Cosmetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon
Renovation (22 years in Nevada)
Type of Business: Cosmetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, Medical Spa Services, The Skin Clinic | Hails from: Whittier, California | 22 years with company in Nevada | Based in: Reno and Truckee
How did you first get into your profession?
I became passionate about my field after hearing about it in medical school. A lecture was given by “Doc Hollywood” or Dr. Steven-Hoefflin. I knew that it was for me.
What is your pet peeve?
My pet peeve is any type of violation of integrity. People who are honest, hard-working and do what they say are my kind of folks.
What do you want your legacy to be?
I want my legacy to be that I helped anyone in need, regardless of status, color, beliefs or anything else. I would like to be remembered for caring for my patients equally and with absolute dedication.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be?
I wanted to be a professional football player. As I matured, reality set in and it was obvious I was not an elite athlete. I did make my Alma Mater’s College Hall of Fame in football, but ultimately I am very pleased with the path I have taken.
What business advice would you give someone just starting in your industry?
I give it often; do good work, be kind, be compassionate and don’t be afraid to be yourself. Be an excellent colleague. Cheer others on and help them to do well also!
If you could have coined a single phrase of wisdom, what would it be?
One of my favorite quotes by Abigail Van Buren: “The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t-do him any good, and how he treats people who fight back.”
What was the toughest lesson you’ve learned in your career?
Not everyone has the same motives or intentions that I do. I’ve tried to surround myself with people who reflect my core value system. I have a strong Christian faith and I’m proud of it.
What is your motto?
Never tire of doing the right thing!
What is your favorite thing about living in Nevada?
The loving nature of Nevada’s people, both longtime locals and adopted Nevadans like me all love our community, love our quality of life here and love to share our good fortune with those looking to make Northern Nevada a home.