Our Founding Practitioner

Marsha Cayton is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (Primary Care) with over 20 years of healthcare experience in a variety of settings.  You can read more about her background here.

After years of practicing in medical and mental health, Marsha noticed that we are relying on medications to treat patients and they continue to get sicker and sicker.  She did not feel like we were actually healing children.  She was blessed to discover functional medicine which led her to starting SEE Alternatives Pediatrics in 2017, first as home visits on Seabrook and Kiawah, then expanding to a one room micropractice on Johns Island, and now to a full practice with multiple providers serving the Charleston area.

Marsha moved to the Charleston area with her husband, Larry, in 2017 and loves being surrounded by the beauty of the low country on a daily basis.  In addition to enjoying the area, in her “free” time, Marsha enjoys reading, learning, and growing.

Master of Science in Nursing
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Magna cum laude and honors

  • Founding Practitioner, SEE Alternatives, LLC (including SEE Alternatives Pediatrics); SEE Alternatives Wellness, LLC
  • Nurse Practitioner, Part-time, James Island Pediatrics
  • Nurse Practitioner, Part-time, Growing Up Pediatrics
  • Nurse Practitioner, Part-time, Thompson Child and Family Focus
  • Contract Nurse Practitioner, Part-time, Barium Springs Home for Children
  • Director of Health Services, Thompson Child and Family Focus
  • Field Nurse, Per Diem, Pediatric Services of America, Charlotte, NC
  • Program Manager of Medical Assisting Program, King’s College, Charlotte, NC
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Mountain View Pediatrics, Morganton, NC
  • Phone Triage Nurse, Positive Reinforcement Nursing, Thomasville, NC
  • Clinical Nurse I, University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Staff Nurse, Johnston Memorial Hospital, Smithfield, NC

Associate Nurse Practitioner

Emily Dowden, MSN, CNP, APRN joined our team, as our second provider, in late October. She is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and attended Xavier University for both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and graduate degree for her MSN. Prior to this she also attended Miami University of Ohio and earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Appraisal and Enhancement.

Emily spent the past 14+ years working in pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center with the last 5 working as a nurse practitioner in ENT. She is passionate about promoting health and wellness throughout all stages of life but has specifically taken an interest in the pediatric population, when healthy habits are most crucial for optimal growth and development.

Emily is a huge sports fan (especially her beloved Xavier Musketeers and Cincinnati Bengals) and loves to cook and bake. In her spare time, she also enjoys relaxing on Sullivan’s Island, taking (and teaching) spin class, and exploring Charleston and its abundance of delectable restaurants. Although she does not have any children of her own, she has 2 feline fur-babies (Baxter and Boo) who are both 14.

Meet and Greet Opportunities

We highly recommend parents attend a meet and greet with our provider to determine if we are the right fit for your family.

We host Meet and Greet opportunities on Thursdays at 5:00pm – 5:30pm (except major holidays).  These are open house style meetings that allow you to see our office, meet our providers, and learn more about our practice.

We also host meet and greet opportunities via Zoom once each month.  Please see our events page for these dates and times.


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