Although born in Cleveland, Ohio, I grew up in southern California where at an early age I decided to pursue a path in medicine. After graduating from UCLA with a Bachelors Degree in Biology, I went onto medical school and graduated from The Chicago Medical School in 1983. During my surgical rotations at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, I realized I wanted to be a surgeon. Having learned how to needlepoint as a child, working with my hands came most natural to me.
After medical school, I joined Loyola University in Chicago in General Surgery. In my short 2 years at Loyola, I was fortunate to perform hundreds of procedures in all aspects of surgery. It was during my second year at Loyola, when on a Plastic Surgery rotation, I became fascinated by plastic surgery. The ability to make someone feel good about themselves through Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery was most appealing to me.
In 1985, I joined the residency training program in General Surgery at the University of Iowa. Because of my extensive surgical experience at Loyola, I was given the opportunity to perform microsurgical research in the lab at the University of Iowa, where I performed heart transplants in mice under a microscope. This gave me tremendous experience in the field of microsurgery, which also proved extremely helpful in Plastic Surgery.
I completed my General Surgery training in 1988, at the University of Iowa and then chose to come to the University of Kentucky to pursue my dream of becoming a Plastic Surgeon. As the first female plastic surgery resident at the University of Kentucky, I trained and learned from many leaders in the plastic surgery field.
In 1998, I opened Kentucky's first accredited outpatient center of its kind, The SurgiCenter which is dedicated to providing a safe and private environment for my patients. We have successfully performed over 2100 cases under general anesthesia in our SurgiCenter with the help of highly trained anesthesiologists.