GREENEVILLE – Three new physicians at Takoma Regional Hospital bring with them varied backgrounds and a common interest: a desire to serve a broad spectrum of Greene County’s healthcare needs, ranging from family and sports medicine to general surgery to occupational medicine.
The new physicians are Drs. Bruce Berry, Paula Galloway and Daniel Lewis – and all three have strong credentials and diverse medical practice skills.
Dr. Berry, who has 12 years of experience in treating workplace injuries, recently became full-time medical director of Takoma Regional’s occupational medicine clinic.
Dr. Galloway, who attended the Air Force Expeditionary Medical Skills Institute for training in trauma, is a board-certified general surgeon.
And Dr. Lewis, who practices family medicine, has a particular interest – and prestigious training credentials – in sports medicine.
“We’re excited to welcome these physicians to the medical staff at Takoma Regional because all three are highly skilled and will enhance our scope of treatment,” said Carlyle Walton, president and chief executive officer of the hospital. “The presence of Drs. Galloway, Lewis and Berry bolster our hospital’s mission of meeting a broad spectrum of the community’s healthcare needs.”
Dr. Berry not only possesses expertise in multiple medical disciplines but also expertise in another career altogether – he’s a licensed pilot and served as an airline captain for US Airways. Dr. Berry, who received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, has 30 years of experience in emergency medicine and also completed a flexible internship and a residency in radiology.
His practice in the emergency department allowed him to serve as an airline captain on off days, but he opted for a different medical track in the interest of treating patients for more extended periods. He decided to use his backgrounds in radiology, family medicine and emergency medicine to specialize in occupational medicine.
“I enjoy emergency medicine and enjoy the challenge of treating injuries and helping people get back on their feet,” Dr. Berry said. “But with emergency medicine, you don’t have the chance to see your patients again and follow up with their care. Occupational medicine allows me to do just that.”
Dr. Galloway received her medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed an internship and residency in general surgery from Wright State University/Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, where she served as chief resident.
For the last four years, she was a major in the Air Force based at Elemendorf Air Force Base near Anchorage, Alaska – an experience she equates with practicing at a community hospital.
“Air Force medicine has a small-town feeling,” said Dr. Galloway, who practices with Takoma Medical Associates. “I enjoy community hospitals where my patients won’t be shuffled around like they can be at a large medical center.”
Dr. Lewis, who also joined Takoma Medical Associates, has East Tennessee roots – he’s a graduate of the Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City, where he received the Outstanding Student in Family Medicine award from the Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians. The South Carolina Academy of Family Physicians also named Dr. Lewis its outstanding resident of the year during his family medicine residency at Self Regional Healthcare in Greenwood, S.C.
He chose a career in family medicine because the discipline has no boundaries on the scope of patients – he sees adults, children and older adults, and emphasizes not only preventative medicine but overall wellness. And he has a passion to practice sports medicine – Dr. Lewis recently completed a primary care sports medicine fellowship at Wake Forest University.
“My training in sports medicine helps me help motivated people get back into the game more quickly, so to speak,” Dr. Lewis said. “Sitting on the sidelines watching their favorite activity as they recuperate is not often what patients want to do.”