I became a doctor with the sole purpose to help people and make a difference in their lives. This is the doctors Hippocratic Oath “…I will use treatment to help the sick according to my ability and judgment, but never with a view to injury and wrongdoing…”.
My first exposure to “Managed Care” Contradicts what I thought was the idealized practice of Medicine. As an Internal Medicine primary care physician, I saw over 100 chronic diseases linked to unhealthy weight lifestyles. I saw it’s devastating effects on the health of my patients and that most of the illnesses of society today are man made. E.g. the work saving devices we created and mass production of our food supply led to the abuse, misuse, and underuse of our resources.
In 2001 I had the opportunity to build a different kind of medical practice; one that is patient-centered, doctor-guided, with a team of health professionals, that work together to address the root cause of health problems instead of just treating the symptoms. The Doctor for Life team uses four modalities of treatment: Nutrition, Exercise, Behavior Modification, and Pharmacotherapy.
The Doctor for Life approach is a way of life, it offers the opportunity to build a future where doctors are as much associated with health as they are with treating diseases, the belief closely aligned in the minds of our patients who deserve a better quality of life than facing the end of life with uncertainty and dread.
“First, do no harm…” and by doing this mantra enables me to better serve my patients achieve overall health and quality of life that is sustainable, long-lasting, free of diseases and less use of medications.
Chief Operating Officer, Director of Culinary Operations, Certified International Health Coach
A Greenville, SC native with an early interest in food and business, I set out on my career early after graduating from Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. While attending Clemson, I lettered 4 years for the athletic department while serving as an Athletic Trainer for the football and other sports teams. My blood does “Runneth Orange.” It was this interest in sports medicine and proper nutrition that spawned my desire to continue to push my growth in food science, health as well as business development. You can say I am “ALL IN”
After leaving Clemson, my career began in the food service industry from all levels of the business including positions at a national manufacturing food manufacturer, national restaurant chain executive management, restaurant ownership, and brand development.
With more than 30 years of developing deliverable products, building effective teams and managing operations, I continue to be inspired to work with people to spend more time enjoying cooking delicious food from fresh ingredients – and even start growing their own food! My skills were advanced by attending the Atlanta Art Institute for Culinary Arts. It is with passion that I am now directing our dedicated team of nutritionists and chefs working together to educate individuals and families in the art of nutrition that leads to healthier, happier lives. I love to share how to strip food down to its bare essentials with my hands-on style and general laid back outlook while inspiring everyone to cook. I have found that even people who don’t cook can be inspired to cook with just a little encouragement and information.
I am a Certified International Health Coach as a graduate of The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (the largest nutrition school in the world) and a member of the International Association for Health Coaches.
While not in the kitchen, you can find me spending my free time outside in the greenhouse or in my sustainable backyard garden supporting the local ecosystem. I spend a great deal of quality time with my parents and my fur baby. I am a dog dad and find myself laughing daily at all the personalities my 4 legged child Zachery reveals each day.
Tesa Edge is Doctor for Life’s Lifestyle Program Director for 4 years. She is certified in Integrative Nutrition, Health and Wellness Practitioner and Clinical Medical Assistant. She has several responsibilities: aside from assisting the doctors in their clinical work she also helps train the staff in health coaching, nutritional education and general wellness.
Tesa holds an Associate’s Degree in both business and health science from Greenville Technical College. She is also a graduate of The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (the largest nutrition school in the world) and belongs to the International Association for Health Coaches.
Aside from working at Doctor for Life, Tesa is an active advocate for children’s health. She is looking forward to writing a series of children’s books that educate the importance of healthy eating.
Exercise: Indoor or outdoor?
“Being outside is a must!” “I enjoy yoga, hiking, and water sports.”
Best advice you ever received?
“Sometimes the things we fear the most, are the things that we should be chasing.”
What is the secret to a good life?
“Balance” “You must do what you love, practice self-care, laugh and move your body every single day!”
Daniel Andras is our registered dietitian and nutritionist on staff who assists with nutrition education and guiding individuals to make better food choices to help them achieve optimal health. He believes health can be improved by consuming “Whole Foods”: As unprocessed, unrefined, unchanged, unaltered, unadulterated, unpasteurized, real, raw, fermented, soaked, sprouted, fresh, organic, local, seasonal, non-synthetic, grass-fed, pasture-raised, free-range, wild, as-they-come-from-nature, full-of-vitamins / minerals / nutrients, nourishing, real-ingredient, as possible.
Daniel is a transplant to Greenville but has enjoyed his time here exploring, traveling and trying new restaurants. He likes to cook and visit local farms and farmers markets. He also enjoys reading about and educating others on nutrition. Daniel likes to change peoples’ minds (and lives), eating patterns, to help achieve better health. It is rewarding to see health parameters change in a positive direction. Daniel practices what he preaches; he has recently started the ketogenic way of eating along with other Doctor for Life Patients.
“Do you have diabetes, and the standard American Diabetes Association recommendations aren’t working for you? We may be able to change that. Do you have lactose intolerance, but you love cheese and dairy products, yet nothing works? We may be able to help with that. Come check us out! An investment in knowledge will pay the best interest!”
I work as a Medical Assistant and I help provide care for internal medicine patients as well as weight loss. You will also find me in the Laboratory drawing patient’s blood and a variety of other task.
I personally believe that I can make a change in someone’s life. Going to the doctor may not be easy for many patients therefore it is very essential that we make a difference. At Doctor for Life we approach healthcare differently. We point out the importance of every aspect in life when it comes to health. I believe in that; I believe in change and that is why I am on this journey with Doctor for Life.
I was born and raised part of my life in Boston, Massachusetts and in Colombia, South America. Where actually most of my extended family still reside. My immediate family and I moved to Greenville in 2009 and I love the South.
Dancing is a big part of my life. I come from a Latin culture where dancing is huge. I dance pretty much anything and do it almost every day. I also consider myself a very dedicated person to my job and family. On my days off I love to enjoy my time with my children and boyfriend whom are very important to me.
Doctor for Life is different. It’s not an ordinary doctor’s office where you come and just get prescriptions. We care, in fact we care so much that we are involved in your journey to a healthier lifestyle. Food/Nutrition/Exercise/Behavioral Modification is essential and therapeutic for our lives therefore it is important that we help you target those areas and make it easier for you to manage.
There are many professional accomplishments in my life but healthcare has been one of the biggest most important step I took in my life. I will never forget the day I considered college and thought to myself let’s “try” this direction and see what happens. Here I am 10 years later and I cannot express the gratitude I feel for this profession. I am a Medical Assistant and also an EMT. I am also bilingual in English and Spanish.
I consider myself a fairly healthy mother of two and my family is very important to me. I want to be able to live a long life and be there for my two daughters. So I try to make healthier choices not only for me but for them as well. Most importantly I am very active I try to exercise 3-4 times a week whether at the gym or outdoors with my daughters.
Doctor for Life in general has already changed many lives, most importantly the lives of our staff. We believe strongly in what we do here and we want you to be able to experience the same. Every patient is different that is why we focus into listening to your concerns and what is most important to you. We take that into consideration and develop a plan that fits just right for you following every step of the way. Just taking the initiative to step into our state of the art facility will change your life and raise awareness for a healthier lifestyle.
Fermin Redondo, practice manager at Doctor for Life oversees all the general operations including staffing, scheduling, patient services, billing and much more. He keeps everything flowing so patients get the service they deserve. He believes that we have a very important responsibility as healthcare providers. Medical problems and sickness often come with difficulties and fears but Fermin believes that it is Doctor for Life’s responsibility to address these problems with friendliness, dedication, passion, caring, patience, knowledge, professionalism, honesty, responsibility, and love.
Fermin always puts his family first, he enjoys spending time with his kids and wife bicycling, doing outdoor activities, cooking, gardening, playing board games and watching movies. Fermin graduated Medical School, as a General Surgeon back in Colombia. Since coming to the United States he has become a register medical assistant, CPR instructor, and accomplished medical administrator and now practice manager. Fermin keeps himself and his family healthy by playing sports, staying active and cooking at home.
He encourages patients to take advantage of all the services Doctor for Life offers including Medical Care, Fitness, Behavioral coach, and Nutrition. Plus, “The amazing staff and facility make the process easier with support for patients all the way.”
When you come to Doctor for Life, Anthony Cespedes is going to be the smile that greets you. Originally from Miami, Florida Anthony moved to Greenville with his family in 2006. He enjoys many outdoor activities here in the Upstate. Hiking and whitewater kayaking are two of his favorite things to do in the Nantahala National Forest. Zip-lining the gorge at Cherokee is still on the bucket list. Being a patient with specific health problems, it is encouraging to see a facility that can modify their resources to aid a wide variety of patients; many facilities promote one specific kind of healing instead of encouraging health as a life-style. Anthony studied Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at University of South Carolina – Columbia Taking life one day at a time.
He encourages patients to focus on what they are doing during the day and whether their choices will elicit a positive or negative response. “It seems to be easier to recognize good and bad when we restrict ourselves to the present instead of losing ourselves in the past or future. Health is a personal choice, like most other things in life. Are you ready to feel as healthy as you think you can be?”
I am the first person you see when you arrive to welcome you to the facility, get you comfortable, and get you ready for your next step at Doctor for Life.
I truly believe you have to love what you do, in all aspects of your life, otherwise you won’t be happy. When you’re doing what you love and enjoy, you’re able to grow as a person.
I am originally from a small mountain town in Maryland. I lived in Myrtle Beach for 13 years before relocating to Greenville. I really enjoy hiking and kayaking, spending time with my dog, guinea pig, and hamster, and traveling to new places with my husband.
I like working at Doctor for Life for the atmosphere. We certainly aren’t a typical doctor’s office, and that’s how I like it! We are a very tight knit team and I believe that’s important to give the best patient care we can. My biggest professional accomplishment thus far is being able to experience so many different workplaces and completing my college career. I have an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration, Baking and Pastry Arts, and have a certification as a Phlebotomist.
Exercise wise to stay healthy I do ballet, yoga, and go to the gym. Food wise to stay healthy I eat primarily vegetarian, and intermittently fast. If you are motivated to change your lifestyle, to take charge of your current and future health, and want to experience something different than all the doctors you’ve seen before, Doctor for Life is the place for you. We have so many different facets of our practice to help get you where you want to be. We want nothing more than for you to be healthy and thriving in your life and we are here to support and encourage you to get to that place!
JT Threlkeld, the fitness lead here at Doctors for Life has an extensive background helping individuals achieve their fitness goals.He has enjoyed working in health and fitness for over 20 years, training and teaching children to grandparents and high school students to professional athletes. His goal is to help individuals live a healthy lifestyle and reach their personal and professional goals. His experience in the health and fitness industry stems from a degree in health and exercise science, and owning and operating several fitness facilities and GNC stores in the Upstate. He looks forward to helping each of you obtain and live a healthier lifestyle.