Darlene C. Bernard, FACOG, IFMCP

Dr. Darlene C. Bernard, FACOG, IFMCP


  • 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


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

Dr. Darlene Bernard is a Board-Certified OB/GYN with over 30 years experience. She has completed certification as a Functional (Integrative) Medicine Specialist from the Institute of Functional Medicine.

Prior to joining COEM, Dr. Bernard was the Medical Director of a well-known Hormone and Health Clinic where she focused on men’s and women’s hormone health and more recently Functional Gynecology.

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 provides include Bioidentical Hormone Replacement for Men and Women via pellet therapy, injections, and creams. She manages 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). Her Functional Medicine practice is centered on the therapeutic partnership between patient and provider. A major factor for this practice is to dive deep into the patient’s medical history and areas of dysfunction. Dr. Bernard’s approach towards her patients’ wellness journeys is with slow, intentional steps to include lifestyle modifications and for them to unlearn bad health habits.

Board Certified, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellow, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Certified Provider, Institute of Functional Medicine
Residency: University of Maryland, Obstetrics and Gynecology,1989-1993
MD, University of Maryland Medical School, 1985-1989
BA, Johns Hopkins University 1981-1985
Current DEA and SC Controlled Substance License

She has also authored numerous publications and participated in several committee appointments.

Research including Role of Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Pathway in Senile Macular Degeneration, Biofeedback Control of Blood Pressures in the Intravenous Drug Abuser, Communicative Disorders and Stroke, Cholesterol Metabolism in Niemann-Pick Type C and D Disease, Gene Sequencing of Tubulin DNA, Characterization of Dopamine and Gabergic System in the Brain Research

Membership: South Carolina Medical Association, Institute of Functional Medicine

Community Service: Medical missions to Haiti and Nicaragua, Meals on Wheels, United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Charleston Church of Chris, Ark at Saint Luke’s Church, Led volunteer effort to improve child health and lead poisoning prevention in Detroit; Organized physicians to provide health care in Jamaica, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Manila

Office Hours And Location

Office Hours

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


7510 North Forest Drive
North Charleston, SC 29420

departments: Doctors
positions: Doctor