Kari-Claudia M. Allen, MD
Patricia W. Witherspoon, MD
About our practice
At the Palmetto Health-USC Family Medicine Center, we offer complete health care for children and adults, including obstetrical care for expectant mothers. Our caring team of physicians, family physician assistants and psychologists provides excellent comprehensive care, and we also have certified diabetes educators and a pharmacologist on staff. We are integrated with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine's Department of Family and Preventive Medicine in Columbia, South Carolina, and combine the convenience of a community-based practice with the technology and resources necessary to treat a broad range of illnesses and injuries.
We understand that keeping people healthy goes beyond our role of diagnosing and treating acute and chronic illnesses, which is why we put a strong emphasis on health maintenance, disease prevention and chronic disease management. Focused on innovative care models, we have incorporated many elements to make the patient experience better for the patients we serve. In addition, we emphasize patient education through our classes, lectures and public service activities.
Patient-Centered Medical Home
Our practice was the first Level 3 medical home in the state of South Carolina to be recognized as a Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). As a Patient-Centered Medical Home, we are a health care setting that emphasizes partnerships between patients and their personal physicians, and their families, when appropriate.
Recognized by the American Heart Association
Family Medicine Center has achieved the American Heart Association (AHA) Gold Level Award for blood pressure control. This national award recognizes practices with an overall hypertension control rate of at least 70 percent for their gold level recognition program. Nationally, AHA had 340 Gold Level winners with 152 from South Carolina.
- Acute, preventive and chronic disease care for children and adults of all ages
- Behavioral health care - services include individual, marital and family therapy to help people adapt to mental, emotional, or relationship difficulties
- Prenatal care and delivery
- Sports medicine care
- Procedural care, such as: skin biopsy, suturing, cyst removal, abscess drainage, wart treatment, IUD placement, colposcopy, endometrial biopsy, Implanon placement, stress testing, casting, splinting, nasopharyngoscopy, and flexible sigmoidoscopy
- Travel clinic for those needing preparation for overseas travel
Patients receive education and assistance by certified diabetes educators. Individual sessions are held Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For appointments, call 803-434-6113. Group sessions meet 9-11:30 a.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month. For group session appointments, call 803-434-6113.
We participate in the training of family medicine students and residents through an affiliation with Palmetto Health Richland’s residency program. Our patients benefit from our team approach to care, led by physicians with the USC School of Medicine Department of Family and Preventive Medicine.
Member of the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group
We are proud to be part of Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group, which includes caring, compassionate health care professionals who are highly trained to meet your medical needs in Columbia, Lexington and across the greater Midlands region of South Carolina.
Providing excellent medical care in comfortable office environments, our network team of physicians, advanced care providers, nurses and staff is prepared to answer any questions you have. We provide comprehensive medical care for short-term needs like annual physicals as well as ongoing management of chronic diseases. Prevention is a big part of your overall care plan. Should additional, focused medical treatment ever be needed, our doctors will refer you to a specialist and stay involved in your care. Only at Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group will you find the extensive level of expertise available from a wide variety of specialists.