Published July 2, 2010 By Dr. Adam Lowenstein

As some of you might have heard, one of Santa Barbara’s excellent plastic surgeons, Dr. Russell Stokes, recently relocated to North Carolina. Dr. Stokes is a well respected peer, and I’m sorry to have had him leave town. The North Carolina opportunity is an excellent one, and as an avid golfer, Dr. Stokes is sure to enjoy his new location in Pinehurst- a golf mecca. As Dr. Stokes had a substantial patient population that came from Bakersfield for plastic surgery, we will be happy to provide the same high level of plastic surgery care to Bakersfield patients. In fact, we have seen a gradual increase of patients coming to our practice from the Bakersfield area, and I have very much enjoyed taking care of these very pleasant patients.

The additional advantage that our practice has gained from Dr. Stokes move is that two of his staff have joined ours! As we have become so busy over the past months, we have needed to add two positions- an operating room technician and a patient coordinator.

Our new operating room technician is Nena Santoyo, and she is fantastic. She has extensive experience in plastic surgery from both Dr. Stokes’ operating room and additionally work at the Santa Barbara Surgery Center. Nena is bright and pleasant and we are very fortunate to have her on board. She is a joy to work with and makes my job in the operating room so much easier- she seems to know what I need without me even needing to ask for it.

Our other new addition is Nicole Roden, our new patient coordinator. Nicole worked with Dr. Stokes for several years and comes with rave reviews. In addition to being a quick learner with our advanced MAC based electronic medical record, she is a great “people person” and our patients love her. But there’s more… Nicole is also a registered nurse, and I’m pretty comfortable saying that our staff is now comprised of the most qualified personnel around- With our long time outstanding nurse Susanne, we now have two full time nurses available to help our plastic surgery patients, answer questions, and facilitate an extraordinarily safe, comfortable plastic surgery experience for all of our patients- from Santa Barbara, from Bakersfield, or from overseas!

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