Posted on September 18th, 2012
Posted by Julene
Summer is over…
School is well underway…
My girls are riding their hearts out…Kaitlyn won 8th place out of a very large division of qualified riders at the American Eventing Championships in Atlanta last weekend, winning 8th place out of over 80 riders from across the country…Go Kaitlyn and Buck! A year and a half ago, her father, trainer and I all offered to trade Buck in on a newer, more forgiving version of horseflesh, but Kaitlyn convinced us there was a “winner in there”, and she was determined to get it to come out…so we persisted. Sometimes our kids do have the answers (or maybe it’s blind faith), and if we can allow ourselves to follow their wisdom and instinctual desire every now and then, that willingness to let nature take its course (btw…when, in our formative years, do we “learn” to become such control freaks?), sometimes things just seem to work out. Anyway, Buck certainly found his way into just the right teenager’s heart…I still think he could easily have ended up in the circus…
Kaitlyn’s twin sister Lexie is transitioning toward a higher level eventing horse, and while lovingly finding the will to part with her first “dream horse”, is showing us a level of maturity and patience that we hadn’t realized she’d even learned.
Even though their father and I have had a full 16 years to prepare for this time…thinking about careers and colleges is here. I love to say it is the time I’ve been “dreading” since they were born…the day they will leave…but do kids EVER really leave anymore? Anyway, it is an exciting time too, and they are so excited about what lies ahead, so I am trying to get into it as well. Every weekend we go somewhere really cool to think about whether we could really be happy students there and achieve the best we can be, we investigate the “fit”, and then we come home again and wonder if it will really all be okay. The family is supposedly coming up with a plan for mom’s survival when the girls leave home together…I hope it involves more horsey time for me…
And here in the office we are preparing to begin the first clinical VASER Shape study. The study will begin at the end of October and will hopefully provide more definitive data regarding how the technology works so well, and at the same time, shed new light perhaps on upcoming innovative design change which would further improve results. Many of you may have seen the article in the fall issue of Her Scene this month comparing VASER Shape with CoolSculpting. The reader can form their own opinion, but having had both treatments myself, I can tell you that we are very pleased with our decision to incorporate VASER Shape into our body sculpting options and would make the same decision now regarding which technology to choose…a full 24 months following our original selection date…VASER Shape is still the best noninvasive body contouring technology…results are achieved faster and with fewer treatments (and more comfortably) than any other noninvasive technology. This will be born out by the clinical study, and we hope to have results to share soon. We are still accepting study pateints at this time, so if you know of interested patients, tell them to call us to be included in an upcoming evening informational seminar about study participation.
The office surgical menu is expanding once again…many of you may know that the office has acquired the new VASER 2.0 device, which incorporates improved internal ultrasonic capabilities for liposuction, comfortably performed here in the office setting, while also simultaneously allowing the fat harvested to be immediately available in injectable form to enhance areas such as the face, lips or other muscle groups for enhanced definition (High Def Lipo with fat injection). We also continue to offer eyelid lifts (blepharoplasty) to pateints who would like the convenience and cost savings of having surgery outside the surgery center setting. Inquire about an office consultation if you are interested in our office surgery offerings to see if you would be a candidate!
We are also planning a Holiday Open House for Wednesday December 5th, so stay tuned for more details about that or call Cynthia to be placed on the guest list. We will be showcasing surgical and nonsurgical options for facial rejuvenation, and breast and body contouring enhancement techniques, as well as live demonstrations of popular procedures, including VASER Shape. There will be skin care and injectable product vendors on site, and lots of door prizes and festive refreshments!
Posted on February 1st, 2012
Posted by Julene
Hi everyone! I just had a birthday, and a special gift that I received from my dad was a little book called, “Cowgirl Smarts…How to Rope a Kick-Ass Life”. I was told by my mother that in a rare “together shopping moment”, my dad encouraged my mom to “get this book for Julene”, which, mostly to shut him up, my mother did! As fate would have it, this little book of course, turned out to be one of my favorite birthday presents. I haven’t had the chance yet to sit down with my sweet father and ask him exactly why it occurred to him that his oldest daughter should have a copy of this book, but I am hoping that, and until I can ask him for clarification I will go on assuming that maybe the reason is that he thinks I might have “cowgirl smarts”…of course, the other alternative is that he thinks I might NEED more “cowgirl smarts”!
This little gem of a book is about Life Lessons obtained from cowgirls who tamed the West, and when you think about it, some of those women had to have been pretty tough and potentially gutsy role models for many generations of women to come. My parents and schoolteachers taught me and inspired me from a young age to believe that I could become whatever I wanted to be in life. They inspired in me a sense of self-confidence that was genderless.
So, for years I believed I could easily become anything or anyone I wanted to be, but as I looked toward the top surgical residencies after medical school, and then for Plastic Surgical residencies after General Surgery residency, I realized that in the “real world” of the career I had chosen, there were not hundreds of women who had gone before me. Where were my female role models? I had chosen a career that, throughout most of my training, was not totally devoid of female physician/surgeon role models, but there were few. I then chose a surgical specialty and residency where I was the 11th female Plastic Surgery resident to complete the program. When I finished Plastic Surgery residency, women represented less than 5 % of practicing board-certified plastic surgeons.
Now, I have never been a true feminist in every respect, but I do think, and as I read this little book I came to wish, that all girls everywhere could make decisions like a cowgirl, and set big goals for themselves like a cowgirl. This little book helps women realize, by reading chapter after chapter, how they might aspire in their lives to find their cowgirl spirit and use it to exercise their sense of freedom and independence in their everyday lives, whether it is spent on the golf course, running for a political office or volunteering for the Peace Corps. The little book documents characteristics in cowgirls of the Wild West by telling stories about the lives of true cowgirls. The author has summarized some of these cowgirl characteristics into a set of unwritten rules that cowgirls lived by for over 100 years, and she calls it The Cowgirl Creed. Here it is…
The Cowgirl Creed
1. Dare to be a cowgirl
2. Buck the rules
3. Stay balanced in the saddle
4. Ride the trail of adventure
5. Dream as big as Texas
6. Be tough, but be feminine
7. Attack life like it’s a 1000 lb. steer
8. Saddle your own horse
9. Rein in your fears
10. Dress for success – the cowgirl way
11. Ride high in the saddle
12. Ride high, but stay grounded
13. Give others a leg up
14. Always get back on the horse
15. Ride beside your man
16. Recharge your cowgirl spirit
17. Die with your boots on
I hope you find a way to lasso your cowgirl spirit and think outside the ranch! Like a plaque I have in my kitchen reminds me everyday…Here’s to a good woman…may we know them…may we be them…may we raise them.
Happy trails to you, until we meet again!
Posted on December 20th, 2011
Posted by Julene
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.”
The Holiday Season is upon us…Happy Hanukah, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you loyal Sculpt followers! I hope that you all have an excellent holiday season, and enjoy a happy and prosperous New Year. When I was the age my children are now, I think I thought I’d be living in space by the year 2012, or at least travelling there regularly, but here I am still in Kentucky. But it is the holiday season, and I am pretty sure it’s no easier to be ready for these holidays on the Moon than it is here on Planet Earth…I’d still have a “List”, which is actually how you know I’m really frazzled, as I don’t make a List any other time of the year.
Since my List is pretty long, I’ll have to keep the Blog short this time, and wish only to make sure everyone knows that I truly appreciate the friendship and loyalty shown by you to myself and my staff this year, and I hope we will see you often in the coming New Year! Thank you for all the cards and gifts this holiday season (especially the chocolate ones), but thank you mostly for the gifts of your friendship and loyalty. I hope we have enriched your lives just a little this year, and we hope that in addition to wonderful time spent with family and friends, that you will find warmth and enjoyment in some of life’s “liitle” pleasures this holiday, since it can be a rather hectic time of year. These are a few of the tiny pleasures I enjoyed just this week…
the smile and friendly greeting of a total stranger
the door being held open for me by a handsome young man when he encounterd me…the Bag Lady… dropping it all
Kevin at Tassels who gave my Christmas tree mouth to mouth and a new beginning
a bright starry evening over the horses playing in the pasture
a morning run…rare these days…compliments…Cynthia
the horses looking up and trotting over to me at my first hello
Kona (my horse) really just needed to pass gas and didn’t really have colic
Lexie asking for her Mommy upon waking up without wisdom teeth
the smiles on the faces of my beautiful staff at a Christmas dinner in front of the fireplace at Harmony Landing Country Club…their wonderful gifts to me and the girls
lovely cards from friends and family in the mail
the $10 I found in my old jeans (that got a little LOOSER!…compliments Sound Surgical Technologies and VASER Shape)
Kaitlyn’s goodnight kiss
my mom and dad’s phone calls literally every night this week calling to check on us in a busy week
a random text from my mother in law telling me The Coconut Cake is baked
a lovely dinner evening with my awesomely interesting neighbors
a heartfelt thank you from a patient who could NOT have been feeling very well, but loves me anyway
a friend’s email sharing a Bible secret I never knew existed
the pleasure of meeting a delightfully friendly elderly lady who backed up into my front fender in the drive-thru at Wendy’s but magically hurt neither of our cars or herself
…and these are just a few!
May you also find excellence all around you this holiday season!
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