My journey to becoming a plastic surgeon began at Wayne State University, where I attended medical school. But you could say the path I wanted to take in medicine truly became clear during a fellowship in plastic surgery at Providence Hospital and Medical Center & The Craniofacial Institute in Detroit.
There, I studied under Dr. Ian Jackson, a world-renowned plastic surgeon. And I soon found myself immersed in all aspects of plastic and reconstructive surgery, performing cosmetic procedures as well as helping patients with physical trauma, burns, congenital defects and breast reconstruction for cancer patients.
Working with breast-cancer patients had a profound impact on me. They were strong, powerful and inspiring — more so than they even realized. But many felt as if breast cancer had taken away a key part of their identity as a woman. It was truly incredible to help them regain that identity, as well as restore their confidence.
I felt a calling to help other women make similar transformations, whether they had suffered from cancer or simply wanted to feel better about themselves. I also knew that as a woman, I was in a unique position to make my patients feel comfortable, empowered and heard throughout the process.
Today, I consider myself blessed to do all of those things.
It’s rewarding to feel the newfound confidence my patients have, to see changes that go far beyond the physical — because plastic surgery is about more than just appearances. I’m reminded of that every day, with every patient.