injections and trigger point therapy.
BEST PAIN MANAGEMENT PRACTICE
No surprise here. Taking top honors in this category is ADVANTAGE HEALTHCARE. Their team of physical medicine specialists includes medical doctors, nurse practitioners and chiropractors dedicated to helping patients combat pain and reach their personal health and wellness goals.
BEST PATIENT ADVOCATE
Patient advocacy is an area of health care concerned with speaking for patients, survivors and caregivers. Advocates may be found, as our winner, DR. BRITTANY HENDERSON is, within a specific medical specialty. Dr. Henderson’s is endocrinology, with an emphasis on thyroid disorders.
DR. LAUREN TIPTON leads the pack in this category. One review of the doctor raved, “The best bedside manner and very knowledgeable. Couldn’t imagine a physician interacting with children any better than Dr. Tipton. She truly listens and takes her time.”
BEST PEDIATRIC AFTER-HOURS CLINIC
Why do so many kids’ medical issues happen when most doctors are gone for the day? Maybe because those youngsters up to age 18 know they can get quality care from our winner, the three after-hours clinics of MUSC CHILDREN’S HEALTH!
BEST PEDIATRIC PRACTICE
With four offices serving the Lowcountry, COASTAL PEDIATRIC ASSOCIATES offers plenty of convenience for parents wanting first-rate care for their young children. Now, our HealthLinks readers’ poll winner offers virtual visits to keep everyone in the family safe from COVID-19.
No one looks forward to needing periodontal work. But, when they do, our readers’ No. 1 go-to guy is DR. JEFFREY LARO at the Center for Periodontics and Implant Dentistry. High tech and sedation dentistry are hallmarks of his practice.
BEST PERSONAL TRAINER
Get ready for the workout of your life from HealthLinks’ Best Personal Trainer, COREY SKINNER at Hylo Fitness. He’s a certified trainer, of course, and he was a squadron fitness leader in the Air Force. Ready. Set. “Ten-hut!”
CHAD STRAUGHAN at Tidewater Pharmacy and Compounding is our winner in this category. And why not? After all, he owns the place, which is a new, independent, patient, family and community-focused pharmacy. And he can compound those unusual or difficult prescriptions.
And … TIDEWATER PHARMACY AND COMPOUNDING is our winner! That’s likely because this pharmacy’s stated mission is to improve lives throughout the Lowcountry by providing the best pharmacy service and unmatched customer service and care “today and always.” Here, “the patient always comes first.”
BEST PLASTIC SURGEON
Winner of the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian award, DR. MARCELO HOCHMAN earned top honors with our readers. Specializing in plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Hochman is director of the Hemangioma and Malformation Treatment Center at MUSC Health.
BEST PLASTIC SURGEON PRACTICE
And our winner is … DR. SONNY O PLASTIC SURGERY. This practice offers breast rejuvenation with a full range of surgical and nonsurgical solutions. Dr. O brings nearly two decades of experience to his Lowcountry practice.
Looking for a great foot doctor? Try CAROLINA FOOT & ANKLE SPECIALISTS. That’s where our No. 1 podiatrist, Dr. Andrew Saffer, practices as a podiatric physician and surgeon. For foot pain from systemic issues, sports injuries and serious trauma, he does it all.
BEST PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR
They may not always be flashy and get top billing, but primary care doctors are the medical professionals we rely on most and most often. Our readers have named DR. STEPHEN THOMAS of North Charleston the Lowcountry’s very best.
BEST PRIMARY CARE PRACTICE
With 20 locations throughout the Lowcountry and teams of highly-trained physicians on hand, PALMETTO PRIMARY CARE is a major health care provider for all of our communities, which translates to many satisfied patients and No. 1 by our readers.
DR. SARA MARCINO takes the top slot in this category. Practicing at the Still Point clinic, Dr. Marcino blends psychopharmacology and traditional psychotherapy to treat a wide range of common mood disorders, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and PTSD.
With board certifications in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, critical care medicine and sleep medicine, DR. JASON GUNN of Charleston Pulmonary Associates is HealthLinks’ readers’ pick as the best of the best in his field. Now take a deep breath!
BEST ROAD RACE
Two native Charleston competitions share the honors for Best Road Race! They are the now internationally-recognized COOPER RIVER BRIDGE RUN and the LOWVELO BIKE RIDE for cancer research. The Bridge Run also benefits a wide range of local charities.
BEST RADIOLOGY GROUP
Add to IMAGING SPECIALISTS’ laurels as the Lowcountry’s only privately-owned, free-standing imaging center, our readers’ also crowned them as Best Radiology Group. With an experienced team of on-site radiologists, they promise “to offer the best technology at the best price.”
BEST REGENERATIVE MEDICINE
Maybe you are considering an alternative to orthopedic surgery. Try the holistic therapies offered by Best in Health winner DR. JEFFREY FARRICIELLI, chosen as our readers’ No. 1 clinic, The Center For Regenerative Med- icine. His practice focuses on speeding up natural healing.
BEST PT REHAB FACILITY
You may know THE VILLAGE AT SUMMERVILLE as an outstanding assisted living facility. But did you know that they offer services for short-term patients and long-term residents who need rehabilitative skilled care from licensed practitioners and skilled nurses? And they’re No. 1.
BEST RESEARCH CENTER
Could there be any other winner in this category other than MUSC? Not in this year’s HealthLinks Best in Health tally. MUSC is dedicated to engaging community members in all aspects of the research process.
For general rheumatological concerns, including arthritis, gout and osteoporosis, our readers named DR. RICHARD SILVER at MUSC as their Best in Health in this category. Add in his special focus on disorders including scleroderma and childhood rheumatic diseases, and you’ll understand why.
BEST SENIOR ADVOCATE
The winner in this category is TRIDENT AREA AGENCY ON AGING for their commitment to promoting and supporting the health and wellness of current and future generations of older adults in our communities. Their focus is on the well-being of older adults.
BEST SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY
With its personalized living options, curated and refined according to the needs, interests and personal value of every resident, THE VILLAGE AT SUMMERVILLE earned top honors. Activities at The Village include a saltwater pool, walking paths and a fitness room.
BEST SENIOR CENTER
From a game of pingpong or shooting some pool to learning an instrument or just playing some cards, the best place around is the MOUNT PLEASANT SENIOR CENTER. Arts and crafts anyone? Or just grab a bite at the café.
BEST SPINAL CARE DOCTOR
The founder of Advantage Healthcare, DR. CHRISTOPHER GRAY, rates best for spinal care. His integrated health and physical medicine approach offer a comprehensive program of services from regular adjustments to pain relief, regenerative treatments and rehabilitation services.
BEST SPORTS MEDICINE PRACTICE
Hitting the tape in a photo finish are: BACK 2 HEALTH and LOWCOUNTRY ORTHOPEDICS. They’re the experts on physical fitness and the prevention and treatment of injuries related to sports and exercise. No sports injuries? Maybe you’re not really trying!
BEST SPORTS PODIATRY
With an honors degree from the Barry University School of Graduate Medical Sciences and 23 years’ experience, DR. ADAM BROWN was a “shoe in” to capture gold in HealthLinks’ readers’ poll. Dr. Brown is also a specialist in reconstructive surgery.
With the rise of COVID-19 restrictions, telemedicine has become more important than ever. Our readers’ No. 1 pick for using it best is DR. BRITTANY HENDERSON, who is a board-certified endocrinologist with a specialty in disorders of the thyroid gland.
BEST PHYSICAL THERAPIST
Working out of Eastern Rehab Services, KERRY WHITE claimed the laurels as Best Physical Therapist for a commitment and expertise in helping patients regain their functional independence through, strength, balance, gait training and guidance in the activities of daily living.
BEST PHYSICAL THERAPY PRACTICE
Locally owned and operated, winner EASTERN REHAB SERVICES is an outpatient rehabilitation company that provides physical, occupational and speech therapy to individuals in their homes or assisted living facilities. Their goal is remedying all manners of debilitating conditions.
BEST URGENT CARE
Suddenly really sniffly? Fell off your hoverboard and your arm’s bent at a weird angle? You need help now! You’ll get it as a walk-in at HOLY CITY MED URGENT AND PRIMARY CARE, with locations in Charleston and North Charleston.
DR. THEODORE E. BRISSON likes golfing and fishing, but what he really likes is helping men and women alike with procedures that include robotic surgery. He has become recognized as one of the most experienced robotic surgeons in the state.
BEST VASCULAR VEIN CENTER
Maybe most of us don’t think about our veins very often, but the board-certified doctors at COASTAL VASCULAR & VEIN CENTER sure do. They offer state-of-the-art facilities to diagnose and treat a variety of vascular disorders as well as varicose veins.
BEST VETERINARY CLINIC
Topping the poll of HealthLinks readers, PALMETTO VETERINARY HOSPITAL provides pets with compassion and the highest standards of care. Their aim is to be the source of healing, caring, relief from pain and support for all of God’s creatures.
BEST WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM
Having trouble losing weight? Maybe it’s not your diet or your lifestyle. Find out at CHARLESTON THYROID CENTER. They offer comprehensive, state-of-the-art, conventional and integrative thyroid-specific care.