Dr. Clark obtained his Doctor of Osteopathy from Chicago College of Osteopathic
Medicine. He completed his residency in 1973 at Botsford General Hospital. Dr.
Clark received his recertification from the American Board of Emergency
Medicine in 2004.Dr. Clark retired from the US Air Force Reserves at the rank of Colonel after 21 years of service. Dr. Clark has served on several directorships including USPHS
Indian Hospital, Margaret R Pardee Memorial Hospital, and Colleton Medical
Center. Dr. Clark has three teenage sons and two adult step-daughters.
Thomas Irving Epperson, Jr., MD – graduated from the Medical College of Virginia and completed his residency in 1981, became Board Certified in 1981 at the American Board of Family Practice, after which he also earned a Degree of Fellow at the American Academy of Family Practice in 1986. Dr. Epperson also volunteers his time in community service and founded the Central America Medical Mission Fund which has been doing mission trips to Central America since 1981.
Dr. Wright graduated with Alpha Omega Alpha honors from the Medical College of Virginia in 1984. He did his post-graduate hospital training in Internal Medicine at Duke University Medical Center. He is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine with over 30 years Emergency Room experience and 10 years Urgent Care ownership experience. He has served several ER Medical Directorships as well as Operational Medical Director of EMS. He has been a Charleston area resident since 1987. He has a teenage son and daughter. His interests include golf, guitar, travel, ACC basketball, live music and theater.
Dr Bull earned his undergraduate degree from Clemson University and his MD degree from MUSC in Charleston. He completed the Family Medicine residency also at MUSC and was in private practice for 30 years in Holly Hill SC. He has been living in the Mt Pleasant area for the past 9 years and enjoys the outdoors, beach activities, golf and his Clemson Tigers sports. He is also an avid fan of southern gospel music which reminds him of his youth as his mother was his church’s adult choir director for 30 years and as soon as he was old enough , he joined that choir. He is married to the former Rhonda Hutto(his childhood sweetheart) since 1975 and they have two children Brian(35) and Farrell(32). Dr Bull treasures the privilege of providing medical care to his patients and appreciates that special bond created between physician and patient.
Dr. Machado founded Health First in 2004. He obtained his medical degree from
the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, which is the oldest
medical school in Texas. He completed his residency in 1989 at the University of
South Carolina, Richland Memorial Hospital. He completed board certifications
in Emergency Medicine in 1991, 2001, and 2011. Dr. Machado has appeared in
several publications including the Journal of Emergency Medicine and the Annals
of Emergency Medicine. In addition, he has served on several directorships:
ER Conway Hospital (1989-1991) and Aiken Regional (1991-1998)
Med Control – Aiken County EMS
Aiken County SRT (SWAT)
Aiken Public Safety
Aiken Rescue Squad
One surprising fact about Dr. Machado is that he has coached two State Championship fast pitch women’s softball teams. When he is not at Health First, you can probably find him out in the Charleston waters either scuba diving or fishing, or in the field, hunting texas whitetail deer, turkey and wild boar.
Dr. Rhodes obtained is Doctor of Osteopathy from Des Moines University
College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his family medicine residency at
Warren General Hospital. Dr. Rhodes served on several boards as Director of
Emergency Medicine, Chairman, Department of General Practice, Chief of Staff,
and Board of Trustee at Warren General Hospital. Dr. Rhodes founded
Emergency Physicians Inc., Orwell Medical Center and Saybrook Medical
Center. He even served as the Ashtabula County Coroner and Interim Sheriff.
Dr. Rhodes worked as a Sports Medicine Physician for many of Don King’s
fighters including champions Mike Tyson and Larry Holmes. When not at
HealthFirst, Dr. Rhodes enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife Mary Jo.
Matt was born and raised in Rockford, IL. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with high honors and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition and a minor in Chemistry. Matt then attended Midwestern University, where he received his medical training. Here he graduated at the top of his class and received a masters degree in medical sciences.
In his free time, Matt spends his time hanging out with his family, enjoying the outdoors, as well as playing basketball and golf.
Tyler attended the University of Georgia and entertained the fan base as the mascot. He later moved to Charleston and earned his Masters degree in Physician Assistant studies from the Medical University of South Carolina. He rotated as a student at Health First while in school and was hired after graduating. Tyler received his certification through NCCPA. He is active in his church and serves as a deacon. When not at HF, Tyler enjoys UGA football, attempting to play golf and tennis, and spending time with his wife and great dane.
Henry graduated from Bowman Gray School of Medicine in 1996 with his
Masters degree in Physician Assisting. Henry has been a Physician Assistant
with Health First since 2008, most recently being named Operator of the
Health First West Ashley office.
Henry enjoys the outdoors and can be found fishing whenever he can. Henry
has donated his time to Save the Light, served as Vice President of the Folly
Anglers and Past Commander of US Power Squadrons. Henry is also a co-
organizer of the P.U.O.S.U fishing tournament.
Sarah graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelors degree in dietetics. She moved to Charleston in 2011 and graduated with a masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2013. In her free time, Sarah likes to take her dog, Joey, to the dog park and play kickball with her husband and friends.
Graduated from the University of Kentucky in Physician Assistant Studies in 1998. Tracie joined the Health First team in 2014 and comes with many years of experience in the emergency room and over 5 years of experience in family practice.
Graduated from MUSC in Physician Assistant Studies in 2000. Angela came on board with Health First in 2014 and has experience in urgent, emergent and family care. Angela has a passion for medical mission trips which she participates in annually.
Stefanie earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Science with a Business Administration minor from Clemson University in 2012. She then went on to earn her Master’s in Medical Science degree from Nova Southeastern University in Jacksonville, Florida where she graduated with highest honors. She is certified as a Physician Assistant through NCCPA. She is from Hartsville, SC and loves being back in her home state practicing medicine. In her free time, Stefanie enjoys cheering on the Clemson Tigers, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Kacie earned her undergraduate degree at Winthrop University before graduating from MUSC with a Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies in 2006. Kacie joined HealthFirst in 2018, bringing 7 years of experience in family practice and 3 years in urgent care.