What inspired you to be a physician?
My father was a physician assistant for an orthopedic surgeon. I saw how much passion he had for the medical field and I grew up going to the operating room with him. Once I started observing surgeons, I knew that’s what I wanted to do.
How did you gravitate to facial plastic surgery?
I love the artistry of the aesthetic side of facial plastic surgery and the scientific aspect of meticulous attention to detail and learning about new techniques and technologies to improve patient outcomes. I also like seeing my patients gain confidence from something as routine as Botox injections to something more life-changing, such as rhinoplasty or facelift. On that note, I also do reconstructive surgery after facial trauma or skin cancer resections. It is gratifying to help a patient through that time, their healing process, and optimize cosmetic outcomes to feel confident again.
How do you define beauty?
Beauty is being proud of yourself. When you feel beautiful, then you feel the confidence to do the best for yourself and others.
What is your unique gift and what do you do with it?
It’s not unique, but I feel that my gift is to connect with people from different cultures and backgrounds. It’s important to have this as a physician and surgeon because patients put a tremendous amount of trust in me when I do a procedure on them. I want them to feel that connection and trust that I am providing the highest quality care.
What is your end goal when speaking to a new patient?
My goal is always to empower patients with knowledge. When I am doing an initial consultation, I am addressing why something looks that way and how to manage it. I often give both non-surgical and surgical options for treatment as well as risks/benefits and expected results. I then want the patient to be empowered to choose their treatment based on their aesthetic goals and lifestyle.
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