The Smalheiser’s, Newlyweds and Fresh Faces in Beaufort

By Wendy Pollitzer

Featured in The Island News

August 26, 2010

Dr. and Mrs. Stuart Smalheiser

I had the pleasure of having coffee with Dr. Stuart Smalheiser and his lovely wife, Veronica at City Java over the weekend. The two, brand new to Beaufort, are happy to be in the Lowcountry and eager to begin careers in their respective fields.

Veronica started August 9th at Beaufort Memorial Hospital as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department.  Dr. Smalheiser started August 1st at Lowcountry Medical Group and is on staff at BMH as Cardiologist. He also performs interventional cardiology procedures at MUSC Hospital in Charleston, where he is on faculty as an Assistant Professor.

The couple met in Jacksonville, FL where Dr. Smalheiser received his Cardiology training from the University of Florida. Veronica was employed as an ICU nurse in the Coronary Care Unit. They were married June 27th, honeymooned in Antigua and quickly moved to Beaufort to start work.

So far, they adore Beaufort. They moved to Habersham, and quickly became familiar with the creeks surrounding the Broad River. Since Stuart is originally from Miami, and Veronica from Jacksonville, they both love the water!  They enjoy kayaking and try to launch their boats as often as they can to navigate the waters behind Habersham and learn about the natural wonders of the Lowcountry.

The couple also shares a passion for cooking. Veronica is an excellent baker. In fact, most of the registry items for their wedding were baking utensils and cookware.  Dr. Smalheiser insists, “She’s the best baker I know!”

And Dr. Smalheiser is no stranger to the culinary arts. He makes his own dry rub for BBQ that includes secret ingredients even his own wife doesn’t know. “But, she’ll figure it out one day. She’s such a good cook,” he explains.

After Dr. Smalheiser proposed to Veronica, they prepared their first Thanksgiving together for both our their families. Veronica baked all the desserts from scratch, of course. And Dr. Smalheiser cooked a traditional turkey. “It’s the first time I’ve ever enjoyed turkey,” Says Veronica.

The Smalheiser’s are really down to earth.   They are professional, yet determined to make Beaufort their home for a long time.

“What I like so far about Beaufort is the fact that I can interact with patients in familiar settings, at Saltus or Wren, or even Wal-Mart,” explains Dr. Smalheiser. “There is a good sense of community here, and everyone is so nice!”

And, as Beaufort continues to grow, the medical community is becoming more and more equipped to address the needs of the expanding population.

Dr. Stuart Smalheiser received his undergraduate degree in 1998 from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 2002. He completed an Internship and Residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2005. He further completed a Nuclear Cardiology Fellowship there in 2006. Most recently, Dr. Smalheiser completed an Interventional Cardiology Fellowship after completing his training in General Cardiology at the University of Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases and Nuclear Cardiology; he is also Board Eligible in Interventional Cardiology.

Dr. Smalheiser, in addition to other cardiologists in the community, have a 1-year goal to bring a STEMI program to Beaufort Memorial Hospital. STEMI is an acronym for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction.  “When a patient presents to the Emergency Department with a completely closed artery supplying blood to the heart muscle, the goal is to have the artery opened within 90 minutes.”

Currently, Beaufort Memorial does not have the ability to offer interventional cardiology services, so doctors like Dr. Smalheiser do interventional work at tertiary hospitals in Charleston or Savannah. With the ability to treat patients presenting with STEMI, Beaufort Memorial will be able to improve the care of heart attack patients and administer therapies in a timely and safe manner.

The Smalheiser’s live with their dogs, Lucky (an Australian Sheppard) and Hercules (a 3-lb. Pomeranian). When asked about kids, Dr. Smalhieser jokes, “Hey, we just got married!” Good answer!

I’d like to offer a warm welcome to the Smalheiser’s as your neighbor and friend from The Island News. We are very happy to have you here, and wish you the best of luck as newlyweds and the newest professionals in the Beaufort medical community.

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