Kimberly Chase-Crawford has joined Senior Helpers of Hilton Head Island as its quality assurance manager.

A career registered nurse and a Hilton Head Island native, Chase-Crawford will be working with families to ensure their care needs are being met.

Chase-Crawford can be reached at

Senior Helpers is located at 1541 Fording Island Road, Suite 2 in Bluffton. For more information, call 843-815-3333 or visit beaufort-sc.

Carla Raines of Century 21 Diamond Realty has earned the nationally recognized Seniors Real Estate Specialist designation from the Seniors Real Estate Specialist Council of the National Association of Realtors.

Raines joins more than 15,000 real estate professionals in North America who have earned the SRES designation. All were required to successfully complete a comprehensive course in understanding the needs, considerations and goals of real estate buyers and sellers aged 55 and older.

SRES Council, founded in 2007, is the world’s largest association of real estate professionals focusing specifically on representing senior clients in real estate transactions.

LUX: A Medical Spa has announced that it will open a new facility in Shelter Cove Towne Centre on Hilton Head Island, next to Starbucks, in August 2019.

At this location, the spa will offer a number of clinical procedures and spa treatments such as facials, chemical peels, hydrafacials, microneedling and injectables, as well as skin care products.

LUX: A Medical Spa is co-owned by Dr. Carmen A Traywick of May River Dermatology and Dr. Frederick G. Weniger of Weniger Plastic Surgery.

A grand opening is planned for early September.

Dr. Robert Kelly Jr., a bariatric and minimally invasive surgeon at Memorial Health, recently was named a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM).

He is the first surgeon in the region to earn board certification in obesity medicine, which means he is knowledgeable about a variety of obesity treatments and can match patients with the most appropriate treatment.

According to a recent study, 69 percent of Americans (160 million) now qualify as overweight or obese, up from 65 percent in 2003-2004.

Dr. Kelly joined Memorial Health University Physicians Surgical & Bariatric Care in 2012.

He is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He completed his surgical residency at Memorial Health University Medical Center and a fellowship in bariatric and minimally invasive surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Century 21 Diamond Realty recently acquires Century 21 Advantage Properties, 38 New Orleans Road on Hilton Head Island.

With the recent acquisition, Century 21 Diamond Realty now serves the Lowcountry’s residential and commercial real estate market throughout Beaufort and Jasper counties.

The company now has three branches in Sun City/Okatie, Bluffton, and Hilton Head Island.

As one of the national franchise pioneers, the Century 21 brand has taken great pride in being one of the most recognized and trusted names in real estate globally. For more information, call Century 21 Diamond Realty at 843-706.2162.

Sandra (Sandy) Milliken, MSW has joined Staying Connected, a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization helps Sun City residents navigate through life’s challenges.

Milliken is the organization’s first executive director. She recently moved from Summerville, where she was in private practice as a care manager working with older adults and their families.

Milliken previously served as executive director of Operation Home, a Charleston organization, and as executive director for Big Brothers Big Sisters Services in Richmond, Va.

Milliken has a Master’s of Social Work from the University of South Carolina.

Staying Connected provides Sun City residents with an Information Resource Hub in Pinckney Hall; transportation to medical appointments and grocery shopping; home visits and caregiver relief; and light home maintenance.

For more information, call 843-705-2259 or visit

Karen Balerna, RN has earned the Board Certified Patient Advocate (BCPA) credential, which acknowledges patient advocate professionals who have demonstrated their experience and proficiency in the field of patient advocacy.

Balerna is the clinical director for Nurse Advocate Partners, a patient advocacy company that serves Beaufort County.

The BCPA credential is built on ethical standards, professional competencies and best practices for professionals who work in the emerging field of patient advocacy and have taken the steps necessary to become certified.

The BCPA credential is also an avenue for employers to recognize and promote professionalism in patient advocacy.

Michele Kosto has joined the Hilton Head Insurance and Brokerage team.

Kosto has been in the Lowcountry for 25 years. Originally from the Pittsburgh area, she has been working in the insurance industry for 14 years and specializes in personal lines insurance.

Kosto’s experience as an agent informs her commitment to excellent customer service.

Hilton Head Insurance & Brokerage is located at 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Suite J-13. For more information, call 843-252-0840.