Shitel Patel, MD
Shitel D. Patel, MD was raised in Florida for most of his life. He graduated medical school from the University of South Florida in 2007 and then went on to complete his residency in General Surgery at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia. He then went on to complete a three-year Plastic Surgery Residency at UT Houston in the heart of Houston’s bustling medical center. During this time, he was exposed to a large and multifaceted volume of all aspects of plastic surgery. This, along with talented mentors and teachers, allowed him to hone his plastic surgery skills. Dr. Patel went on to further fortify his training by completing a Pediatric and Adult Craniofacial Plastic Surgery Fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas.
Training under multiple experts in the field has given Dr. Patel the ability to solve complex plastic surgery problems with ease, and he is able to apply his experience in craniofacial surgery to both cosmetics and reconstruction. As a cosmetic surgeon, he treats all patients as he would his own family. His passion for creating better results for all patients is ingrained in his philosophy of care: treat the problems of today for the results of tomorrow. Dr. Patel has published multiple articles in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Journal of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery. He has also presented at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and Texas Society for Plastic Surgery. He is board-certified in General Surgery and Plastic Surgery.
During his training, he and his family developed a love for Houston. This, along with his desire to create a practice aligned with his ideals, led him to create Lift Plastic Surgery in 2016. He currently resides in Houston with his wife Bijal, daughter Sayoni, son Jahi and sheltie Nacho. Click for Dr. Patel's CV or Realself profile.
Jacqueline Wegge, MD
“I have always wanted to be a surgeon, the same way that I have always known that art, music, creativity, and passion were a part of my soul. I feel fortunate to have found a career that I love which can integrate both my scientific and creative endeavors.”
Dr. Wegge grew up in DePere Wisconsin, where she was avidly involved in music, art, theater, and dance, as well as a member of National Honor Society. During this time, she also served as the lead singer of the locally well-known classic rock band “Hijinx”. She then went on to complete her undergraduate training at the University of Wisconsin Madison where she received a bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. She graduated with distinction as well as a membership in: National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Beta Kappa, and Golden Key International Honour Society. Subsequently, she fulfilled her medical training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. She received her medical degree in 2008 as well as the prestigious honor of being elected as an alpha omega alpha member. Dr. Wegge then went on to complete a full five-year general surgery residency at MSU-KCMS/Western Michigan University and has been board certified in general surgery since 2014. She then accomplished an additional plastic surgery residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Finally, she went on to fulfill her ultimate goals with a craniofacial fellowship at the prestigious University of Texas Southwestern. Dr. Wegge became board-certified in plastic surgery in 2018.
Throughout her training, Dr. Wegge was fortunate to learn from many great mentors and experts on the forefront of trauma, cancer reconstruction, breast surgery and reconstruction, microsurgery, hand surgery, craniofacial surgery and aesthetic surgery. During her plastic surgery residency in Houston Texas, she was trained at Memorial Hermann hospital, one of the busiest trauma centers in the country, as well as MD Anderson, one of the foremost cancer centers in the world. As a result, she has a broad range of skills that makes her ideally equipped to treat a wide variety of patients with even the most difficult problems. “Being a skilled plastic surgeon not only requires the vast knowledge of a scholar, but the steady hand and the precise eye of an artist as well. The diversity of plastic surgery spans the entire human body, with the challenge of devising a plan for repairing or modifying those deformities which others have been unable to conquer. Additionally, it affords the opportunity to plan, sculpt, and create with a complexity that requires the physician to be able to imagine not only the immediate result, but also take into account the final product months and years down the road.” It is a great honor for Dr. Wegge to form a long-lasting relationship with her patients and guide them along their journey.
I addition to her broad medical training, Dr. Wegge has also given presentations, written multiple chapters/articles, and has been involved in mission work. Dr. Wegge was lucky enough to be able to travel to El Salvador for the past two years in a row with the Austin Smiles plastic surgery foundation. She was part of a large team of medical professionals and volunteers that provided care for underserved patients from Central America. This included operations for patients in all phases of cleft care (cleft lip, cleft palate, speech surgery, rhinoplasty etc.) as well as other congenital anomalies like hemifacial microsomia. She found this to be a life changing experience that has affected her overall views on medical care and further cemented her desire to provide every patient with compassion and personalized treatment. She plans to continue involvement in medical mission work as much as she is able.
Dr. Wegge is extremely excited and honored to be a part of Lift Plastic Surgery. She and Dr. Patel attended plastic surgery training together at the University of Texas Health Science Center, and also completed the same craniofacial fellowship program at the University of Texas Southwestern. Throughout, they were able to form a strong bond, as they found that they have matching ethics, ideals, and goals. They wanted to create a practice that they felt could provide the type of compassionate and meticulous medical and surgical care that their patients deserved. Furthermore, the fact that she and Dr. Patel are fully trained in general and plastic surgery makes them uniquely equipped to provide total care for breast cancer patients from beginning to end. They are both very passionate about providing this service for their patients. Dr. Wegge has a strong history of medical problems within her own family, particularly breast cancer. As a result, she understands what things are like from the patient’s point of view, and makes every effort to spend the time necessary to make her patients feel comfortable, safe, and well-informed about their medical treatment. Dr. Wegge provides total plastic and reconstructive surgery care, with an emphasis on breast surgery, cosmetic surgery and pediatric plastic surgery. She strives to provide natural results that patients can be proud of.
Michelle Nolen, Practice Manager
Michelle has more than 17 years of experience in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She provides guidance for surgical and non-surgical services, with a focus on patient safety and satisfaction before, during, and after surgery. Michelle coordinates all patient related functions, business operations, public relations, sales, and marketing efforts. She has a true passion for the aesthetics industry and patient satisfaction. She is a perfect match for Lift Plastic Surgery and its professional, innovative, and cutting-edge ideals. If there is anything that you need, Michelle is there to help!
Michelle and her husband Ray have two kids: Shaine and Alix.
Christian Hansen, Patient Liaison
Christian was raised in Florida for most of her life, and graduated Ringling College with a Business of Art & Design degree. She has extensive experience in the arts, as well as sales and client relations, which makes her a perfect member of our plastic surgery practice. She has always had a passion for customer service and enjoys watching new companies thrive. She recently discovered her love for the medical field and looks forward to coming to work each day to learn new things. She is an integral part of our Lift Plastic Surgery team, and takes great pride in helping our patient’s with their every need from the moment they step through the door. For fun, she is a workout instructor for Pure Barre. She loves motivating people to become their best and strongest selves.
She recently became engaged and is planning on tying the knot this December in Sarasota, FL. Additionally, she just welcomed a new puppy “Bear” into the family.
Shelley Schultz, Aesthetician
Shelley Schultz graduated from Kathy Driscoll’s School of Advanced Aesthetics and has been practicing as a Licensed Medical Aesthetician since 2002. She is also a Texas State Certified Laser Technician with more than 10 years of experience with lasers. She has been a long-standing member of both the Houston Aesthetician Network and the Associated Skin Care Professionals Network. Shelley brings to Lift Plastic Surgery vast experience in both the skin care aesthetics and medical spa industries. She is passionate about skin care and recognizes the vital role skin plays in a person’s overall well-being, and has a loyal following of clients to prove it!
Throughout her aesthetic career, Shelley has expanded her skillset to include knowledge of cosmetic surgery and the many facets of medical aesthetics. These treatments include: IPL photo facials, LED therapy, laser hair reduction, laser skin resurfacing, dermaplaning, derma pen micro-needling, microdermabrasion, customized facials, waxing, and a variety of chemical peels. Shelley’s intuitive and nurturing relationship with each patient continues to influence her approach to creating the perfect personalized plan to provide optimum desired results for each individual.
Shelley feels aesthetics is a balanced blend of science, health and beauty. This, coupled with her artistic eye, helps her patients feel and look their best. “Investing in your skin is serious because it’s the only one you’ve got. Your face is how you present yourself to the world”, says Shelley, “So take care of it.” She’s excited about the new procedures she will be able to provide her patients by joining the team at Lift Plastic Surgery. In her ongoing quest to make her clients look and feel beautiful, she regularly attends skin care conferences, workshops, and seminars across the country to remain on the cutting edge of the latest in skin care treatments, advancements, and surgical procedures. She loves meeting new clients and creating lasting relationships while working towards combating their skin care concerns and creating desired results. Her facial treatments are an enduring gift of relaxation, beauty, health, and wellness.
Shelley has grown up in the Clear Lake area and continues to live there with her husband Chuck. She stays busy with her two daughters. Peyton is graduating this year and going off to college at Texas A&M, Corpus Christi. She is a solid soccer player and golf enthusiast. Her youngest, Caris Rose, is active in volleyball, tennis, golf and anything technology driven. Shelley enjoys all kinds of music and the whole family attends concerts when it fits into their schedules. The family enjoys being outside, usually on a beautiful beach----but she always makes sure the sunscreen is being re-applied every two hours for the entire family when they are having fun in the sun!