staff bios


Carol Ann Berry, APRN-BC

Urgent Care/Family Practice

Mrs. Berry received her Master's Degree in Nursing from the University of Rochester School of Nursing in 1993. She is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Her area of expertise is in Family Practice with a specialty in Urgent Care. She has 8 years of emergency medicine experience. When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with her husband and three dogs.

Dr. George Bitting, M.D.

Pain Management

After completing his medical degree, George Bitting MD did a residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Kentucky Medical University. He specializes in pain management and diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal diseases. Dr Bitting also performs EMG and Nerve Conduction Studies.

Dr. Stephen Boatwright, M.D.

Pain Management

Stephen E. Boatwright, MD is a native to the area. He earned his Doctorate of Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston & completed 2 residencies at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. Upon completion of a Family Practice Residency and obtaining Board Certification he practiced at Family Practice Medical Center in Hartsville, South Carolina. After building a very successful practice, Dr. Boatwright returned to the University of South Carolina to complete an Anesthesiology residency. He was awarded a clinical subspecialty in cardiac anesthesia, and received extensive training in pain management. During both residencies he severed as Chief Resident and was awarded Outstanding Resident honors.

Dr. Boatwright was the co-founder of Coastal Anesthesia Consultants and served as Director of Clinical Anesthesia at Grand Strand Hospital. He also started the first invasive pain management center in Myrtle Beach, SC. After 8 successful years at GSRMC he closed his practice. He has decided to return to his passion in primary care and focus 100% on pain management. Dr. Boatwright offers a unique perspective on pain and its management.


Dr. Cooper

Dr. Cooper graduated from the University of New Orleans, Louisiana and studied medicine at Louisiana State University Medical Center where he also completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Ryan Mitchell

Chiropractic Physician

Originally from Hutchinson Kansas, Dr. Mitchell Graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic College in 1999. Dr. Mitchell is certified in electrodiagnosis and performs neurodiagnostic studies, diagnostic ultrasounds, and chiropractic care. He is also an integral part of our pain management departments integrated team approach.

Dr. David Rowe

Pain Management

David Rowe, MD earned his medical degree from the Medical University of Tennessee. After successfully completing a residency in anesthesiology he did a Fellowship in pain management at The Medical University of South Carolina. He is board certified in both anesthesiology and pain management. Dr. Rowe's practice is limited to pain management and he specializes in all aspects in the management of acute and chronic pain.

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