"I made my decision to become a plastic surgeon during my surgery rotation as a third year medical student at the University of Washington. I assisted on a nasal reconstruction done on a young Seattle woman who had been born with a nasal deformity. I witnessed her physical transformation as her plastic surgeon carved a bone graft harvested from her hip and inserted it into the bridge of her nose. I witnessed her mental transformation as she recovered from her surgery and discovered the beauty in her own face. The journey to become a fully trained plastic surgeon was long and arduous but well worth the privilege I now enjoy in helping people achieve their personal best. Most plastic surgery patients are individuals with one or two features that bother and distract them. These features, whether it is disproportionately large or small breasts, a protuberant abdomen, a sagging jaw line or an unsightly facial mole can usually be addressed safely and effectively. The patient is then free from that particular distraction and can enjoy life with more confidence and less self-consciousness. The key to a successful operation depends upon the doctor and patient working together as a team. I spend as much time as needed to evaluate the patient’s area of concern, determine their motivation and needs and assess if their expectations are likely to be met. I educate my patients about the nature of their condition and the treatment options available. The decision to proceed with surgery is made only after my patients have a good understanding the procedure and its benefits and risks. Plastic surgery is a rapidly evolving specialty and I regularly participate in continuing medical education to stay up to date on new procedures and treatments. I am supported by a skilled and caring office staff who are dedicated to making your surgical experience a good one. When I’m Not Working…. Hmmmm……Depends on the day, the season, the weather and my mood. Strumming my guitar, skiing, walking my dog, worshiping my cat, reading a good book, hanging out with my husband and children, digging in my garden, running around Greenlake, trying to figure out my Instagram account, etc"