Our Affiliate System

We are building one organization with affiliates in two regions. Our parent company, now known as Prisma Health, supports both affiliates with overall direction and leadership as we continue to align. We will soon share one brand across the entire organization to better reflect this. The rebranded Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group will continue to operate as a joint venture between the Midlands affiliate and the USC School of Medicine.

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We are becoming Prisma Health in early 2019

Our Team

Dr. Drew Goldsmith

Goldsmith family photoDr. Goldsmith grew up in Augusta, Georgia and completed his undergraduate study at the University of Georgia where he graduated with Honors in 2003. His Bachelors of Science degree was composed of biology, exercise science, and pharmacology. He earned his medical degree from Mercer University School of Medicine in 2008 and received the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.

He went on to residency in the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics program with Greenville Health System, where he served as chief resident. He is board certified in both Pediatrics and Internal Medicine.

Drew and his wife, Michelle, have three boys and two girls. He is especially interested in newborn care, preventive medicine, adolescent care, and medical missions. He has served communities in Ghana, Haiti, Mexico, and Trinidad. Drew enjoys being involved with his church and spending time with his family.

Dr. Gregg Johnson

Greg Johnson, MD family photo

Dr. Johnson, of Summerville, SC, studied biochemistry as part of the Clemson University Calhoun Honors College. Graduating summa cum laude, he proceeded to the Medical University of South Carolina where he served as Student Government Association president. He is board certified in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine following training in those disciplines at Greenville Health System.

Now he is excited to serve with Heritage Pediatrics & Internal Medicine in Wren. His medical interests include newborn care, infectious disease, adoption and travel medicine, preventative care and healthy lifestyles.

Gregg and his wife, Jeanne, call the Upstate home and enjoy hiking the hills, and the many opportunities our city has to offer. As part of an international family, Gregg has interest in languages, foreign cultures, and medical work abroad.

Dr. Stephen Briggs

Dr. Briggs graduated magna cum laude from Samford University, in Birmingham, Alabama, with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He is a graduate of University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine–Pediatrics residency at Greenville Health System. He is board certified in both Pediatrics and Internal Medicine.

He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians, and the Christian Medical & Dental Association.

Dr. Briggs takes a special interest in newborn care, preventive care, sports medicine, and hypertension. Dr. Briggs has participated in medical missions in the Dominican Republic, Peru, and Trinidad.

Along with his wife Lane and their three children, Dr. Briggs enjoys the outdoors. He is also an avid sports fan and likes to talk sports with anyone who will listen.

Dr. Clay Crosby

Dr. Crosby grew up in Easley. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Furman University with magna cum laude honors. He also was a 4-year football letterman. He attended medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina where he was awarded membership in the Gold Humanism Honor Society and participated in several mission trips to North Africa. He then completed his Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency at Greenville Health System.

Dr. Crosby is excited to be back in the Upstate and serve the community in which he was raised. His interests are in newborn care, all aspects of general pediatrics, medical missions, integrative medicine, and partnering with patients to encourage healthy lifestyle patterns.

Dr. Crosby, his wife, and their children enjoy being a part of a very big local family. He is also passionate about Clemson/Furman/Easley High sports (in no order of importance), traveling, outdoor activity, exercise, and his church.

Meet the Office Team

Kara A.

Kara was born and raised in Piedmont. She graduated magna cum laude from Anderson University with a Bachelor of Business Administration – Health Care Management. She enjoys going to church, spending time with family and friends, Clemson football, and shopping.

Haley Bennefield

Haley was born and raised in Piedmont, SC. She enjoys Clemson football, traveling and spending time with her family. She has worked in the medical field since 2014, mostly in the hospital setting, and is excited to be growing in her knowledge of physician practice operations.

Jennifer Brown

Jennifer was born in Erwin, NC. She currently lives in Williamston with her husband, Carson, and daughter, Hailey. They have a Westie named Josie and two chickens. She has many years’ experience working in medical practices, but her favorite setting is pediatrics. She enjoys being at the lake, arts & crafts and spending time with family and friends.

Marla Haynes

Marla was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana but was raised in Greenville. She earned a degree in Health Information Management from Greenville Technical College. She and her husband, Craig, have one daughter. They enjoy hiking, cooking and eating with family.

Whitney O’Shields

Whitney was born and raised in Piedmont, SC. She is currently studying to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Management. She lives in Piedmont with her husband, Ryan, and their two small children. In addition to making memories with her family, Whitney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and Clemson Tigers!

Emily Styles

Emily was born and raised in Easley, South Carolina, and graduated from Tri-County Technical College with an Associate’s degree in business management. In her free time, Emily enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also loves staying active and spending time outdoors.

Meet the Clinical Team

Leah Ballard

Leah and her husband Jared, and their Cockapoo, Bella, live in Simpsonville, SC. She is a graduate of The University of South Carolina, where she earned her Bachelor’s in Nursing. She also works on the Family Beginnings floor at Greenville Health System. Leah and her husband are expecting their first child in June 2015. She loves spending time with family and friends and traveling.

Heather Black

Heather was born and raised in Honea Path. She graduated from Greenville Tech in 2016 as a CMA. She has a shih tzu named Bentley. She enjoys being outdoors, traveling, hiking and fishing. She also loves spending time with family and friends.

Amanda Brown

After completing her Bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of South Carolina – Upstate, Amanda gained experience at hospice care and as an in-patient Pediatrics nurse with GHS Children’s Hospital. Amanda and her husband Christopher currently live in Greenville and have a daughter, Emerson. Amanda enjoys the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

Whitney Brown

Whitney was born and raised in Easley, where she currently resides with her husband and son. She is a graduate of Greenville Technical College with a degree in Nursing. She has many years of experience in the Healthcare field where she has spent most of her time in a community care residential facility (CCRF). She enjoys being outside, going to church and spending time with family.

Keri Darnell

Keri was born and raised in Louisiana. After moving to South Carolina, she attended Greenville Technical College, where she earned an Associate’s Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology. She currently lives in Williamston with her husband Jason and her cat, Vader. She enjoys camping, Clemson football games, and spending time with family and friends.

Kaci Halphen

Kaci earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Clemson University and has experience as an in-patient pediatric nurse. Kaci and her husband Paul live in Greenville with their girls Hattie, Harper and dog Millie. She enjoys reading, running, and spending time with family and friends. Kaci is excited to be a part of the Heritage Team.

Lauren Kerfoot

Lauren was born in Pinehurst, NC and has Bachelor’s degrees in both Nursing and Psychology. She worked at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh as an inpatient rehabilitation nurse, but felt called to move back to the South. She and her husband Christopher currently live in Seneca where he serves as a youth minister. They are expecting their first child in February 2019.

Shannon Lane

Shannon is a recent graduate, joining Heritage Pediatrics & Internal Medicine-Wren as her first position into the medical field. She was born in Greenville and raised in Easley. She enjoys spending time with her kids, watching Clemson football and vacationing at the beach.

Katlin McCoy

Katlin was born in Asheville, North Carolina and currently lives in Liberty with her husband. She earned her associates degree in nursing from Greenville Tech and has experience in both in-patient and out-patient settings. She and her husband enjoy traveling, antiquing and spending time with family and friends. They have 5 cats and a dog.

Holly Moore

Holly is from Belton where she lives with her husband, Matthew and cockapoo, Sadie. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of South Carolina. Before working at Heritage, she served as an inpatient pediatric nurse. Outside of work, she enjoys shopping for antiques, attending USC footballs and spending time outdoors. Holly and Matthew are very excited as they are expecting their first child in March of 2018.

Krista Patterson

Krista was born and raised in Easley, where she now lives with her son, Cash. She earned her certificate as a Certified Medical Assistant and Certified Phlebotomy Technician from Virginia College. Krista’s love for pediatric medicine started when Cash was admitted to the NICU at GHS Children’s Hospital. She enjoys Clemson football and baseball, helping with gymnastics competitions, and spending time with her family.

Savannah Sanders

Savannah was born and raised in Fountain Inn, SC. In 2015, she graduated from Greenville Technical College as a CMA. In her free time, she and her husband, Aaron, enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, being outside, and trail riding with their four-wheelers.

Kathryn Suhrstedt

Kathryn was born and raised in Chickamauga, Georgia. After attending the University of Georgia for two years, Kathryn transferred to Augusta University to complete her BSN. Kathryn, her husband Trey and goldendoodle, Athena, live in Greenville. They enjoy biking, playing tennis and being outdoors with their dog.

Brittany Walker

Brittany is from Easley, where she still lives with her husband and two children. She is a graduate of Wren High School and a 2011 Tri-County Technical College as a Certified Medical Assistant. She enjoys spending time with her family, especially taking trips to Tennessee and experimenting with new recipes.

Jana Wilson

Jana was born and raised in Piedmont, SC and lives there currently with her husband and two small children. She received her BSN at Anderson University. She enjoys shopping, going to church and spending time with her family. She is excited to join the team at Heritage.