New health cen­ter opens on Hilton Head Is­land

The Island Packet (Sunday) - - Local - BY CAITLIN TURNER cturner@is­land­

A new health cen­ter has opened on Hilton Head Is­land, and it has a dif­fer­ent con­cept than most.

Hope Per­for­mance Sys­tems — lo­cated in Suite B of 460 Wil­liam Hilton Park­way — opened last week and spe­cial­izes in sev­eral forms of ther­apy, ac­cord­ing to James Hester, CEO and coun­selor.

Hester, who co-op­er­ates the men­tal health cen­ter with Gabriel Baker, COO, said Fri­day that the prac­tice is “in­te­gra­tive,” and of­fers more than a reg­u­lar health cen­ter.

“We have 10 coun­selors that spe­cial­ize in all of it, in­clud­ing fam­ily coun­sel­ing, mar­riage coun­sel­ing and anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion,” Hester said.

The men­tal health cen­ter also has two coun­selors on staff who speak Span­ish and per­sonal train­ers who eval­u­ate fit­ness and more to im­prove men­tal health.

“We use a dig­i­tal imag­ing sys­tem to mea­sure body fat, pos­ture, how much water weight you’re hold­ing and things like that,” Hester said. “The goal is to be able to bring some­body in and as­sess them across the en­tire spec­trum as a per­son.”

The clinic is open 8 a..m. to 6 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day and also of­fers cus­tomers time with coun­selors af­ter hours and on Satur­days by ap­point­ment only.

The cen­ter ac­cepts many in­sur­ance com­pa­nies, med­i­caid and cash. It also of­fers a 15 minute well­ness as­sess­ment for new clients for free.

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