Dr. Jennifer Waldren, an Austin native, graduated second in class at the University of Galveston at the medical branch. Once she received her higher education in Texas, she completed a fellowship for asthetic surgery at the Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat hospital. She decided to stay in New York and build a successful practice. Then she decided to move back to Austin, her hometown.
Dr. Jennifer Waldren has been an practicing surgeon for eight years. Her focus is plastic surgery, which includes breast augemntations, face lifts, eyelid lifts, and nose jobs. Only 851 of the 8,100 board certified plastic surgeons are women. Of the 851 female surgeons, only 180 are board certified. Only a dozen of these female members live in Texas.
Dr. Waldren knows she’s rarity. She thinks one of the reasons it is so male dominated is that a surgeon must complete five years post-medical school training and a 1-2 year fellowship. Many women do not wish to delay child bearing. On top of that, she feels the culture doesn’t treat women the same. They have to constantly prove themselves, even if they are at the top of their field. Being a female plastic surgeon has its benefits. Almost 91% of all plastic surgeries are performed on women.
Part of the reason she moved back to Austin is she decided to become a mother. She understands their concerns as she has undergone certain changes during pregnancy. She can empathize with these patients and their needs, which is what makes her an amazing doctor. Dr. Jennifer Waldren truly has found her balance of work and home to become a successful surgeon and mother of twins.
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