I received my medical degree from Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine. From there, I did my training in general surgery at Summa Akron City Hospital and in plastic surgery at Loyola University in Chicago.
I like the before-and-after changes I can make for people. I also like that this form of medicine is in a sense, abstract. No two cases are alike and there are a variety of solutions for every diagnosis. Plastic surgery is individualized for each patient. I like the variety of different techniques available and making a difference in people’s lives. For breast cancer patients receiving reconstructive surgery, I like that I can do something positive for them at a time (during mastectomies) when everything else they are going through is so traumatic.
I am a native of Ohio, and I wanted to come back to the state. I wanted to be in a mid-sized city, not a rural area. I like how convenient Sandusky is. We have the conveniences of living in a larger city without all the traffic and people. I also liked the wide variety of attractions and activities available near the lake. In addition, there was a definite need for a plastic surgeon in this area. That was attractive to me.
I like that Firelands has a lot of resources and that I am given the autonomy to do what I think is best for the patient. I am able to perform techniques that are done in larger institutions and, sometimes, I get to do them ahead of the larger institutions. I think it is great that Firelands offers plastic surgery locally and patients don’t have to travel to Cleveland or Toledo for many of the reconstruction, skin cancer and cosmetic surgeries. This is especially comforting for cancer patients. A mastectomy is traumatic, but often, if I am able to reconstruct the breasts at the same time, the patient can go home with some normalcy and dignity. Personally, I find that to be extremely rewarding.