Meet Our Incredible Staff
Shitel D. 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.
Tuan A. Truong, MD, FACS, FAAP
Tuan A. Truong, MD, FACS, FAAP is a native Texan who earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then went on to complete his general surgery residency at the University of Florida in Jacksonville. Upon finishing his general surgery training, he was selected to pursue a three-year plastic surgery residency at the highly competitive Mayo Clinic Arizona. During this time, he was exposed to the most current and daring aspects of plastic surgery. He then completed a fellowship in Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery at Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, where he received comprehensive training in a wide variety of techniques to augment his skill-set.
As a Rice alum, Dr. Truong is fortunate to return to the city that jump-started his career and dedicated to improving the care of patients in the greater Houston area.
and Laser Certified Technician
Natalie Starkey is our medical aesthetician and certified medical laser technician. She has been in the industry for 10 years. She is a member of Associated Skin Care Professionals, and devoted to continuing education for both herself and clients. Her passion for medical esthetics helps her provide safe, comfortable and effective treatments. Natalie enjoys being able to enhance her client’s natural beauty to spark confidence from within.
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.
Patient care coordinator
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.
Patient Care Coordinator
Taylor masters is experienced in the medical field for the last 5 years. She has worked as a nurse technician and unit secretary in the Post Anesthesia care unit from 2013 when she graduated high school in 2016. She then moved into the operating room where she was the unit secretary and has a lot of experience scheduling surgeries and able to participate in watching some of them as well. When she left Clear Lake Regional, she moved on to the plastic field, learning and gaining new experiences with weight loss patients, breast reconstruction, and cosmetic cases. She has loved every part of this practice not only for the before and after experiences but growing a patient/ assistant relationship and being the wing woman under the doctor. She strives to make the patients as comfortable and taken care of as possible. She is starting new beginnings and interested in growing her knowledge in the surgical field as well. She is excited about learning more about this practice and growing herself to the best that she can be.