Plastic Surgery THE FA C E OF
E M I LY CL A R KE- P EA RSON, MD For Dr. Emily Clarke-Pearson, the most important part of every patient’s visit is that it is a positive and personal experience. It’s why she threw away clumsy clipboards and generic décor and created a relaxing space where she can meet with patients over fresh coffee and surrounded by art that makes it very clear that the visit is about starting a relationship. Dr. Clarke-Pearson is trained not only in general surgery, plastic surgery, and microsurgical reconstruction, but also as a sculptor and artist. Through her education at Brown, Harvard and Johns Hopkins Universities, her artistic, scientific and technical selves have always been working in harmony. That harmony is evident as soon as one steps into her boutique Fells Point office. The sunlight reflecting off the harbor illuminates a wall of plaques and certificates as brightly as it lights the paintings hanging throughout the office. The beauty of the space, comfortable seating and the simplicity of exposed brick reveal Dr. Clarke-Pearson’s philosophy: her role, before anything else, is to establish a personal connection and to make each
patient feel comfortable talking about their concerns, their desires and their hopes—whether it’s figuring out a skincare routine, fillers and injectables, a facelift, tummy tuck or breast augmentation. She believes strongly that plastic surgery is, first and foremost, “a process of self-care” that should occur in a comforting and beautiful environment. “If what you see in the mirror isn’t how you see yourself in your mind, that translates to how you feel about yourself throughout the day. It’s all a part of presenting yourself to the world. I want to make this a happy place where people feel safe, celebrated, and fun.” With this holistic approach, a patient is likely to emerge from Dr. Clarke-Pearson’s office refreshed and empowered and with something rare: an enduring trust-based relationship.
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