Our Physician Practices  > Senior Primary Care  > Meet Our Geriatricians 

Meet Our Geriatricians

MEET OUR GERIATRICIANS

Tisha Boston MD

 

Tisha Boston, MD
Medical Director

"What makes the SPCP most special to me is that it allows me to spend quality time with my patients at a time in their lives when time is sometimes what they need most from their physician. This is something that often times cannot be done in a private practice setting."

Dr. Boston specializes in providing primary care services to patients 65 and older. Her focus is keeping seniors healthy through preventive care. Before joining the Senior Primary Care Practice, Dr. Boston honed her medical skill in the emergency departments of Piedmont Healthcare System and Providence Northeast Hospital. She also worked in family practice and urgent care medicine.  While obtaining her bachelor of sciences degree in  Biological Sciences at Clemson University, she was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Med Honor Society, and Clemson University Black Student of Promise. Dr. Boston is also a Clemson alumni and Faculty Scholar. She feels that it is important to listen to her patients and respond to their concerns as if they were members of her own family. Dr. Boston is a dedicated community volunteer with particular interests in Women's Health and member of the South Carolina Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Professional Credentials

  • Medical Degree: University of South Carolina School of Medicine
  • Residency: Family Medicine, Palmetto Health Richland


Rachel Gajadar MD

 

Rachelle Gajadhar, MD 

"The care of older adults has unique challenges.  I am happy to be a member of Senior Primary Care where care is a team approach."

Dr. Gajadhar specializes in providing primary care services to patients 65 years and older. Dr. Gajadhar has done numerous presentations on issues regarding seniors. Some of the topics include Assisted Living: A Work in Progress, Delirium Due to Alcohol Withdrawal, Program of All-Inclusive Care, Perioperative Beta-Blocker, Modifications to Create Assisted Living in the Home, Update in Cardiology for Non-Physicians and the Safe At Home: Multidisciplinary Program Aimed at Allowing Older Adults to Age in Place.

Professional Credentials

  • Medical Degree: University of Maryland
  • Board Certified in Internal Medicine
  • Board Certified in Geriatric Medicine
  • Residency in Internal Medicine at Christiana Hospital (formerly Medical Center of Delaware)
  • Fellowship in Geriatrics in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at
  • John Hopkins University School of Medicine

 



Victor Hirth MD 

 

Victor A. Hirth, MD

"After working at a nursing home during high school and college, I knew walking into medical school that I would go into geriatric medicine. Our patients (at The Senior Primary Care Practice) want to be involved in their health. I encourage their interest in their care, enjoy our discussions, and appreciate the wisdom, knowledge and experiences they bring to me."

Dr. Hirth specializes in providing primary care services to patients age 65 and older. In addition to caring for patients at the practice, Dr. Hirth also is the medical director for Lowman Home Long Term Care Facility and Wildewood Downs Retirement Community. Education and research are particular passions. He is an assistant professor in the Geriatrics Division of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and the associate program director for The Geriatric Fellowship Program at Palmetto Health Richland. Dr. Hirth has been recognized by his students for excellence in teaching. He has ongoing geriatrics-related research projects with the American Academy of Medical Colleges and Bowman Gray-Wake Forest University and has been published in national and international medical journals. In his free time, Dr. Hirth enjoys traveling with his wife and daughter.

Professional Credentials

  • Medical Director, Palmetto Health Division of Geriatrics
  • Medical Degree: University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Residency: Internal Medicine, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  • Fellowship: Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, University of Washington
  • Board Certified, Internal Medicine
  • Geriatric Medicine, Certificate of Added Qualifications


Margaret Matthews MD

Margaret M. Matthews, MD

"I chose to specialize in geriatric medicine for the opportunity to individualize the care of my patients."

As an internist and geriatrician, Dr. Matthews specializes in providing primary care services to patients age 65 and older. She is uniquely qualified for her chosen medical field. In addition to caring for patients at Senior Primary Care, Dr. Matthews is actively involved in ongoing research and teaching, serving as a guest lecturer at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine as well as mentoring medical students in geriatric-related research. Dr. Matthews enriches her knowledge through conferences like the Geriatric Medicine Conference hosted by the Harvard School of Medicine in Boston. She also is widely published in medical journals, including the American Geriatric Society, on topics ranging from physical activity and risk of depression in the elderly to assessing memory impairment. In her free time, Dr. Matthews enjoys being with her children.

Professional Credentials

  • Medical Degree: University of North Carolina
  • Residency: Internal Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Fellowship: Clinical and Research Fellowships in Geriatrics, University of South Carolina School of Medicine
  • Board Certified, Internal Medicine
  • Geriatric Medicine, Certificate of Added Qualifications


Karen Mattocks MD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karen F. Mattocks, MD

"It is my desire as a geriatrician to help my patients experience healthy aging and a fulfilling and satisfying quality of life."

Dr. Mattocks joined Senior Primary Care Practice as a full-time clinician in October 2009.  She was previously employed by Palmetto Senior Care from 1998-2006. She is board certified in Family Medicine and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. She was the first geriatric fellow to graduate from Palmetto Health/USC SOM Geriatric Fellowship Program in 1998.  It is her desire as a geriatrician to help her patients experience healthy aging and a fulfilling and satisfying quality of life. Patient education empowerment is important to her and working together with the patients to optimize their health. In Dr. Mattock's spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, crochetting, reading books and listening to music. 

Professional Credentials

  • Medical Degree: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, School of Medicine
  • Residency: Palmetto Health Richland
  • Fellowship: Geriatirics, Palmetto Health Richland, University of South Carolina School of Medicine
  • Board Certified: Family Practice


Craig Maylath MD

 

 

 

Craig Maylath, MD

"For me, one of the best aspects of working at Senior Primary Care Practice is that the physicians have the opportunity to form a real partnership with the patients and their caregivers.  Together, we are able to focus on achieving patient-centered goals.  Also, my patients still refer to me as "young man".

Dr. Maylath specializes in providing primary care services to patients age 65 and older. Dr. Maylath joined the Senior Primary Care group in 2005 after completing a Geriatric Fellowship at Palmetto Health/USC School of Medicine.

Professional Credentials

  • Residency: Internal Medicine; Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Geriatrics, Palmetto Health/USC School of Medicine 2005
  • Medical Degree: Temple University, 1993



 

Tobin R. Moss, MD

Dr. Moss completed her fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Palmetto Health/USC School of Medicine in June 2013. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Palmetto Health/USC School of Medicine.



 

Tad A. Venn, MD

Dr. Venn received his medical degree from the Brody School of Medicine. He completed his residency and fellowship training in geriatrics at Palmetto Health Richland. He is board certified in family medicine.



 

Elaine Roque Nazario, MD

"Taking care of geriatric patients can be a challenge because many times we are faced with complex medical and social problems. But, it is very satisfying how we can impact their lives."

Dr. Roque-Nazario specializes in providing primary care services to patients 65 years of age and older. Prior to coming to Columbia and joining Palmetto Health's Senior Primary Care Practice, she was employed in long term care for elderly patients and was the Medical director for Rosemond Living Center in Greenville where she practiced as a family physician and geriatrician in providing medical and rehab care to patients in subacute rehab facilities. She is enthusiastic about using her geriatric knowledge to provide care for patients who are 65 years of age and older. She has offered her skills on various medical missions with Volunteers in Medical Missions. Dr. Roque-Nazario did her Geriatric Fellowship here at Palmetto Health. She graduated Cum Laude from San Juan Batista School of Medicine, PR United States and did her Residency at AnMed Health Family Medicine Residency Program in Anderson, SC. 

Professional Credentials

  • Medical Degree: San Juan Bautista School of Medicine, Caguas, Puerto Rico
  • Residency: AnMed Health Family Medicine Residency Program
  • Board Certified: Family Medicine
  • Geriatric Medicine, Certificate of Added Qualifications
  • Geriatric Fellowship, Palmetto Health/University of South Carolina

 



Christian C. Steen, MD

Christian Steen, MD received his undergraduate degree from the Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in Family Medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Department of Family and Preventive Medicine/ Palmetto Health Family Medicine Residency where he served as chief resident. He then joined the USC Department of Family and Preventive Medicine where he served as Medical Director and Director of Health Information Technology. Drawn to the aging population, he pursued the Palmetto Health Geriatric Fellowship. After completion, he joined Senior Primary Care and has continued with his interests in geriatrics, inpatient medicine and Health Information system development.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jamee H. Steen, MD, FAAFP

"The part of my day that I enjoy the most is listening to the stories of my patients' lives. As a Family Physician, I believe in the care of the whole person. I find that the Senior Primary Care Practice affords me the time to really get to know my patients and their unique perspectives about their health. I feel that this better prepares me to partner with patients and their families about their healthcare decisions."

Dr. Steen is focused on providing primary care services to patients 65 and older. Her perspective about health involves caring for the whole person in a continuous and comprehensive manner where patients are partners and active participants in the care they receive. Before joining the Senior Primary Care Practice, Dr. Steen practiced in the Columbia area for over sixteen years. She completed her residency training at Palmetto Health Family Medicine Residency Program where she served as chief resident. After graduation she joined Northeast Family Practice as a private practice physician for the next three years. Then she was recruited to teach at the USC School of Medicine, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, where she stayed for the next thirteen years. As a clinician and teacher she received over twenty teaching awards and was recently recognized statewide with The Halford Award for Leadership in Humane Education. During her time at USC, she held numerous leadership and administrative positions. Her move to Senior Primary Care was a result of a true desire to return to more time in direct patient care. She has always found that her truest joy and fulfillment from her work occurs while at the patient bedside.

  • Undergraduate: University of Cincinnati BA
  • Medical Degree: University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Lexington Kentucky, MD with honors
  • Internship/Residency: Family Medicine, Palmetto Health Richland, chief resident
  • Fellow, American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society
  • Society Teachers in Family Medicine
  • Volunteer Clinical Associate Professor, USC School of Medicine, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine