Q: What got you into this specific medical field?
A: I became a surgeon because I like working with my hands to fix things, and I found that included working with problems in the human body as well. I chose to specialize in plastic surgery for several reasons. First, it is a very broad field that encompasses procedures on all parts of the body. I also enjoy the intellectual stimulation of analyzing a structural problem on the body, and determining a solution for that problem. Often, a number of solutions can be identified, and I enjoy educating patients about the pros and cons of each approach. Next, execution of the plan requires artistic sensibility, and I enjoy flexing that part of my brain, too. Finally, plastic surgery is a very rewarding field. Plastic surgeons tend to value quality over quantity, and as such we strive to improve quality of life for our patients. I enjoy working with people who are motivated to improve their life experience. I find their stories and their pursuits inspiring and enriching, and I am fulfilled by helping them on their journey to better health and improved self-esteem.
Q: What landed you in your city, and what is it that you like about the neighborhood?
A: I came to Indianapolis to join a very dynamic and well-respected practice. When my husband and I arrived in 1999, our children were preschool age. We have appreciated the opportunity to raise our children in a friendly and supportive environment, and we value the excellent education they have received.
Q: Where did you receive your undergraduate and professional degrees, and did you participate in any residencies?
A: University of Missouri-Kansas City Six-Year BA/MD Program 1986
University of Kansas-Wichita General Surgery 1991
St. Louis University Plastic Surgery 1993
Q: What year did you begin practicing?
Q: Do you belong to any professional associations?
A: American Society of Plastic Surgery
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Ohio Valley Society of Plastic Surgery
Q: What investments in your practice equipment and facilities have you made?
A: Renovation of office approximately two years ago
TouchMD patient information portal
Vectra 3D imaging system
Exilis radiofrequency device to provide non-surgical treatment option for skin tightening, wrinkle reduction, and fat reduction
Q: What procedures do you feel your practice excels in above others?
A: Breast procedures including lift, reduction, reconstruction, augmentation, and revision of prior breast procedures
Use of fat grafting as a tool to improve breast procedure outcomes
Q: What are the most challenging parts of your everyday practice?
A: The most challenging aspect of my practice involves careful communication that leads to realistic expectations. Patients have different levels of understanding, different learning styles, and different personalities. Tailoring a communication style appropriate for each person can be difficult, but that challenge also makes my job more interesting, and the resulting patient comfort and trust are worth the time and effort.
Q: What are the best moments that make it worthwhile?
A: The best moments are when satisfied patients share their appreciation for my care and my work, and demonstrate that their lives have been positively changed by the treatments performed.
Q: What are your office hours?
A: Office open Monday through Thursday 9 to 5, Friday 9 to 4
Phones staffed during lunch hours
I personally have office hours Monday and Thursday 9 to 5; I perform procedures Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
Q: What HMO or PPO providers are you in network with? Do you offer financing?