Dr. Jennifer Walden is unique: she was born and bred and Texas, where she decided to become a surgeon, and she’s lived in New York, where she trained, only to return to Texas to work and serve the greater community, one patient at a time, by making people feel good about their bodies, and by giving back to the community this way.
Walden grew up with medical parents, and she was told she would be a good surgeon from a very young age. She went to college and medical school in Texas, and even earned the coveted salutatorian prize at her medical school. And then, she had the best news: she was invited to work with the famous surgeon Dr. Sherrell Aston in Manhattan. She went.
For eight years, Walden lived in New York, and she learned everything from Aston that Aston could teach her. She even innovated in her discipline, inventing new surgical instruments to be used in breast surgeries, and taking advantage of New York’s cutting-edge city appeal to get on top of all non-surgical technology in her field.
Then, she decided to become a single mother, and she soon found herself wanting to take her twin boys back to Texas, where she knew she had always felt welcome. And that she did. She’s been living in Austin, where she has her main clinic, and she also operates several satellite clinics at various hospitals in the area.
Walden says that she feels like plastic surgery is doing something good for people, and that many women are more comfortable talking with her because she’s a female surgeon, a rarity in plastic surgery. She has learned to listen and to understand issues such as body dysmorphia and life changes that might require surgery to fix.
Walden uses her knowledge and experience to help her patients focus on realistic expectations, and she guides them to the right fit for a surgeon if she doesn’t think she qualifies.
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