Our practice has a rich history in the area that dates back more than 50 years.
Founded by Dr. John Shell in Morganton in 1967, the practice quickly grew to include satellite practices in Hickory, Marion and other nearby towns. Dr. Shell brought on and trained Dr. Russell E. Martin as one of his associates in 1983, and Dr. Martin went on to purchase the Marion office, running the practice as a solo practitioner for 15 years. Dr. John Shell’s son, Dr. Keith Shell, then joined the practice and purchased the Morganton and Hickory locations, and Dr. Martin—looking for a change of pace in order to be with his two small children—sold the Marion location and returned to the Morganton and Hickory offices as an associate in 1998. Tragically, Dr. Keith Shell died in a plane crash two years later.
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