Get to Know SCPS: Leah Thomas

What is your position at SCPS?
I am a receptionist here at Salmon Creek Plastic Surgery

What do you like most about working here?
I love the professional atmosphere here at SCPS as well as speaking and working with people, but what I like most would have to be the wonderful staff! We have the most amazing doctors and aestheticians here as well as all our nurses and medical assistants and of course, all the way to our managers and front desk staff. I feel very lucky to work in such a great environment and look forward to many years working here!

What are some hobbies/interests do you have outside of work?
I love travel, books and music. I love living in the Northwest and enjoy hiking and exploring new places to eat with my husband of 3 years.

Get to Know SCPS: Akiko Young

Your name and role here at SCPS?

Akiko Young, Master Esthetician

How long have you been employed here?

Since October 2017

What do you like best about working here?

I like to advance my knowledge in skin care and help patients achieve their best look.

First Job?

I was a school nurse in Japan and had been working in the education field.

What do you like to do when not at work/hobbies?

I enjoy hiking and spending time in the forests with my husband and two daughters on weekends.

Get to Know SCPS: Ione Janik

Name and role at SCPS:
Ione Janik, Front Desk Medical Receptionist.

How long have I been employed here:
Since December 11, 2017.

What do I like best about working here:
I love everything about my job at SCPS- from the talented, lively staff that I get to work with, interacting with and meeting new people daily, the learning opportunities that our surgeons make available to the staff, and how everyday is a new adventure!

Favorite Food/Drink:
I love food in general, from cooking to consuming it, but I’d have to say that French cuisine is my favorite! As far as beverages go, I love wine. A full bodied pinot noir and a nice buttery chardonnay are among my favorites!

Favorite Book:
I have to admit, my library is currently full of parenting and personal development books from John C Maxwell’s “Failing Forward” and “Intentional Living” to “The Whole Brain Child” by Dr. Siegel and Dr. Payne Bryson. However, some of my personal favorite reads are “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes, Daisy Goodwin’s “The American Heiress” and “Victoria”, “The Nanny Diaries” by Emma McLaughlin, “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austin, “Brilliant” by Marne Davis Kellogg, and “My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Picoult.

First Job:
Technically, my first job was with the Portland Trailblazers as a Blazer Dancer and was hired shortly after at Ambrose Law Group where I started out as a Receptionist and worked my way up to an Administrative Assistant.

What do I like to do outside of work/hobbies:
I have many hobbies and interests- from traveling, cooking and exploring new restaurants, enjoying the great outdoors, ice skating, spending time with my family and friends, working with toddlers and young children, and volunteering for various organizations including the Children’s Cancer Association. But my true passion is performing! I danced professionally for the NBA for 7 years and have been singing with various local show bands for about 14 years now.

Get to Know SCPS: Vicki Husemoen

What is your role at SCPS?
My role is receptionist and assistant to Angie, our patient care coordinator.

What do you like best about working here?
What I like about working here is how friendly and helpful all my co-workers are. They have made me feel very welcome and make it a fun place to work!

What do you enjoy when you’re not at work?
I enjoy time with family, especially babysitting my 2 grandbabies! I love to read, meet girlfriends for coffee, and I am currently taking line dance lessons.

New Pain Control System Lessens Need for Opioids

We are happy to announce that we are now offering Exparel as an option for postoperative pain control to our patients. Exparel is a long acting numbing medicine that is injected at the time of surgery.

Using an innovative drug-delivery technology, the numbing medicine is slowly released over the course of three to four days. Studies have shown that Exparel is effective at reducing or even eliminating the need for opioids for the first three days after surgery. Less opioids means less nausea, less constipation, increased safety, and less mental fog.

After Exparel, patients have noticed less pain, improved mobility, and overall improved experience after surgery.

Typical cases that Exparel is great for are tummy tucks and breast cases.

If you have any questions or would like to add Exparel to your scheduled surgery, please call us at (360) 823-0860 at your earliest convenience.

Meet Our New Surgeon: Dr. Jane Namkung

Dr. Jane Namkung is the newest board certified surgeon to join the team at Salmon Creek Plastic Surgery. She is a Washington native who has now come home to help provide caring and compassionate plastic surgery to patients in Vancouver and in the surrounding areas.

Dr. Namkung grew up in Tacoma and graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Biochemistry in 2001. She then attended New York Medical College, in Valhalla, NY, where she graduated in 2006.

Dr. Namkung has completed two competitive residencies in both general surgery and plastic surgery from two well-known universities, UC Davis and Indiana University respectively. While at Indiana University, she had extensive training in aesthetic, reconstructive, microsurgery, and hand surgery. After completing her training at IU, Dr. Namkung took her skills to the Bay Area, where she was an associate at a successful private practice.

Dr. Namkung is committed to providing a warm and personalized consultation, where she will listen to your desires and your concerns, and offer advice and education with an experienced and gentle touch.

Dr. Namkung is happily married and has three young children. When she’s not working or just busy being a mother, she enjoys hiking, going to the coast, and reading.