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Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Garrett Snipes, MD

Title: Program Director
Undergraduate: University of South Florida
Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine
Residency: Family Practice at University of Florida (JHEP)
Professional Interests: Advance care planning in serious illness, behavioral economics as applied to medical decision making, mindful medical practice
Hobbies: Writing, portraiture, reading
Hometown: Spartanburg, SC

"The field of palliative medicine is growing, and the gap in person-power will continue to widen by all projections.  I am very grateful that, as I approach the end of my career, that I have had the opportunity to participate in the training of specialty level palliative medicine physicians.  As is generally the case with teaching, I have learned a great deal from our trainees and the job of being program director and faculty itself—much more than I have taught."

E. Bert Knight III, MD

Undergraduate: Wofford College
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Residency: Internship, Medical University of South Carolina; Residency, Internal Medicine, Danbury Hospital; Co-Chief
Fellowship: Pulmonary Fellow, Waterbury Hospital
Professional Interests: Pulmonary, critical care, palliative and hospice care medicine
Hobbies: Hiking, fly-fishing, 20th century American history
Hometown: St. Matthews, SC

"Medicine in the 60's and 70's was once described as 'see one, do one, teach one' and thus was born the challenge as I believe described well by Dr. Atul Gawande 'We know less and less about our patients and more and more about our science.'

I hope to assist clinicians to learn to focus more on the patient's life as he/she defines it rather than on the disease and it's therapy."

Christopher R. Powers, MD

Title: Assistant Program Director 
Undergraduate: Virginia State University, Georgia Tech
Medical School: Louisiana State University in New Orleans
Residency: Baylor College of Medicine, Internal Medicine
Professional Interests: Education and sustainable growth of palliative care

Hobbies: Outdoor activities, travel, family, faith, overseas mission

Julie Bergeron Laye, MD

Undergraduate: University of South Carolina Honors College
Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Residency: Family Medicine, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
Professional Interests: Hospice medicine
Hobbies: Reading, keeping up with my two daughters
Hometown: Greenville, SC

"Hospice has been a true calling for me. I am privileged to assist my patients in the final stage of life."

Katherine Boykin Harbin, M. Div., M.S., APBCC

Undergraduate: College of William and Mary
Professional Interests: Pastoral care for hospice patients, families, and staff, as well as bereavement counseling
Hometown: Richmond, VA

"Caring for the human spirit, mind, and body has always been a great passion of mine. Even more, I love sharing and teaching on these matters to anyone willing to listen. Teaching is not a one-way street - much learning and growth can come from teaching, and vice versa. It is an honor to share insights and research that have opened my eyes and broadened my skill set so that I may better serve each person I come across. "

Melody Carnes, LISW CP

Graduate: University of Tennessee, Masters of Social Work 
Professional Interests: Individual and family counseling to patients with cancer
Hobbies: Spending time at the beach, watching sports
Hometown: Fountain Inn, SC

Rosalyn Heers, AGPCNP - BC

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science in Health Administration, Lehman College-City University of New York; Nursing Education - Edison College 
Graduate: Adult - Gerontology, George Washington University
Professional Interests: Medical missions
Hobbies: Running

Bryan Siefert, M. Div.

Undergraduate: Bellarmine University
Graduate: Duke University
Residency: Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
Professional Interests: Palliative care and hospice chaplaincy, bereavement counseling
Hobbies: Trail running, fly fishing
Hometown: Hendersonville, NC

Megan Souther, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Graduate: Indiana State University, Master of Science in Nursing 
Professional Interests: Palliative medicine
Hobbies: Traveling with family, church fellowship, and running
Hometown: Campobello, SC

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