The next 10-week session of Brain Boosters will begin April 21 at Memory Matters, 117 William Pkwy. on Hilton Head Island. Classes will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Thursday.

Topics include memory retraining techniques, how healthy habits enhance brain function, tools for stress reduction, how to remember names, and brain games and challenges.

The course, which helps attendees maintain a healthy brain, is held just three times a year.

Cost is $199 for the course. Registration is required by calling 843-842-6688.

For more information, visit

Louis Costa III, D.M.D. has joined the practice of Beaufort Family Dentistry.

Originally from Charleston, Dr. Costa received his undergraduate degree in biology from The Citadel and his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina.

Dr. Costa, along with his wife and two children, have lived in Bluffton for the past four years. He is a member of the American Dental Association and the South Carolina Dental Association.

Beaufort Family Dentistry provides state-of-the-art facilities for high quality dental care. The practice is located at 1274 Ribaut Rd. in Beaufort.

The practice also includes Bluffton Center for Dentistry, 29 Plantation Park Dr., Suite 203 in Bluffton.

Peter Liggett, M.D., a Hilton Head retina specialist, will conduct an educational seminar on macular degeneration at 4 p.m. April 12 at Bloom at Bluffton, 800 Fording Island Rd., located off U.S. 278 near the intersection at Belfair Towne Village.

Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. To register, call Erika Pyle, community relations director at Bloom at Bluffton, at 843-815-2555 or visit

For more information about Dr. Liggett, call 843-422-9987 or visit

The holistic practitioners at Just Be Centre in Bluffton will hold a variety of events during April at the Centre, 159 State St. in Bluffton Village. For full details, visit

Sarah Mastriani-Levi, holistic nutritionist, will host “Spiritual Sexuality” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 6. Cost is $20 per person; and “Spring into a Better You,” with healthful eating tips, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 20. Cost is $20 per person. RSVP required at

Dwanna Paul, trance medium, will offer “Emotional and Physical Healing” April 5 and 19. Doors open at 7 p.m. with sessions promptly at 7:30 p.m. Donations are accepted.

Paul also will host a session on “Communicate with Spirit Energies” April 9 and 23; cost is $40 per person. Doors open at 7 p.m. with sessions promptly at 7:30 p.m. RSVP to both sessions at 972-735-8188.

Gentle Power Yoga with Janine Cole is offered every Thursday from 9 to 9:30 a.m.

Cost is $10. RSVP at 843-368-3545.

Kristen Pagulayan, LCSW has joined Whole Health, a counseling practice in Bluffton.

After several years working with, and specializing in working with, children and families, Pagulayan now works in the field of geriatrics.

She began this new direction in the field of skilled nursing as a facility social worker as well as admissions and marketing director. She later transitioned to a behavioral health consulting company in which she provided an array of services in skilled nursing facilities in Connecticut.

In this role she provided behavioral interventions, psychotherapy, as well as education and support to staff and families on the complex issues of aging. As a result, she is skilled not only in behavioral interventions for those patients in the beginning to end stages of dementia, she is able to counsel staff and family working with such patients.

Pagulayan is now accepting new patients. She accepts both Medicaid and Medicare, as well as other insurance. She may be reached at 843-473-0036.

John Searles Jessica Lowthe

Board certified plastic surgeon John Searles and nurse practitioner Jessica Lowther have begun seeing patients at SunGate Medical Group’s new Island Medical Spa in Beaufort.

Dr. Searles specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery for skin cancer, breast surgery, facial plastic surgery, liposuction and body contouring.

He completed his residency in general surgery and a head and neck fellowship at Emory University, followed by a three-year residency in plastic surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Lowther’s expertise is in dermatology and plastic surgery. She will attend to patients needing skin exams, skin cancer diagnoses, skin diseases, as well as adolescent and adult acne treatments.

Lowther earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of South Carolina, and worked with a Mohs surgeon prior to joining SunGate. She is certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Nurse Credentialing Center.

Located at 2206 Mossy Oaks Rd. in Port Royal, the full-service spa will also offer facials, massages, fillers, Botox, anti-aging procedures, as well as hair and nail services.

For more information about Island Medical Spa, visit or call 843-522-9179.

For more information on SunGate Medical Group, visit www.sungate

The Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority (BJWSA) has contracted with Coastal Carolina Medical Associates, a primary care clinic of Coastal Carolina Hospital, to provide wellness and medical services for its employees.

The clinic, will provide employment physicals, return to work screenings, vaccines and drug screens for employees at BJWSA. In addition, the hospital will offer other resources such as speakers for company wellness seminars and participate in company health fairs.

According to the American Heart Association, American employers are losing an estimated $225.8 billion a year because of healthcare expenses and health-related losses in productivity.