I work to provide each patient with a safe, unique, and tailored experience that incorporates their values and desires using an artistic vision, technical skills and a caring, straight-forward manner.
I always loved building things. This led to an extensive education in engineering, but after completing a Masters degree and beginning a career in consulting, I realized it wasn't for me. Growth and success in that business eventually led to management or sales. I do not enjoy being a salesman. There are very few jobs where the creativity and manual labor are part of your daily routine. With all my science background, surgery seemed like a natural fit. I never grew up thinking I would be a plastic surgeon, but one of the early reconstructive surgery I saw in medical school convinced me otherwise. I witnessed a patient that had a cancer of his gum line that required half of his jaw to be removed. We reconstructed the defect with one of the lower leg bones (fibula) that was moved as a free-tissue transfer, requiring microvascular connections of the artery and vein to provide the transferred tissue with a blood supply. I was hooked. This led to in-depth training at the prestigious Emory University in Atlanta. Cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery are based on many of the same principles, furthering my interest by combining attention to detail, artistry, and technical skills. 17 years later, I am confident that I made the right choice.