published Saturday, July 18th, 2009

Southside surgery center, condos planned

A new $5 million, four-story structure planned for the heart of downtown's Southside will hold a cosmetic surgery center, commercial space and high-end condos, a North Georgia physician says.

"We wanted to be in a growing area," said Dr. Carey Nease, whose Southern Surgical Arts Cosmetic Surgery Center will anchor the building.

David DeVaney of NAI Charter Real Estate Co. said the project continues the mix of property uses in the Southside.

The tract at 1908 Cowart St., across from Nikos Southside Grill, also fronts Broad Street, he said. Mr. DeVaney said the one-acre site was sold by Trees Studios LLC to Nease Properties Development for $575,000.

Dr. Nease already operates surgery centers in Dalton, Ga., and Calhoun, Ga. He plans to transfer one of those sites to the Chattanooga location.

"I've been advertising in Chattanooga for over a year," he said. "About 30 percent of my business comes from the Chattanooga area."

Dr. Nease said his office will take up about a third of the 27,000-square-foot structure. The top floor will feature high-end, roof-access condominiums, he said.

The remainder of the space will hold commercial tenants, including a possible restaurant or a bank, Dr. Nease said.

"The space we create is going to be really beautiful," he said.

Dr. Nease plans to construct the building to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards and seek at least a gold certification.

Construction is to start before the end of the year with completion in fall 2010, he said. Pre-leasing will start in the fall with Robinson Real Estate, Dr. Nease said. Condo prices aren't set yet.

"It will make a positive impact in that area," the physician said. He said his office will have about 15 employees.

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cneasemd said...

This comment is in reply to the comment above from another times reader about my plans for a surgery center and multi-use building in downtown Chattanooga. My education, training and experience absolutely qualify me to perform cosmetic surgery of both the face and the body. The term "imposter" used by the previous reader is not only offensive but slanderous. The truth is that the American Board of Plastic Surgery certifies plastic surgeons and the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery certifies cosmetic surgeons. As a cosmetic surgeon I am not tring to be something other than what I am. I currently operate in a AAAHC-accredited surgery center ( in North Georgia, providing cosmetic surgical procedures to my numerous patients. Please visit my website,, to read about my year-long post-graduate fellowship education through the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery ( and to view my before and after gallery. I am certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and also by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, ( which is a prestigious organization dedicated to the specialty of cosmetic surgery. I focus my practice on cosmetic, elective surgery, and I do it well, with patient safety as my primary goal.

What many in the community do not understand is that most general plastic surgery training programs are actually deficient in cosmetic surgical training, as evidenced by the recent article in "Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery." The article reports the findings of a survey of graduating plastic surgery residents from 89 programs around the country. They found that 36 percent felt that further cosmetic surgery training was necessary after completion of their plastic surgery residency. There are some plastic surgery programs in the US that offer NO cosmetic surgery training at all. So having the "ABPS" letters behind your name does not inherently mean that you are qualified or adequately trained to perform all cosmetic surgery procedures available. Simply put, plastic surgeons are qualified to perform plastic and reconstructive procedures, but they are NOT cosmetic surgeons.

I actually feel that certification by the ABCS is superior in regards to cosmetic surgery training, and I find the above comments quite ignorant. My success comes from my extensive training and experience and the quality care that my staff and I provide on a daily basis.

I am looking forward to a long and rewarding relationship with the people in my community and the surrounding areas, and I am excited about contributing to the revitalization of the Southside of Chattanooga. Please call my office to speak with a staff member or with me at any time. I always welcome your comments and questions. Carey Nease, MD 423-266-3331

July 20, 2009 at 7:04 p.m.
ibpargrandma said...

Dr. Nease is very qualified as a cosmetic surgeon... I am living proof. I had extensive face work done by Dr. Nease several years ago (I am the 62 year old in his before and after photos). Over a year ago I moved to Florida and recently decided to have SmartLipo on several parts of my body, did I call someone else... no, no, no, I called the doctor who has the artistic approach and drove back to Georgia!! Dr. Nease has surrounded himself with a wonderful and professional staff that puts you at ease quickly. Congratulations Chattanooga. You are about to get the cream of the crop when it comes to cosmetic surgeons.

July 20, 2009 at 9:20 p.m.
chattmom4 said...

I had a tummy tuck 2 years ago by Dr. Nease. It was actually a revision of a tummy tuck that a prominent plastic surgeon had done 5 years before in Atlanta that I was not happy with because my scar was too high and I needed SmartLipo on my low back and sides. Dr. Nease did a fantastic job fixing it, his staff was wonderful and I now recommend him to all my friends and family. I don't know what the first comment was trying to say, but Dr. Nease is the best surgeon I know. And, I couldn't be happier with my results.

July 20, 2009 at 9:59 p.m.
lynnrahman said...

I'm a patient of Dr. Nease and I live in Dalton. I am so excited to hear that he is opening a surgery center in Chattanooga! Dr. Nease is so talented and I can't imagine going to anyone else. I'm not sure what the first poster means by his very rude comment about Dr. Nease but I really think it was uncalled for and should be removed from this site. Anyway - I am looking forward to seeing more about the surgery center! I hope he's going to take his wonderful staff with him. They are all so great at what they do and very very friendly. I will be a loyal patient of Dr. Nease, anywhere he goes!!!

July 20, 2009 at 10:27 p.m.
cctrouser8 said...

Apparently, the "American Board of Cosmetic Surgery" is not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties, who is the agency that sets the standards for physician certification in a certain specialty. Visit for more information. Anyone with a medical license can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon (or any other kind of doctor for that matter) and join societies, academies, and boards that make themselves sound official. Training in Plastic Surgey that allows a doctor to be board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery involves training in Cosmetic and Reconstructive surgery, and is at least 2 years long following at least 3 years of surgical residency training. visit Board Certified Plastic Surgeons who are focused on cosmetic surgery are also members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The public should educate themselves on these matters and research their physicians thoroughly.

July 21, 2009 at 10:40 p.m.
lmeadows said...

I am both excited and disappoointed by the posts I see here. I am excited as I see that Dr Nease is making his contribution and financial investment into continued growth of downtown Chattanooga. This growth has made Chattanooga a flagship for cities in the Southeast. My disappointment comes as I see the negative comments regarding Dr Nease's training. The facts are that Dr Nease completed a 5 year surgical residency in ENT and is board certified. This board is recognized by ABMS. ABMS is a private institution financiallly supported by its members. Dr Nease realized his passion for cosmetics and then completed a one year fellowship including training in all modern aspects of cosmetic surgery. He then completed the testing process to acheive his second board certification. This testing process includes a written exam, peer review of 100 surgical cases and finally an oral exam. This testing process is actually more rigorous than some boards recognized by the ABMS. The comments listed above are verbatim from a negative publicity campaign created by Dr Nease's competition. Fortunately Dr Nease's patient's words describing their experience, results and satisfaction will ring much more loudly than those who fear having to compete. I have personally seen Dr Nease operate and have been very impressed. My family members will have their cosmetic surgery done by Dr Nease. I applaud not only his training, dedication and his vision for his contribution to downtown Chattanooga. Lionel D Meadows, MD

July 22, 2009 at 10:35 a.m.
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