FLORENCE, S.C. – Magnolia Health Care hosted a ribbon cutting Thursday afternoon as the South Dargan Street facility recently joined the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce.

The clinic is headed by Drs. Emmanuel Quaye and Nailah Roland. Quaye said functional medicine is a focus of the clinic, and even though there are over 1,000 physicians in town, there are few who take a naturopathic and holistic approach. He hopes Magnolia Health Care will “enrich the medical community,” he told a small audience at the ceremony, He said he’s seeing patients from Atlanta, Charlotte and Columbia.

Quaye seeks to apply basic science and examine all aspects of a patient’s health in determining the causes of illness, such as a migraine.

Quaye is a native of Ghana. After earning his medical degree from Emory University, he embarked on a teaching career at the Morehouse School of Medicine, which he called his “dream job,” as he worked with medical students and residents. He’s been part of The Medical Group in Hartsville for 14 years. He said that when he first came to the Pee Dee, he wanted to do research into minority health because he wanted to make a difference in that area, and he started a weight-loss program. He realized, however, that he didn’t want to just prescribe a weight-loss pill and embarked upon a period of research and the desire to learn more through medical conferences.

“Once I found out about functional medicine – once I got into reading about it – I thought it’s either too good to be true or this is what I need to be doing,” he said. “It’s been amazing.”

In looking at patients with chronic diseases, he sees a need to find underlying causes and symptoms in order to discover why there’s a dysfunction. Medical school teaches students how the body works, he told the crowd, but during the clinical years, “we forget the basic medicine,” he said, and therefore need to “go back to basic science.”

When he was growing up in Africa, he loved nature and quickly found an aptitude for science and math. It’s no surprise he majored in chemistry at the State University of New York.

“I’ve always loved science,” he said.

Magnolia Health Care is at 619 S. Dargan St. and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon on Friday. For more information, call (843) 432-2502.

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