Community Site Preceptors for Pediatric Primary Care Residency

Coastal Pediatrics

Headshot of Dr. Kim Caristi

Kim Caristi, M.D., FAAP supervises the primary care residents during their “Community Nursery” portions of their primary care blocks. Dr. Caristi works in several community nurseries and works together with residents to manage newborns, do newborn discharge planning and perform circumcisions. She grew up in Parkersburg, WV and went to medical school at West Virginia University. She completed residency training at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).  Dr. Caristi is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Her medical interests include autistic spectrum disorders, developmental/learning disabilities, asthma and allergies. Kim is very active in her community, serving on the Board of Directors for Pattison's Academy, and working extensively for the March of Dimes.

University Pediatrics - Northwoods

Headshot of Dr. Henry Lemon

Henry Lemon, M.D., MSCR – Lead Physician and Community Faculty at MUSC Children’s Care, Northwoods. Dr. Lemon is a Board certified Pediatrician who spent 3 years in group private practice where he supervised ambulatory Pediatric resident training as a clinical preceptor for the University of South Carolina (USC) Pediatric Residency Program in Columbia, SC. He served as the Vice Chief of Pediatrics for Lexington Medical Center (Lexington, S.C.) and was responsible for Pediatric Quality Improvement initiatives and case review. He completed his Masters in Clinical Research from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston with clinical and teaching responsibilities for Medical Students and Pediatric Residents as Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics. He became Medical Director for MUSC Children’s Care Clinics, a Medical Home initiative, and continues to instruct and supervise 3rd year Medical Students through outpatient clinical rotations and 3rd year Pediatric Residents during advocacy electives. From Dr. Lemon and his staff physicians, the Primary Care residents learn how to provide culturally effective care, write program grants to support community outreach, and how to participate in practice-based research and quality improvement while also maintaining a busy practice.

Headshot of Dr. Rachael ZweigoronRachael Zweigoron, M.D. is the assistant program director for the Primary Care Residency Program. She divides her time between clinical practice at the MUSC Children’s University Pediatrics Northwoods clinic, precepting residents in continuity clinic, and non-clinical responsibilities. She graduated from medical school at MUSC in 2006 before training in pediatrics at UNC Chapel Hill and Lutheran General Children’s Hospital. She subsequently completed a General Academic Pediatrics fellowship at the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Her interests include community pediatrics, primary care delivery, underserved populations, lactation/newborn care and medical education. She and her husband have three children.

Riverside Pediatrics

Headshot of Dr. Jonathan EliasDr. Jonathan Elias, M.D. FAAP is a board certified pediatrician originally from New York, completed his training in 2009 and moved to South Carolina with his wife. He has been working in Georgetown as a pediatrician since moving here and has found great joy and fulfillment in serving the community. He has been here long enough to see his patients grow up to be driven, caring, compassionate and intelligent young people. His desire to become a pediatrician began when he was in high school caring for children in a pediatric rehabilitation hospital and brought him to where he is today. His interests lie in providing comprehensive and compassionate primary health care to the children of this community. His training in a high acuity children’s hospital has made him a very versatile primary care physician.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, Dr. Elias completed a master’s degree in Natural Science from the University of Buffalo. He then completed his medical degree at Tulane University and completed his pediatric residency at Schneider Children’s Hospital. During his residency Dr. Elias spent 1 month in the Dominican Republic working in a clinic in the capital of San Jose and working on his Spanish. Being one of the few physicians in town to speak Spanish, he enjoys being able to give back to this community.

Since moving to South Carolina, Dr. Elias and his wife have welcomed two beautiful children; and when he is not whistling his way through the work day, he can be found enjoying the outdoors with them.

Headshot of Dr. Michelle Steffen

Dr. Michelle Steffen, M.D. FAAP is a board-certified pediatrician and has been practicing pediatrics since 2001. She graduated with honors from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and completed her residency at the nationally recognized Cincinnati Children’s Hospital with an emphasis in primary care pediatrics. After four years working in the emergency department at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Dr. Steffen transitioned to primary care pediatrics in northern Kentucky. In 2012, Dr. Steffen and her family relocated to Pawleys Island, South Carolina, where they fell in love with the beautiful landscape and the warm and inviting community. She has practiced pediatrics in Georgetown since relocating and could not imagine a better place to care for children and adolescents.

Dr. Steffen’s interests include early childhood development, pediatric mental health, parenting support, and oral health care. Since moving to South Carolina, Dr. Steffen has championed several pediatric programs in Georgetown including Healthy Steps for Young Children, Reach Out and Read, Legacy for Children, and the AAP’s Brush, Book, Bed primary care pilot program.

Dr. Steffen is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the MUSC Department of Pediatrics.  She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society.  She previously served as the SC American Academy of Pediatrics co-Chapter Oral Health Advocate and co-Chair of the Early Childhood Physicians Advisory Council.  

Dr. Steffen’s greatest joy can be found in her family. She has four beautiful and rambunctious kids and an equally busy husband with a necessary excellent sense of humor. Medical training in pediatrics combined with the practical “education” in parenting involved in raising four children provides a unique perspective for families that Dr. Steffen enjoys sharing in the office.