Practice Philosophy

The name Access was derived from the expressed needs of patients towards the accessibility of their physician. We will do everything in our ability to promptly meet the healthcare needs of our patients, whether it is by telephone, e-mail, traditional office visits, after-hours care, or house calls. In keeping with our efforts to return to a more simplistic and traditional practice model, we will be limiting the size of our family of patients. By reducing our exposure we hope to increase our availability, eliminate long waits in the office and unnecessary visits to the emergency room.

Most importantly, Access Heathcare works only for you, the patient; we do not contract with any outside parties that influence the outcome of your healthcare. We endeavor to keep the cost of medical care affordable and, more importantly, known to our patients upfront. As a by-product of this improvement in access, we hope to reunite the physician and patient in a more simplified setting, allowing us the opportunity to deliver a higher quality of care. To facilitate this mission, we have several affordable service levels from which to choose.

Meet our Physician

Meet Our Staff

David Albenberg, MD

David Albenberg, MD 

Having received his B.A. from Tufts University and his M.D. from Temple University, Dr. Albenberg continued his southerly decent to Charleston, SC to pursue a residency in Family Medicine and subsequently enter private practice. Considering himself a premature casualty of a broken system, he retreated from a high-volume, traditional practice in December, 2002. Out of both hope and desperation, he envisioned and founded Access Healthcare, LLC, South Carolina’s first free-market "Direct Care" practice in early 2003.

As an inadvertent by-product of the practice’s success, Dr. Albenberg has become passionate about the future of consumer-driven primary care and now endeavors to convey the confidence of these successes to his struggling contemporaries and patients looking for better options. In this vein, in January of 2004 he founded the National Organization of Retail Medicine (NORM), which then merged with the American Society for Concierge Physicians (ASCP) to form SIMPD – the Society for Innovative Medical Practice Design where has served on the board of directors for six years. His recent speaking engagements have included the AAPP, AAPS, The Bastiat Society, Primed and MGMA.


 

Christina Sweatman, DNP, FNP-C

Christina Sweatman, DNP, FNP-C 

Chris is our Family Nurse Practitioner at Access Healthcare. She graduated Sum Cum Laude as Salutatorian in 2013 from MUSC with her Bachelors and returned to earn her Doctorate degree, graduating with a 4.0 GPA in May of 2016. She has been a member of Sigma Theta Tau International (Nursing Honors Society) since 2012.

Before settling on a career path in nursing, Chris weighed heavily the professions of becoming a female rap artist and professional boxing. And while she showed much promise in delivering her message poetically and physically in these areas respectfully, she discovered that her true passion and authenticity lay in communicating compassionately and gently as a health care provider. While nursing has become her main focus, she is still available and willing to do features on albums as well as participating in charity boxing matches.

Like most healthcare providers, Chris began her nursing career in the hospital setting but quickly felt disenfranchised and detached from the on-on-one patient interaction, continuity-of-care and relationships that initially drew her to nursing.

In March, 2017, Chris found Access Healthcare and in doing so discovered an immediate synergy between her professional goals and the mission of the practice towards individualized, holistic, and preventative care within the bio-psycho-social model of primary care.

When she isn’t seeing patients at the office or working as a clinical instructor for undergraduate nursing students at MUSC, she enjoys spending time with her two amazing children, Luca (8) and Myka (7). at the beach, playing sports, cuddling on the couch and watching movies together

 


 

Sally Harper – Administrative Coordinator 

Sally Harper, Administrative Coordinator 

Sally has been in the Charleston area since graduating from University of Kentucky. Her professional background is in events, publishing and technical support . She came to Access Healthcare to gain knowledge of concierge medicine and its business practices. Not to mention her commute to work is a quick 10 minutes! In her free time she enjoys a work, life balance with her wonderful family, friends, dogs & chickens!

 


 

Kimbi Marenakos, RN

Kimbi Marenakos, RN 

Kimbi spent several years occupying the front office at 235 Calhoun Street as a Licensed Professional Counselor. She and Dr. Dave worked closely together to provide integrative care to their shared clients. Kimbi was inspired by the Access Healthcare model of practice and decided to enroll in MUSC’s College of Nursing to broaden her scope of practice. She completed coursework and gained licensure as a Registered Nurse in the Spring of 2014. Kimbi was honored by her cohort and the CON faculty with the Josephine A. Fogle Award for Compassion and Authenticity of Care. She is delighted to be working alongside Dr. Dave again as she continues working toward Family Nurse Practitioner credentials.

 


 

ZOE E. ALBENBERG, Sticker Procurement

ZOE E. ALBENBERG, Sticker Procurement

Originally from the apartment above the practice, Zoe travelled the 17 steps to Calhoun Street and then up Smith where she attended Roper Learning Center graduating with a special interest in being special. From there, she went on to Sundrops Montessori where she is currently a 4th grader, excelling in the areas of conflict resolution, changing the hamster cage and ukulele. With such a diverse skill set, and with her nepotistic tendencies, Zoe was destined for Access Healthcare where she currently serves in the area of sticker procurement and distribution.

 


 

Sydney Albenberg, Patient Entertainment

Sydney Albenberg, Patient Entertainment

Sydney was born in a tub of water which immediately sparked her interest in the applied sciences. Her first words were in the form of a question – “How did I survive the tub before swimming lessons?” She continues her academic pursuits towards her long term goal of combining her vocational interests in medicine, gymnastics and being a waitress. Sydney maintains a high level of personal fitness by commuting daily by bicycle to Ms. Tracey and Carla’s class at East Cooper Montessori School. After receiving excellent care at Access Healthcare, after hours patients are frequently entertained by Sydney with cartwheels, paper airplanes and original mermaid artwork.