About Us

How We Work


Once you call us for an initial consultation for any of our holistic restorative programs, we set up an appointment for you to meet with one of our practitioners. We review your health concerns in an initial no cost, no obligation confidential discussion to see if we can help you. We then explain what we need from you to get the process started, the costs associated with our programs, what testing we need, and what medical practitioner you will meet with next. We are a team of medical professionals that will collaborate on your case when needed so that you will get a comprehensive, individualized, evidence-based approach to managing your health concerns. We are more than happy to accommodate a patient’s busy schedule and work with patients outside of the local area.

Meet Dr. Lovegrove


Dr. Patrick Lovegrove is board certified by the American Board of Family Physicians.  A graduate of Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine, his 15  years of clinical experience includes Family Practice, Anti-aging, Holistic Internal Medicine, Pain Management, Aerospace, Sports and Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Lovegrove was born in Staunton, Virginia and graduated from University of Virginia where he majored in Biology.  He received a Medical School Scholarship from the United States Air Force.  He graduated from Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  He then entered Family Practice Residency in a unique joint program with St. Louis University and the 375th Medical Group at Scott Air Force Base.  After finishing his residency in 2004, Dr. Lovegrove chose to serve his country with the Air Force as a Family Practice and Emergency Room Physician at Osan Air Base, Korea (outside of Seoul).  He then accepted his selection to the Aerospace Medicine Program in San Antonio, Texas.   Later that year, he moved to an air base in Germany called Spangdahlem where he joined the 81stFighter Squadron as their “Flight Surgeon.”  He continued to serve his country during multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan, England, Portugal, Italy, and Qatar where he was honored with Accommodation and Meritorious Service metals with an oak leaf cluster for his service.  In 2007, Dr. Lovegrove moved back to the U. S. soil here at Charleston Air Force Base where he continued to practice Family, Aerospace, Anti-aging, and Holistic Internal Medicine.

In 2008, Dr. Lovegrove founded Merge Medical Center as a unique medical practice in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina specializing in Holistic Internal Medicine, Functional Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Anti-Aging, Pain and weight Management modeled after medical centers out in the Western part of the United States and in Europe. In 2011, Merge Medical Center affiliated with ACN Wellness– Centers for Integrated Medicine of Vienna and Ashburn, Virginia to expand its treatment capacity up the East Coast.  In 2012, Dr. Lovegrove was recognized by the National Academy of Medicine as having earned the President’s Award For Excellence.

Dr. Lovegrove started his practice of holistic internal medicine since his first year of medical school in 1997 by reading Dr. Andrew Weil, MD’s book, Spontaneous Healing (New York Times Best Seller). Even though he was going through traditional medical school training, he continued to foster that education with a complimentary, alternative medicine mindset.  He since has studied and learned from renown medical doctors who also are authors/educators in functional medicine such as Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Amy Myers, Dr. Gregory Petersburg, Dr. Neal Rouzier, Dr. Sangeeta Pati, Dr. Jonathan Wright, Dr. Eric Braverman, Dr. Alan Gaby, Dr. Mark Houston, Dr. William Davis, Dr. David Perlmutter, Dr. Walter Crinnion, and Dr. Daniel Amen.

Dr. Lovegrove believes that holistic medicine should be integrated with conventional medicine in a scientifically based model to achieve the best results for patients.  He addresses a patient’s complaints to find the root cause and customize a regimen to fix it long term as oppose to using only traditional medication that just suppress symptoms.  Dr. Lovegrove utilizes orthomolecular and genetic laboratory testing to customize a regimen for patients based on their unique body’s chemistry, imbalances, and deficiencies. In addition to utilizing traditional prescriptions, some of his treatment recommendations may include nutraceuticals, herbs, vitamins, Bioidentical hormones, dietary or nutritional changes, customized stretching and exercises, a detoxification plan, spinal analysis, osteopathic assessment, lifestyle or behavior modification, life coaching,mind-body techniques and stress response management.


Meet Dr. Steidinger



Dr Steidinger is a 1998 graduate of Life College of Chiropractic.  He is a married to Kathy and they have two young sons CK and Patrick.  As a teenager he had issues with allergies and asthma that began when he was 12 years old.  He started getting chiropractic adjustments when he was 19 and it took his asthma from an 8 out of 10 to a 2 out of 10.  Modifying his diet took his asthma from a 2 out of 10 to completely resolved.  It turned out that he had misalignments of his thoracic spine that were putting pressure on the nerves that went to his lungs.  There was nothing wrong with his lungs but his brain could not communicate with his lungs to properly regulate them.  Getting adjusted took the pressure off the nerves that went to his lungs and allowed his lungs to work right.  Eliminating the things he was allergic to stopped an overproduction of mucus in his body.  This changed his life as he had been on the medications for over 7 years.  He decided to dedicate his professional life to helping people heal holistically.  He approaches each patient by treating the cause of their illness, not just masking their symptoms, and thus really finding the cause of their problem.

This is just another example like the thousands of other cases that Dr. Steidinger has seen over the years in his career. In his own case, his body’s dysfunction showed up as a series of symptoms that are labeled asthma.   A symptom is a sign from the body that something is wrong, and  that something is not working right.  A problem in one part of the body can cause a symptom in another part of the body.  No one  will ever get lasting healthy change by addressing the symptoms, as the only lasting healthy change is done by addressing the cause of the problem.  And that is what Dr Steidinger’s treating philosophy is and what he tries to do for every patient.  Dr. Steidinger gets to the cause of the disease in a patient’s  body and removes the interference so the body can heal itself.  True health is obtained so the patient can live their life to the fullest and have the time, energy, and vitality to be there for their family.

Subluxation or a bone sliding out of place and pressing on the spinal cord and nerves affects the patient’s whole nervous system.  The nervous system is how the brain controls and regulates the trillions of cells that make up your body.  If you have a problem in your nervous system it could show up as any number of symptoms.  In Dr Steidinger’s case it showed up as Asthma but really what was his problem?  Pressure on his nervous system and a poor diet.

Chiropractic works well on patients of all ages, from checking a newborn’s spine for birthing trauma(very common unfortunately) to caring for a geriatric patient.  Generally the younger you are and the more active you are, the faster your results.  Children usually respond quickly and we have gotten great results with children with colic, chronic ear infections and behavioral issues.  Most people think Chiropractic is just for people with neck and back pain.  While it is very effective for that, Chiropractic is really for sick people who are not healing and have chronic persistent symptoms.

Dr Steidinger is an expert at correcting and maintaining the spine, sports injuries and nutrition.  He is trained in Diversified, Pettibon, Pierce, Sacral Occipital Technique(SOT) and Thompson. He is one of less than 100 doctors invited by Spinecor to be trained to be certified in their spinal correction scoliosis brace.  He really cares and is dedicated to helping his patients.

Career highlights.  Worked with the Jets Team Chiropractor for first year out of school. Co- founded a clinic that eventually grew to 31 locations inside of gyms and health clubs in 6 different states.  It was during this time Dr Steidinger became an expert at helping patients lose weight and get in shape.  He got to work with thousands of people one on one and learn what it takes to guide a patient to their goals.

Meet Neda Smith


Neda Smith, mother of two, received her training in 2007 as a Holistic Health Coach from The Institute of Integrative Nutrition, an affiliate of Columbia University in 2007.

She originally pursued this path of learning to achieve a healthier life for her family. When her son was diagnosed with a speech disorder she felt compelled to seek a holistic pediatrician and was intrigued by the doctor’s interests in her son’s eating habits, bowel movements and immune system.

What did these things have to with her son’s speech delay? She soon discovered by making some simple but necessary dietary changes she was able to assist her son in making progress with his delay. She took her passion for a healthier lifestyle through nutrition and made it a career by working with individuals and families incorporating a sensible, clean and healthy eating choices based on her patient’s bio-individual needs.

Neda’s passion did not stop there. She understood the importance and relationship between diet and living healthy but she questioned further the reason why certain symptoms were present and what caused these malfunctions and their root cause.  She pursued additional education as a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner in 2011 at The Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Institute, to be able to test and evaluate the causes of these malfunctions.  Her enthusiasm was so strong that it flowed naturally into mentoring other students who shared in her passion.

She now works closely with each patient to determine the root causes of their health issues and ailments.  She provides her patients with detailed natural methodologies to help them lead a more nutritional and balanced lifestyle in today’s modern world. These techniques are shared through her one-on-one coaching.

 Meet Dana Pappas


Dana Pappas has over eighteen years experience in the health care industry. She is a licensed acupuncturist with the National Oriental Medicine accrediting agency, NCCAOM and a holistic nutritionist. She also holds a BS in Health Policy from Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota. Dana spent seven years consulting with hospitals to improve patient health outcomes. She also collaborated with companies to develop their corporate wellness programs such as smoking cessation, weight loss, and injury reduction. Working in the health care industry, Dana realized she wanted to be able to help people heal in a more integrated and hands-on way and earned a masters in Asian medicine at America’s oldest Oriental medicine school in Boston to become an acupuncturist.Dana supports a complementary approach to health and healing. In addition to using Asian medicine and herbs, Dana emphasizes the role that food, nutritional supplements and lifestyle play in healing. Her integrated approach leverages a myriad of diagnostic tools used in medicine today such as blood, hair, urine and saliva tests for toxins, hormonal imbalances, allergens, and nutritional deficiencies. One of Dana’s goals is to educate her clients on the medicinal uses and nutritional value of food and herbs to empower them with the knowledge to heal themselves. Dana’s specialties include digestion, auto-immune diseases, fertility, women’s health, weight loss and allergies.

Meet Melissa Altman

Melissa Altman grew up wanting to be a nurse like her mother. She earned a nursing degree from University of South Carolina and has now been a Registered Nurse for 26 years. In 2017 she  became certified as a Holistic Health Coach through Health Coach Institute.
In 2011, she developed a collection of symptoms that conventional doctors couldn’t diagnose. All their tests came up negative and she was left to deal with and research the problem on her own. She eventually found our practice where Dr. Lovegrove diagnosed her with hashimoto’s thyroiditis and through natural treatments, she began to improve almost immediately.  She credits Dr. Lovegrove and his functional/holistic medicine training with having saved the quality of her life. “If I hadn’t found him when I did, I know my health would have just continued to decline and I would have eventually been taking a pill for every symptom. God brought me here and I know it”. Melissa welcomed a holistic lifestyle and the healing that came with it. Within a couple of months, she was weaned off all her medications and hasn’t needed so much as a Tylenol since. She uses supplements, natural hormones and essential oils to stay healthy and can help you learn to find your path to healing and wellness too.
Having 26 years experience seeing the result of chronic illnesses without lifestyle changes, she has become part of a revolution to educate those who want to learn how to live thriving, healthier lives enjoying the freedom that comes with it. She started a private health coaching practice in 2017 and shortly thereafter joined our team of practitioners. She is eager to help you discover how great you can feel when your body has what it needs.
Melissa will help you discover what’s holding you back and how to realize your goals…how to get healthy and stay that way.
Her special interests are, autoimmune disorders, weight management, recovering from chronic illnesses,  aging well and helping you avoid the pitfalls of the conventional health care model.
Melissa is a wife and mother with 4 grandchildren. who loves being outside, walking, running, biking. She also enjoys yoga and rebounding when the weather doesn’t’ allow quality outdoor time. She also enjoys public speaking about natural health initiatives and educating children in better lifestyle choices.



Meet Amy Mackie

Amy Mackie, MMS, PA-C is a board certified physician assistant who graduated from Midwestern University and has been practicing as a PA since 2009.

She moved to Charleston from St. Louis, MO with her husband and 2yo daughter. Amy has varied clinical experience including Emergency medicine, Internal medicine, and pain management.

She worked in a holistic practice in NC  for several years and has a special interest in thyroid, skin conditions, digestive issues and women’s health. Amy enjoys traveling, running, spending time with family and friends, and outdoor activities

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