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Jose Luis, MDJose Luis, MD was born on August 28, 1947 in Havana, Cuba. Dr. Luis was raised in Miami, FL and subsequently attended Universidad de Santiago de Compostela School of Medicine, Spain and graduated with his M.D. degree in 1977. Dr. Luis completed residency in General Pediatrics at University of Florida and Miami Children Hospital, and is board certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has served the Aiken community in his private practice for over 30 years prior to joining Rural Health Services, Inc. Dr. Luis is married to Gisela and they have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Dr. Luis enjoys taking care of his horses in his spare time. He also enjoys piloting, horseback riding, downhill skiing, scuba diving line and spear fishing in The Bahamas, gourmet cooking and collecting firearms.

Victoria Stoeppler, MDVictoria Stoeppler, MD was born in El Salvador and graduated from El Salvador School of Medicine in 1965. She then completed her residency in Pediatrics from Thomas Jefferson University, Pennsylvania in 1971. She has served the Aiken community in her private practice for over 30 years prior to joining Rural Health Services, Inc. Dr. Stoeppler has three children and four grandchildren. She enjoys traveling, reading, and needlework in her spare time.

Maya E. Fields, MDMaya E. Fields, MD, MHA is a native of Charleston, SC and is the only child of Aleatha W. Fields.  She completed her undergraduate and graduate education at the University of South Carolina in Columbia where she received her B.S. in Science in 2003, and her Masters of Hospital Administration in 2005.  She attended the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston for medical school, and completed her residency training at Georgia Regents University Pediatric Residency Program (formerly Medical College of Georgia).  Dr. Fields enjoys online shopping, bowling, watching movies, watching the Food Network & ID channel, traveling with friends and family, and EATING - especially crab legs!


She is excited to be a part of the team at Rural Health Services, Inc. and is looking forward to making an impact through the children of the surrounding community.  GO GAMECOCKS!

Leah Mitchell, DNP, APRN, PNP-PC was born in Columbia, SC. She completed her undergraduate at the University of South Carolina for her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2008. She then attended the Medical University of South Carolina to obtain her Doctorate in Nursing Practice with a primary focus in pediatric primary care. Dr. Mitchell enjoys traveling, photography, going to music festivals, and spending time with her family.


Cherisse Edwards, PharmD, Director of PharmacyCherisse Edwards, PharmD, Director of Pharmacy, graduated from The University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, where she received her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree.  Dr. Cherisse M. Edwards has practiced throughout the retail community for 13 years. She holds licenses in both South Carolina and Georgia.  She has served as a Pharmacist for Rite Aid and Wal-Mart Pharmacy.  This experience has prepared her for her current position as the Pharmacy Director for Rural Health Services Inc., for the last 3 years.

Dr. Edwards is a member of the South Carolina Pharmacy Association (SCPhA), Georgia Pharmacy Association (GPhA) and the American Pharmacy Association (APha), along with being a certified immunizer. Her hobbies include reading,

traveling, music, jewelry making and spending quality time with family.

Her motto is: The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. (Mahatma Gandhi)

Breck E. Klein, RPhBreck E. Klein, RPh, consultant brings 37 years of Retail and Consultant experience to the Clyburn Center Pharmacy. He has practiced in, and been active in the community of Aiken the entire time. He was the Pharmacist in Charge (PIC) for an independent pharmacy for 20 years, and then Owner and President of Ingate Professional Pharmacy, Inc, for the last 17 years. He is a member of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP), the American Pharmacists Association (APHA), and other professional organizations. He graduated from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. He currently serves on the Board of Mental Health America of Aiken County (MHA) and as a Consultant Pharmacist for Tri-Development of Aiken County. He is a Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary International. Mr. Klein enjoys music, reading, cooking, outdoor activities, traveling, and anything coastal.

Darrell Morgan, RPhDarrell Morgan, RPh

Adult Medicine

James Bland, MD, JDJames Bland, MD, JD has practiced Primary Care Medicine for many years primarily in the South side area of Aiken County. For the past few years he has been associated with Rural Health Services, Inc. as a physician in the South Aiken office located at 120 Darlington Drive. Dr. Bland received his MD degree from the Medical College of Georgia with follow up training in Primary Medical Care. Following that he served a term in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in the field of Preventive Medicine. In later years he became very involved with the American Society of Bariatric Physicians and served two years as president of that national organization. In the late 1980s he received a Law Degree (J.D.) from the School of Law of the University of South Carolina and remains a member of the S. C. Bar. He enjoys family activities and when time permits, writing, reading and U.S. Stamp collecting.

Gary Fischbach, MDGary Fischbach, MD graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Washington University in St Louis, Mo. He then attended Georgetown University Medical School in Washington, DC. He completed an Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Georgetown, followed by an Ophthalmology residency at the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta, Ga. He then joined a very busy Family Practice group in Aiken, SC. After a number of years in group practice, he eventually decided to open a solo practice, which became the most rewarding and gratifying period of his career. Dr. Fischbach joined Rural Health Services, Inc. and it is here that he has been able to serve the underserved, providing much needed services to those without many other options. His hobbies include music and sports.

Kenneth JonesDr. Kenneth Jones was born and raised in Palmetto, Florida. He received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina, his medical degree and did externships at UNC-Chapel Hill and Harvard University. He completed his residency at UCLA King-Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.

Dr. Jones’ area of concentrations are family practice, addiction medicine, , HIV Therapy and is DOT certified. He presently resides in Aiken and Charleston, South Carolina.

Samantha Parkinson, FNP graduated with her B.S. in nursing from Georgia Southern University in 2005.  After working for six years as an ICU nurse, she graduated with her Masters in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Georgia Southern in 2011. She worked for 2 years in interventional pain management prior to joining Rural Health Services in 2013. Samantha lives in Augusta and is married with one daughter as well as a dog and a cat. Her interests include cooking, reading, and needlepoint and in her free time she volunteers through the Junior League of Augusta.

Abraham Weaver, MSN, NP-CAbraham Weaver, MSN, NP-C received his Masters of Science degree in Nursing in 2007 and Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Masters Certificate in 2013 from the Medical College of Georgia, now Augusta University.  He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music.  His interests include mountain biking, sailing, and playing the guitar.  He loves living life with his wife Stephanie and their 4 girls and three boys.

Keely Gerrald, MSPAS, PA-CKeely Gerrald, MSPAS, PA-C was born and raised in Aiken, South Carolina. She has recently returned to serve at Family Health Care as a Board Certified Physician Assistant. She attended Clemson University where she completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry and a minor in Spanish language. Keely then completed her medical training at Elon University’s Physician Assistant Program. She is a National Health Service Corps Scholar. She enjoys running, reading, time spent at the beach or lake, and walks in Hitchcock Woods.

Behavior Health

Carlos Foster, LMSWCarlos Foster, LMSW is a South Georgia native and a graduate of Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA. and Albany State University, Albany, GA. Carlos is a License Master Social Worker, Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, and also a Certified Criminal Justice Professional. He has experience in empowering youth and adults as a therapist in private practice as well as conducting therapy in a residential facility. Carlos is an Integrative Psychotherapist, which means he utilizes a variety of orientations and therapies, according to the client's individual needs and strengths. Carlos’s approach involves genuine caring, acceptance, and non-judgment.  Mr. Foster's personal interests include lifting weights, going to the movies, and spending time with his wife.

Nicole Troutman, LMSWNicole Troutman, LMSW is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a BA in Experimental Psychology in 2004 and a MA in Social Work in 2006. She works as a Behavioral Health Consultant providing mental health care to children, adolescents and adults.  Her clinical interest is the integration of mental health in primary care. Ms. Troutman is a native of South Carolina and an avid Gamecock fan. She enjoys grilling, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and in the summer you can find her on the lake.

E. Joe Holt, PhDE. Joe Holt, PhD is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT/GA) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC/SC) who is the clinical director  of Behavioral Health at the Rural Health Center.   He has been in practice for the past 25 years with a specialty with children and families, including both Intact and Blended families. Dr. Holt completed a Ph. D. in Counseling Psychology and Social Work at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Masters in Arts (M.A.) in Education at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Bachelors in Arts (B. A.) at Oklahoma Baptist University. He has done extensive postgraduate work at the University of Texas, University of South Carolina, Columbia College, Converse College and Augusta State University.

His professional training in psychotherapy includes Systemic Brief Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Addiction and Co-Dependency therapies, grief therapy, play therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapies.

Dr. Holt’s professional memberships include the American Psychological Association, Approved Supervisor and Clinical Member status with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. He is also a clinical designation of being a licensed Supervisor of Licensed Professional Counselors (SC) and a Board Approved Supervisor of Marriage and Family Therapists (Georgia).


Tiffany K. Boyd, MD, FACOGTiffany K. Boyd, MD, FACOG was born and raised in Branchville, South Carolina. She received her Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of South Carolina in 2000. She also graduated with honors from the University of South Carolina Honors College in 2000. Dr. Boyd then attended the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and graduated with honors in 2005 where she received the Dean’s Leadership Award and the Hilla Sheriff Award. She received the IMHOTEP award for her achievements in underserved healthcare and as the President of her chapter’s Student National Medical Association. Dr. Boyd completed her residency education at the Medical College of Georgia in Obstetrics & Gynecology in 2009. She served as the Administrative Chief Resident during her final year there. Dr. Boyd was appointed to the medical staff at the Medical College of Georgia as an Assistant Professor from 2011-2013 until she joined Rural Health Services, Inc. where she currently serves as the Medical Director. She is an active staff member of Aiken Regional Medical Center. Dr. Boyd is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and is Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She is a published journalist for the Student National Medical Association. She is married with 2 sons. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, fine arts, football and spending time with her family and friends.

Lloyd B. Daniels, MD, FACOGLloyd B. Daniels, MD, FACOG was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, West Indies. He received his Bachelor of Science in Zoology with a minor in Chemistry from Howard University in 1968. Dr. Daniels graduated Magna Cum Laude and was accepted to the Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society in his junior year. Dr. Daniels received his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in 1972. He completed his internship and residency at Howard University Medical Hospital in 1977. Dr. Daniels was appointed to the medical staff at Aiken Regional Medical Centers in 1977 where he was an attending physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology for over thirty-nine years. He was elected by his peers to serve as Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Aiken Regional Medical Centers. Dr. Daniels joined the staff at Rural Health Services eight years ago. Dr. Daniels is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and was Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in 1981. He is married with one daughter and two sons. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and traveling.

Maria A. Rodriguez Ballestas, MDMaria A. Rodriguez Ballestas, MD, completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA in June 2015. While there, she was elected by her peers and faculty as administrative chief resident. In addition, Dr. Rodriguez was actively involved in numerous research projects that resulted in multiple presentations at national conferences, including posters and oral presentations at ACOG, ASRM and APGO Creog conferences. Her research included patient safety projects on labor and delivery, as well as instituting a Spanish curriculum to training programs. Dr. Rodriguez is fluent in Spanish and completed her medical school training in Colombia, her native country, at the Universidad del Norte, where she graduated with honors. During her time off she enjoys painting and reading as well as traveling. Dr. Rodriguez is extremely dedicated to women's health and while her career has taken her many places, she is now looking forward to settling down in South Carolina.


Wanda Gibson, DDS obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Mercer University in 1988. She graduated from the Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in 1995 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery. Dr. Gibson has worked more than twenty years in the Community Health Center setting and enjoys serving the patients. In her spare time, Dr. Gibson enjoys watching television and reading.

Christy Sikes, DMDChristy Sikes, DMD is a native of Augusta, Georgia. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Biology from Augusta State University in 2003. She graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 2010 with a Doctorate of Dental Medicine. Between college and dental school, Dr. Sikes worked in dental clinical research and helped with many clinical projects, one of which was printed in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry in 2007. Dr. Sikes has worked with underserved and disadvantaged populations (focusing on children) since graduation. She currently serves as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Aiken County Dental Society, and is a member of the GDA, ADA, and Eastern District Dental Societies. Dr. Sikes is a strong advocate of patient education and ridding underserved populations of easily preventable dental disease.

Nadia S. Fazel, DMD, MPH, is originally from Phoenix, AZ. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Lake Forest College in Illinois. After college, Dr. Fazel joined the Peace Corps and lived in West Africa for 2 years teaching English as a second language. Along her journeys, she decided she wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a dentist. She graduated from the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health in 2014 completing both her dental degree and her Masters in Public Health. Her Masters project consisted of developing an encounter system for the homeless campus in downtown Phoenix. The ultimate goal was to help curb, and even end, homelessness in the greater Phoenix area. After dental school, Dr. Fazel completed a one year General Dentistry Residency at St. Vincent de Paul’s dental clinic in downtown Phoenix. Dr. Fazel moved here from New Mexico, having worked two years at a community dental clinic in rural New Mexico. She’s very happy to be here along with her husband, Jordan, and their crazy dog, Ragnar.


Michael Fulford, ODMichael Fulford, OD completed his higher education at Indiana University and Indiana School of Optometry in 1972. After that, he decided to leave his hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana and head for the warmer climate of the southern United States. That journey led him to Aiken, South Carolina where he purchased the optometry practice of Dr. Raymond Kaplan.

In 1975, Dr. Fulford built his new office building on Laurens Street and continued to practice optometry for the next 41 years. Proudly in 2016, he has now joined the medical team at Rural Health Services-Clyburn Center for Primary Care’s Optometry Department. He and his staff will continue to serve the Aiken community and meet the medical needs associated with vision health.

Dr. Fulford and his wife, Kim, have two children and grandchildren. Dr. Fulford enjoys spending time with his family, volunteering in his community, yardwork and small gardening projects, fishing and an occasional hunting trip.

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