As I get ready to enter my 25th year in practice, I can’t help but reflect on how far we’ve come since we first opened our doors in 1992. I started with a 1,200 square foot office and one employee, who managed the office, transcription, billing, and patient coordination. We now have a 3,400 square foot office that includes a state of the art, fully accredited operative suite, 5 full time employees and a full time aesthetician, and a second satellite location at Medi-Weightloss in Peoria.
Only 12 people attended the open house of my first practice. At the start, I would see two patients, clean the rooms, and then see two more. I scrubbed instruments at night and took them to the hospital to be sterilized. After eight months, our hours expanded and I was able to hire my first nurse. For the next five years, our practice grew steadily due to our reputation for excellent results and attention to detail. We moved to our current office in 1997.
From the beginning, I was interested in body contouring, including breast enhancement, augmentation, lift, and reduction, as well as reconstruction. Contouring also includes tummy tucks, liposuction, and all varieties of arm, buttock, torso, and thigh lifts. In 2004, I went to Kansas City to train under Dr. Ted Lockwood (the “grandfather of contouring after massive weight loss”) to enhance my skills and improve my results for all of my contouring patients.
Looking back over the last 25 years, I think about the core principles that have made me successful:
The past 25 years have been a wild ride, and I could never have gotten to this point without the love, support and business savvy of my beautiful wife of 31 years, Julie. In 2015, I hired Heather Till as my new office manager. She has been an integral factor in unifying my excellent staff and bringing their enthusiasm back to the practice. I’ve genuinely enjoyed serving the Central Illinois area for the past 25 years, and look forward to doing so for many years to come.