Certified Surgical First Assistant Lisa Meredith reflects on 25 years at CaloAesthetics® Plastic Surgery Center
By Elizabeth Scinta
Photos by Andrea Hutchinson
Lisa Meredith, a Certified Surgical First Assistant (CSFA) and Dr. M. Bradley Calobrace, MD, make sure their patients leave CaloAesthetics® Plastic Surgery Center with confidence and a smile. In celebration of their 25 years of practice, I spoke with Meredith to learn more about her role and time at CaloAesthetics®.
How has your journey led you to where you are now?
I used to watch a TV program called “M*A*S*H.” The camaraderie I saw in the operating room initially led me to become a surgical technologist. After that, I became a surgical assistant and worked for a hospital in downtown Louisville for ten years. I began helping Dr. Calobrace with his cases when he started working at the facility. When he opened CaloAesthetics®, I worked part-time there and at the hospital. Then in September 1997, I started full-time at CaloAesthetics®. Dr. Calobrace is kind, compassionate, understanding and easy to work for. In addition, he performs excellent plastic cosmetic surgery, so it was easy to switch from the hospital to CaloAesthetics®.
What does a day in the life of a CSFA look like?
I start early, around 6 a.m. I work on paperwork, order implants and garments and assess inventory; I’m also the coordinator for assignments for Dr. Calobrace and Dr. Mays. After that, we usually start surgery at 8 a.m. Procedures can take an hour or five hours, depending on the day. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I work a 12-hour day, and on Mondays and Fridays, they’re eight-hour days.
What is your favorite part of being a CSFA?
The uniqueness of each patient. I do the same procedures every day, but each patient has a unique story, and that’s what makes it different. The outcome is almost immediately gratifying for me because you can see the results the patient is going to get. “Mommy Makeovers,” which includes breast and body contouring procedures, are my favorite. Every patient is unique in plastic surgery, and this procedure is a vital aspect of creating breasts and bodies that help women feel more confident. That is what it is all about!
How have you grown since working at CaloAesthetics®?
First to understand, then to be understood. As time has gone by, I have become a resource for co-workers, residents and fellows. And in saying that, I have a responsibility to share what I have learned in 25 years.
What do the next 25 years of your career look like?
I hope I’m not going to be here for 25 more years! Since Dr. Calobrace is often out educating and teaching, I find myself working fewer hours which is okay because I’ve come to that point in my career. I will continue to help Dr. Mays when his assistant is out, and I will help any other doctor who might come to the practice.
Dr. Calobrace, how would you describe your partnership with Lisa?
Lisa has become part of the fabric of what CaloAesthetics® plastic surgery is. She walks the delicate tightrope exceptionally well as she balances her relationships with others as a fellow employee and a direct connection to myself and the executive team. As you can imagine, Lisa is like family, and she is the glue that keeps our vast 85-employee organization still seem like a family.
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