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FAL 2018

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NAMES: DRS. DAVID & BECKY BAIRD SPECIALTY: General surgery (him) and obstetrics/gynecology (her) OUTSIDE THE OFFICE, FIND THEM: Raising cattle, vegetable gardening, maintaining their Ravenel farm, cooking fresh meals, and surfing at Folly Beach B aling hay and birthing calves: it's not your typical workout, but it's how Dr. David Baird stays fit. When he's not scrubbed in, David, a general surgeon with Roper St. Francis Physician Partners, is working up a sweat tending to the herd of some 100 grass-fed cattle that he and his wife, Dr. Becky Baird, keep between their Ravenel farm and family property in the ACE Basin. On top of producing and selling their own beef, the active couple grows lettuces, squash, and other fresh veggies on the 280 acres of former rice fields that make up their home, Live Oak Plantation. From this pastoral perch, David and Becky have raised four children—Wills, 30; Jane, 28; Rebecca, 25; and Henry, 21—and dug deep into their passion for local food. Born and raised in West Ashley and downtown Charleston, Becky, an obstetrician with Charleston Ob/Gyn, didn't set out to be a back- to-the-lander, or even a doctor: she began her career studying early childhood education at University of Georgia. "My father and all my mother's brothers were physicians, but sciences weren't my strength, so I didn't think it was for me," she says. That all changed during a mission trip to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where she was tasked with running a children's immunization clinic. "With absolutely zero training, I was responsible for giving the students their shots, and I got to scrub into some surgery procedures too," she recalls. "I began to realize: this work was very fulfilling, and this was my calling." She went on to MUSC, where she met David, who grew up on a small family farm in Darlington. Like Becky, David came to medicine after realizing that another career—in his case, business—just wasn't the right fit. They began dating during a pediatric rotation and soon tied the knot before heading further south to Atlanta, where they both completed residencies at Georgia Baptist Hospital. Once their training was complete, Becky felt pulled back to the Lowcountry, where her parents and siblings were settled. "But I'm more of a rural guy," David says. "So we made a little deal: we would Fit on the Farm From their Ravenel homestead, Drs. David and Becky Baird pursue their love of local food and a fresh outlook on fitness – BY BRIDGET VENATTA P H O T O G R A P H S B Y L E I G H W E B B E R h o u s e c a l l s { fall 2018 } 39 picture of health

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