Dr. Sam Sukkar - April/May 2020

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The BeautyBulletin APRIL/MAY 2020

A TRULY REMARKABLE TEAM DOING WHAT WE CAN FOR EACH OTHER AND OUR PATIENTS

For this newsletter edition, I need to address the elephant in the room.

enthusiasm and energy in their work and support of one another. They are taking on extra work and asking where they’re most needed. It speaks volumes to how much they value each other, their work, and the clinic, and I couldn’t be more proud. I can go on about everything my team does for the office, but I also want to take some time to highlight the good they’ve done out of the office too. Over the past few months, everyone has continued that bright and optimistic outlook. A few of my team members, Andrea and Dr. Steinberg, adopted new pets, which is incredible. Danielle and Ashley have done what they can for the community, reaching out to their neighbors most at risk and volunteering to pick up groceries for them. Team leaders have been diligently working behind the scenes, holding virtual meetings to prepare for our return on the other side, better, stronger and more committed to our patients and community. We have even added a third doctor to our practice.

Everything that happened in March, quarantining through April, and facing the unknown of the future feels pretty scary. However, instead of focusing on the fear and anxiety that inevitably comes with these types of situations, I’ve put all my attention toward the health of my patients, employees, and their families. Even before things started to shut down, my team and I were already coming up with plans to prioritize the safety of the people we interact with on a daily basis. I knew that we had to stay optimistic but also be realistic. We definitely didn’t want to put anyone in harm’s way, but we also couldn’t close the clinic. People who are recuperating after surgery — especially those who are two weeks out after their suture removal — need us, and my team also needs to have the means to continue supporting their families. To create balance, we implemented a system that allows all of us to work from home and go into the office safely should we need to. When the time came, I also made the decision to stop surgery for a while. At first, we weren’t sure if that was the right decision to make, but when both the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Texas Medical Board announced that elective surgeries should not be taking place, we knew we had to. I’m pleased to say that by having the forethought to prepare ourselves, we are still up and running and doing our utmost for our patients. My team has told me that they appreciate the way I’ve responded to this pandemic, and I have so much admiration and gratitude for everything my team has done as well. I’ve always appreciated their hard work, but in this difficult time, I’ve really watched them shine. Every Monday morning, we get together from the comforts of home for a video conference. Not only does this give us a chance to say hello to everyone’s kids, or “mini-coworkers,” but we also touch base to see what people might need for that day. They say that you really see what people are like in a crisis, and I’ve been delighted by the way my team has banded together. I see them brimming with

THEY SAY THAT YOU REALLY SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE LIKE IN A CRISIS, AND I’VE BEEN DELIGHTED BY THE WAY MY TEAM HAS BANDED TOGETHER.

Even small acts can brighten the world up. We know that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. It may be far off, but we’ll get there, and when we do, we’ll be better than we were before. To stay up to date with us, I encourage you to follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/SukkarPlasticSurgery and on our Instagram page, @ TheClinicForPlasticSurgery. – Dr. Sam Sukkar

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