Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Shoemaker has been a Board Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist since 1989. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama, where he was a collegiate swimmer, earned his medical doctorate from Texas Tech University School of Medicine, and completed his residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He chose Ob/Gyn in part because it was the only specialty that allowed him to both do surgery and develop lasting patient care relationships, although he also finds obstetrics an incredibly rewarding aspect of the specialty.
Dr. Shoemaker spent ten years in a large group practice in Corpus Christi, TX, but never felt it was a good fit for his patient care philosophy. Fate intervened when he and his wife, Claudia, visited friends who had relocated to Fairhope and concluded it was an ideal community to raise a family. He left the large group practice and in February of 1998 opened an independent practice here. This move allowed him to treat patients in the more personal way he prefers – listening to problems, not just cataloging symptoms, and getting to know them.
Dr. Shoemaker pioneered minimally invasive surgery in the Eastern Shore area. He is an accomplished laparoscopist and an instructor for other physicians on minimally invasive surgery with special emphasis in the areas of female pelvic floor and incontinence. His expertise in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgeries led him to become proficient in the latest breakthrough in minimally invasive surgical options, daVinci robotic surgery.
When he’s not caring for his patients, Dr. Shoemaker spends time with his wife, Claudia, and his two children, Stewart and Mary Katherine. He enjoys golf and traveling with his wife, and he has completed two medical missions to Africa. He wants to one day be remembered as a physician who treated each of his patients like family, spending as much time with them as necessary to address their concerns, and making each of them the center of his attention.