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Former DR. 90210 Surgeon Creates Charity to Provide Reconstructive Surgery to Breast Cancer Survivors

Addressing Needs of Patients whose Medical Insurance Does Not Cover Secondary Aesthetic Surgery

Dr. Gary Motykie founded The Healing Curve in 2008, as a non-profit organization, with the primary mission of providing reconstructive surgery to breast cancer survivors. Although insurance providers cover the initial reconstruction after breast cancer, they often do not cover the secondary aesthetic surgeries that are necessary for survivors to feel like women again.

“I started The Healing Curve to help those women who have won the battle against breast cancer but have been left feeling incomplete in the process. These women have already been through so much with cancer itself; they deserve the best possible breast reconstruction that plastic surgery can offer.”

Motykie says that the charity’s first goal is to offer the highest standard of reconstructive surgery and associated medical care to individuals who otherwise cannot afford it. His team is working hard to establish nationwide awareness in order to give these individuals hope and a support system to help them complete their journey. The long-term goal for the non-profit is to create strategic partnerships and align with other charities, organizations and physicians that support this vision.

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Surprisingly seven out of 10 women don't know their breast reconstruction options after a mastectomy, according to a University of Michigan study.

Like so many in the same situation Michelle Hartog turned to her husband for input and emotional support. Dr. Hartog, an expert on breast reconstruction, provided Michelle with solutions on how to preserve womanhood and return to active lifestyles after surgery.

After surviving the threat of breast cancer, Dr. Hartog reconstructed Michelle's breasts through autologous fat transfer, a natural alternative to saline or silicone implants. AFT or fat grafting is virtually scarless, uses a woman’s own fat and to give women natural-looking and -feeling breasts. Upon using gentle liposuction to remove fat from areas such as the thighs or abdomen, it is then injected in very small amounts in the desired areas, allowing the body to quickly build and attach the blood vessel networks needed for the fat tissue to survive.

Michelle, who is committed to maintaining an active lifestyle, now competes on an all breast cancer survivors dragon boat team-Warriors On Water. In 2012, her team won its division at the annual Great White North (GWN) Dragon Boat Races and the team is participating in the 2014 International Breast Cancer Paddlers’ Commission (IBCPC) Participatory Dragon Boat Festival taking place Oct. 24-26 at Nathan Benderson Park, where more than 100 teams, 3,000 breast cancer survivor dragon boat paddlers and supporters representing more than 10 countries will converge and compete.

With an increase in women undergoing mastectomies in recent years, many women are seeking stories that offer support, hope and meaningful insight. With fat grafting as an available option, women should know that they are not forced to choose between a life without breasts or one with artificial implants. Michelle and Dr. Hartog make a dynamic pair - advocating for both the cause and his scarless all natural solution in the industry and throughout their community.

New Breast Reconstruction Options for Cancer Survivors Takes a Natural Approach doctor jeffery hartog certified fabulous

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