McLeod Welcomes New Family Medicine Residents

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McLeod Health Clarendon is pleased to welcome four new residents to the McLeod Family Medicine Rural Residency Program. The new physicians are: Jarrod Mullen, DO; Jessica Gordon, DO; Max Pickering, DO; and Cecilia Ralyea, DO.

The McLeod Family Medicine Rural Residency Program is a program at McLeod Health Clarendon designed to train the “physicians of tomorrow” in an effort to increase the availability of family medicine physicians for patients in the Pee Dee and other rural areas of South Carolina. 

“The Residency Program’s mission is to graduate skilled family physicians who will provide superior health care services to underserved areas of South Carolina,” said Dr. Lisa Heichberger, Site Director for the McLeod Family Medicine Rural Residency Program in Clarendon.

Their mission is being fulfilled. In existence since 1980, there have been 267 graduates from the McLeod Family Medicine Residency program with 60 percent of them staying in South Carolina and the McLeod Health service area of Northeastern South Carolina and Southeastern North Carolina.

“We welcome our new residents and their families to the Pee Dee area,” continued Dr. Heichberger. “Expanding the McLeod Family Medicine training program into our community provides much need access to physicians, enhances recruitment efforts, and affords physicians the opportunity to practice medicine in a small community setting.”

McLeod Family Medicine Residents

Jarrod Mullen, DO, received his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Originally from Fort Worth, TX, he enjoys hiking, camping, archery, snowboarding and vehicle maintenance.

Jessica Gordon, DO, received her medical degree from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Auburn Campus. From Enterprise, AL she, enjoys kickboxing, volleyball, painting, calligraphy, and graphic design.

Max Pickering, DO, received his medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Originally from Birmingham, AL, he enjoys running and traveling and computer programming.  

Cecilia Ralyea DO, received her medical degree from Edward Cia College of Osteopathic Medicine- Carolina Campus. She is from Williamsville, NY and enjoys hiking, camping and spending time with her dogs.

These physicians will care for patients at the McLeod Primary Care Clarendon, 50 East Hospital Street on the McLeod Health Clarendon campus. For information on becoming a new patient call 803-435-8828.

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