Valdosta Daily Times


September 11, 2011

Dr. Mike Chiang opens new office

VALDOSTA — For many in the community, Dr. Mike Chiang is more than just a doctor.

His reputation is centered around his gracious and humble spirit and it was clearly showing as he recently cut the ribbon to his new office building.

By his side was his supportive wife, Pamela Chiang, who is the administrator for the office.

“This is a dream come true for me. I want to dedicate this office to my parents,” said Chiang.

Emotions filled the room as Chiang described how happy he was to have an opportunity to do what he loves and how his parents motivated him to achieve his dreams.

Born in Taiwan and the first grandson of a country physician, Chiang reflected on how his parents sacrificed to bring him and his brother to the United States.

His father was an educator in Taiwan and came to the country alone where he studied and worked for seven years to earn a doctorate in mathematics.

“Our family was able to join my father in 1967. In 1968, when my father took a position as a professor of mathematics at Valdosta State College, we moved to Valdosta during my senior year in high school,” said Chiang.

As Chiang discussed his appreciation of his parents and the work that it took to get where he is now, he said his parents taught him two important things, empathy and hard work.

These qualities have earned Chiang a supportive staff, patients and networks.

Hard work stemmed from determination and focus. In 1990, he was among the first in the state to begin a new technique, no scalpel vasectomy.

“Instead of an open incision, only a small puncture is made through which the vas are clipped and cauterized. Discomfort and complications are greatly minimized, thus making prompt return to work possible,” said Chiang.

He added that thousands have been successfully performed in the office under local anesthesia. Patients have traveled from across the southeast to have Chiang perform their vasectomies. One patient praised the doctor for performing the procedure, by saying he had been “CHIANGed.”

Chiang’s previous office space was built in 1991. Originally designed for one physician, Chiang, his services and staff outgrew those offices.

He could no longer expand his services or staff. His stepson, Joshua Stephenson, will be joining him in a few years after he completes his urology residency at the University of Florida. Chiang and his wife decided it was time for a new building.

“This new facility will offer state-of-the-art endoscopy equipment, ultrasound and lab services and procedure rooms. For urinary stress incompetence, non-invasive Neocontrol electromagnetic treatment is offered, exclusive to our practice,” said Chiang.

The new office’s primary objective is to better serve his patients. He added that every attempt has been made to create an atmosphere of care where patients are confident that their urological needs are met.

“The addition of a second physician assistant in October will assist in meeting our ultimate goal of having the capability to provide immediate access to urological care with less wait and more provider time with patients,” said Chiang.

Currently, the practice holds 11 support staff, an administrator and soon there will be two physician assistants along with Chiang.  He also plans to expand clinical research for pharmaceuticals locally.

“This is an incredible opportunity for patients who are able to access medications at no cost before they are available to the general public,” said Chiang.

He said that all safety issues have been thoroughly tested making the research perfectly safe. Chiang acknowledges the support of Trevor Shaw of Firm Foundation Custom Construction, LLC who became Chiang’s general contractor and friend. “He has proven to be a very capable Christian gentleman who is conscientious and hard working and also built our home for years ago,” said Chiang.

His friend since high school, King Smith of Ellis Ricket and Associates is the architect behind the new office. As you first enter, a visitor is greeted by the receptionist desk. The hunter green painted walls create a cozy and comfortable atmosphere adding a home-like feeling.

Observation rooms are moderately spaced apart and the exterior is covered primarily by bricks.

Chiang likes the home feel of the office. He strives for his patients and staff to be as comfortable as possible.

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