House Calls

SUM 2017

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NAME: DR. ROBERT LOWERY SPECIALTY: Orthopedic surgery OUTSIDE THE OFFICE, FIND HIM: Stationary cycling, working on his Edisto Island farm, or strolling downtown with wife, Cynthia, and pups Buck, a Boykin spaniel, and Tux, a golden retriever PRACTICE: Roper St. Francis Physician Partners-Orthopaedics, (843) 853-3474 picture of health A t age 13, Dr. Robert Lowery bought his first motorcycle—a set of wheels for roaring through the woods behind his Camden, South Carolina, home. He didn't yet aim to win pro motocross titles, or imagine that the hobby would help steer him to a successful medical career. And as for the devotion to physical activity it would ignite? Well, the concept of lifelong fitness was, of course, nowhere near the eighth-grader's radar. Now an orthopedic surgeon affiliated with Roper St. Francis, Dr. Lowery says, "I just wanted to ride the trails with the other kids." Yet it wasn't long before he also wanted to ride with them in races that regularly took place within an hour or two of Camden. Motocross, it turns out, was a great way for a "short kid who couldn't jump or catch anything" to satisfy his competitive side. Dr. Lowery's father (an engineer) and mother (a computer programmer) expected him—the fourth of their five children—to pay his own way through the motocross world. "I made $1.50 an hour sweeping floors and grinding metal in my dad's fabrication shop, where they built massive heating reactor tanks," he recalls. But it paid off: at age 15, he won first place in a major race. "That's when I realized I might be good enough to really compete," he says. During high school, as well as college at St. Andrew's Presbyterian in Laurinburg, North Carolina, Dr. Lowery spent most weekends speeding around tracks throughout the Carolinas. "If I didn't place one weekend, I wouldn't have enough money to compete the next," he laughs of that adrenaline-fueled era. All along, though, Dr. Lowery's eyes were on a bigger prize: to practice medicine. Inspiration came first from his childhood doctor. "He would figure out what was wrong, get us fixed up, then send us Hands-On Health An early career in motocross, a DIY mindset, and a love of the land inform Dr. Robert Lowery's approach to life – BY ANNA EVANS h o u s e c a l l s { summer 2017 } 39 P H O T O G R A P H B Y K A T I E C H A R L O T T E

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