Dr. LaBruce Finished his BS in Biology at the University of SC in 1960 and his doctorate of Medicine in 1964. Following graduation he completed a two-year rotating internship at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore. He served his general surgical residency within the University of Maryland Hospital Systems and completed a three-year Ear, Nose, and Throat residency with sub specialty training in Audiology and Ear, Nose,and throat allergy. Most recently, he was boarded in Chelation Therapy which he oversaw for 15 years along with promoting nutritional medicine, all of which fall under the heading of integrative medicine.
Dr. Eleanor Jenkins-Alford obtained her Bachelors in Science at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina and Medical Degree at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Alford completed her Residency in 1994 at MUSC in Family Medicine. She was born and raised in Lancaster, South Carolina and enjoys singing, knitting, and gardening. Dr. Alford is happily married with four daughters. Interests include preventative medicine as well as Women’s and Children’s Health Issues
Dr. Gilbert grew up in Rural Illinois until he attended Northern Illinois University and received his bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Biology. He then attended Palmer College of Chiropractic and received his Doctorate in Chiropractic in October of 2000. He has been in private practice as well as performing Electroneurodiagnostic studies since 2001.
Dr. Christopher J. Gray, CCEP, graduated from Sherman College of Chiropractic in 2001. He then attended Life University, where he did an extensive study on Extremity Adjusting, earning him his CCEP certification.
He has gained knowledge and experience working side by side with some of the most esteemed chiropractors in the southeast. After much preparation, anticipation, and perspiration, he opened his own state of the art facility in May 2008, now known as Advantage Heatlhcare of Charleston. This is an all-inclusive facility, whose friendly staff will give you prompt attention, conscientious treatment, and focused rehabilitative therapy in a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere.
Two of Dr. Gray’s earliest interests, holistic health and fitness, led him to become a personal trainer more than fourteen years ago. Today, he incorporates that knowledge into wellness programs for his patients; combining manipulations with massage therapy, physical therapy, as well as nutritional counseling to help his patients achieve optimum health.
While Dr. Gray specializes in sports injury cases, he also enjoys working with the whole family and has had much success with infants, children, expectant mothers, and senior patients. Everyday Dr. Gray strives to fulfill his mission, to support people in the quest for health, and educate them about chiropractic, so they in turn can educate others. Like his patient’s always say, they know they’re in good hands, because Dr. Gray’s got their back!
Bette Tedford, Nurse practitioner
Bette is a family nurse practitioner who specializes in preventative medicine as well as treatment of acute and chronic musculoskeletal disorders. Bette will also provide primary care services to patients of Advantage Healthcare Of Charleston if patients do not have primary care providers. Bio-identical hormone therapy will be offered when appropriate for patients with hormone imbalances related to menstrual headaches, mood swings, pre-menopause, menopause, general aging, and weight loss and gain. Bette did her undergraduate work in environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia where she also working in recycling and chemical waste disposal for over 10 years. She then studied nursing at the University of Tennessee and has worked in various medical environments, and now she is wanting to devote her time to offering all natural alternatives where appropriate. Bette also has a background in the treatment of Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome and enjoys the challenge of managing these persistent pain conditions. Better encourages patients to become involved in their care, to ask questions, and to take action toward achieving better health and wellness. Most patients will meet Bette on their new patient visit, but if you are an existing patient, you may request a visit with her to evaluate your complaint.
Holly E. Spake, Insurance Manager/Office Manager
Holly Spake, a native of North Carolina, has always had a love for helping others and has worked in multiple medical settings. With her healthcare background Holly moved to Charleston in 2005 to attend the MUSC physician’s assistant program. However, her love of architecture, historic preservation and beautiful interiors flourished once she reached the historic city of Charleston. This led her to obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design. After graduating and working in her field for three years she recently decided to switch gears and return to the health care setting where her real love to help others was needed most. Holly is excited to be a new member of the growing staff here at Advantage Healthcare of Charleston.
Kia, Case Manager/Front Desk Assistant
Kia is originally from Minnesota and moved to South Carolina in October of 2007. She is going to school to obtain her Masters Degree in Business Management. She started working at Advantage Healthcare Of Charleston in April of 2013. She is the Case Manager/Front Desk assistant for the office. Kia is the first person all new patients will meet when they walk through our door. She gets to know each person individually, and gets to know what is going on with each of them. She tries to help them in any way she can. Prior to working at Advantage Healthcare she was a preschool teacher because of her love for children. Although it has been a major change of field for her, she is enjoying her change and she is looking forward to the growing with the office.
Shanna Wadkins, PR/Marketing Manager
Shanna was born and raised in Charleston, SC. She was a Veterinary Technician for 12 years here in the Charleston area. Shanna loves animals and rode horses for about 15 years. She started with Advantage Healthcare earlier this year. She got into the Chiropractic field after a major injury to her low back while working on a very large dog. She sought chiropractic care after her injury for the first time, it made such a difference that she knew she wanted to make a career change. She began working as a Case Manager in Columbia, SC and decided to get involved in Marketing so she could help tell people about the great care she received in her journey to complete wellness. Shanna is very outgoing and loves to meet new people. She goes around our Charleston community educating people on better health and wellness and helping anyone she can.
Kyri Cortte, Physical Rehab Technician
Kyri is responsible for all things in the Physical Rehab room. This includes teaching and assisting patients with rehabilitation, monitoring and maintaining the rehabilitation room, operating any equipment, and many other rehabilitation activities. Kyri is a Stratford High School graduate working towards a degree in nursing. She has earned a certificate in Phlebotomy and also has her BLS certification. Kyri adores having a job that allows for so much patient interaction, and loves that she contribute to patient health and wellness.
Mali Fowler, Licensed Massage Therapist
Mali is a licensed Massage Therapist that attended SouthEastern Institute of Charleston. She was born and raised in Charleston. She has been in the massage profession for about two years. Mali feels like being a massage therapist is one of the best decisions that she has ever made because she is always getting to meet new people. She got into the field because of a pinched nerve in her low back in 2007. The nerve was causing her so much pain that it kept her from doing most things like getting out of bed, tieing her shoes, lifting and bending. She then sought care with a Chiropractor. With their help plus a Massage Therapist she was able to be back to 80% within one month. It changed her life dramatically and she knew she wanted to be able to help people with the same problems as herself. So since then, she has made it her priority to educate and help those in need. In Mali’s spare time she enjoys reading and traveling.
Jennifer was born in Michigan, but has been in Charleston, SC since she was four. She absolutely loves the area. She has two degrees in healthcare administration/medical records/medical billing and coding. She is currently working on her Masters degree to expand her knowledge of the medical field. She has been a medical biller and coder for seven years, and loves what she does. She started off working in the medical field when she was still in high school. A few years into it she decided that she wanted to further her education and go back to school. She currently resides in Summerville, SC with her fiancé, Teddy and their dog Precious. In her spare time she loves to be outdoors, whether it is on the water or fishing off the dock.
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