Sweet, honest and talented., May 20, 2006, 6:00 am
My life has improved drastically since the day I met Dr. Baroody. Not only has he preformed physical miracles with his surgeries on me, but he has been a joy to get to know and for that alone I am glad to have met him.
Dr. Baroody has been trained in the “new age” of plastic surgery. I met with many other surgeons on my quest to find the right one for me. Each had their pros and cons, but a resounding theme I heard was that they “had been doing these surgeries for years and years successfully”. It sounds like a positive, but as I became more educated about techniques I learned that these “experienced” surgeons really did have lots of surgeries under their belts, but they were basically the same ones they started out with decades ago. Dr. Baroody said to me once “Doctors have a technique that they prefer and it’s given them good results, so they feel no need to change it and try something new.” And that’s where the big difference began to become apparent to me. Dr. Baroody practices the latest technologies and seems to be truly fascinated with new techniques. You can tell that he really loves his work and is always learning. It turned out that yes, the other surgeons had been in the business longer, but had hardly, if at all, performed these new progressive techniques, where as Dr. Baroody was studied them right from the beginning of his career and has actually performed MANY more of them than doctors who had been in practice years longer than he has been.
I knew he was the “right one” within a few minutes of meeting him. He makes you feel extremely comfortable and welcome. What I love the most about Dr. Baroody is that he’s a REAL guy. He’s not above you like many doctors. He speaks to you like a friend and has a great sense of humor. He even takes a little razzing which is always a quality I like in people.
Dr. Baroody is not a sales man. He doesn’t talk about any part of your body that you haven’t brought up to him. He does not try to talk you into more surgeries or make you feel self conscious about yourself. He is a very moral and honest man who always has your best interests at heart, even if it means more work or less money for him. He is very educated about all kinds of medicine well out of the field of plastic surgery which is very nice when you already have conditions and medicines that affect your life.
His incisions are as small as he can make them and his stitches are mostly internal and very fine. My scars are the best I’ve seen in all of my research, much thinner than the “norm”. He knows everything there is to know about proportions and anatomy, but he also shows he has a huge appreciation and understanding of lines and sculptural beauty. Being an artist myself, this was something I could easily see in him.
I was fortunate enough to be a patient of his during the time he and his wife had their first child. I’ve never seen a man beam with more pride and it was truly endearing and special to be a part of. Dr. Baroody is more than a doctor; he’s a husband, a father and a genuinely special person. You leave his office knowing that you are not just a medical file to him.
When I first sat with Dr. Baroody, I told him that I did not expect perfection. Perfection is exactly what he gave me. It’s not about money and pinning you down for every little thing he does. He just does what will make the best result, and he is nearly obsessive about details. And when you’re talking about your body, obsessiveness is a good thing!
He also made some judgment calls in surgery based on what he knew about my personality and what would make me happy and he was absolutely right in doing so. After my first surgery I had so much faith in him, the next surgery I literally told him “You do what you want. I trust you.” This is a great departure from a person who walks into an appointment with a million lists and drawings. He really is that good.
Dr. Baroody also has one very important thing going for him, and that is a wonderful woman named Marie Tedaldi. She is his patient coordinator and just about the nicest person you'll ever meet. She is much like him in the sense that she is very down to earth and has a great sense of humor. Marie is available anytime for anything and is genuinely concerned about your every question.
I have had amazing recoveries and even more amazing results. And I hope to keep in touch with both Marie and Dr. Baroody as I feel very lucky to have met them.