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We invite you to learn more about Dr. Heincelman and her journey to become a family physician as we celebrate Women’s History Month 2021.
Q: What influenced you most in your decision to become a physician?
A: While my journey here has been challenging at times and I continue to struggle with work-life balance of being a working mom to twin boys, I wouldn’t change a thing. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a doctor. While there is not one particular thing that led me to this decision, I just know that ever since I was little and my family asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, the answer was always a doctor. As I made my way through college, I contemplated other careers in science. I spent two summers working with an oncologist in St. Louis mostly involved in research. However, he would let me tag along with him to his clinic once a week. I remember being in awe of the relationships that he had with his patients and the trust they placed in his care for them. This was ultimately what drove me to choose a career in medicine, the physician-patient relationship. I still value this most in my practice today as well. "
Q: What have some of your greatest rewards been as a primary care physician?
A: "I love having the ability to form relationships with patients and their extended family, of providing care for them, helping them to lead healthier lives, and hopefully explaining things in a manner that is understandable and relatable to them. I always tell my patient’s that I truly do think of them and remember them even outside of the office, wondering how they are doing with various things that we have discussed or various challenges that they are facing. It is truly an honor that they have placed their trust and health in me."
Q: What are your future goals as a physician?
A: "I am blessed to be a part of Berkeley Family Practice. From the moment that I interviewed with this practice, I could tell that the other providers here were truly in medicine for the right reasons, having an honest desire to help others, and that they also place a high value on the patient-physician relationship. My hope is that I am able to continue to gain the trust of my patients and form lasting relationships as their physician so that I may be a part of their “family” long into the future."
Q: Do you have any words of encouragement for a young girl or a woman who wishes to dream big just as you have?
A: "I have been very blessed to have unwavering support of my family throughout the arduous process of becoming a physician. I specifically remember a teacher in high school (not a very good one :), telling me that I would never make it as a physician and that as a female I would “hit the glass ceiling”. While I had unending support from many other teachers throughout my life, this one challenge always stuck with me. With unending amounts of hard work and support from my family and many other teachers along the way, I was able to succeed in completing my goal. I would tell any young females that the key to success is believing in yourself and your dream, placing trust in your family and friends who believe in you, and a lot of hard work."
Dr. Heincelman is originally from New Philadelphia, OH. She attended University of Dayton where she received a B.S. in Biology and minor in Social Work. She went on to attend medical school at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. She completed her Family Medicine residency at the Medical University of South Carolina where she served as Chief Resident. She is board-certified in Family Medicine.
Dr. Heincelman loves spending time with her husband, Marc, twin boys, and her dogs. She resides on James Island where she enjoys running, reading, and spending time at the beach. She is also a big sports fan - go Irish!
LOCAL FOOTBALL STARS AID IN FIGHT AGAINST COVID19, DONATE MEDICAL SUPPLIES TO FAMILY MEDICINE PRACTICE
Moncks Corner, SC, May 22, 2020 - As the battle against the coronavirus wears on, two local football stars aid in the fight. Cousins, Andre and Bruce Ellington, donated n95 respiratory masks and provided lunch to the staff of Berkeley Family Practice, LLC. Andre along with other family members delivered the donation personally while Bruce joined in from FaceTime. Their donation and their time was well-received with praises and gratitude from the medical staff who continue to provide comprehensive primary care services to our community while balancing COVID19 threats.
Both football stars are Berkeley High School graduates. Andre played college football at Clemson University while Bruce played at University of South Carolina. Both went on to be drafted in the NFL and are currently free agents. The pair have a long history of giving back to their community including through their partnership, Ellington Elite Youth Football Camp. This free football camp for ages 6-16 typically takes place every summer at Berkeley High School but due to COVID19 has been postponed this year.
Berkeley Family Practice, LLC is a local and trusted family medicine practice serving the community since 1979. Recognized as a Patient-Centered Medical Home since 2015, this Moncks Corner clinic has 11 board-certified providers ready to care for you and your family. They offer in-clinic appointments as well as telemedicine appointments for all current patients. They have been able to quickly adapt to the evolving pandemic of COVID19 and offer two types of COVID19 testing:
As Berkeley Family Practice continues to provide medical care during this pandemic, the resources donated today by Andre and Bruce Ellington will be put to great use. Protecting our staff while implementing new processes and procedures to keep our patients safe and healthy is their utmost concern.
For official press release, visit www.berkeleyfamilypractice.com/newsroom.
A Letter from our partners
Dear Loyal Families,
We wanted to take a moment to thank all of our patients and families for their patience and swift adoption of our new office processes during this COVID19 outbreak. We also want to thank our team members for working so hard to make these changes happen!
Our number one goal has been to continue to care for you and your family while supporting our staff in the safest manner possible during these unprecedented times. We are so proud to say that we have been able to conduct over 1000 telemedicine appointments. While our doors have been open to care for our patients who needed to be seen in the office, through telehealth, we have been able to see these patients safely and meet their healthcare needs...while promoting social distancing and limiting everyone's exposure to COVID-19.
As the situation continues to evolve, we will continue to do our best to slow the spread of COVID-19 by:
- designated waiting areas
- designated appointment times for well and sick
- checking temperatures prior to entry for patients and employees
- virtual screening and drive through testing for patients with COVID19 symptoms
Virtual visits can be scheduled by calling our office at 843.761.8800 or sending an appointment request through the patient portal at: https://www.berkeleyfamilypractice.com/patient-portal.html. The following conditions can be treated through telehealth:
Lastly, as our state and nation starts to slowly reopen, we advise patients to remain cautious. Particularly those patients who are at higher risk including patients with advanced age, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease or liver disease. Please let us know if you have any questions. We are here to help you and be your partner in health!
Jeffrey Santi, MD
Jeremy Ackermann, DO
Sarah Heincelman, MD
Samuel Adams, DO
Partners of Berkeley Family Practice
BERKELEY FAMILY PRACTICE, LLC
2061 Highway 52, Moncks Corner, SC 29461
(O) 843-761-8800 | (F) 843-761-8824