Meet Our Staff

Les McBrideLes McBride, MSN, RN,
Director of Nursing

Les McBride, RN, is the Director of Nursing at Palmetto Summerville Behavioral Health. Les received his BSN from Baylor University and his MSN from Medical University of South Carolina. He has over 10 years of nursing experience. Les enjoys time with his family and outdoor activities. He is an avid supporter of Everton Football Club.

Susan StraderSusan Strader, LPC/A, MA,
Clinical Services Director

Susan Strader is originally from Virginia, but currently lives in Goose Creek, South Carolina. She is the wife of a retired Air Force Senior Master Sargeant, and had the pleasure of traveling the world throughout his 21 years of service.  Ms. Strader holds a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. She is currently a licensed Professional Counselor Associate in the state of South Carolina.

Susan has spent the last nine years working with children and adolescents in some capacity.  She served as an ABA Therapist in Charleston, South Carolina for three years prior to her employment at Palmetto Summerville Behavioral Health; where she began as a Therapist.  Ms. Strader was promoted in November 2018 to Clinical Services Director and has gladly served the residents and staff ever since.

Terrell M. Pinckney Terrell M. Pinckney, Residential Director

In his current functional operation Mr. Terrell M. Pinckney serves as the Residential Director at Palmetto Summerville Behavioral Health. He currently oversees the operation of the licensed 64 bed residential facility serving children and adolescents age 7 to high school. The services at Palmetto embraces the treatment of psychiatric behaviors, conduct disorder, anxiety, depression, and trauma.

Mr. Pinckney previously served as the Charleston County Department of Juvenile Justice Director. As a leader and a visionary he believed in fairness and upholding the ethical values to improve the lives of the youth in the South Carolina. Mr. Pinckney oversaw the day to day functions of 19 Probation Officers and 2 Administration Support Staff.

In his previous professional functional area Mr. Terrell M. Pinckney provided support services as the 9th Judicial Circuit Family Court and Department of Juvenile Justice Liaison for school with juveniles under the jurisdiction of Family Court. Mr. Pinckney also oversaw the day to day operation of the Truancy Office as the Truancy Administrator for the Charleston County School District serving 47,000 students at 85 schools. Mr. Pinckney also provided trainings in reference to truancy interventions in collaboration with The Children’s Law Center and the State Department of Education.

Mr. Pinckney has been a Nationally Certified Master’s Level Training Instructor for over 26 years with the Crisis Prevention Institute with additional Instructor Certifications in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Applied Physical Training and Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Enhancement Training Program. Mr. Pinckney was able to create, train and certify School Level Crisis Teams including School Resource Officers each year on how to safely manage individuals during their most challenging and aggressive moments.

Mr. Pinckney also served this great nation as a member of the United States Army and Navy for 10 years.

Mr. Pinckney serves as a Trustee and is an active member of Greater St. James AME Church in Summerville, SC. Mr. Pinckney also serves his community as a Volunteer Firefighter with his Community Fire Department.

Steven LopezSteven Lopez MD,

Steven Lopez MD, Psychiatrist, has been the Medical Director at Palmetto Summerville for about 15 years. He believes in the multi-disciplinary approach with our clients. This approach requires nurses, Mental Health Technicians, teachers, family, activity therapists, social work therapists, and Psychiatrists putting their heads together to get a clear picture of each child.

Dr. Lopez went to ETSU College of Medicine. He moved to Charleston to attend MUSC residency and fellowship. He hopes to never leave this great city!

Sara Marcino, MDSara Marcino, MD, Psychiatrist

Sara Marcino, MD, Psychiatrist, with Palmetto Summerville Behavioral Health specializes in medication management of various diagnoses that include Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, and ADHD. Her approach is holistic, as she focuses not only on symptoms and the medical side of psychiatry – but also social, psychological, environmental, nutritional, and spiritual factors. Dr. Marcino is originally from Charleston. She attended medical school at MUSC, completed a general psychiatry residency at Yale, and returned to MUSC for a child and adolescent fellowship. Since completing her fellowship in 2004, Dr. Marcino has primarily been in private practice treating children and adults. She has been a staff Psychiatrist at Palmetto Summerville Behavioral Health for quite a few years. She can be found roaming the halls and meeting with children and adolescents every Wednesday.


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