Dr. Sam Sukkar - August September 2019

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The BeautyBulletin AUGUST 2019


Can you keep a secret?

it means to be “a Sukkarstar,” which is a term I’ve come up with for our team. To do that, I knew I needed to bring Dr. Sukkar out of his shell a little. As you may know, the Suke can be a little shy at times. He’s not the type of guy who wants to be the focus of a room, but our culture as a practice comes from him. When he does get out of that bubble, he can be hilarious. Sometimes, it just takes some gentle ribbing from me to get him there. Not every boss can be a world-class surgeon, but I think there’s a lesson every leader can take from Dr. Sukkar: Trust your people. When we have an idea we think can benefit the team or our patients, Dr. Sukkar is all ears. He empowers us to contribute to the practice in as many ways as we can think of. He doesn’t need to be the person coming up with all the fancy ideas or taking credit for every aspect of his business. Instead, he always defers the spotlight to others, almost to a fault. Case in point is “The P.S. Show With Ash and Jess.” Earlier this year, Jessica, our spa manager, and I did a Facebook Live chat. While we didn’t take it too seriously, we had a lot of fun and viewers responded — we got over 2,000 views in under 48 hours. Immediately, Dr. Sukkar knew we were on to something. He asked us to continue, and, since Jess and I love doing it, that was an easy task. Now, we do a show every Friday. It starts around noon and always includes a promotion for listeners. If you haven’t checked it out, I hope you will soon. We try to make it equal parts informative and fun. Come to think of it, informative and fun are two of the best words I can think of to describe my experience working for Dr. Sukkar. He is, as they say, a gem. Not many people get to say they get along with their boss, but I’m one of the lucky ones. Dr. Sukkar, thank you for being a stand-up boss, mentor, surgeon, and friend. Thanks for not getting mad that I stole your computer and wrote this in secret. As I’ve always told Dr. Sukkar, I’d rather ask for his forgiveness than his permission. – Ashley Lopez

When Dr. Sukkar wasn’t looking, I snuck in and stole his newsletter article space for the month. Consider this edition the Ashley takeover and insert my best maniacal laugh here. In all seriousness, though, I want to take a moment to pay tribute to our wonderful boss: the man I affectionately know as “the Suke.” I recently celebrated my fourth anniversary at the practice, and I can honestly say that I’ve loved every moment of it. We work for an amazing person, have a tight-knit team, and serve an incredible group of patients. With a combination like that, what more could a girl ask for? When I was growing up, I always thought I’d be the one in the limelight, the person doing something crazy and getting all the attention for it. These days, however, my job is to promote someone else and put him in the spotlight. Given how exceptional Dr. Sukkar is as both a surgeon and a person, that’s a very rewarding task. I have to be honest; I often wonder what it’s like to be a marketing director for a less awesome doctor. Do the people in these roles ever have qualms about spreading the word about a surgeon

they don’t unreservedly recommend? Do they worry about the outcomes of the procedures they promote? Luckily for me, I get to ask these questions hypothetically because I believe in the quality of Dr. Sukkar’s treatment and care with every fiber of my being. He’s the real deal y’all, and I don’t take that for granted. One of my first tasks when I joined the practice was to define our culture and really hammer down what

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