About Grand Strand Health & Wellness

Dr. Christopher Garner, DC | Dr. Tommy Forrest, DC

Our Philosophy

Preventing structural and functional abnormalities, alleviating physical symptoms and most importantly promoting a PRO-ACTIVE lifestyle is the goal of Grand Strand Health and Wellness.

 Our office is PRO-ACTIVE oriented which means that once you and your family are “truly” well we seek to enable you to continue living your life to its fullest. We strive to achieve excellent results and treat you in the same manner that we would like to be treated ourselves. That is, with compassion, understanding, respect for your time, and with particular emphasis on patient satisfaction and education. Our Doctors work closely with all health care providers to ensure you receive the proper treatment for all your health concerns. We feel that these qualities are a vital part of professional care.

These are a few words that have been used to describe Grand Strand Health and Wellness. Offering state of the art technology like the NASA inspired Pro Adjuster (no twisting or popping), personalized nutrition and orthopedic style massage therapy, we have many ways to treat you no matter your health concern. Helpful in providing effective solutions to painful problems such as neck pain, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, arm pain, mid back pain, rib pain, low back pain, sciatica, scoliosis, plantar fasciitis and fibromyalgia. Experienced with auto accidents, treating sports injuries such as shoulder and knee pain and treating children for allergies, ear infections, and asthma. Most insurances accepted and filed for you and care is always made affordable through payment plans, family plans and Care Credit. Our office enjoys high levels of patient satisfaction because we listen, offer hope and explain everything in advance.

The Faces You'll Meet At
Grand Strand Health & Wellness

The Doctors

DR. CHRISTOPHER GARNER

Dr. Christopher Garner

Position: Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine
Categories: doctors
Location: Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

Dr. Garner is a graduate of Winthrop University in Rock Hill (B.S. in Biology) and Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic in Spartanburg, where he received his Doctorate of Chiropractic while graduating with honors and distinction. Upon completing his internship at Mussachio Chiropractic in Charlotte, Dr. Garner served at Popwell-Scota Spine Center in Greenville and Carolina Chiropractic Plus in Shelby, NC where he was Associate Clinic Director. He has provided over One Hundred thousand (100,000) adjustments while serving over 6,000 patients.

Dr. Garner is an active member in many professional and social organizations including:

  • SC Chiropractic Association
  • World Chiropractic Alliance
  • Christian Chiropractors Association
  • The Wellness Council for Coastal SC
  • NewSpring Church
  • Sherman College Alumni Association
  • Rotary International
    • Past president
    • Past secretary
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Masonic Lodge #368

Dr. Garner constantly strives to improve and update his knowledge in the field of chiropractic wellness. He has completed extensive post-graduate study emphasizing the treatment and rehabilitation of whiplash injuries, sports injuries, headaches, neck and back pain.

A firm believer in the basic worth of every individual and the incredible healing power of the body, Dr. Garner is a true doctor for the people and he thoroughly enjoys helping people feel better and live more productive and active lives. He and his wife Shelby, both natives of South Carolina, have four children and reside in Socastee.

Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine
Dr Tommy Forrest

Dr. Tommy Forrest

Position: Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine
Certified Chiropractic Extremities Practitioner
Categories: doctors
Location: Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

My name is Dr. Tommy Forrest and I am excited about joining the TEAM here at Grand Strand Health and Wellness. My Chiropractic journey has not followed the normal course of events like most, but I have had the pleasure of practicing for over twenty years.

Growing up, I had a second cousin who was a Chiropractor and he would adjust the family when we saw him. The only problem was that I only saw him about three to four times my entire childhood. My parents did not believe in regular Chiropractic visits and fortunately we were never involved in any major injuries from sports or car collisions.

My first love was Sports Medicine. I have always been very involved with all sports, but tennis has been my life for quite a while.  I played collegiately for Baylor University and have continued to play as much as I possibly can.  Let me know if you play tennis!

It wasn’t until I was in graduate school at Indiana State University that I really saw the positive benefits of athletes getting adjusted on a regular basis.  Even when athletes were injured, those that were under Chiropractic care seemed to be back on the field or court in less time than those who did not get adjusted.  Upon graduation, I was fortunate enough to work for the summer with the Atlanta Hawks, San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat.  As we traveled from city to city playing basketball it amazed me how serious the professional athletes were about getting adjusted before every game or scrimmage.  They obviously knew something that I did not.

This intrigued me to the point that I wanted to know why, so I reached out to Chiropractors across the state to ask them questions on how I could become a part of this amazing new way to look at health and elite performance.  In 1996, I decided to enter Life Chiropractic University and learn how to remove nerve interference from our spine and make us healthier individuals.  Upon earning my Doctorate of Chiropractic, I worked for a Doctor who used the Activator Technique, which is a handheld instrument. That Doctor proved to me that you did not have to manually manipulate every patient that walked in.  He had amazing results using the Activator exclusively.

I eventually decided to open my own practice, Forrest Sport & Family Chiropractic, in Lumberton, NC where we raised our four children and became very active in the community.  I was very involved in my Church where I served as a Deacon, VP and President for the Kiwanis of Lumberton, and played guitar for the contemporary service.

I eventually sold my practice after 15 years to better focus my energy on helping others achieve health and wellness through regular chiropractic visits.  In my 30 years of healthcare, I have seen amazing results with Chiropractic and when you combine that with a healthy lifestyle both physically and spiritually you really do get the “BEST POSSIBLE YOU!”

Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine
Certified Chiropractic Extremities Practitioner
DR. CHRISTOPHER GARNER

Dr. Christopher Garner

Position: Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine
Categories: doctors
Location: Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

Dr. Garner is a graduate of Winthrop University in Rock Hill (B.S. in Biology) and Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic in Spartanburg, where he received his Doctorate of Chiropractic while graduating with honors and distinction. Upon completing his internship at Mussachio Chiropractic in Charlotte, Dr. Garner served at Popwell-Scota Spine Center in Greenville and Carolina Chiropractic Plus in Shelby, NC where he was Associate Clinic Director. He has provided over One Hundred thousand (100,000) adjustments while serving over 6,000 patients.

Dr. Garner is an active member in many professional and social organizations including:

  • SC Chiropractic Association
  • World Chiropractic Alliance
  • Christian Chiropractors Association
  • The Wellness Council for Coastal SC
  • NewSpring Church
  • Sherman College Alumni Association
  • Rotary International
    • Past president
    • Past secretary
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Masonic Lodge #368

Dr. Garner constantly strives to improve and update his knowledge in the field of chiropractic wellness. He has completed extensive post-graduate study emphasizing the treatment and rehabilitation of whiplash injuries, sports injuries, headaches, neck and back pain.

A firm believer in the basic worth of every individual and the incredible healing power of the body, Dr. Garner is a true doctor for the people and he thoroughly enjoys helping people feel better and live more productive and active lives. He and his wife Shelby, both natives of South Carolina, have four children and reside in Socastee.

Dr. Christopher Garner

Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine

Dr. Garner is a graduate of Winthrop University in Rock Hill (B.S. in Biology) and Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic in Spartanburg, where he received his Doctorate of Chiropractic while graduating with honors and distinction. Upon completing his internship at Mussachio Chiropractic in Charlotte, Dr. Garner served at Popwell-Scota Spine...

Dr Tommy Forrest

Dr. Tommy Forrest

Position: Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine
Certified Chiropractic Extremities Practitioner
Categories: doctors
Location: Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

My name is Dr. Tommy Forrest and I am excited about joining the TEAM here at Grand Strand Health and Wellness. My Chiropractic journey has not followed the normal course of events like most, but I have had the pleasure of practicing for over twenty years.

Growing up, I had a second cousin who was a Chiropractor and he would adjust the family when we saw him. The only problem was that I only saw him about three to four times my entire childhood. My parents did not believe in regular Chiropractic visits and fortunately we were never involved in any major injuries from sports or car collisions.

My first love was Sports Medicine. I have always been very involved with all sports, but tennis has been my life for quite a while.  I played collegiately for Baylor University and have continued to play as much as I possibly can.  Let me know if you play tennis!

It wasn’t until I was in graduate school at Indiana State University that I really saw the positive benefits of athletes getting adjusted on a regular basis.  Even when athletes were injured, those that were under Chiropractic care seemed to be back on the field or court in less time than those who did not get adjusted.  Upon graduation, I was fortunate enough to work for the summer with the Atlanta Hawks, San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat.  As we traveled from city to city playing basketball it amazed me how serious the professional athletes were about getting adjusted before every game or scrimmage.  They obviously knew something that I did not.

This intrigued me to the point that I wanted to know why, so I reached out to Chiropractors across the state to ask them questions on how I could become a part of this amazing new way to look at health and elite performance.  In 1996, I decided to enter Life Chiropractic University and learn how to remove nerve interference from our spine and make us healthier individuals.  Upon earning my Doctorate of Chiropractic, I worked for a Doctor who used the Activator Technique, which is a handheld instrument. That Doctor proved to me that you did not have to manually manipulate every patient that walked in.  He had amazing results using the Activator exclusively.

I eventually decided to open my own practice, Forrest Sport & Family Chiropractic, in Lumberton, NC where we raised our four children and became very active in the community.  I was very involved in my Church where I served as a Deacon, VP and President for the Kiwanis of Lumberton, and played guitar for the contemporary service.

I eventually sold my practice after 15 years to better focus my energy on helping others achieve health and wellness through regular chiropractic visits.  In my 30 years of healthcare, I have seen amazing results with Chiropractic and when you combine that with a healthy lifestyle both physically and spiritually you really do get the “BEST POSSIBLE YOU!”

Dr. Tommy Forrest

Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine
Certified Chiropractic Extremities Practitioner

My name is Dr. Tommy Forrest and I am excited about joining the TEAM here at Grand Strand Health and Wellness. My Chiropractic journey has not followed the normal course of events like most, but I have had the pleasure of practicing for over twenty years. Growing up, I had...

The Staff

Cindy Ard

Cindy Ard

Position: Office Manager / Patient Educator
Categories: staff
Location: Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

Hello!! and Welcome!!! My name is Cindy Ard. I am the Patient Educator and Office Manager here at Grand Strand Health and Wellness. I have been on staff since January 31, 2014. It is my pleasure, honor and delight to share information with our patients regarding how we can help them have happier and healthier lives. Martin Rooney quoted – “You were not given talents to impress people. You were given those gifts to help people.” It is my hope we will have the opportunity to see how we may help you.

A little about me: I was born and have lived my life in South Carolina, within a 2 hour radius of Murrells Inlet. I spent two years in Charlotte, NC as a young adult and loved it yet the beach is where my soul is happy. I graduated high school in the top of my class. After some years of finance and medical field work, I decided to return to school at Horry Georgetown Technical College. My goal was to become a cognitive behavioral therapist so I might help families and especially children have happier and healthier lives.

January 2013, 1 year before arriving at Grand Strand Health and Wellness, I was 224 pounds, size 22 elastic waist pants and 3X shirt. Diabetes and heart disease runs in my family. As I mentioned God had blessed with me a precious son and on that grand day in my kitchen, it dawned me I was going to die prematurely from health issues if I did not get my weight and eating in check. That day my heart cracked open and my life began to change. The next day I called my chiropractor (as I had one intermittently for 20 years) because I knew if I was really going to do something different, I had to get in touch with my body and stop dragging it around like a wet load of laundry. Chiropractic does that for me. It helps me own (take responsibility for) my body. The rest of the story is history. 80 pounds and 100 inches lost in 10 months that I continue to maintain for past four years. If you ever have questions or need support staying mindful of your nutrition and exercise, it will be my pleasure to chat with you.

Your life and my life is a gift given with the intention of being lived to the highest and fullest. As we say at the gym, come on…LET’S DO THIS THING !!!!!!

Cindy Ard

Office Manager / Patient Educator
Beatrina Keel

Beatrina Keel

Position: Therapy Chiropractic Assistant
Categories: staff
Location: Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

Hi, My name is Beatrina Keel. I’m 29 years old. I was born in Germany; which makes me a “military brat”. After my parents retired, we moved to Longs, SC where I was raised. From an early age I knew I wanted to help people. After graduating high school in 2005, I enrolled at the College of Charleston where I received my BS in Physical Education with a concentration of Exercise Science in 2009. After graduation I entered the work world and I also got other certificates that I was proud of: CNA, CPR, Medication Aide; to name a few.

I started working for GSHW in March 2017. Working for this company really helped me live out one of my life mottos: “If you love what you do, you won’t ever work a day in your life.” I get immense satisfaction if I can at least bring joy to one person I encounter throughout my day to day routine. One thing I love about our team is how versatile we all are and that we are more than willing to jump in to help each other and better serve our patients. As far as the patients I admire their willingness to learn about their condition and the persistence to not give up when the road doesn’t “appear to be as easy”. I absolutely love that I have a boss that appreciates my special talents and is willing to push me and the rest of the team to be at our best at all times. I couldn’t ask for a better mission because it embodies what the founder and his team believe and try to impart onto our patients. I have a six year old Llhasa terrier mix by the name of Tootie that I received as a rescue. One personal “tidbit” about me that some might not know is my attention to detail, how I have a mind full of random information, and my love to travel and food. One thing you can’t miss is my infectious laugh!

Beatrina Keel

Therapy Chiropractic Assistant
John Brown

John Brown

Position: Human Resource Coordinator
Categories: staff
Location: Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

Hi All!  I am excited to join the Grand Strand Health and Wellness Family.  I am a South Carolina native from Manning, SC.  I’ve been living in the Grand Strand for just over 20 years. Dating back to 2001 when I began my college career at Coastal Carolina University.  There I earned my Bachelors of Science in Business Administration.  I also met my wonderful wife, Ashley, while I attended CCU.  Ashley and I are the parents of 3 amazing children, Andrew, Karter, and Kosa (Jax).  I have held many titles in my working career with a number of them in some type of a Human Resources role.  As the Human Resources Coordinator for Grand Strand Health and Wellness, I look forward to helping grow this organization in an effort to change as many lives as possible!  Thank you for such a warm welcome to the Grand Strand Health and Wellness Family!

John Brown

Human Resource Coordinator
Cindy Ard

Cindy Ard

Position: Office Manager / Patient Educator
Categories: staff
Location: Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

Hello!! and Welcome!!! My name is Cindy Ard. I am the Patient Educator and Office Manager here at Grand Strand Health and Wellness. I have been on staff since January 31, 2014. It is my pleasure, honor and delight to share information with our patients regarding how we can help them have happier and healthier lives. Martin Rooney quoted – “You were not given talents to impress people. You were given those gifts to help people.” It is my hope we will have the opportunity to see how we may help you.

A little about me: I was born and have lived my life in South Carolina, within a 2 hour radius of Murrells Inlet. I spent two years in Charlotte, NC as a young adult and loved it yet the beach is where my soul is happy. I graduated high school in the top of my class. After some years of finance and medical field work, I decided to return to school at Horry Georgetown Technical College. My goal was to become a cognitive behavioral therapist so I might help families and especially children have happier and healthier lives.

January 2013, 1 year before arriving at Grand Strand Health and Wellness, I was 224 pounds, size 22 elastic waist pants and 3X shirt. Diabetes and heart disease runs in my family. As I mentioned God had blessed with me a precious son and on that grand day in my kitchen, it dawned me I was going to die prematurely from health issues if I did not get my weight and eating in check. That day my heart cracked open and my life began to change. The next day I called my chiropractor (as I had one intermittently for 20 years) because I knew if I was really going to do something different, I had to get in touch with my body and stop dragging it around like a wet load of laundry. Chiropractic does that for me. It helps me own (take responsibility for) my body. The rest of the story is history. 80 pounds and 100 inches lost in 10 months that I continue to maintain for past four years. If you ever have questions or need support staying mindful of your nutrition and exercise, it will be my pleasure to chat with you.

Your life and my life is a gift given with the intention of being lived to the highest and fullest. As we say at the gym, come on…LET’S DO THIS THING !!!!!!

Cindy Ard

Office Manager / Patient Educator
Beatrina Keel

Beatrina Keel

Position: Therapy Chiropractic Assistant
Categories: staff
Location: Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

Hi, My name is Beatrina Keel. I’m 29 years old. I was born in Germany; which makes me a “military brat”. After my parents retired, we moved to Longs, SC where I was raised. From an early age I knew I wanted to help people. After graduating high school in 2005, I enrolled at the College of Charleston where I received my BS in Physical Education with a concentration of Exercise Science in 2009. After graduation I entered the work world and I also got other certificates that I was proud of: CNA, CPR, Medication Aide; to name a few.

I started working for GSHW in March 2017. Working for this company really helped me live out one of my life mottos: “If you love what you do, you won’t ever work a day in your life.” I get immense satisfaction if I can at least bring joy to one person I encounter throughout my day to day routine. One thing I love about our team is how versatile we all are and that we are more than willing to jump in to help each other and better serve our patients. As far as the patients I admire their willingness to learn about their condition and the persistence to not give up when the road doesn’t “appear to be as easy”. I absolutely love that I have a boss that appreciates my special talents and is willing to push me and the rest of the team to be at our best at all times. I couldn’t ask for a better mission because it embodies what the founder and his team believe and try to impart onto our patients. I have a six year old Llhasa terrier mix by the name of Tootie that I received as a rescue. One personal “tidbit” about me that some might not know is my attention to detail, how I have a mind full of random information, and my love to travel and food. One thing you can’t miss is my infectious laugh!

Beatrina Keel

Therapy Chiropractic Assistant
John Brown

John Brown

Position: Human Resource Coordinator
Categories: staff
Location: Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

Hi All!  I am excited to join the Grand Strand Health and Wellness Family.  I am a South Carolina native from Manning, SC.  I’ve been living in the Grand Strand for just over 20 years. Dating back to 2001 when I began my college career at Coastal Carolina University.  There I earned my Bachelors of Science in Business Administration.  I also met my wonderful wife, Ashley, while I attended CCU.  Ashley and I are the parents of 3 amazing children, Andrew, Karter, and Kosa (Jax).  I have held many titles in my working career with a number of them in some type of a Human Resources role.  As the Human Resources Coordinator for Grand Strand Health and Wellness, I look forward to helping grow this organization in an effort to change as many lives as possible!  Thank you for such a warm welcome to the Grand Strand Health and Wellness Family!

John Brown

Human Resource Coordinator

All members of the staff are competently trained and well versed in their responsibilities. Ours is a teamwork approach. We believe the patient deserves individual attention to his or her particular need. We work together to achieve this goal meeting your needs for chiropractic, low level & Class IV laser therapy, clinical nutrition, exercise rehabilitation, massage therapy, physiotherapy and/or orthotic fitting.

Join Our Growing Team

We’re always looking for people passionate about health and wellness to join our team. If you’re looking for a career that really makes a difference, then we invite you to view our job openings and apply on Indeed.

New Patient Exam, Consultation & X-rays For Just $47* And Get A FREE BONUS Aqua Massage Session During Your Visit

Looking for same-day appointments?
Then give us a call and a member of our staff will be happy to check availability and try to get you in right away.

What To Expect When You Visit Our Clinic

During Your First Visit
  • An office tour followed by a consultation with one of Our Doctors to discuss your or your child’s symptom(s) and determine if you are a chiropractic wellness candidate and if so how you can best be treated.

  • A thorough examination consisting of orthopedic, neurological, physical and chiropractic tests will be performed to locate the cause of the problem.

  • Safe diagnostic testing, such as x-ray, may be used if medically necessary in order to thoroughly evaluate your condition. The doctor will be able to determine if you have a condition that may be contradictory to treatment.

  • After the our doctors have studied your history, exam and X-rays, we will meet with you during a complete report of findings to discuss the recommended course of chiropractic wellness treatment specifically designed to meet your goals.

  • If yours is not a chiropractic case, referral to another professional will be made.
Subsequent Visits

Your regular visits will not take as long as the first two visits. You will come in, get your adjustment then therapy & by the time you leave, you shouldn’t be here any more than 15 to 20 minutes.

We do run a no wait clinic where we don’t like to make our pts wait. In order for us to continue with this benefit, our pts must make their appointments on time & be regular. This does prevent our office from overbooking the schedule like many physician offices & expecting a percentage of no shows. If you do show up for an appt late or early, please understand that you will not be seen until the pts that are on time have been treated.”

We are more than happy to answer any questions during your first visit and at any point during the course of your treatment. Please, always feel free to ask about any concerns you have.