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Meet Our Docs

Doctors

Eleanor Alford, MD
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Dr. Alford obtained her medical degree from Medical University of South
Carolina. She completed her family medicine residency in 1994 also at MUSC.
Dr. Alford is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Alford
served on the Low Country Family Medicine directorship. Additionally, she is the
President of the Charleston Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., appointed
to Board of Directors of Teacher Supply Closet, and Assistant Troop Leader for
Venture Scout Crew 469. Dr. Alford is married to Dr. Craig Alford, DMD and they
have 4 daughters.

Richard Bowen, MD
Dr. Bowen obtained his medical degree from Medical University of South
Carolina. He completed his family medicine residency in 1988 at Spartanburg
Regional Medical Center. Dr. Bowen was board certified by the American Board
of Family Medicine in 1988 and recertified in 2007. Dr. Bowen served on the
Voyager Pharmaceutical Corporations directorship. Through his research, Dr.
Bowen was primarily responsible for removing the “Fen” portion of Fen-phen
from the market. Dr. Bowen enjoys cycling around Charleston. Dr. Bowen is
married to his high school sweetheart and has five children, 2 boys and 3 girls
ranging in age from 11-23.

Steven F Bull, MD
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.

George Clark, DO
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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.

Bo Machado, MD
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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
Wilson Rescue
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.

Richard Rhodes, DO
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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.

Chris Spencer, MD
Dr. Spencer obtained his medical degree from East Tennessee State University
James H Quillen College of Medicine. He completed his emergency medicine
residency in 1998 at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Spencer was board
certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine in 1999 and recertified in
2009. Dr. Spencer spends his free time with his beautiful wife Andrea and three
boys- twins Jacob and Logan, 15, and Noah, 11. They love fishing, cross country
and track, as well as the newest craze to finally hit the South- Lacrosse! Dr.
Spencer has always had a passion for animals and particularly reptiles – during
residency he co-authored a review article on the diagnosis and treatment of
envenomation in the journal titled: Emergency Medicine. Dr. Spencer and his
boys have captured most reptiles available to us in SC, including venomous and
non-venomous snakes, lizards, snapping turtles, and even an alligator he kept in
a tub for a day before releasing. And don’t forget football – Dr. Spencer loves
football.

Benjamin Yoo, MD
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Dr. Yoo obtained is medical degree from the University of Louisville. He
completed his family medicine residency in Savannah, Georgia in 2004. Dr. Yoo
is board certified in family medicine. Dr. Yoo started BANa Bottling Company in
2008. BANa is a rehydration sports drink similar in concept to fluids provided in
the emergency room for dehydration. In his spare time, Dr. Yoo enjoys running,
golf, and traveling.

Physician Assistants

April Buckingham, PA-C
April graduated from Medical University of South Carolina with her Masters
degree in Physician Assisting. April also works full-time in an OB/GYN practice.
When not working, April enjoys traveling, cooking, boating, gardening and
spending time with her husband and son.

Purvis Collier, PA-C
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Purvis graduated from Medical University of South Carolina with his Masters
degree in Physician Assisting. Purvis has been a Physician Assistant with Health
First since 2009. Purvis received his certification through NCCPA. When not at
HF, Purvis enjoys basketball and spending time with his wife, three dogs and cat.

Matt Erickson, PA-C
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Matt was born and raised in Rockford, IL. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Human Nutrition. Matt also received a minor in Chemistry during his tenure at U of I. Matt attended Midwestern University, where he received his Masters in Medical Sciences and graduated at the top of his class.

When not in clinic, Matt works as an Owner/Sales Executive for One Point Logistics.

In his free time, Matt enjoys traveling as well as playing basketball and golf.

Tyler Martin, PA-C
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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 Spradlin, PA-C
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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.

LaShana Wilder, PA-C
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LaShana graduated from Medical University of South Carolina with her Masters
degree in Physician Assisting. LaShana received her certification through
NCCPA. LaShana founded and developed the Wilder/Wallace Scholarship fund
to assist deserving and underprivileged youth with the desire to pursue a college
education. LaShana also founded and developed CITY: Creative Incentive for
Today’s Youth. LaShana serves as the creative director and owner of LaJule
Designs. In her spare time, LaShana enjoys creating and designing jewelry,
singing, and spending time with family.