Meet The Doctors & Providers of Agapé Primary Care
Choosing a doctor for you and your loved ones is one of the most important decisions you will make. This is not a decision to take lightly. You need to choose the right doctor you can trust, and who will meet your needs.
At Agapé Primary Care, we understand the importance of choosing the right primary care physician who can meet your needs and who is affordable with easy access. That’s why our physicians’ practice is designed around the needs of today's patients with easy access for making appointments and affordable rates.
Our medical professionals have the training, experience, knowledge, and most importantly, the compassion to provide the care that is appropriate to each of your individual needs.
For easy, affordable healthcare, make the right choice — ask for Agapé Primary Care.
Peter Busse, M.D.
I did my undergraduate studies at Southern Illinois University before attending medical school at the University of New Mexico. I performed my residency here in South Carolina at Greenwood Family Practice.
For 19 years, I worked in a clinic environment before working the next 10 years in medical centers. I then owned my own practice before coming to Agapé Primary Care in 2011.
In my spare time, I play tennis, enjoy my stamp collection, and I love being with my three dogs.
I love being a part of the team at Agapé Primary Care, and I look forward to being a part of you and your family’s life.
David H. Hammett, M.D.
Dr. Hammett is a South Carolina native, originally from Spartanburg. He graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University, where he won Track & Field All-ACC academic team honors and was elected to the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society as a junior. He finished medical school at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University.
Jeff D. Hook, M.D.
I grew-up in West Columbia. I earned my Bachelor of Science in biology from Presbyterian College in Clinton, where I was a member of Sigma Kappa Alpha National Honor Society and graduated Magna Cum Laude. I later received my Doctor of Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.
I performed my internal medicine residency at Greenwich Hospital / Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, where I was awarded their Quality Achievement Award. After practicing in Myrtle Beach, I have been serving patients since 2000 at Midlands Internal Medicine in Columbia.
I am a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine and have been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for delivery of quality diabetes care. I have also preformed over 1,000 colonoscopies and have been a trainer for this procedure.
When I was presented the opportunity to join the medical team at Agapé Primary Care, I could not pass up the opportunity to come home. I look forward to serving my current patients in a new location, and welcoming new ones.
I live here in the Midlands with my wife Renee and my five children, ages 3 to 18. In my spare time, I enjoy my family, playing tennis, camping, fishing, going to the beach, music, and travel.
I am proud to be a member of the Midlands medical team of Agapé Primary Care. I look forward to being a part of your family’s medical team.
I am a South Carolina native, born in Conway. I received my B.S. degree in biology in 1973 from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. I received my Doctor of Medicine in 1983 at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. I preformed my residency in General Internal Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. My board certification is with the Diplomate American Board of Internal Medicine.
My career began as an emergency room physician in Conway then Myrtle Beach. In 1989 I was a Co-Founder of Pee Dee Emergency Medical Associates which contracted with several hospitals in the Pee Dee to provide Emergency Room Physician services. For ten years I was Director of Emergency Medicine at The Mullins Hospital in Mullins. After a hospital merger, I was Director of Emergency Medicine at Marion County Medical Center in Marion. I then was Emergency Room Physician at Loris Healthcare System in Loris. In 2002, I founded Dunes Medical Center where I practiced General Internal Medicine and Urgent Care Medicine.
I currently reside in North Myrtle Beach with my wife Debbie.
I am now proud to be a part of the network of Agapé Primary Care. Whether you reside here or are just visiting the beautiful Grand Strand, I look forward to serving you and your family's primary and urgent care needs.
Jonathan Liu, M.D.
I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. In 1999 I obtained my Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the Dr. William Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago. In 2004 I received my Doctor of Medicine from East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine in Greenville, NC.
I completed residency training as a Primary Podiatric Medical Resident (PPMR) at the Department of Veterans Administration Medical Center in 2000. I also was a resident at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center and completed the program in Family Medicine in 2008. For the next two years I served as a community family physician in Richburg, SC. I joined Agapé Primary Care in 2010.
In my spare time, I enjoy long walks, swimming, and reading. I am married and enjoy good times with our two children ages one and five.
I am proud to be a member of the medical team of the Piedmont practice of Agapé Primary Cae. I look forward to being a part of your family’s medical team.
Gal Margalit, M.D.
After graduating from the University of London, I attended St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School, also in London, from 1974 to 1979. I performed my internships at hospitals throughout London.
Stephen Murk, M.D.
I grew up in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, received my undergraduate degree at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, and attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. I performed my residency at Brown University – Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. My specialty is in Internal Medicine.
Before coming to Agapé Primary Care, I practiced for 13 years in Massachusetts prior to moving to South Carolina in 2008 where I worked in an urgent care setting for 4 years. I then started a home visit practice at Somerby of Mount Pleasant. I am a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
I reside in Mount Pleasant with my wife Michelle and my two children. In my spare time I enjoy kayaking, biking, reading, swimming, traveling, and spending time with my family and sitting on the beach watching the sunset.
I am now proud to be with Agape Primary Care. I have always had a special interest in geriatric medicine and a fondness for seniors. Agapé is a perfect fit for me at this stage in my career as our goals and values in caring for seniors are closely aligned. I always strive to be the type of physician I would choose for myself or my family. I take time to get to know my patients as individuals, and I take pride in my ability to listen and communicate. I love being a part of the team at Agapé Primary Care, and I look forward to being a part of you and your family’s life.
Bio Coming Soon.
Mark Sohner, M.D.
Dr. Sohner considers it an honor to care for patients at Agapé Primary Care. Talking with them and working with them is one way Dr. Sohner aims to improve the status of his patients’ health. In the past year, Dr. Sohner successfully passed the American Board of Internal Medicine certification exam, a feat that attributes further to the wellbeing of his patients. Providing the correct information and making the patient more knowledgeable through education, Dr. Sohner’s goal is to get patients to understand their diseases so that they are better equipped to manage their health issues.
Originally from Stow, Ohio, Dr. Sohner now resides in Fort Mill with his wife and children. He completed his undergraduate studies at Xavier University before attending Ohio State Medical College. Excited to return to the Rock Hill area, Dr. Sohner had previously spent six years practicing with the Piedmont Medical Center and is glad to settle once again in an area he now considers home. In the coming years, he looks forward to reacquainting with familiar faces while welcoming new patients.
In his spare time, Dr. Sohner loves spending time with his family, tending to his yard, or enjoying a summer baseball game.
Allen R. Wenner, M.D.
Physicians within Agapé Primary Care aim to improve the lives of patients and their families in a variety of ways. For Dr. Allen Wenner, this entails educating patients to take care of their bodies and prevent or cure their illness. With the knowledge and proper care, patients at Agapé learn to better their lives through Dr. Wenner’s guidance by practicing quality medicine, not quantity medicine.
Originally from Charlotte, Dr. Wenner attended the University of North Carolina for both his undergraduate and medical school. His residency at MUSC brought him to the Palmetto State, where he served as faculty at the USC School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine from 1978-1999 as well as a member for the South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners.
Dr. Wenner, now living in Lexington, has two grown children, Chris and Kelly, and loves hiking and home improvement in his free time.
Kerry Wheeler, D.O.
I was born and raised in Plant City, in Central Florida. I served proudly in the United States Army as a Medic and an Instructor at the Medic Academy. After discharge, I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Biochemistry at Stetson University in Deland, Florida. I then went on to attend medical school at Nova-Southeastern COM in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
I moved to the South Carolina Upstate region to study surgery and critical care, but while doing so, I found my true passion in treating older adults and the health related issues that are specific to seniors. I now practice primary care, focusing on seniors, and I also have a strong dedication to palliative and Hospice care.
At home, I enjoy time with my wife Christy and our 4 boys and 1 girl, and I enjoy traveling, playing the guitar, and scuba diving.
James O. Williams, Jr., M.D.
With family always in mind at Agapé Primary Care, Dr. James O. Williams, Jr.’s specialty in Family Medicine brings an unprecedented focus to the family spirit that fuels patient relationships at Agapé. Additionally, Dr. Williams is an advocate for advancing technology to enhance the efficiency, quality, and access in sharing information to improve patient care.
Born and raised in West Columbia, Dr. Williams studied at the University of South Carolina and attended the USC School of Medicine where he would become Chief Resident President.
Still living in West Columbia, Dr. Williams enjoys playing handbells and attending church with his wife, Mindy and their daughters Hannah and Olivia.
Matthew Matkovich, P.A.
Like many of his co-workers, the family atmosphere within Agapé Senior Primary Care is what PA Matthew Matkovich cherishes most at Agapé Senior. Matkovich’s main goal is to provide knowledgeable and caring health assistance to all patients within the Agapé family.
Born in Glen Dale, West Virginia, Matkovich now resides in Charlotte, NC with his wife Melanie. After graduating from Winthrop University, Matkovich completed medical school and residency at Alderson Broaddus College in Philippi, West Virginia before finding his home here with Agapé.
Janet Barr, F.N.P.
With over twelve years of nursing experience in multiple specialties, Family Nurse Practitioner Janet Barr shines through her continued dedication to serving the community. Janet’s strength lies in the ability to connect with her patients - a quality that is essential for the growing demands in healthcare. She is dedicated to improving the health of our communities by providing high quality care through compassion and understanding.
Janet Barr attended Lander University before receiving her Master’s from the University of South Carolina. Originally from Saluda, South Carolina, Janet now resides in Charleston where she enjoys running, cooking, and spending time with her husband Derek and their baby Ellison.
Julia S. Brown, A.P.R.N.
I am proud to have been raised and educated here in South Carolina. I grew-up in Conway and attended medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in public health and urology.
I came to Agapé Primary Care because of the faith-based atmosphere that is promoted. I reside in Aynor with my husband Tommy, my daughter Grier, and son Easton. I spend as much of my spare time as possible with my family, I am also active in my church, and I enjoy just taking time to relax and enjoy our beautiful community.
I look forward to serving you and your family and improving your quality of life.
Patina ‘Tina’ Gillespie, A.P.R.N.
Tina Gillespie’s journey to become a Nurse Practitioner speaks volumes to the dedicated excellence that Agapé Senior Primary Care strives for. As a Hampton University graduate, Tina attended Winston-Salem State University Medical School.
Prior to joining Agapé, Tina spent two years as a CNA, an LPN for five years, and seven years as a RN with experience in nursing homes, jails, prisons, and surgery. Tina aims to treat every patient as a loved one, actively listening to her patients and their family members’ concerns to ensure an accurate and effective treatment plan. Tina prides herself on leaving a lasting impression with each and every encounter.
Now living in Charlotte, Tina spends most of her time with children Tiana and Xavier whether its reading, shopping, or skating.
Christine Houser, A.P.R.N.
I have been a Nurse Practitioner for almost 20 years. I earned my undergraduate degree in Biology, and worked in various laboratory settings until returning to school. In 1995, I graduated with a Masters in Nursing from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions as a Nurse Practitioner, with a specialty in Adult Health. I am certified through ANCC and licensed with South Carolina LLR.
I decided to move to South Carolina in 2006 from Massachusetts, in large part because of the weather. In my spare time I love to ride my Hot White Denim (official color) Harley Davidson Street Glide. I’m also an active member of Seacoast Church, a wife to Jim Houser, a volunteer with Animal Lovers of Edisto and at the Dream Center Clinic in North Charleston. I enjoy gardening, and my husband has several beehives. I am currently reading “Unveiled” by Alan Smith and I recommend it to everyone. My favorite scripture is 2 Timothy 1:7.
I am proud to be a part of the professional medical staff serving Agapé Primary Care. My practice is based on the core belief that it is a privilege to care for persons, which is also a core tenant of Agapé
Judith Hughes, F.N.P.
Having worked in multiple heath arenas such as Public Health, Home Health, and private practices, Judith Hughes, FNP has an acute understanding of the needs of Seniors and their families.
As a result of her compassion and work ethic, Judith was honored with the request from Coastal Business Life magazine to be interviewed and featured on the importance of Nurse Practitioners and their ability to provide individualized patient care. Despite her accolades, Judith believes that working for Agapé Primary Care is the most rewarding part of her career, with the philosophy of providing quality patient care through integrated health services in a faith-based environment makes the difference between routine patient care and excellent patient care. Moreover, Judith helps her patients by allowing them to take an active role in their own health care in the process of understanding their illness through her guidance.
Judith received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of South Carolina, specializing in Family Medicine. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Judith now resides in Pawley’s Island with her husband. In her free time, Judith likes to tend to her garden, relax on the beach with a good book, and spend time with her granddaughter.
Donna Boone Manuel, A.P.R.N.
I was born and raised in Concord, North Carolina then relocated to the West Coast where I earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Nevada Reno, then later my Nurse Practitioner certification from UCLA in Los Angeles. Later, I obtained my Master of Science in Nursing from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California.
When the opportunity arose to relocate back to the Piedmont of the Carolinas, I could not pass up the opportunity to come home. I have been with Agapé Primary and Palliative Care since April 2011.
I have taken a special interest and compassion in caring for patients and their families facing serious illnesses. I have been a board certified Nurse Practitioner since 2002. I am also a member of Sigma Theta Tau (Honor Society of Nursing) and the American College of Nurse Practitioners. I reside in Charlotte with my husband Bill and we have three grown children. During my free time I am an avid reader and enjoy the performing arts.
I am proud to be a member of the medical team here at the Piedmont practice of Agapé Primary Care. I look forward to being a part of your family’s medical team.
Stephanie McCravy, F.N.P.
Bio coming soon.
Farahnaz ‘Farah’ Nafisy, A.P.R.N.
The family atmosphere within Agapé Primary Care is one unique aspect that draws patients and Agapé team members closer together. Farah Nasify particularly enjoys working with the elderly because she believes they are the link to our past and they will be, one day, the link to our future. Thus, they deserve the highest quality of care in this period of their life, and she strives to give every patient all the respect dignity, love, and care that each deserves.
Born in Gorgan, Iran, Farah received her undergraduate degree from the University of Iran in Tehran before going to the University of South Carolina to become an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Ms. Nafisy also serves as a part time faculty at the College of Nursing at USC.
In her spare time, Farah enjoys spending time with her husband Dr. Abbas Tavakoli and two sons Farid and Navid, reading, cooking, gardening, and listening to music.
Georginia Ravan, N.P.
Bio coming soon.
Charlotte Sloan, A.P.R.N.
A South Carolina native, Charlotte Sloan was born in Conway and has spent her entire life in the Palmetto State, receiving both her undergraduate degree and Masters of Nursing from the University of South Carolina.
When she’s not enjoying the sand near her home in Myrtle Beach, reading Beth Moore’s Bible Studies, or adoring her grandchildren, Ms. Sloan happily spends her time helping every patient she sees at Agapé Primary Care achieve optimal quality of life no matter the diagnosis.
Specializing in Family Practice, Sloan is drawn to the focus of comprehensive patient-care and the multiple services Agapé Primary Care provides to assist in all facets and acuities of their care.
Dana L. Smith, A.P.R.N.
Like many of her fellow providers, working in a faith-based company that accentuates the importance of spending time with patients and providing them support and education about their illnesses is what Acute Care specialist Dana L. Smith cherishes most at Agapé Primary Care. Through compassion, empathy and her dedication to quality care, Dana is a shining example of the importance of patient relations here at Agapé.
Dana received her undergraduate degree from Clemson University before completing Medical School at the University of South Carolina. Originally from Swansea, South Carolina, Dana now lives in Columbia where she enjoys reading, singing and spending time with her Chihuahua-Dachshund mixed dog named Ozzie.
Mary Ellen Sullivan, A.P.R.N.
Mary Ellen Sullivan’s passion as a Nurse Practitioner at Agapé Primary Care is displayed through her long history as an RN. Working in a variety of settings, including ICU, hospice, and long term care, Mrs. Sullivan has displayed a commendable effort by pursuing her dream and becoming the first Clinical Nurse Specialist in Geriatrics and was named Agapé Primary Care Provider of the Year in 2009 and 2010. By promoting wellness, teaching, coaching or collaborating, Sullivan is a shining example of the importance of her growing field.
Born in Pittston, Pennsylvania, Sullivan graduated from Wilkes University before attending the State University of New York Medical School.
At home, Mrs. Sullivan loves cooking, watching movies and spending time with her husband, James at their home in Myrtle Beach.
Julie Welch, A.P.R.N.
I’m a proud Tiger, graduating from Clemson University with my B.S. in 1993 and then my M.S. in 1997.
I served patients at Minute Clinic, then worked for Palmetto Health for four years, specializing in worker’s comp. I then spend the next 10 years working with Robert L. Smoak, MD in his family practice in Orangeburg.
I live right here in the West Columbia community with my husband Edward and my children Ben and Katie. We attend Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church.
I am now proud to be with the medical team at Agapé Primary Care serving patients.
Terri Lynn Woodruff, A.N.P.
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3955 Highway 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 (843) 652-7500