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Community Site Preceptors for Pediatric Primary Care Residency

Peds Primary Care Residency

Headshot of Dr. Paul HeltkoPaul J. Hletko, M.D. – Dr. Hletko founded the Georgetown Pediatric Center and has grown it to provide approximately 28,000 ambulatory visits per year. Since 1999, the MUSC general pediatric faculty members staff a weekly outreach clinic at GPC.  Dr. Hletko is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at MUSC.  From 2002-2006, he was a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and trained 3rd and 4th year medical students for one month rotations in rural pediatrics. He is an active member of the South Carolina Pediatric practice Research Network and is active in the AAP’s Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS) program.  Dr. Hletko has received research grants including two grants from the CATCH program of the AAP.  He has authored or co-authored 18 publications and poster sessions during his career.  Prior to arriving in Georgetown in 1989, he was Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and later promoted to Associate Clinical Professor at the Michigan State University College of Medicine.  This program also trained 3rd and 4th year medical students from MSU and the University of Michigan. He was voted MSU Clinical Family Practice Instructor of the year in 1980. At Georgetown Pediatric Center, the Primary Care residents learn how to serve as the director of a fully-staffed PCMH, provide quality care with limited access to specialists, and how to provide care in a rural practice setting. Additional information about providers at Georgetown Pediatric Center can be found at their website.

Headshot of Dr. Henry LemonHenry Lemon, M.D., MSCR – Lead Physician and Community Faculty at MUSC Children’s Care, Northwoods. Dr. Lemon is a Board certified Pediatrician who spent 3 years in group private practice where he supervised ambulatory Pediatric resident training as a clinical preceptor for the University of South Carolina (USC) Pediatric Residency Program in Columbia, SC. He served as the Vice Chief of Pediatrics for Lexington Medical Center (Lexington, S.C.) and was responsible for Pediatric Quality Improvement initiatives and case review. He completed his Masters in Clinical Research from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston with clinical and teaching responsibilities for Medical Students and Pediatric Residents as Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics. He became Medical Director for MUSC Children’s Care Clinics, a Medical Home initiative, and continues to instruct and supervise 3rd year Medical Students through outpatient clinical rotations and 3rd year Pediatric Residents during advocacy electives. From Dr. Lemon and his staff physicians, the Primary Care residents learn how to provide culturally effective care, write program grants to support community outreach, and how to participate in practice-based research and quality improvement while also maintaining a busy practice.

Headshot of Dr. Hannah WakefieldHannah Wakefield, M.D., MPH is currently practicing at Georgetown Pediatrics Center, which is part of St. James Santee Family Health Center, a federally-qualified health center (FQHC) in Charleston and Georgetown Counties. She fell in love with this practice and the patients during rotations there during second and third year. With her public health background and as a National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholar, she hopes to focus on community-level interventions to help improve the health and well-being of her patients. He interests include quality improvement, literacy, children with complex medical needs, public health, and antimicrobial stewardship.

Headshot of Dr. Rachael ZweigoronRachael Zweigoron, M.D. is a faculty member at MUSC in the Division of General Pediatrics. She splits her time between clinical practice at the MUSC Children’s Care, Northwoods clinic and academic pursuits at the main MUSC campus in downtown Charleston. She completed medical school at MUSC in 2006 and did her first 2 years of residency at UNC Chapel Hill. After getting married, she transferred for her third year to Lutheran General Children’s Hospital in Chicago in order to be with her husband. She completed a General Academic Pediatrics fellowship at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, where she did primary care research and precepted residents in continuity clinic. Her interests include primary care delivery, underserved populations, health information technology, and medical education.

Headshot of Dr. Kim CaristiKim Caristi, M.D., FAAP supervises the primary care residents during their “Community Nursery” portions of their primary care blocks. She grew up in Parkersburg, WV and went to medical school at West Virginia University. She completed residency training at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).  Dr. Caristi is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Her medical interests include autistic spectrum disorders, developmental/learning disabilities, asthma and allergies. Kim is very active in her community, serving on the Board of Directors for Pattison's Academy, and working extensively for the March of Dimes.


Dr. Jennifer BaileyDr. Jennifer Bailey, D.O., FAAP is a graduate of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her pediatric AOA/ACGME residency at West Virginia University. Dr. Bailey is currently serving the children of the greater Georgetown, SC area as part of the Georgetown Pediatric Center family. She is active in the national AAP and has special interest in pediatric osteopathic medicine, breast feeding, advocacy for children, and community health. She resides in Pawley's Island, SC with her husband Bryan, daughter Natalie, and their Bernese Mountain Dog Duke.