Parkridge Medical Associates
100 Palmetto Health Pkwy.
Columbia, SC 29212
Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.; Friday, 8–11:30 a.m.
About Our Practice
Welcome to Parkridge Medical Associates. Our goal is to deliver informed, innovative, quality care. We encourage and promote active patient participation in the monitoring and management of their health care.
What is a Family Practice Physician?
Family practice physicians are trained to treat the whole person, physically and emotionally. They provide comprehensive medical care to you and your family. Your family physician will get to know you and your medical history to personalize your care.
Meet Our Providers
Claire Birdsong, MD, is board certified in family medicine. After earning her undergraduate degree at Duke University, she obtained her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. She then completed a family medicine residency at the USC School of Medicine/Richland Memorial Hospital (now Palmetto Health Richland).
Chad Millwood, MD, is board certified in family medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and completed his residency training at Palmetto Health Richland.
Carlos Torres, MD, is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, and specializes in providing primary care services to older patients. He completed his residency at Palmetto Health Richland, which emphasized geriatric care.
To schedule an appointment, please call 803-749-0693. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time to complete paperwork. You will need to bring your insurance card and driver’s license. Please bring any medications with you to your visit.
The forms below may be printed and completed prior to your arrival. Please bring a copy to your visit.
- Health Questionnaire
- Patient Information Form
- Authorization for Release of Information
- Medicare Wellness Checkup
If an appointment needs to be cancelled, please call at least 24 hours before the scheduled appointment time. There is a $25 fee for appointments not cancelled within 24 hours. Because we respect your time, we sincerely try to stay on schedule; however, occasional unforeseen emergencies may arise. Whenever possible, we will keep you informed of any delays and will offer you the option of waiting or rescheduling your appointment.
Prescriptions and Refills
Please allow 24 hours to refill prescription requests. We write prescriptions to correlate with your next follow-up appointment. Any prescriptions written or called in between visits will be charged a fee. There is a physician on call each night and weekends.
Fees and Insurance
We accept most insurance plans. If you have a question about our fees or your bill, please call our Physician Practice Billing department at 803-296-7306 and we will assist you. Payment is due when services are rendered. For your convenience we accept cash, checks and credit cards. It is your responsibility to fully understand your coverage benefits and to verify that we are listed as approved providers prior to scheduling an appointment with us.
We are located at 100 Palmetto Health Parkway, Suite 220.
From Columbia: Take I-26 toward Spartanburg. Take exit 102B – Lake Murray Blvd. Take a right at the first light onto Palmetto Health Parkway. We are located on the right in the Palmetto Health Parkridge building.
From Chapin: Take I-26 toward Columbia. Take exit 102B – Lake Murray Blvd. Take a right at the first light onto Palmetto Health Parkway.
Palmetto Health Physician Practices
We are proud to be part of the Palmetto Health Physician Practices network, which includes healthcare professionals who are highly trained to meet your medical needs. Our physicians offer quality care in a variety of locations convenient to your home or work.
Providing excellent medical care in comfortable office environments, our network team of physicians, nurses and staff is prepared to answer any questions you have. We provide comprehensive medical care for short-term needs like annual physicals as well as the ongoing management of chronic diseases. Prevention is a big part of your overall care plan. Should additional, focused medical treatment ever be needed, your doctor will refer you to a specialist and stay involved in your care. Only at Palmetto Health will you find the extensive level of expertise available from a wide variety of specialists.