Darlene C. Bernard, FACOG, IFMCP

Dr. Darlene C. Bernard, FACOG, IFMCP

Expertise

  • Functional Gynecology
  • BHRT - Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Women's Health
  • Functional Medicine with emphasis on Autoimmune Disease
  • Lifestyle Medicine - Diet, Exercise, Nutrition, Sleep, Stress Management, Environmental Control

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Dr. William J. Weirs
Darlene C. Bernard, FACOG, IFMCP

Dr. Darlene Bernard is a Board Certified OB/GYN who has been practicing for over 32 years. She has completed certification as a Functional (Integrative) Medicine Specialist from the Institute of Functional Medicine.

Dr. Darlene utilizes many different nutritional therapies including nutritional supplementation, diagnostic testing to confirm the identity of problem areas, and nutritional counseling leading to a total holistic approach to wellness through the eating habits and choices we make.

The services Dr. Bernard will provide include Bioidentical Hormone Replacement for Men and Women via pellet therapy, injections, and creams. She will manage PCOS, PMDD, Adolescent GYN, Menopause and other Women’s Health issues using conventional Gynecology combined with Functional Medicine. Other services include Therapeutic IV Therapy, High dose Vitamin C Therapy as an adjunct treatment for breast cancer patients, and Sexual Counseling. Her focus also includes the diagnosis and monitoring of Thyroid and Adrenal Dysfunction.

Dr. Bernard’s priority is to form a therapeutic partnership with patients to utilize a Functional Medicine approach to manage Women’s Health Issues and co-manage Autoimmune and Chronic Medical Disease with Lifestyle Modifiable Behavior and Patient Education to Increase Quality of Life and Longevity. (Tools used but are not limited to Education in Nutrition, Movement/Exercise, Sleep, Smoking Cessation, Stress-Management, Avoidance and Eradication of Environmental Toxins, and the Importance of Healthy Mental and Spiritual Connections).

Dr. Bernard is a 1985 graduate of Johns Hopkins University. She completed medical school in 1989 and residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1993, both at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Bernard practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology for 30 years. Prior to joining COEM, Dr. Bernard became the Medical Director of a well-known Hormone and Health Clinic in 2013 where she focused on men’s and women’s hormone health and more recently Functional Gynecology.

Experience

Educator, Institute of Functional Medicine November 2020
IFM Course: Resistance, Resilience, and Recovery: Patient Care in a Pandemic; Module on Implicit Bias in Healthcare.
Physician, Carolina Hormone and Health Center July 2020- present
Medical Director and Educator, Carolina Hormone and Health Center May 2013-July 2020

GYN Services including Bioidentical Hormone Replacement for Men and Women via pellet therapy and injections, Management of PCOS, PTSD, PMDD, Therapeutic IV Therapy, High dose Vitamin C Therapy for breast cancer patients, IV Stem Cell Infusions, Femtouch Procedures for vaginal rejuvenation, Sexual Counseling, Focus on Functional Medicine Approach to Co-Manage Autoimmune and Chronic Medical Disease by using Lifestyle Modifiable Behavior and Patient Education to Increase Quality of Life and Longevity (Education in Nutrition, Movement/Exercise, Sleep, Smoking Cessation and avoidance of Environmental Toxins and the removal of toxic relationships). Diagnosis and monitoring of Thyroid and Adrenal Dysfunction).

Duties I have additionally enjoyed included education of Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Laboratory Staff, and other office staff within our organization as well on many Functional Medicine topics. I performed live lectures to groups. I established clinical medical protocols for procedures and produced webinars for most of the procedures performed at Carolina Hormone and Health Center.

Social Security Administration: 2011-2013
(performed disability physicals)
(Transition job from disability to clinical medicine)

Medical Leave due to Rheumatoid Arthritis 2008 – 2011
I obtained my Healthcare Administration master’s certificate while
on temporary disability

Carolina Woman’s Care, Summerville, South Carolina 2007-2008
Traditional OB/GYN Practice

Simmonds and Simmonds, Chtd., Damascus, Maryland 2002-2007
Traditional OB/GYN practice

Women’s Health Specialist, Rockville, Maryland 2000-2002
Traditional OB/GYN practice
This practice closed abruptly after 9/11.

Northwestern OB/GYN Associates, Farmington, Michigan 1997-2000
I transferred to Michigan for the opportunity to be Program Director for Hope Worldwide of Michigan. I primarily organized oversea medical mission trip and help educate Detroit residence on the Federal CHIP program, childhood immunization and providing books and resources to empower families against illiteracy.

My Medical practice continued to be pursued on full time basis while performing duties as Program Direction for Hope Worldwide of Michigan and Liaison for United Way. Providence Hospital was a teaching hospital, so I had many enjoyable opportunities to teach residents and nurses

Brandon, Emerson, and Hammond OB/GYN Associates, Columbia, Maryland 1995 – 1997
Traditional General OB/GYN practice

Mercy Hospital OB/GYN private practice, Baltimore, Maryland 1993-1995
Traditional OB/GYN Practice

Education

Passed Institute of Function Medicine Certification Exam to become a Certified IFM Provider
December 2019

Capella University, Masters in Hospital Administration July 2012

University of Maryland, Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency 1989-1993

MD, University of Maryland Medical School 1985-1989

BA, Johns Hopkins University 1981-1985

Committee Appointments

Member of OB/GYN peer review committee at Shady Grove Hospital 2004 – 2006

Member of Quality Assurance Cesarean Section Committee, Mercy Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland
1993 – 1995

Obstetrics and Gynecology Departmental Representative to
The Medical Executive Advisory Board at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland 1994 – 1995

Honors and Awards

Finalist for the RISES Award at Shady Grove Hospital 2003 – 2005
(Respect, Integrity, Service, Excellence and Stewardship)

Featured in an article focused on African- American Heroes on February 2014 in The Oakland Post, Detroit, Michigan
(Copy available upon request)

Yearly citations from the Detroit Church of Christ for excellence in Service as Program Director, Hope Worldwide of Michigan 1997-1999

Educational Awards

Senior Administrative Chief Resident, University of Maryland Hospital.
OB/GYN Residency Program 1992 – 1993

Howard Hughes Research Fellowship 1990 – 1991
Award given to 25 minority medical students nationwide from the National Institute of Health.

University of Maryland Medical School Senior Excellence in Research Award 1989

Citation for Excellence in Research 1987
National Institute of Health, National Institute of Neurology, Communicative Disorders and Stroke.

Medical License

Maryland (0043743), expired September 2007
Michigan, expired April 2001
South Carolina (29590), expires June 2022
Current DEA and SC Controlled Substance License

Professional Certification

Board Certified, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Since 1995. Re-certification exam passed on June 18th, 2012.
Yearly Re-certification CMEs completed between 2013 – 2020

Certified Provider, Institute of Functional Medicine 2019 – 2029

Medical Organizations

Fellow, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 1995

Member of the South Carolina Medical Association since 2007

Member, Institute of Functional Medicine, 2016 to present

Research

University of Maryland Medical School 1988
Role of Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Pathway in Senile Macular Degeneration

University of Maryland Medical School 1986
Biofeedback Control of Blood Pressures in the Intravenous Drug Abuser

National Institute of Health, National Institute of Neurology, Communicative Disorders and Stroke 1985
Investigation of Cholesterol Metabolism in Niemann-Pick Type C and D Disease

Johns Hopkins University 1983 Gene Sequencing of Tubulin DNA

National Institute of Health, National Institute of Neurology, Communicative Disorders and Stroke 1982
Investigation of Cholesterol Metabolism in Niemann-Pick Type C and D Disease

Georgetown University Medical School, Research Program for Minority High School Students 1980-1981
Characterization of Dopamine and Gabergic System in the Brain Research published

Publications

  1. Niemann-Pick variant disorders: Comparison of Errors of Cellular Cholesterol Homeostasis in Group D and Group C Fibroblast. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Volume 84, pages 556-560, January 1987
  2. Group C Niemann-Pick Disease: Faulty Regulation of Low-Density Lipoproteins Uptake and Cholesterol Storage in Cultured Fibroblast. Federation of American Science and Experimental Biology, 1:40-45; 1987 (Opportunity to be one of a group of authors). Research occurred at the National Institute of Health, Washington, D.C
  3. Abstract presented in Federation Proceedings for Experimental Biological Research in March 1981 during the National Neurology conference in Tokyo, Japan based on original research mapping the dopamine neural pathway and how it is influence in drug use and Parkinson’s Disease. Main Investigator, Karen N Gale, PhD.

Community Service

Medical Mission Trips to Haiti yearly 2015 – 2017

Medical Mission Trip to Nicaragua 2018

Meals on Wheels, Summerville, South Carolina 2015 – 2016

Charleston Church of Christ, South Carolina 2010 – 2020
Assist with church outreach projects

Ark at Saint Luke’s Church 2008
Assisted with Community Activities with Dementia Patients

rogram Director, Hope Worldwide of Michigan 1996 – 1999

Organized four hundred volunteers for events to improve child health and lead poisoning prevention in Detroit. Increased financial support for said activities from the community by 100%.

Recruited Mayor and City Councilmen of Detroit involvement in charity rallies and events

Organized physicians to provide health care in Jamaica, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Manila.

Organized neighborhood health fairs with the United Way

Organized Neighborhood Christmas Parties for the Disadvantaged

Participant, Habitat for Humanity, Michigan 1997 – 1999

Spiritual Leader and Counselor for college students and singles women 1996 – 2001
Detroit Church of Christ and Washington D.C. Church of Christ

  • Johns Hopkins University’s Tutorial Program for Disadvantage Youth
  • 1981-1985 Assistant Director and Participant

Office Hours And Location

Office Hours

 Monday – Friday: 8 am – 5 pm
 Saturday – Sunday: Closed

Location:

7510 North Forest Drive
North Charleston, SC 29420

departments: Doctors
positions: Doctor