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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.

Preventative Maintenance Key to Healthy Looking Skin

Patients regularly ask us what they can do to keep their skin looking healthy and youthful. Many patients will choose to have procedures such as laser or injections, but many forget about preventive maintenance.

The best (and frankly, the simplest) things you can do to improve your skin are quitting smoking and regularly applying sunscreen. Mark Twain once said, “Quitting smoking is easy, I’ve done it hundreds of times.” It is never too late to quit, and if you do, within six months your facial skin will look at least five years younger.

Sunscreen is even more important. Before the age of 40, significantly more woman develop melanoma than men. After age 40, significantly more men develop melanoma than women. Caucasian men over age 50 are diagnosed with the most melanoma cancers. Overall, one in 35 men and one in 54 women will develop melanoma in their lifetimes.

Everyone should wear sunscreen every day, regardless of the season of the year. Many people say that their makeup has sunscreen in it, but that may not be enough. You should use a sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 30. Reapply the sunscreen if you are exercising or swimming and have been outside for more than two hours. Finally, don’t forget about putting sunscreen on other parts of your body. Women especially tend to show a lot of skin aging in their décolleté area and on the back of their hands. Be sure to protect that skin as well!

Healing, Teaching, and Learning During a Trip to Peru

Carolyn and Rick

In March, my daughter, Carolyn, and I had the magnificent privilege of traveling to Peru to participate in a surgical mission trip organized by the Peruvian-American Medical Society.  We joined several doctors from the Chicago area, one of whom, Dr. Juan Angelats, was my main teacher and mentor in surgery. Two residents from my plastic surgery training program at Loyola University were part of the team as well.

I returned to Arequipa, Peru’s second largest city, and a place I had visited for a similar mission 22 years ago as a senior resident in plastic surgery. It is a beautiful but economically challenged city located at the base of a nearly 20,000 foot volcano named El Misti.  From the operating room, we also had spectacular views of other mountains in the Andes on clear days.

Our task on this trip was to work with patients with significant scarring secondary to old burns, usually as the result of some sort of accident.  Adequate burn care is not available in much of the country, and several of the patients had taken bus rides of between six and 12 hours to come see our group. We operated in the burn unit at a large government hospital where patients appeared to wait all day long for their appointment.

One of our favorite patients was a small three-year-old boy named Santiago. His mother, Flor, had brought him in for correction of scarring on the palm side of his index and middle fingers, which he developed after grabbing exposed electrical wires. We were able to remove the heavy scars and repair the area with skin taken from his hip area, thereby allowing him to fully extend his fingers again once healed.

I had the chance to teach the two residents a few of the tricks I have learned in the 21 years I have been practicing surgery.  I also learned a few more tricks from my recently retired mentor, Dr. Angelats, who still seems most at home in an operating room.  The best picture of the entire trip was this “Three Generation” photo showing my teacher on one side of me  and the young surgeons in training on the other.

This mission was also the first time I had ever taken my daughter to “work” with me. Burn reconstruction can be a bit bloody, and she did great, not even coming close to passing out or throwing up!  She posed under the picture that seems to hang in every South American operating room I have ever visited.  Jesus appears to have forgotten to put on his surgical mask.

After the completion of our time in Arequipa, Carolyn and I traveled to Cusco City, high up in the Andes mountains, and then to Machu Picchu, the center of the Inca Empire 800 years ago.

People in Cusco find many different ways to eke out a living, from weaving beautiful textiles on a hand-held loom, to renting out their baby alpaca for pictures. We spent two days in Machu Picchu itself, a stone city carved into an extraordinarily steep mountainside. Travelers from the Pacific Northwest and the local llamas did not mind the rain and fog on our first day there, as it made for some nice photos.  Neither did we complain about the bright sun on our second day when we hiked 1000 feet vertically up Waynapicchu, an adjacent mountain which afforded spectacular, if not somewhat frightening views of Machu Picchu. Given my fear of high open places, the picture makes me look a great deal more comfortable than I actually felt.

Journeying to a foreign land, especially a developing country such as Peru, makes me appreciate just how fortunate we are in the United States of America, at least from the standpoint of material wealth. My daughter and I did see very clearly though that mothers love their children just as much in Peru as they do here in the United States, and it really doesn’t take much “stuff” to be happy. We are grateful to have had this wonderful opportunity.

  • Hand loom near Machu Picchu
    Hand loom near Machu Picchu
  • Carolyn and operating room picture
    Carolyn and operating room picture
  • Three generations of surgeons
    Three generations of surgeons
  • Treating burn scarring on Santiago's hand
    Treating burn scarring on Santiago's hand
  • Santiago's mother, Flor
    Santiago's mother, Flor
  • Santiago
    Santiago
  • Patients waiting for treatment
    Patients waiting for treatment
  • View of the Andes from the operating room
    View of the Andes from the operating room
  • El Misti
    El Misti
  • Arequipa, Peru
    Arequipa, Peru