many talents and skills, Dr. Paul Shealy
is a man who knows how to multi-task.
Shealy, a board-certified veterinary surgeon and president/chief executive officer of Veterinary Specialists of the Southeast, has been in private practice nine years.
Three years ago he
practice from Remount Road to its current location on West Montague.
maintains a second referral and emergency practice in Savannah, alternating between the two offices every week.
"The central hospital in Charleston is basically set up as a 24-hour facility", Shealy
"During the day we have specialists on hand and see referrals from general practitioners.
At night the facility functions as an emergency clinic and provides constant monitoring for post-operative patients.
Having 24-hour care helps us maintain a level of quality in our practice."
Maintaining quality in the practice means employing the most advanced veterinary care, and Shealy
recently introduced a new method of knee surgery known as TPLO (tibial plateau leveling osteotomy).
" We're one of the first practices in the Southeast to perform this new knee surgery,he
It's basically designed for dogs who have blown out their ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) much like athletes do."
reports great success with the procedure.
"Traditional surgery usually has inconsistent results and almost always leads to arthritis later.
This procedure allows us to give these dogs sound treatment without later complications and return them to their normal athletic abilities."
"In the three months the clinic has been performing the procedure, Shealy
has erformed 25 operations, all of them successful.
We've had some patients who had traditional surgery on one side and we had to do another operation on the other side", Shealy
"The second operation is so successful that often the owners will ask us to redo the other side, where the original surgery was performed, using the new procedure.
says TPLO was a radically different way of thinking and required some trust on his