Medesthetics

JUL-AUG 2019

MedEsthetics—business education for medical practitioners—provides the latest noninvasive cosmetic procedures, treatment trends, product and equipment reviews, legal issues and medical aesthetics industry news.

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Today, Dr. Kirby is the owner and founder of Kirby Plastic Surgery in Fort Worth, Texas, chief of plastic surgery at Harris Methodist Hospital and she works part-time at Cook Children's Medical Center where she performs pediatric craniofacial surgeries. The private practice she launched in 2011 recently underwent a major expansion to include an onsite operating room and medical spa . Basic Training After graduating from Vanderbilt University and earning her medical degree at Texas A&M University College of Medicine, Dr. Kirby set her sights on a plastic surgery resi- dency at the University of Kentucky. "It's a high-volume, Level 1 trauma center. The residents there are very much hands-on, which was similar to my experience in medical school, so I wanted to go there," she says. "However, the year I was supposed to match, they didn't take anybody." So, she spent a year doing a general surgery residency in Denver as she waited for an opening. During that time, she stayed in touch with Henry Vasconez, MD, the head of the plastic surgery program at the University of Kentucky and joined his team on a medical mission trip in Ecuador. "I got to know them very well. As soon as a spot came open, they called me, and I transferred over," she says. Medical mission trips were and remain an important part of Dr. Kirby's career. During her fi rst year of medi- cal school, she went on a medical mission to Mexico with several classmates. "Not only do you see the delight on people's faces—how much they appreciate you and how you changed their lives—it's a great experience of getting back to the basics of medicine," she says. "You're look- ing at X-rays by holding them up to the light and having to interpret things without a CT scanner, an MRI or an ultrasound. You have to polish your physical exam skills and get a really good history. I made a decision that this is something I want to do regularly, and I feel everybody should do this at some point in their training." A CLEAR VISION 52 JULY/AUGUST 2019 | Med Esthetics "Something has to give, and every day that may change—where it gives—but you can make it work." Two years ago, Dr. Kirby relocated and expanded her practice to include an on-site OR and medical spa.

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