Honesty, warmth and experience are the foundations of my New Jersey plastic surgery practice. As a child of a radiation oncologist and an ER nurse, I grew up with an understanding of both the science and art of medicine. As a wife, and a mother of four, I have a unique connection with my patients that I believe only a woman and mother can provide.
From their first consultation, patients notice the warm, friendly atmosphere of my Sea Girt office. I have never run my practice like a plastic surgery factory. I’ve based my practice on the philosophy that an educated patient will make better, safer decisions, and I personally spend a great deal of time with every patient. Consultations, I believe should be informative, pleasant, and without any pressure to schedule a procedure. Further, all consultations are always with me, and you will never be seen by a medical assistant or a nurse educator. Neither my staff, nor myself will ever recommend an operation, or even a non-surgical procedure, that you don’t need. In fact, I would rather see all of my patients leave the office well informed, without an operation, or product, than undergo an unnecessary procedure. What further differentiates my plastic surgery practice is the one on one relationship I have with my patients from their first consultation through their procedure or surgery, and at every visit that follows, year after year.
Since 1991, as a woman plastic surgeon, the focus of my practice has been women’s breast health. In the late 1990’s I fought to mandate insurance coverage for breast reconstruction, and for 16 years worked nationally with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), as well as the manufacturers of breast implants, to bring safe silicone gel breast implants back to the United States. As a clinical investigator, I am one of a handful of plastic surgeons nationwide who recieved training in 2005 on the use of the newest shaped highly cohesive silicone breast implants, sometimes called, “Gummy Bear” breast implants. As a principle investigator for seven breast implant studies, all of my collected data is reviewed and submitted to the FDA, and eventually for publication. In addition, I have been an educational consultant for two leading breast implant manufacturers for over 20 years, continually developing and updating teaching materials for surgeons and residents. I have published articles and chapters in prestigious plastic surgery journals and text books on breast augmentation, the treatment of breast and chest wall deformities, the management of breast implant complications, and lecture nationally and internationally. Because of my committment to my patients, all of my surgical patients, and in particular my breast augmentation patients, are assured long-term follow-up. Only by following their patients over the years can a surgeon continue to improve their outcomes. When selecting a New Jersey plastic surgeon, patients should always choose a surgeon who will place their best interests and safety first.