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On Track with Deb Scheib

By: Abby Penning
Posted: March 4, 2010, from the March 2010 issue of
Deb Scheib

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The new office also gave Scheib the opportunity to challenge her knowledge, allowing her to receive more training and giving her the ability to perform services on her own. “I offer skin consultations, remove surgical sutures, and perform chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments,” she says, and she also assists the physician on a regular basis with in-office surgeries, and Botox and facial filler appointments.

Scheib notes, “We also work together to answer patient questions, and I meet with a lot of patients before they have their surgeries.” This close physician interaction is a component of her job Scheib highly values. “If I ever have any questions, or if I am with a patient and see something suspicious, I can always go to Dr. Herendeen and feel comfortable,” she says.

Scheib does sometimes find it difficult to call attention to the cosmetic services her department offers due to the larger ear, nose and throat division of the practice. But to combat that, she is active in the community, offering seminars and open houses on the procedures the office provides. “It’s just good to keep our name out there, to let people know that we’re here and this is what we do, and that this kind of treatment is available locally,” she explains.

Scheib also keeps her own professional growth on track as well, attending various classes about medical aesthetic developments. “Even if it’s a procedure we don’t offer, if patients ask questions about it, I want to be able to answer them knowledgeably,” she says.

She also stays up-to-date by being active in the Organization of Facial Plastic Surgery Assistants (OFPSA). Currently acting as the organization’s communications director, Scheib aids in preparing for the OFPSA’s annual meeting, and loves the opportunity to connect with others in her profession. “We all have the same goal—helping the physician,” she explains. “And there are so many different procedures, techniques and products out there, so it’s great to bounce ideas off of people I meet.”