46 | www. Char l es tonPhys i c i ans . com | www.Hea l thL i nksChar l es ton . com BEST OPTHALMOLOGIST 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 sur - gery. 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 un - conscious 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. BEST ORTHODONTIST If straight, white teeth and a beautiful smile are your goals, COASTAL FAMILY ORTHO- DONTICS is the place to go, according to HealthLinks Charleston readers. This is a forward-looking practice offering services including pal - atal 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 replace - ment and reconstructive sur - gery, including robotic technol - ogy. 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 med - icine 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 endocri - nology, with an emphasis on thyroid disorders. BEST PEDIATRICIAN 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 young - sters 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. BEST PERIODONTIST 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.