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MEET OUR GERIATRICIANS
|Tisha Boston, M.D.
"What makes the SPCP most special to me is that it allows me to spend quality time with my patients at a time in their lives when time is sometimes what they need most from their physician. This is something that often times cannot be done in a private practice setting."
Dr. Boston specializes in providing primary care services to patients 65 and older. Her focus is keeping seniors healthy through preventive care. Before joining the Senior Primary Care Practice, Dr. Boston honed her medical skill in the emergency departments of Piedmont Healthcare System and Providence Northeast Hospital. She also worked in family practice and urgent care medicine. While obtaining her bachelor of sciences degree in Biological Sciences at Clemson University, she was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Med Honor Society, and Clemson University Black Student of Promise. Dr. Boston is also a Clemson alumni and Faculty Scholar. She feels that it is important to listen to her patients and respond to their concerns as if they were members of her own family. Dr. Boston is a dedicated community volunteer with particular interests in Women's Health and member of the South Carolina Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Rachelle Gajadhar, M.D.
"The care of older adults has unique challenges. I am happy to be a member of Senior Primary Care where care is a team approach."
Dr. Gajadhar specializes in providing primary care services to patients 65 years and older. Dr. Gajadhar has done numerous presentations on issues regarding seniors. Some of the topics include Assisted Living: A Work in Progress, Delirium Due to Alcohol Withdrawal, Program of All-Inclusive Care, Perioperative Beta-Blocker, Modifications to Create Assisted Living in the Home, Update in Cardiology for Non-Physicians and the Safe At Home: Multidisciplinary Program Aimed at Allowing Older Adults to Age in Place.
Victor A. Hirth, M.D.
Dr. Hirth specializes in providing primary care services to patients age 65 and older. In addition to caring for patients at the practice, Dr. Hirth also is the medical director for Lowman Home Long Term Care Facility and Wildewood Downs Retirement Community. Education and research are particular passions. He is an assistant professor in the Geriatrics Division of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and the associate program director for The Geriatric Fellowship Program at Palmetto Health Richland. Dr. Hirth has been recognized by his students for excellence in teaching. He has ongoing geriatrics-related research projects with the American Academy of Medical Colleges and Bowman Gray-Wake Forest University and has been published in national and international medical journals. In his free time, Dr. Hirth enjoys traveling with his wife and daughter.
Andres F. Leone, M.D.
"As physicians, we are given the great privilege of helping our patients deal with the challenges that affect their health. As a Senior Primary Care physician I am given the time to listen attentively to our patients wishes and ailments. We are given the tools to provide comfort, healing and relief. We are surrounded by a caring and loving staff that centers everything we do on the patients needs. We strive to be more to serve better."
Dr. Leone is not just a physician committed to the well-being of his patients; he is an active volunteer within the community. Dr. Leone has been actively involved in Medical Missions in Puerto Lempira/Honduras and Nigeria Africa and served as a Volunteer Resident at the Good Samaritan Clinic and Free Clinic Inc.
Dr. Leone currently volunteers at the Good Samaritan Hispanic Clinic. Both a noted physician and researcher, Dr. Leone has done research on pain management in skilled nursing facilities, spirituality and religion and the impact on older Americans, Brain Functional MRI studies in the elderly and the prevalence of nasal cancer.
Margaret M. Matthews, M.D.
Karen F. Mattocks, M.D.
"It is my desire as a geriatrician to help my patients experience healthy aging and a fulfilling and satisfying quality of life."
Dr. Mattocks joined Senior Primary Care Practice as a full-time clinician in October 2009. She was previously employed by Palmetto Senior Care from 1998-2006. She is board certified in Family Medicine and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. She was the first geriatric fellow to graduate from Palmetto Health/USC SOM Geriatric Fellowship Program in 1998. It is her desire as a geriatrician to help her patients experience healthy aging and a fulfilling and satisfying quality of life. Patient education empowerment is important to her and working together with the patients to optimize their health. In Dr. Mattock's spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, crochetting, reading books and listening to music.
Craig Maylath, M.D.
"For me, one of the best aspects of working at Senior Primary Care Practice is that the physicians have the opportunity to form a real partnership with the patients and their caregivers. Together, we are able to focus on achieving patient-centered goals. Also, my patients still refer to me as "young man".
Dr. Maylath specializes in providing primary care services to patients age 65 and older. Dr. Maylath joined the Senior Primary Care group in 2005 after completing a Geriatric Fellowship at Palmetto Health/USC School of Medicine.
|Chuck Petit, M.D.
"The practice of medicine is still a science, an art, a ministry and a gift."
Dr. Petit joined the Senior Primary Care Practice in 2005 and has been active in teaching geriatric fellows, as well as medical and pharmacy students. Formerly, he served as the first medical director for Palmetto SeniorCare at its inception in 1988. Petit was also the founding president of the SC Geriatric Society. He is a geriatric hospitalist for the practice and his special interests include overseas medicine, palliative care, and faith issues as they apply to the care of patients. Dr. Petit is an ordained priest of the Episcopal Church, USA.
Sarah Schumacher, D.O.
"I chose the Senior Primary Care Practice, and they chose me, because we have a similar philosophy on patient care. We are focused on keeping our seniors autonomous and healthy. Part of how we do this is by getting to know our patients, by actually spending time with them and listening to what they have to say."
Dr. Schumacher specializes in providing primary care services to patients 65 and older. Her focus is keeping seniors healthy through preventive care. Before joining the Senior Primary Care Practice, Dr. Schumacher spent four years in Allendale, SC working mostly with older adults. Her passion for helping seniors actually began in medical school, where she treated her first geriatric patients and learned how to treat each person as a unique individual. It was there Dr. Schumacher observed the wonderful doctor-patient relationships built between the physicians and the seniors they treated. Later, she completed her residency at the Warren Hospital Family Practice Residency Program, which emphasized geriatric care. She nutures her patient relationships by treating each person with dignity and respect. Dr. Schumacher enjoys teaching and loves spending her free time with her husband, also a physician, and their three children.
Matthew Y. Wisdom, M.D.
"Geriatric patients are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. health care system and provide unique challenges and rewards. Working with a geriatric practice provides an opportunity to manage many of the important medical issues facing older adults with an overall emphasis on patient independence and quality of life."
Dr. Wisdom is a member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, the Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honor Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
His commitment to medical care has not gone unnoticed. He was a recipient of the Centers for Disease Control's Award of Excellence, as well as the Robert C. Byrd and Hope scholarships. He also served as a presenter at the National Immunization Conference in 2001.
When he is not working with geriatric patients, Dr. Wisdom enjoys running, biking, working on computers, gardening and dogs.
Elaine Roque Nazario, MD
"Taking care of geriatric patients can be a challenge because many times we are faced with complex medical and social problems. But, it is very satisfying how we can impact their lives."
Dr. Roque-Nazario specializes in providing primary care services to patients 65 years of age and older. Prior to coming to Columbia and joining Palmetto Health's Senior Primary Care Practice, she was employed in long term care for elderly patients and was the Medical director for Rosemond Living Center in Greenville where she practiced as a family physician and geriatrician in providing medical and rehab care to patients in subacute rehab facilities. She is enthusiastic about using her geriatric knowledge to provide care for patients who are 65 years of age and older. She has offered her skills on various medical missions with Volunteers in Medical Missions. Dr. Roque-Nazario did her Geriatric Fellowship here at Palmetto Health. She graduated Cum Laude from San Juan Batista School of Medicine, PR United States and did her Residency at AnMed Health Family Medicine Residency Program in Anderson, SC.
Jamee H. Steen, MD, FAAFP
"The part of my day that I enjoy the most is listening to the stories of my patients' lives. As a Family Physician, I believe in the care of the whole person. I find that the Senior Primary Care Practice affords me the time to really get to know my patients and their unique perspectives about their health. I feel that this better prepares me to partner with patients and their families about their healthcare decisions."
Dr. Steen is focused on providing primary care services to patients 65 and older. Her perspective about health involves caring for the whole person in a continuous and comprehensive manner where patients are partners and active participants in the care they receive. Before joining the Senior Primary Care Practice, Dr. Steen practiced in the Columbia area for over sixteen years. She completed her residency training at Palmetto Health Family Medicine Residency Program where she served as chief resident. After graduation she joined Northeast Family Practice as a private practice physician for the next three years. Then she was recruited to teach at the USC School of Medicine, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, where she stayed for the next thirteen years. As a clinician and teacher she received over twenty teaching awards and was recently recognized statewide with The Halford Award for Leadership in Humane Education. During her time at USC, she held numerous leadership and administrative positions. Her move to Senior Primary Care was a result of a true desire to return to more time in direct patient care. She has always found that her truest joy and fulfillment from her work occurs while at the patient bedside.
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