We had the good fortune of connecting with Natasha Philippides and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Natasha, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?

My thought process behind starting my own business was that I was noticing more and more patients were coming into the doctor’s offices needing surgery revisions. Patients would often tell me that they felt overwhelmed and there was information overload on the internet on what the right process was to follow.

There was also a pattern of patients not being looked after at other offices, often being neglected by both the office staff and the doctors themselves. Patients were not receiving the correct post-operative care and not being prepared correctly pre-operatively for their procedures.

This is where the concept of Patient Advocacy and Patient Consulting came to mind. I realized that unless the patient’s were coming to me, they were not receiving the care they deserved and the minimum requirements a doctor’s office should be giving them both pre and post operatively.

I feel that Patient Advocacy is important to society to ensure that The Patient is being heard by their Physician and doctor. A lot of patients feel either intimidated or not heard by their physicians and we ensure their voices are being heard and they are being treated fairly with respect and kindness they deserve.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?

I started in the Plastic Surgery Industry 9 years ago.

I was born and raised in South Africa where you are taught to work hard, persevere and follow your dreams. I was taught to never take anything for granted and always live in gratitude.

I studied Psychology as I was always intrigued with human behavior. The choices we make as individuals and as a society plays a huge role in who we are today.

What sets me apart from others in my industry is my empathy and understanding of the human psyche. People come to us feeling vulnerable about their appearance. It is not just a matter of changing something, but we need to show acceptance, love and compassion. People need to be heard and we need to ensure that their journey is a healthy one. That the procedure is being done for the right reasons and to ensure the right expectations are being set.

I am most proud about the fact that the journey I have taken was from my hard work and determination. The road that lead me to where I am was not always easy, but without the hardships, I wouldn’t be who I am today; and for that I am grateful for.

Every industry has its challenges but I can say that the Plastic Surgery Industry may have some of the hardest challenges and not everyone survives Beverly Hills. At every step there is someone ready to take over your position and ensure you don’t succeed. I chose to look at the goodness in people and focus on my work. I didn’t get involved in the talk and gossip that floated around daily.

I made sure I created genuine, lifelong friendships and put my energy into that. Caring about people, getting to know my patients and their stories. The people around me believe in ME and what I stand for.

My story and brand is about building lifetime relationships, caring about humanity and raising the vibration of the people we come in contact with.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?

As you know Los Angeles has a multitude of amazing places to experience.

Coming from a Greek background food and experiences become your life.

Day 1 (Santa Monica)
We would start at Gjusta in Venice for breakfast pastries, bread and delicious baked goods.
From there, a walk / bike ride along the sunny beach of Santa Monica to get our. Vitamin D.
For our evening we would visit the Proper Hotel Santa Monica to take in the Interior Design of Kelly Wearstler and eat at the delicious rooftop Restaurant Calabra

Day 2 (Pacific Palisades)
We would start our morning at the Self Realization Center in Pacific Palisades for meditation and self-reflection
Followed by a drive through the Pacific Palisades beautiful neighborhood to end at the Paseo Miramar Trailhead for a beautiful hike and view of the city.
We would swing by Erewhon to grab some food and snacks.
Followed by a drive to El Matador beach (with a few stops on the way for pictures alone the PCH) to watch sunset and have our picnic and sundowners.

Day 3 (Pasadena/Home)
We would start our day at Huntington Gardens and explore the museums and gardens for most of the day
We would then come home for a hot tub, sunset and cook dinner – as I love cooking and entertaining. Have our friends over to enjoy life,

Day 4 (Malibu)
We would walk to the park and play a game of tennis / basketball to enjoy LA life.
Followed by sunset at Nobu – which is my favorite restaurant for sunset.

Day 5 (Beverly Hills)
We would spend our day in Beverly Hills – as no visit to LA would be complete without it.
Breakfast at Kreation for a delicious Organic smoothie.
Followed by shopping and strolling through Rodeo Drive and obviously people watching.
We would grab a chopped salad at La Scala and watch the characters go by.
Then to complete the day with a rooftop sunset drink and snacks at The Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills.

Day 6 (Melrose / BH)
We would explore Melrose shops, Antique Stores and Vintage dealers.
Then cruise on Sunset Blvd to The Beverly Hills Hotel to have lunch at The Polo Lounge
Followed with a dinner cooked at home by me surrounded by people we love.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?

My shoutout begins to the very first Plastic Surgeon to give me a chance in an industry I didn’t know a lot about. My humble beginnings started 9 years ago in Beverly Hills with a world renowned Plastic Surgeon; Dr Brian Novack.

He hired me in his practice by taking a chance with a girl who didn’t know too much about what this whole industry was all about. I started at the simplest level of Front Office Receptionist, with a hungry mind and heart and soul that knew that hard work would one day pay off.

9 years later I have my own business helping one patient at a time. Ensuring the Patient’s surgical and medical journey is not just good, but great.

Website: www.myomorphia.com

Instagram: @myomorphia

Linkedin: Natasha Philippides

Facebook: @myomorphia

Image Credits
@mikeanthony.photo Mikey Anthony

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