Dr. Christina Sheely
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For Dr. Christina Sheely, practicing medicine meant coming back home. “I grew up in Buda and graduated from Hays High School,” says Dr. Sheely, now Chief of Surgery at Seton Medical Center Hays and a physician with Seton Orthopedic and Sports Medicine. “When Seton Medical Center Hays opened, I decided it was time to move back. It’s enormously satisfying to be back here practicing medicine and serving the people of Hays County and the Greater Austin Area.”
Seton Orthopedic and Sports Medicine treats patients of all ages for a variety of orthopedic conditions and sports injuries such as bone fractures, degenerative joint disease and joint pain. Clinical services provided include injections, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, as well as arthroscopic and joint replacement surgeries. In addition to Dr. Sheely’s location in Kyle, Seton Orthopedic and Sports Medicine has an office in Lockhart.
Just as relocating to Hays County was inspired by growing up in the area, her decision to become an orthopedic surgeon is also rooted in personal experience. “I always knew I wanted to be a doctor,” she says, “but after having surgery to treat a high school athletics injury, I was hooked on orthopedics as a specialty.”
A special area of interest for Dr. Sheely is regenerative medicine. “Throughout my medical career, I’ve used many different regenerative medicine procedures, evolving my procedures as the knowledge of regenerative medicine has grown. I’m always striving to stay on the leading edge,” she says.
Her work with regenerative medicine has included using platelet-rich plasma for tendonitis, tendon growth and bone growth. She was also a practitioner of Carticel, an early stem cell procedure used to repair articular cartilage injuries.
Today, Dr. Sheely is a passionate advocate for the use of adult stem cells and often incorporates them into her practice for cartilage, bone and soft tissue repair as well as in the treatment of arthritis. She places great emphasis on keeping current on the latest developments in adult stem cell therapies and incorporating them into her practice.
“Few areas of medicine are growing as rapidly as the use of adult stem cells,” Sheely explains, “It’s less invasive than conventional surgical procedures and offers an extremely high rate of success.”
In addition to her practice, Dr. Sheely is extensively published and a regular presenter on leading-edge topics in the field of orthopedics. “Part of ensuring that I’m providing my patients with the very best care possible is working to expand our understanding of orthopedic conditions and innovative therapies to manage those conditions,” she explains.
Dr. Sheely is a board certified orthopedic surgeon. She received her Doctor of Osteopathy from the University of North Texas Health Science Center. She completed her internship and residency in orthopedic surgery at St. Joseph’s Health Center in Warren, Ohio. Dr. Sheely trained at a number of highly regarded institutions including Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center, Shriner’s Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio University of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the Steadman Hawkins Sports Medicine Clinic.
She has a BS degree from the University of North Texas in Kinesiology and Biology. Previously, she served as chief of orthopedics at the Community Health Center of Branch Country in Coldwater, Michigan.
Dr. Sheely is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Arthroscopy Association of North America, Texas Osteopathic Medical Association and Texas Orthopedic Association.
“No matter how small a patient’s injury may appear, it’s a big deal for them and you need to respect that,” Sheely says. “I love the instant gratification of being able to help patients, to see them come in hurting and go away feeling better and happy.”