Meet The Team

Our experienced staff is dedicated to making your visit to our office pleasant, educational, and comfortable. They strive to listen and engage in conversations that enable each patient to feel that their concerns have been heard and addressed.


Edmund Rhett, OBGYN, Founder

Dr. Rhett was born in Charleston, SC and grew up in Atlanta, GA. He graduated from The University of the South, Sewanee, TN, with a degree in biology and received his MD from The Medical College of Georgia. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and has been board certified since 1979. Dr. Rhett returned to Charleston in 1977 and started the first OB/GYN practice in Mt. Pleasant. He took this practice from a three-person group (he, his nurse, and receptionist) to the largest of its kind in the area, Lowcountry OB/GYN.

He was on the founding board of East Cooper Hospital, made many appearances at local functions, and was on radio and television, speaking on the latest healthcare trends in his field. Dr. Rhett has privileges at Roper St. Francis and East Cooper Medical Center. He was an original member of the Southern Clinical Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a select group dedicated solely to the continuing education of its members.

In 2006, Dr. Rhett decided to give up obstetrics to focus more time on gynecological issues of women of all ages. He created a unique practice dedicated to his patients' care and comfort. The center feature of this practice was the in-house surgery center, which enables women to have minimally invasive procedures in the comfort of a familiar setting at a much reduced time and cost of hospital surgery.

He keeps up with all of the studies and clinical trials in his specialty and beyond. He has recently developed a highly effective weight loss program and has also expanded his bioidentical hormone replacement therapy treatment. He follows a protocol that he believes is the most current and scientifically-based method of BHRT.

Dr. Rhett has served as a church vestryman and has been chairman of the board of The Canterbury House for more than twenty years. He is director of The Bank of SC and serves as a member of several other local organizations. He loves duck hunting, golf when he has time, and mostly spending time with his wife and family.

David Smith, OBGYN

Dr. Smith was born and educated in Charleston, SC. He graduated from Bishop England High School and attended The Citadel, where he received a BS in chemistry in 1973. He earned his medical degree from The Medical University of SC. After a rotating internship, he was a General Practitioner for four years. He then completed his OB/GYN residency and has been certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 1992.

Dr. Smith has practiced in Mt. Pleasant since 1986. He has privileges at Roper St. Francis and East Cooper Medical Center. He specializes in minimally invasive surgery and alternative procedures to hysterectomy. He is experienced in all areas of gynecologic care, including menopausal treatment, hormone replacement therapy, and weight management. He has also been trained and is experienced in aesthetic procedures, including Botox and Juvederm.

Allison Smith, Anesthesiologist

Dr. Smith grew up in Virginia and is a third-generation MD. After graduation from Trinity College in CT, she received her MD from The University of Virginia and completed her Anesthesia residency at Harvard Medical School in 1994. She received her board certification in anesthesiology in 1995 and stayed at Harvard to work on staff and train residents. She moved to Mt. Pleasant in 1998 and was on staff at Roper. In 2007, she formed her ambulatory surgery LLC. She is happily married to Mark Childers, and her main hobby is being Mom to her twelve-year-old son. RWC is proud to have Allison as their anesthesiologist for their in-house surgery.

Coolsculpting and Votiva Specialist

Michelle Chandler

Michelle Chandler is an ultrasonographer and the lead Coolsculpting and InMode Votiva Specialist, the practice's newest feminine wellness solution, at Rhett Women's Center. For over twenty years, Michelle has worked with founder and physician Dr. Edmund Rhett to grow Rhett Women's Center to its current multi-provider, comprehensive women's center. She manages the AAAASF accredited surgery center at Rhett Women's Center.

Michelle moved to the Lowcountry in 1986, where she is happy to call this home; she has two children and loves spending as much time as she can in the salt air.