DR. VICTORIA LEVENTIS-SHEW, DO
She knew she wanted to become a physician during her junior year at the University of Georgia. She did a practicum in Hippotherapy, which helps patients both physically and mentally through the use of horseback riding. By witnessing the amazing improvements in patients’ health through the use of hippotherapy, she felt a calling to shift from Pre-Vet to Pre-Med. She is a huge advocate for adjunct therapies, such as hippotherapy, acupuncture, osteopathic manipulative treatments, and aquatic therapy.
Dr. Leventis-Shew attended Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville, Kentucky. She completed a pre-doctoral Fellowship in Osteopathic Principles and Practice between her second and third years of medical school, during which time she helped teach the first and second-year medical students the Osteopathic Principles and Practice course. She completed her third and fourth-year medical school clinical rotations in South Carolina in the Myrtle Beach and Columbia areas.
She completed the Family Medicine Residency Program in Columbus Georgia in 2010, after which she moved back to South Carolina and has practiced in Columbia since that time.
Dr. Leventis-Shew is thrilled to be able to offer Direct Primary Care to the Columbia community! Unlike the standard fee-for-service healthcare system where patients often feel rushed and have limited access to their primary care provider, the Direct Primary Care – or DPC – model allows her the opportunity to foster lasting and meaningful relationships with her patients and to take the time needed to help focus on preventive measures. Instead of “reactive medicine”, she is able to help her patients become more proactive when it comes to their physical and mental health.
As a patient at Victory Family Medicine, you will have direct access to Dr. Leventis-Shew not only in person, but also via telemedicine, texting, email, and/or phone calls. She can even perform home visits, if the need arises! She believes patients should be able to receive primary care in a timely, considerate, and compassionate manner. Helping to keep her patients in the best shape possible – both physically and mentally – is her passion, and she thinks of the doctor-patient relationship as a “Team”. Each of us comes from a different background, has different work and family responsibilities, has different hobbies, and has different goals and aspirations in life. You are a unique individual, so your primary care should be tailored to help maximize your health!
In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband and three children, caring for her rescue animals, and exploring national forests.