by Vickie Jenkins, Staff Writer
At Jones Plastic Surgery Center, their mission is to provide natural-looking results that meet the patients’ aesthetic goals, exceeding their expectations. The different kinds of surgeries done here are: breast augmentations, breast reductions, tummy tucks, cellulite treatments, liposuction, injectable treatments, dermal fillers, chemical peels and cool sculpting.
Among the excellent staff, you will find Lori Podany, RN who is the nurse for Dr. Justin Jones. She dedicates her time and knowledge to each patient and provides the utmost care before, during and after surgery. She has a passion for helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals.
Lori explained why she is a nurse and why she enjoys working at Jones Plastic Surgery Center. “I feel like we all have our strengths and weaknesses and callings that God has given us. I chose nursing because of so many aspects, no matter which road it entails. It all adds up to being compassion and wanting to serve others and being supportive,” she explained.
“I was always drawn to the OR and that was where I started; at a surgical hospital in Oklahoma City twenty years ago. I worked there for ten years. This whole time, I was growing and finding new avenues. My next job was at McBride Orthopedic Hospital. I also worked part time with some doctors working with aesthetics. After a few years, I started my own business, doing micro pigmentations, fillers and Botox injections. Eight years later, I came here and just recently, I ventured out, doing the permanent make-up and Botox injections here. I feel like I have the best of both worlds; Surgeries in the OR and aesthetics. I feel like aesthetics is more of an art sculpting.” Lori said.
Lori grew up in Oklahoma City, OK. When she was little, her desire was to be a teacher. “I remember how my best friend and I would set up classrooms, complete with chalkboards and school books. We just knew the two of us would be teachers,” she said with a laugh. “I guess that changed when I graduated,” she added.
Lori possesses all of the qualities that make up an excellent nurse. She has love, compassion, patience and is very supportive of others. “I have to be supportive when I work in this area,” she said. “Coming in for surgery is such a big step for some people. They are uneasy and wondering if they are doing the right thing. That is when I am the counselor, giving them reassurance. Sometimes, they just need a boost in their confidence. This field is full of mixed emotions from the patient. I want to be that nurse that is helping them move along. I am also a people-pleaser and I want to make sure everything is done the right way. If the patient is happy, I am happy.”
Lori’s life stays busy. “We have two surgery days and two clinic days and on Fridays, I do aesthetic procedures. There are about ten to fifteen patients for surgeries and about one hundred patients per week on clinic days. I educate and prepare the patients for surgery and care for them before and after their surgery. Even though the office is not open on weekends, I am on call 24-7. I have been with Dr. Jones for about and year and half now and I love working here,” she said.
When asking Lori to describe herself, she said, “I am definitely determined in everything I set out to do. I set goals and reach them. I am very much a nurturer and always do the best job to the best of my ability. I do have a downfall of OCD which means I want everything done precisely and done right the first time. Although, I think that just makes me work a little harder at being a hard worker,” she said with a smile.
Lori is married to her husband, Jeremy, who is the Director of Acute Care/ER at McBride Orthopedic Hospital. She enjoys spending time with her two daughters; Madilyn, fifteen years old and Gabrielle, twelve. “Most of my hobby time is spent with my girls,” she said. “Oh, and not to forget Cooper, our miniature golden doodle,” she added. “I do like to build things; working on projects and getting them done. I guess that is why I am so into getting into the aesthetics again. To me, it’s like a form of art. My new Instagram site is refine+renew_aesthetics”.
Asking Lori to sum up her life in one word, she said, “Passionate.”
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