Kristen Parson Meaghan Beck

Kristen Parson, a newly licensed Realtor, has joined Collins Group Realty as a real estate specialist, and Meaghan Beck has joined the firm as a listings manager.

Parson will be working closely with clients seeking to purchase real estate throughout Bluffton, Beaufort and the surrounding mainland areas of Beaufort and Jasper Counties.

Parson previously served 21 years as an educator and 20 years as a military spouse. She earned her B.S. degree in education from the University of Louisville and her Master’s Degree in instructional technology from American College of Education.

Most recently, she worked as an educator for Beaufort County School District from 2012 to 2019.

Parson and her family decided to settle in Bluffton in 2012 after many moves throughout their 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Parson, her husband Chris, and their three children live in Hampton Lake.

Beck joins the company with more than 10 years’ experience in project and program management, administration and operations. She will be based at the firm’s Hilton Head Island office.

Having vacationed here and more recently visited family living in the Lowcountry, Beck recently relocated to the area.

Beck received her B.A. degree from Ohio State University and her Master’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She spent four years employed at the University of Pittsburgh and, most recently, three years at the University of Kentucky.

For more information, contact Ashley Lindblad at 843-837-6700 or

Dr. Vincent Somaio has been hired as the new medical director of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Bluffton.

He brings 16 years’ experience as a board certified physician, specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PMR).

Dr. Somaio completed his medical training and residency at Albany Medical Center Hospital in Upstate New York. He has extensive experience treating both adult and pediatric patients with stroke, brain injury, trauma, orthopedic, and chronic conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.

Dr. Somaio was an associate professor at Albany Medical Center Hospital for PMR residents and is an auxiliary member of the New York State Board of Medicine. He served as president of the Stand Up and Play Foundation (Capital District of New York Chapter) and is currently an active member of the National MS Society.

Joe’s Classic Cuts has opened at 23 Johnston Way, Suite B, in Bluffton Village, on Bluffton Road.

Owner Joe Gancio, a master barber for 23 years, previously owned two barbershops in New York and New Jersey. He and his wife, Chelsea, chose Bluffton for their new shop.

The shop, geared to men and boys, offers walk-in haircuts and shaves. Online booking is also available. Gancio’s vision is to bring an old-school barbershop vibe to the business.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 843-757-5637, email or visit

• Three employees have joined the staff at Community Foundation of the Lowcountry.

Jill Dawson will serve as a program associate. In this role, she will assist with organizational development and opportunity grants.

She will also manage the Community Foundation’s Lowcountry Volunteer Connections program and serve as fund liaison for both scholarship funds and PEARLS of Hampton County, a women’s giving circle based in Hampton County.

Dawson received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and a Juris Doctor from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Dawson was employed at Dills Law Firm in Bluffton, served as clerk of court on Hilton Head Island and worked at several other law firms, both locally and in Ohio.

Julia Moore fills a program associate position as well. She will be assisting with competitive grants.

Additionally, she will manage the Community Foundation’s The Giving Marketplace platform and serve as fund liaison for nonprofit agency endowment funds and for Women in Philanthropy, a Beaufort County-based women’s giving circle.

Moore has a Bachelor’s Degree in public policy, with a nonprofit leadership concentration, from Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. She earned a national certification in nonprofit management form the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, Georgia State University Chapter.

Diane Shott has been hired as an administrative assistant. In this role, she will provide administrative support to the president and CEO, staff and volunteers.

Shott has both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in home economics education from Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va. Her previous work experience includes teaching positions and serving as assistant to the president at Bluefield College in Bluefield, Va.

For more information, call 843-681-9100 or visit

The Wellness Institute, celebrating its fifth year in business, has opened a second location. The new 1,300-square-foot facility will be located at 1 New Orleans Road, Suite E on Hilton Head Island.

Hours at the new location will be determined by client demand, with initial appointments held four afternoons a week.

The Wellness Institute is a multi-faceted healthcare facility, headquartered at 100 Okatie Center Blvd. North. It offers physical therapy, rehabilitation, wellness instruction, personal training, massage, Qigong and martial arts instruction, yoga (both group and individual) and physical conditioning for golf and tennis.

Other special services include, but are not limited to, dry needling for pain; spine and peripheral joint manipulation; headache treatment; TMJ treatment; vertigo rehabilitation; medical massage and golf-specific myoskeletal stretching; tempering, cupping and instrument-assisted soft tissue manipulation.

For more information, visit

Haig Point was recently named as one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina. This 14th annual program was created by SC Biz News in partnership with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group.

This survey-and-awards program was designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best employers in the state of South Carolina, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce, and businesses. The list is made up of 75 total companies.

For more information, visit