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

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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 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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