Hamilton welcomes hyperbaric oxygen therapy specialist

DALTON, Ga. – Norman McCulloch, Jr., MD, new physician for Hamilton Wound and Hyperbaric Services, says he loves hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) because it combines two of his passions – treating patients and SCUBA diving. 

“It’s the best of both worlds,” he says.

McCulloch joined board certified physician William Pullen, MD, at the center.

The pressurized oxygen used in HBOT is similar to what SCUBA divers experience. HBOT is a medical treatment which enhances the body’s natural healing process by inhalation of 100 percent oxygen in a total body chamber, where atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled.  It is used for a wide variety of treatments, usually as a part of an overall medical care plan.

HBOT can be very effective for treating difficult-to- heal wounds by allowing adequate oxygen to reach the damaged area and promoting the body’s natural healing ability.  HBOT provides this extra oxygen naturally and with minimal side effects.

“We’re excited to have Dr. McCulloch at the Hamilton Wound and Hyperbaric Center,” says Cindy Dixon, center director. “There aren’t a lot of physicians who are fellowship trained in hyperbaric oxygen therapy and have his expertise.”

When it comes to treating patients, McCulloch says, “I’m a strong believer in communication. Taking time to explain the treatment process is very important.”

He says his goal is to address the underlying cause of a wound first. “Without that, it’s difficult to effectively heal a wound.”

McCulloch is fellowship trained in Hyperbaric Medicine. This fellowship recognizes McCulloch’s unique commitment and expertise in this highly specialized field. His medical training was completed at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Buffalo, New York. 

To schedule an appointment with McCulloch, call 706-272-6596.