Meet The Faculty
Terrence Steyer, MD, Program Director
Dr. Terrence Steyer, program director, is a native of Pittsburgh but has called the Lowcountry of South Carolina his home for nearly 20 years. A graduate of Allegheny College and Case Medical School, he completed his residency at Wake Forest University and a health policy fellowship at the University of Michigan. He served on the faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina for nine years prior to becoming the founding chair of clinical sciences at the Medical College of Georgia – University of Georgia Medical Partnership in 2009. In 2014, he returned to MUSC as the Gregory–Chandler endowed chair in family medicine. When not digging out from the paperwork on his desk, Dr. Steyer enjoys time at the beach or on the water with his family -- wife, Kelly, and sons, Noah and Jack. He is also an avid reader, anything from crime thrillers to history and political science, and a fan of college and professional football. He has many leaders he admires but takes a lot of lessons from Abraham Lincoln, who created a team from a group of disparate, strong-willed individuals to help lead our nation through its most difficult crisis to date.
Adrianne Lane, Program Coordinator
Adrianne Lane is program coordinator for the Tidelands Health MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program. She has more than 20 years’ experience in high-level administrative positions and most recently worked as executive assistant to the chief medical officer of Tidelands Health prior to accepting the position of program coordinator for the residency program. She attended the University of North Carolina and has an associate's degree. She has lived in Europe and loves to travel, whether it be by plane, train, car, boat or motorcycle. The leader who inspires her is Mother Theresa because of her exemplary servant leadership.
Brintha Vasagar, MD, Associate Program Director
Dr. Brintha Vasagar is a board-certified family medicine physician specializing in preventive care, women’s health and gluten-related disorders. She is proud to have Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, American University of Antigua, Harvard Medical School and Spartanburg Regional Family Medicine Residency amongst her training. A survivor of the 2004 tsunami that devastated South Asia, she has spoken before members of Congress and the United Nations about international health issues and disaster preparedness. Dr. Vasagar continues to stand out in her field with numerous publications, scientific presentations, and on-camera appearances regarding public health and medicine. When she is not busy seeing patients at Tidelands Health, teaching or doing medical research, she continues to volunteer extensively in the community. Her leadership idol is Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who has spearheaded the field of medical communications to advance public health. Dr. Vasagar was recently selected for prestigious presidential leadership program.
Steven Meixel, MD, Core Faculty
Dr. Steven Meixel has been involved in medical education for more than 30 years. A graduate of Duke University and Vanderbilt University Medical School, he completed his family medicine residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. He served as director of undergraduate education at the University of Virginia Medical Center, program director at the University of Virginia Family Medicine Residency Program and director of pre-doctoral education and interim chair of family medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine-Tulsa before building a thriving practice at Tidelands Health. Dr. Meixel has not only been dedicated to his patients but also to his residents and students, gaining numerous faculty teaching awards. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Dotti, three children and grandchildren. The family loves the outdoors, especially the beach. Dr. Meixel admires the leadership examples of George Washington, Civil War commander Joshua Chamberlain and Capt. Richard Winters of the World War II unit best known as the band of brothers, who led with courage, commitment to principles, skill and example.
Sarah Allen, MD, Director of Geriatrics
Dr. Sarah Allen is a board certified Internal Medicine physician who serves as the Director of the Geriatric Curriculum in addition to attending a thriving clinical practice for all adults. She is originally from Florence, South Carolina and attended Wofford College and the Medical University of South Carolina for training. After serving on faculty and as Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency at MUSC, she relocated with her family to Murrells Inlet. In addition to clinical practice and research activities, she is active in the Telemedicine arena within the Tidelands Organization. Her leadership idol is Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon. His 14 leadership principles including “customer obsession, ownership, insisting on the highest standards, learn and be curious” drive her daily practice.
Kelly Edwards, PharmD, Faculty
Dr. Kelly Edwards completed undergraduate education and earned her PharmD degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. She completed pharmacy residency training in Primary Care at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Edwards worked in healthcare in the outpatient arena in the VA system for 6 years as a clinical pharmacist with a pharmacotherapy clinic. She transitioned to inpatient healthcare when she took a role as the Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator at Georgetown Memorial Hospital in 2009. She became the Assistant Director of Pharmacy in 2011 and is now working in a system role as Assistant Director of Pharmacy with a focus on Pharmacy Operations. She helped to integrate clinical pharmacy medication management services into the Tidelands Health Group physician practices. She is now helping to expand services into the new family medicine residency program and is facilitating the residency conference curriculum. Dr. Edwards has a passion for health and wellness and loves helping patients meet their goals through medication management, nutrition, and lifestyle changes.
Heather Partridge, Behavioral Health Consultant
Heather Partridge is a native of Ontario, Canada but has called Myrtle Beach home for the last eleven years. She has been practicing in the human services field in Horry County for over ten years. Heather has obtained multiple certifications in the treatment of substance use disorders and is recognized as both a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor in South Carolina. In 2014, the South Carolina Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (SCAADAC) presented her with the award of South Carolina Counselor of the Year. Heather enjoys having the opportunity to educate others about behavioral health, including the residents of the family medicine program and other counselors in the community. In her free time she enjoys spending quality time with her husband and their three boys. A favorite quote of hers that Socrates once said is, “Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.” The leaders that inspire Heather the most are those committed to breaking down those walls and strengthening the families in our community one brick at a time.