"My goal is to reduce my patients' pain while restoring their strength and mobility."
Dr. Wilkins joined Coastal Orthopedics in 1996. Originally from Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, Dr. Wilkins received his bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Michigan.
After completing his degree in biology, he went on to obtain his medical degree from Louisiana State University. Dr. Wilkins completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan.
When not seeing patients in clinic, Dr. Wilkins serves as Medical Director at Waccamaw Hospital in the Acute Rehabilitation Unit.
Dr. Wilkins is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
- University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1988
- Louisiana State University, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1992
- William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan, 1993
Residency, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan, 1996
- American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 1997, 2007
- Waccamaw Rehabilitation Center
- Conway Medical Center
- Carolina Bone and Joint Center
- American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- South Carolina Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- South Carolina Medical Association
- Horry County Medical Society
- Medical Director, Acute Rehabilitation Unit, Waccamaw Hospital
- Conway High School
- Carolina Forest High School
- Aynor High School
- EMG/Nerve Conduction Studies
- Pain Management
"I fell 25 years ago down a 30 ft air conditioning shaft and did damage to my whole spine at the age of 38. I have suffered with the pain and have been unable to work since. Meds didn't help, except to take the edge off the pain. Doctors would look at my MRIs and just tell me my back was a mess and there was nothing they could do. I basically became a hermit due to the pain and was unable to stand, sit, or walk for any length of time. My wife and I came to visit some friends in Conway this past winter because the cold made me so much worse in Michigan. He had XLIF surgery 10 months before and the change was amazing. He had no pain, except when he would overdo it out in his wood working shop on a project and that was rare. Oh, I didn't tell you he is 84 yrs old. Before the surgery, he wasn't able to go out there for more than a few minutes. Anyway, he kept telling us to try and go see Dr. Mills, so we finally did. We are now thanking God everyday for our friends pushing us to go see him. Dr. Mills preformed XLIF surgery on my lumbar spine and I was up walking the halls the next day and in less pain than I had been in in 25 years. You are a miracle man, Dr. Mills, and we are so thankful to you for giving me back my life. I still have 1, maybe 2, more surgeries for him to fix my neck and possibly an area in the TSpine, but I am so looking forward to them so that hopefully with Dr. Watson's help also, I can finally be off all pain meds. Between Dr. MIlls skill and procedure and Dr. Watson helping to control the rest of the pain, my wife feels she has a new husband. We can go for walks together, socialize with friends, go camping, and other things I have hurt too bad to do in years. It is amazing to have a life again.Thank you, Dr. Mills for giving me my life back. I can't wait to come back in October for my neck surgery. God bless you and your staff." - Don H.
"My experience with Dr. Mills was amazing, before I had surgery and after. The operation stopped the terrible pains I had down my legs, aching and pain across my lumbar. I still have trouble with my right leg, and pain in the middle of my spine. I have arthritis in the spine and joint pain, but let me tell you, I do not walk crooked. Dr. Wilkins helped reassure me that there is no guarantee before surgery and was surprised of the amount of arthritis in my spine. I know I will still have joint and all the arthritis and pain, but it is nice to know from your physicians what's wrong and how they can help. Dr. Mills reassured me also what he can do for the surgery. Like they say, every little bit helps. With their help, it did for me. Thank You." - Mary Jean C.
"In August of 2008, my family and I were set to travel to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Western North Carolina/Eastern Tennessee. The only stop needed before our trip was to see Dr. Wilkins at Coastal Orthopedics for my pain management check-up. Dr. Wilkins came in and asked if I was having any issues different than the norm and I informed him that I had been having dull pains in my calf, followed by a cramp in my foot that would NOT go away. He examined my foot and told me "Either you have one heck of a case of plantar fasciitis, or you have a blood clot." I said, "Doc, we are leaving for vacation." He said, "Not until you have a sonogram in the ER." I told him I would walk down there and he said," No, we will wheelchair you there." Sure enough, I had a deep vein thrombosis, or blood clot, in my right leg and was admitted for a 5-day stay in the hospital! Our vacation was ruined, but Dr. Wilkins possibly saved my life, as the drive to the mountains could have caused the clot to dislodge and become a pulmonary embolism. In February 2013, my right leg broke under my own weight. After a barrage of testing, Dr. Wilkins found that I was low in testosterone and Vitamin D. I trust Coastal Orthopedics with my chronic pain issues, and always feel that they truly care about my well-being." -- Shane C.
"I have had trouble with my right knee for at least 5 years. Activities have been slowly from running to " I can't shop both departments at Wal-Mart at one time." I researched for someone to help. I chose Coastal Orthopedics. I found Dr. Peter Ramsey. It is not possible to tell anyone of this experience. Walking in saying what my name is, to all in sight waving goodbye. The staff at Coastal Orthopedics is experienced, caring, and there to give you what you need before you know you need it. This care has me looking forward to line dancing in a couple months. Thank you one and all." -- P. Gail D.
"I am an amputee and have been to many doctors over past 10 years. I do not know at what point I starting having pain from urination and bowel movements. I have tried to tell doctors, this in no way should have any connections with phantom pain. No one has listened, including two neologist. My visit with Dr. Wilkins was over all good and said he would find an answer. I wrote him a letter to say thank you. I hope he received it. I have also seen Dr. Taylor for my “best" ankle several times and have been very pleased with his mannerism and his care. Thank you for your care." -- Linda Y.
"I was given Dr. Wilkins name while in rehab after fracturing my hip. My care has been above and beyond anything I could have hoped for. After rehab, my follow up care with Dr. Wilkins continues to be great. He is thorough, skilled, caring, and always takes time for my concerns and questions. His staff is the same. When I've called for help and or advice, they were quick to get back to me. This whole adventure has been a blessing because of these very special people put in my path. Thank you." -- Diane N.
"I am the wife of Louis Eckert and I thank God for all the physicians' care giving. Not to mention their awesome staffs. We have been in Myrtle Beach for 3 years. Proper diagnosis from Dr. Mills led my husband to Dr. Ramsey. Two successful hip surgeries later, he was playing golf and working until he broke his left foot. Again, the appropriate treatment from Dr. Taylor has led to finally being able to play golf again, take walks, and work. I will be forever grateful to the physicians and staff!" -- Wife of Louis E.
"I came to see your group back in January 2013 for a problem with my right leg and ankle and my right shoulder. I originally saw Dr. Ramsey and Dr. Taylor. I was then referred to Dr. Tupis and Dr. Wilkins. I would like to thank all of you for the wonderful care that you gave me! I have since had weight loss surgery by Dr. Washington, and I have lost 68 pounds. This has significantly helped my leg and ankle, but I am still going to MUSC as Dr. Tupis has arranged for July. I am also now working out at Planet fitness in Myrtle Beach, and that is also helping the arthritis in my shoulder. I will be coming back to see Dr. Tupis for follow-up on my right shoulder after my leg is corrected. I remember what he said—that there was no need to work on my shoulder until I had two good legs to stand on! I recognize that as him being a very good surgeon; one that puts the patient's most important needs first, and that is how it should be. Once again, thanks for everything!" --Kimberly D.
"I would like to commend Coastal Orthopedics for initiating a pump maintenance program when no other practice would consider it. I was forced to travel to New Jersey every two to three months for pump adjustments and refills. At first I was treated by Dr. Watson and then switched to Dr. Wilkins who not only treated my pain problems, but also diagnosed my sleep apnea, which I never imagined I even had. Dr. Wilkins is the best. He is considerate, caring and a competent diagnostician.
I was also treated by Dr. Ramsey who replaced my left knee after many years of chronic pain due to sports related surgeries. I must say that your approach to joint replacement is quite remarkable. From the first encounter with a nursing coordinator throughout the entire process I was impressed by the amount of information that I received regarding my treatment plan. After surgery my pain was well managed and physical therapy began immediately the next day. After two days of therapy I was discharged and began my recovery with home therapy and then to a rehabilitation practice for a short time. Thank you all." -- Marc N.
"My name is Wendy I have had fibromyalgia for 16 years. I had been to several doctors over the years. I realized they either doped me up or did nothing to help me. Until I met Dr Wilkins I was basically homebound. My husband would get me up in the morning because I had to have help getting out of bed. I hurt to bad to go anywhere or do anything. I was depressed and very unhappy.
Dr. Wilkins and Brian gave me my life back. After several attempts with different medications, Dr. Wilkins found a medication that worked. My husband says he has his wife back. I am able to do many things I have not been able to do for years. I feel better and I have Dr. Wilkins to thank." -- Wendy J.