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Dr. Melinda Lacerna

Meet Plastic Surgeon Dr. Melinda Lacerna

Dr. Lacerna was born in the Philippines and migrated to the United States with her family at the age of 8. She was inspired to pursue plastic surgery after learning about the wonderful work achieved through volunteer medical mission trips throughout the world.

Motivated to make a difference in the lives of others, Dr. Lacerna completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences from California State University, at Fullerton near the top of her class, while continuing to work three jobs. In 1998, she earned her Medical Degree from University of California at Irvine, and pursued additional training in General Surgery at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles. Dr. Lacerna completed her Plastic Surgery residency at Temple University in Philadelphia.

She is Board Certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board
of Surgery. She is a Fellow of the American College Surgeons and is a member of the American
Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Dr. Lacerna has extensive experience in all aspects of plastic and reconstructive surgery with special interests in aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery, tummy tucks, mommy makeovers and body contouring after massive weight loss.

She is involved in numerous charitable activities both locally and internationally and has treated children with cleft lip deformities in the Philippines and burn victims in Ghana, West Africa. She lives in Bradenton, Florida with her husband, Dr. Brian Kimbrell, Director of Trauma at Blake Medical Center, and their son Caden. She is also an accomplished artist and oil painter, and enjoys travel, gourmet foods, and scuba diving.

 

Treatment Philosophy

Dr. Lacerna maintains a balanced lifestyle with regular exercise and healthy nutrition, and she encourages her patients to do the same. “I believe that a sense of well-being stems from feeling good, looking good, and having meaning and accomplishment in your life”. Dr. Lacerna’s goal when meeting patients for a consultation is to put them at ease, listen closely to their needs, and understand how they want to look and feel. As an artist, she can visualize the potential in each individual. Using her surgical skill and compassion, she translates a patients’ desires into a beautiful new face, or body. At LA Plastic Surgery & Dermatology, we are in the business of helping men and women feel good about themselves. A change in your appearance can be a powerful mechanism to boost self-confidence, attitude, and a sense of well-being.

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Dr. Lacerna has extensive experience in all aspects of plastic and reconstructive surgery with special interests in aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery, tummy tucks, mommy makeovers and body contouring after massive weight loss.


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Curriculm Vitae
Melinda Lacerna, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Education
Doctor of Medicine
University of California, Irvine College of Medicine (1994-1998)
Irvine, CA
Bachelor of Science Biological Sciences
California State University, Fullerton (1990-1994)
Fullerton, CA

Board Certifications
Board Certified, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Board Certified, General Surgery

Professional Memberships
American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
California Society of Plastic Surgeons

Volunteer Experience
Darma Ahenkro, Ghana, West Africa (March 2006)
Hands Across the World Foundation
(treated children and adults with cleft lips and burn injuries)

Cabanatuan City, Philippines (February 2005)
World Surgical Foundation
(treated children and adults with cleft lips and palates)

Hospital Priveledges
Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC)
Community Memorial Hospital (CMH)
St. John’s Medical Center
Pleasant Valley Medical Center

Interests & Activities
Oil painting, running, scuba, volunteer mission trips, travel,
interior design
Married to Brian James Kimbrell, MD, FACS
Surgical Training
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (2003-2005)
General Surgery
Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles, CA (1998-2003)

Work Experience
Attending Plastic Surgeon
Channel Islands Plastic Surgery Medical Group
Ventura County Medical Center (2007-2011)
Attending Plastic Surgeon
Kaiser Permanente, Woodland Hills, CA (2005-2007)

Publications
Lacerna, M, Spears, J, Mitra, A
Avoiding free nipple grafts during reduction mammaplasty in patients with gigantomastia.
Ann Plast Surg. 2005 Jul;55(1):21-4

Kaminski, A., Amr, D., Lacerna-Kimbrell, ML
Lymphatic Mapping in patients with breast cancer and previous Augmentation Mammaplasty. Am Surg. 2007 Oct;73(10);981-3

Puopong, D, Terasaki, K, Lacerna, M, Applebaum, H
Splenic artery embolization in the management of an acute immune
thrombocytopenic purpura-related intracranial hemorrhage.

J Pediatr Surg. 2005 May;40(5):869-71.

ElTorai, I, Wong, Lacerna, M
Surgical aspects of autonomic dysreflexia.
J Spinal Cord Med. 1997 Jul;20(3):361-4.

Lacerna, M
Les Fleurs de La Chateau, original oil painting
Cover, The Kaiser Permanente Journal, Fall 2006 issue

Professional Memberships
American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
California Society of Plastic Surgeons
   

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