Companion therapy laser advances sea turtle rehabilitation

  • Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Loggerhead Apparel and an anonymous donor committed $24,000 to the South Carolina Aquarium, enabling the purchase of its first Companion Therapy Laser. The new technology will greatly increase the aquarium’s capacity for animal care. On hand for the check presentation were (from left) Dr. Shane Boylan, aquarium staff veterinarian; Zac Painter, Loggerhead Apparel co-owner; Sara Painter, Loggerhead Apparel co-owner. PHOTOS PROVIDED

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The South Carolina Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Rescue Program announced the purchase of its first Companion Therapy Laser, made possible by a $24,000 gift from the South Carolina-based brand, Loggerhead Apparel, and an anonymous donor. The new technology will greatly increase the aquarium’s capacity to provide consistent, controlled laser treatments that promote healing and pain relief to sea turtles and other aquarium animals.

The laser currently resides in the aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital, the only facility in the state providing medical treatment to sick and injured sea turtles. According to Dr. Shane Boylan, aquarium staff veterinarian, laser therapy has proven to be an invaluable asset.

“With this technology right here in the aquarium, we are able to administer the correct laser doses regularly and increase the speed of recovery for trauma cases among sea turtles and other wildlife,” said Boylan. “Thanks to generous donors like Loggerhead Apparel, we can continue to advance our medical care and lead the region in environmental education and conservation.”

Loggerhead Apparel offers 100 percent American-made coastal lifestyle apparel for a cause. The brand commits 10 percent of all sales – not profits but sales – to sea turtle conservation. In just two years, Loggerhead Apparel has donated nearly $40,000 to groups nationwide including the South Carolina Aquarium, the SEWEE Association and the Sea Turtle Conservancy.

“It’s an honor to partner with the Sea Turtle Program to help fund a technology that has such a proven track record for rehabilitation and recovery,” said co-owner Sara Painter, who began the company with her husband, Zac in 2011. “The aquarium is doing great things for the Carolina coast and beyond, and we couldn’t be more pleased to be a part.”

When an animal undergoes trauma or injury, consequent cellular damage drastically reduces – and can even halt – the production of ATP, the chemical responsible for injury repair and pain relief. Laser therapy uses light energy to stimulate production of ATP to promote healing without sensation or side effects.

To purchase American-made clothing from Loggerhead Apparel or to learn more about the brand’s conservation mission, please visit www.loggerheadapparel.com.

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