Hi Ms. Matthews, I am happy to answer any questions anyone might have (Email at the bottom of this entry). Many of my doctors write on behalf of Real Self blogs and I felt it was necessary to comment. This is what I am passionate about and I truly do respect the doctors that I work with. I am in the business of referral "networking" and run professional medical corporate networking groups. Yes there is a detailed screening process prior to doctors being signed and I also work with numerous specialties- trained in cosmetic dentistry and plastic surgery for the past 18 years. I have 5 territories thusfar and each territory consists of only 10-12 Plastic Surgeons - one surgeon per niche. Patients find me through social media and/or word of mouth. They find me and come to me looking for specific procedures. I NEVER have someone come to me and tell them what they need...THAT IS TERRIBLE. People come and ask me a million questions- we discuss the procedure what is most important pre/post op, fees, downtime and I connect them with other patients whom have seen my doctors. I have a great relationship w my surgeons and sometimes I will even go with a patient to their consult to make sure they are choc full of information and understand what the doctor is telling them. I am also not a one woman show- I have several territory managers all with 15+ years of experience in the medical industry and 2 assistants to date. We keep ourselves very well educated and up to date with current events withing the industry. I also require most of my patients to see a nutritionist for rapid recovery healing pre/post surgery and make sure that they understand that the body's physical appearance is normally a direct result of what is going on inside - I truly believe that a great plastic surgery result has a lot to do with good health and maintenance...HENCE- the name of my company INTEGRATED AESTHETICS. Having a good professional health/medical team is essential and if I can help direct people to professionals that will help them look and feel their best..then at the end of the day it's a job well done. This network is about connecting people. There is a fee for the membership b/c I also consult/staff and flank a practice's business all around..but there is no way I will do so for a doctor that I don't screen fully and/or believe in. My reputation stands behind who I represent ...no dollar value can sway me to do otherwise. I turn 8 out of 10 doctors away most times. It is a boutique company and hopefully can provide some sound and safe advice for the patients who are window shopping. Not sure if you still feel that is unethical or brutal...but I am proud of what I have built and the doctors who are involved are truly wonderful and skilled professionals. Not sure how what I am doing is different than PlasticSurgery.com PlasticSurgeryReview.com DrOogle.com etc there are may more(lets not even talk about GILT or Groupon- obvious fee splitting sites that many docs have participated in and I look down upon) Unlike those sites I run a LIVE selective exclusive medical corporate networking group. What makes me popular w the patients is that they get a human touch, someone w knowledge and someone who actually listens to them and can understand them (I have been a patient myself and can sympathize w many patients) Hope this sheds some light upon what I do as a professional. Best- Melinda Email: ******************.com
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