Clifford Bowers, DO

Medical Director
Dr Bowers wears bow ties and bright colors. He believes in a positive, holistic approach to healing. Holding degrees from Wofford College, Emory University and The Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr Bowers believes in the art ,as well as science of medicine. He trained at The Carilion Clinic with emphasis on endocrinology and dermatology. He and his wife, Laura, have called the Upstate home for almost a decade.

Karla A. Hirshorn, MD

Dr. Karla Hirshorn was born and raised in Hammonton, NJ. She attended The College of New Jersey, in Ewing, NJ where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in biology and minors in chemistry and German in 2005. She worked part time in the summer at Kessler Memorial Hospital of Hammonton, NJ and participated in two research projects regarding molecular genetics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in NJ and heat resistant protein expression at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. These experiences, coupled with the death of a dear friend to ovarian cancer, ultimately helped her to decide that she preferred hands-on interaction with patients in a medical setting. While in college she met her future husband Elliot at a Bible study through Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, and they got married shortly after graduation.

She then attended Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA, earning her Doctor of Medicine degree as one of the top ten graduates in 2009 with induction into the Alpha Omega Alpha and Hobart Amory Hare Honor Societies. From the beginning of her education, Karla’s desire was to be a family physician who would focus on health maintenance and disease prevention. As her graduation drew near, her husband Elliot decided he would like to pursue a degree in Chiropractic.

From there Dr. Hirshorn moved to Iowa to complete her family medicine residency while her husband began his doctoral degree at Palmer College of Chiropractic. She presented a poster on chronic opioid use policies to eliminate medication diversion at the annual Society of Teachers of Family Medicine conference in April of her second year. She had the privilege of travelling to rural Haiti in January of 2012 to provide medical care through Community Health Initiative with various health professionals from around the United States during her third year. In 2012, she finished her residency at the Genesis Quad Cities Family Medicine Residency program in Davenport, IA after serving as a chief resident. She completed her exams for board certification into Family Medicine prior to graduation.

Following graduation, Dr Hirshorn moved to South Carolina to take a full time position as a family physician at Laurens Family Practice in Laurens, SC where she worked for over 4.5 years. She is currently the Associate Medical Director for Interim Hospice and the Medical Director at New Life Functional Neurology & Endocrinology. In her free time, Dr. Hirshorn enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, hiking, as well as enjoying the beautiful mountains and beaches of South Carolina.

Nicole Merrell, MS

Clinical Nutritionist
Nicole Merrell is the Clinical Nutritionist for New Life Functional Neurology and Endocrinology. She graduated from Clemson University in 2006 and went directly into education.

A diagnosis of an autoimmune disorder in 2010 led her on a path to finding food as medicine.

In 2018 she received her Masters of Science in Nutrition from Logan University. She completed internship hours at Nutrition Solutions, which is now a part of Prisma Health, and here at New Life.

She has found healing through food and lifestyle changes and feels confident in helping patients at New Life find hope and healing as well!

Stephanie Rey, MSN, APRN, WHNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner
Stephanie attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI where she obtained her first Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology & Neurophysiology. She then went on to the nursing program at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio where she earned her second Bachelor of Science in Nursing as well as her Masters of Science in Nursing and specialty certification in Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Gynecology.

Stephanie has over 20 years of diverse experiences. She has a strong interest in wellness and preventative healthcare. She has experience in regenerative medicine to also include joint injections, trigger point injections & PRP treatments. For over 14 years, she assumed responsibilities for a bioidentical hormone replacement program for both men and women diagnosing and treating patients for related health issues she has specialized in managing and resolving symptoms of adrenal and thyroid imbalance, perimenopause and menopause, andropause, sexual dysfunction, PMS and dysmetabolic syndrome as well as offering lifestyle guidance to prevent pathology, encourage wellness, and support bone and cardiac health.

Stephanie received specialized training to provide vascular care to patients suffering from venous insufficiency to include radiofrequency & endovenous laser ablations and ultrasound guided microfoam therapy injections. She was responsible for training other physicians and providers to provide these procedures in new practices.

Stephanie spent most of her life in Michigan. She began playing piano at age 5 and also took up the violin, playing in various orchestras and competing in many solo competitions in various states. She also enjoys traveling, cooking, animal rights protection, and is a big sports fan for football, hockey and basketball. Go Blue and Steeler Nation!

Christy South, MSN, APRN, WHNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

A. Elliot Hirshorn, III, DC, DACNB

Founding Partner, Director of Innovation
Dr. Hirshorn graduated Summa Cum Laude from The College of New Jersey in 2004 with a bachelor of science degree in biology, a minor in chemistry and a certification to teach biological sciences. He taught biology and anatomy & physiology at his alma mater, Deptford Township High School, in Deptford, NJ for five years. During his tenure, he also served as Assistant Director of the Spartan Marching Band and as advisor for several organizations including the National Honor Society, the Student Government and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Although Dr. Hirshorn thoroughly enjoys educating others, he felt God calling him to a new career as a Doctor of Chiropractic, where he could serve others through education and functional health care.

Dr. Hirshorn attended Palmer College of Chiropractic, in Davenport, Iowa. As a student, he served as Secretary and President of his class as well as Secretary and President of the Campus Guides. In addition to numerous scholarship awards, he was also selected by his peers and a faculty committee as one of two students from his class to be honored as members of the prestigious Vogt Leadership Society. As part of his clinical training, Dr. Hirshorn participated in a chiropractic mission trip to Manaus, Brazil and completed an internship at Beckwith Chiropractic Neurology in Moline, IL. Dr. Hirshorn graduated Summa Cum Laude from Palmer College with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree as Valedictorian of his class.

Dr. Hirshorn has completed extensive post-doctoral training and is a Board-Certified Chiropractic Neurologist and practitioner of functional medicine. He is always seeking to further is education to better help his patients and is currently pursuing the following: Diplomate status from the American Board of Clinical Nutrition, Board Certification in Neurofeedback from the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance and Fellowship status from the International Board of Functional Neurology. These specialty fields provide a unique practice paradigm for Dr. Hirshorn that helps his patients with chronic conditions get better results with their care.

In what little spare time he has, Dr. Hirshorn enjoys spending time with his wife, Dr. Karla Hirshorn, traveling, hiking, exercising and relaxing.