Q: What woman inspires you and why?
A: Former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, and the Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris are women who inspire me. I admire their confidence and drive and their commitment to giving back to the community. Plastic surgery is a challenging industry for women to break into, let alone African American women. Though there are more females in plastic surgery now than ever, women still only account for about 25-30 percent of this specialty, if that. The accomplishments of Michelle Obama and Vice President Harris inspired me to brush aside any of my trepidations and push myself into more leadership roles.
I was honored to be elected this year as a Director for the American Board of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. It is a big commitment and something I have been working toward for the past 23 years. I am excited to bring a different perspective to this position and, just as my role models have done for me, I hope to encourage the next generation of women, especially women of color, to tackle the obstacles set in their path and pursue their dreams of becoming a surgeon.
Q: What is one thing prospective patients should know about you?
A: I will always listen to their wants and needs and offer my honest opinions. I know what works and what does not work, and if I don’t recommend something, I will tell you. I will never perform surgery if it is not in the patient’s best interest.
Honors & Awards:
Double-board Certified; American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery & American Board of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery
VP of Diversity and Inclusion, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Bethesda Magazine, Winner, Best Cosmetic Surgeon, Best of Bethesda Readers’ Poll, 2020; Top Doctor, 2019 & 2021