Lifestyle Medicine: A Better Way to Better Health

HealthLinks Charleston Magazine has featured Dr. Lisa Ference on how lifestyle medicine addresses the root causes of chronic disease.  Dr. Ference is a lifestyle medical doctor focusing on six pillars of lifestyle medicine.  Read "Lifestyle Medicine: A Better Way To Better Health."

December 6, 2023|Categories: 2023, Dr. Lisa Ference, HealthLinks Magazine, Member Highlights|


Welcome to our informative blog on financial arrangements that can help you reduce your taxes annually and maximize your wealth growth potential. In this article, we will explore the basics of taxes and taxation, discuss different tax brackets, and delve into various financial tools, investment options, and cost-reduction strategies that can optimize your long-term financial success. Additionally, we will share real-life client stories and testimonials to illustrate how we have helped individuals like you reduce their tax burden and achieve their wealth-building goals.  Understanding Taxes and Taxation Basics  Before we dive into specific strategies, let's establish a solid [...]

December 6, 2023|Categories: 2023, Sponsors|Tags: , |

Creating a Practice That’s a Well-Oiled Machine – Hub & Spoke Model by Steven Huskey

As a doctor or medical practice owner, it's easy to become consumed by your work.  After all, you've built your business from the ground up and put in countless hours of hard work to get where you are today.  However, it's important to remember that your practice is not just an extension of yourself – it's a separate entity that should be able to operate independently of you.  One way to achieve this is by avoiding the hub and spoke model. The hub and spoke model is a common approach to running a practice, where the owning physician [...]

October 26, 2023|Categories: 2023, Sponsors|Tags: , |

As Clear As a Bell

HealthLinks Charleston Magazine has featured Dr. Thaddeus J. Bell's distinguished professional journey before the onset of the pandemic. Since then, significant developments have occurred in his professional trajectory. For further insights, we invite you to explore Dr. Bell's latest updates in the article entitled, "As Clear as a Bell"- September/October 2023 Edition of HealthLinks Charleston Magazine. 

October 26, 2023|Categories: 2023, Dr. Thaddeus J. Bell, HealthLinks Magazine, Member Highlights|

Frozen in Time: More Women Are Freezing Their Eggs

"Female fertility preservation allows a woman to take eggs that she would naturally be losing each month and save them for use later in life", said CCMS member, Dr. Jeris Cox.  Read more of "Frozen in Time: Women are Freezing Their Eggs" -  July/August 2023 Edition of HealthLinks Charleston Magazine.

October 25, 2023|Categories: 2023, HealthLinks Magazine, Member Highlights|

Join the Docs Adopt Program!

What is Docs Adopt? Docs Adopt partners physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants with local schools to serve on the school wellness committee.  This initiative offers physicians a structured opportunity to provide support, knowledge, and motivation to schools as they implement evidence-based strategies and promote a culture of wellness.  No clinical responsibilities or services are rendered as part of this volunteer role. How Do I Adopt A School? The process is straightforward.  Please complete this Volunteer Registration Form to initiate the enrollment process.  Over 50 schools participate in the Docs Adopt Program.  Currently, seven schools are accepting volunteers.  If [...]

President’s Corner- Focus on Your Health

I hope September is going well for you.  This month is the beginning of fall flu season and COVID.  Please take care of yourselves.   September is women's physician month and physician suicide prevention month.  Please focus on your physical and mental health- reserve time to pause and rest.  If you or a colleague are struggling, please get in touch with a mentor or the physician's health line.  You are an essential part of health care, and we want to uplift physicians and reduce burnout. Thanks to all who worked hard to support the Lowcountry Jazz Festival and Closing [...]

September 11, 2023|Categories: 2023, General, Newsletter, President|

President’s Corner- The CCMS Mentorship Program

August is such an exciting time!  We still have a few weeks of summer left and an opportunity to prepare for the school year and football season.  I hope you are focused on healthy eating, wellness, and a Personal Health Improvement Project (PHIP). CCMS is spearheading a new mentorship program called Physicians in Training (PIT).  The CCMS PIT Mentorship Program Needs You!  Register here to become a PIT Mentor or email our Executive Director, Tracey Waring, if you have any questions. CCMS is looking forward to September and the Lowcountry Jazz Festival.  There will be a white party at the new [...]

August 15, 2023|Categories: 2023, General, Newsletter, President|

COVID and Other Respiratory Pathogens Continue (UPDATE)

The 2020-2023 Tridemics of COVID, Influenza, and RSV required all medical professionals to keep up to date with updated legitimate scientific information and with public health/ I.D. experts from whom they can get appropriate information.  The collateral epidemic is one of misinformation (and nefarious disinformation), accompanied by an increasing distrust in medical science (especially public health) and our various healthcare professionals. We all must work hard to remedy this distrust. A Study estimates 6-times-higher odds of COVID in households amid Omicron The odds of SARS-CoV-2 infection were 6.2 times greater among household contacts during the Omicron variant wave [...]

August 7, 2023|Categories: 2023, COVID|Tags: , |

Tips for Physicians to Pay Students Loans Efficiently

Paying down student loans efficiently is a common concern for many physicians, given the high cost of medical education. Here are some strategies that can help physicians tackle their student loans more effectively: Create a budget: Start by assessing your income, expenses, and financial goals. Develop a realistic budget that allows you to allocate a certain portion of your income specifically towards student loan payments. Explore loan repayment options: Physicians may qualify for various loan repayment programs such as Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) or income-driven repayment plans (e.g., REPAYE, PAYE, or IBR). These programs can potentially lower [...]

July 31, 2023|Categories: 2023, Sponsors|Tags: , |

President’s Corner- Enjoy the Summertime

As the end of June comes to a close and we approach the beginning of July, we will never forget what the term JULY 1 means as a resident and an attending.  Good thoughts and many wishes to our graduating students, residents, and those who help train future doctors. We are excited about all the work behind the scenes with CCMS.  We look forward to our Lowcountry Jazz collaboration with Closing the Gap in Health Care in September.  Get ready for the Lowcountry Jazz Festival, more news to come regarding tickets for you.  Many thanks to our hard-working Health Committee [...]

June 20, 2023|Categories: 2023, General, Newsletter, President|

Late Bloomer Docs: Retirement Game Plan

As with any profession, physicians need to plan for retirement. However, those who enter the medical field later in life may face unique challenges when it comes to preparing for their golden years. Here are some tips for physicians with a late start in the medical industry who are planning for retirement. 1. Maximize retirement contributions One of the easiest ways for physicians to prepare for retirement is to maximize their retirement contributions. This can include contributing the maximum amount allowed to their employer-sponsored retirement plan, such as a 401(k) or 403(b), as well as making additional contributions [...]

June 6, 2023|Categories: 2023, Sponsors|Tags: , |

Tracey Waring, MHA ~ Our new Executive Director

Dear CCMS, What an honor to be the Executive Director of the Charleston County Medical Society!  I am excited to accept the torch passed from Dana Holladay, who held the previous role.  Who am I?  Well, I am a native of Charleston, Carolina Gamecock, and a beach lover. Additionally, I am a health administration executive with nearly two decades of successfully managing large-scale, multi-site health services research and outreach programs.  I am also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt focusing on strategic planning to streamline processes and improve areas of most significant concern. I earned my Bachelor [...]

May 24, 2023|Categories: 2023|Tags: , |

Dr. Patrick Kelly won the RSFH St Luke’s Lifetime Physician Award!

Congratulations Dr. Kelly on winning the RSFH St Luke’s Lifetime Physician Award!  CCMS is proud to have you as one of our dedicated members!

April 18, 2023|Categories: 2023, Member Highlights|Tags: |

Prioritizing Your Financial Future with 6 Easy Steps – Steven Huskey of Huskey Financial

Happy National Physicians Week to all the members of Charleston County Medical Society! We celebrate you every week, yet during the week of March 25-31, we really want to thank you for all you do! As a physician, it’s important to prioritize your time wisely. You are extremely busy with the ever-present demand for your attention: spending time with family, to-do lists, patient care, research, and staying current in your field. When does one have the time to prioritize their future and investing in a portfolio? Since the folks at Huskey Financial are driven to provide education to [...]

March 22, 2023|Categories: 2023, Sponsors|Tags: , |

‘MUSC’s Match Day’: Over 100 students find out their residency placement

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Med school graduate students across the nation, including in the Lowcountry, are spending the day celebrating. Over 100 students at MUSC found out where they will be spending their residency program on Friday morning at Charleston Music Hall. Exactly 159 students got their match, with 44 staying at MUSC. A total of 36% are staying in the state of South Carolina (Click Here to Read the Entire Article) Watch The Video

March 20, 2023|Categories: 2023, General, Young Physicians|Tags: |

Lowcountry’s Remarkable Women: Dr. Kay Durst

Watch The Interview CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – For many, Dr. Kay Durst embodies the best in service, compassion, and achievement. She has her hands in many endeavors to help heal, uplift, and improve our communities all while continuing a family tradition of improving lives for generations of families throughout the Lowcountry.Coming from a family of doctors, Dr. Durst is a third-generational family medicine physician who has worked in a doctor’s office since her childhood — even now, she shares a practice with her father, Dr. George Durst, on Sullivan’s Island.“I just love helping people and healing, and I love [...]

March 16, 2023|Categories: 2023, Member Highlights, President, Women in Medicine|Tags: |

Wellness Program – Dr. Kay Durst

March Topic: Optimizing Blood Sugar for Mental and Physical Health and Performance Did you know blood sugar can vary widely throughout the day, impacting your mood, feelings of anxiety, and energy levels? Fortunately, you can adapt behaviors that help stabilize these effects and increase your energy and vitality. If you want to learn more about blood sugar, discover how certain behaviors influence it and understand how it impacts your physical, mental, and emotional well-being, please join Dr. Kay Durst and registered dietitian Lauren Zimmerman for an educational and insightful discussion on this topic on March 18 at 9 a.m. [...]

March 14, 2023|Categories: 2023, General, Meeting|Tags: , |

40 Days Across the Atlantic with the Dreamboats

  Join Synchronicity for an intimate fireside chat with the Dreamboats, Ben Towill, and Charlie Layton, as they share the details of their incredible 3,000-mile row across the Atlantic. They’ll describe what they learned about themselves along the way and show us how their journey is making a real difference in their lives and in our community. *This event is family-friendly and free to attend but is limited to the first 60 sign-ups. Register Here March 13, 2023 6 - 7:30 p.m. Free Location:1513 Mathis Ferry Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

March 2, 2023|Categories: 2023, Event, General|

Healthlinks March/April 2023

Check us out in the March/April 2023 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

March 1, 2023|Categories: 2023, General|Tags: , |

Dr. Thaddeus J. Bell

Dr. Thaddeus John Bell, College of Medicine, Class of 1976 We are extremely proud to be able to feature our own CCMS member and chair of the Health Disparities Committee ~ Dr. Thaddeus Bell! We are also committed to be part of Closing The Gap In Healthcare's mission and vision. Below are just a few of the latest awards and accolades. Former MUSC diversity director honored Health center in Summerville named for Dr. Thaddeus Bell. Photo provided Thaddeus Bell was working at the VA hospital in 1980 when family grocery store owner Elijah Wright came to him and [...]

Watch our president take the cold plunge!!

A Great Time Was Had By All! The event at Synchronicity was a blast!  Everyone enjoyed visiting and learning about the services Modern Minds and Synchronicity offer. Dr. Kevin Gray, Chief Medical Officer, Modern Minds, demonstrated cryotherapy. Dr. Kay Durst, President, CCMS, demonstrated the cold plunge. Take a look at our photos! See all the photos! Location:1513 Mathis Ferry Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

February 22, 2023|Categories: 2023, Event, General|Tags: , |

Good Quality Advisors Play Well With Others, With A Vision For The Future

Over the next several months I will be sharing insights from conversations I’ve had with many clients in the medical space (if there are things you’d like me to address, specifically, please leave them as comments below). In reflection, though, it strikes me that the place to start is perhaps not the most obvious—where many medical professionals fail in their financial goals is caught, in my experience, in the nuances of understanding of their own advisors—the advisors get in the way of strong retirements and strong businesses with cliché information—often from people who do not fully understand the [...]

February 15, 2023|Categories: 2023, Sponsors|Tags: , |

Dr. Deborah Deas

Feature Photograph courtesy of the Waring Historical Library, MUSC, Charleston, SC Deborah Deas, MD, MPH, MUSC College of Medicine Class of 1989 Deborah Deas, MD, MPH is the Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, the Mark and Pam Rubin Dean of the School of Medicine, and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). Under her leadership, the UC Riverside School of Medicine has seen tremendous growth in its medical education, biomedical sciences, and clinical enterprise programs.  Dr. Deas would be the first to tell you that these achievements, and more, are a result of a [...]

Dr. Bernard Deas Jr.

Feature Photograph circa 1967-1971 courtesy of the Waring Historical Library, MUSC, Charleston, SCObituary photographs were provided by Dr. Deas' family courtesy of Dignity Memorial First African American man graduate, College of Medicine 1971.Bernard Winford Deas, Jr., M.D., fondly known as Bernie, was born July 12, 1944, to the late Bernard Winford Deas, Sr., and Ethel Fludd Deas. He departed this life on June 29, 2012. He was educated in the public schools of Charleston, SC where he graduated valedictorian of the Burke High School Class of 1961. He attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa where he was named [...]

Medical Mingle ~ Synchronicity

Our next Medical Mingle! ALL Charleston area physicians are invited to attend an informal social gathering on Tuesday, February 21st from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at Synchronicity in Mt. Pleasant. Light Appetizers, brief overview of services, complimentary tour, cryotherapy demonstration And, you don't want to miss this: a cold plunge demo by our President, Dr. Kay Durst! Students, Residents, and Fellows are all welcome. Invite a colleague to introduce! Important: Please email your name and any guests to dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org now, so we can plan accordingly. Masks are optional. Location:1513 Mathis Ferry Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC [...]

February 2, 2023|Categories: 2023, Event, General|Tags: , |

Medical Mingle – Cooking Class – Space Limited

Medical Mingle! Learn how to cook nutritional meals together. CCMS invites ALL Charleston area physicians to attend a cooking class with 11 other friends/colleagues in the Synronicity Kitchen. Thursday, February 23, 2023, 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm at Synchronicity in Mt. Pleasant. Space is limited to only 12 participants Register for only $30 at Heart Healthy Cooking Class PRIVATE Registration Students, Residents, and Fellows are all welcome. Invite a colleague to introduce! Masks are optional. Location:1513 Mathis Ferry Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464 Make sure you contact Heart Healthy Cooking to reserve your spot! [...]

February 2, 2023|Categories: 2023, Event, General|Tags: , |

Medical Mingle ~ Top Golf!

Upcoming Mingle in March! ALL Charleston area physicians are invited to attend an informal social gathering in March at Top Golf. We plan to provide two hours of gameplay and appetizers. Let us know if you are interested in this event so we can book a date in March! Yes! I want to play at Top Golf! Students, Residents, and Fellows are all welcome. Invite a colleague to introduce! Important: Please email your name and any guests to dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org now, so we can plan accordingly. Masks are optional. Location: 5000 Topgolf WayNorth Charleston, SC RSVP Here [...]

February 2, 2023|Categories: 2023, Event, General|Tags: , |

Dr. Rose Delores Gibbs

The photographs from 1971 and circa 2010-2015 are courtesy of the Waring Historical Library, MUSC, Charleston, SC First African American woman graduate, College of Medicine 1973 Dr. Delores Gibbs was born in Moncks Corner, SC in 1946. After graduating in 1969 from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, Gibbs applied and was accepted into the College of Medicine. She was among the first African American women accepted into the College of Medicine and was the first to obtain a degree in 1973. From 1972 to 1977, Gibbs served a residency in Internal Medicine at Howard University Hospital and went on [...]

February 1, 2023|Categories: 2023, General, Healthcare Disparities|

CSU PA Program Seeking to Partner with Select Local Physicians

Dear Colleagues – I write to offer a unique opportunity to help train the next generation of affiliated providers. The PA Program at Charleston Southern University is seeking to partner with select local Physicians to continue in our ongoing efforts to integrate faith into active medical practice, focused on a Christian worldview. Our mission statement says it all: The mission of the Charleston Southern Physician Assistant Program is to educate compassionate and highly motivated individuals in a Christian environment – who excel in providing patient-centered care, practicing as an inter-professional team, serving as leaders in their communities, and advancing the [...]

February 1, 2023|Categories: 2023, General|Tags: |

Dr. Stephen Schabel receives the Order of the Palmetto

Doctor Stephen Irwin Schabel received the Order of the Palmetto for his service to the citizens of South Carolina in addition to his capable teaching and service to the Medical University.  He has also volunteered for many years on the Board of Medical Examiners.

January 24, 2023|Categories: 2023, Member Highlights|Tags: |

Medical Mingle #3 ~ Let’s Get Together!

Our 3rd Medical Mingle! ALL Charleston physicians are invited to attend an informal social gathering in January at the Crab House on James Island. Students, Residents, and Fellows are all welcome. Invite a colleague to introduce! Important: Please email your name and any guests to dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org now, so we can plan accordingly. Appetizers will be provided by CCMS. Masks are optional. Location: 145 Wappoo Creek Dr, Charleston, SC 29412 Let Dana know if you are planning to stop by so we have enough appetizers! RSVP Here

January 11, 2023|Categories: 2023, Event, General|Tags: , |

Revisiting Harriet Tubman as Both a Healer & Intellectual

Join the Waring Historical Library for the 2023 Black History Month Lecture featuring Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owen’s presentation on the Harriet Tubman community work through entrepreneurship, abolitionism, herbalism, and institution building. As a historian of medicine, Cooper Owens has documented the importance of Black women's healing practices to the development of American medicine. Herbalism is one of the foundations of their healing arts (and Harriet Tubman was skilled in this artform). In her presentation, Dr. Cooper Owens hopes to reveal Tubman as more than a courageous freedom fighter; but also, as a fierce intellectual figure. Join us to gain a new [...]

January 10, 2023|Categories: 2023, General, Healthcare Disparities, Public Health|Tags: |

Healthlinks January/February 2023

Check us out in the January/February 2023 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

January 1, 2023|Categories: 2023, General, Women in Medicine|Tags: |
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