Women of Distinction Alumni: Dr. Tracy McCall

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Growing up with a mother who was a nurse, Tracy McCall has had a passion for medicine for as long as she can remember. In medical school, McCall shadowed a woman who was going into plastic surgery and discovered a love for the work. “I initially joined a single specialty group, which was delightful, but it wasn’t everything I wanted,” she says. “I wanted to have more control over the direction of my practice.” That desire led McCall to found Lake Country Plastic and Hand Surgery in 2004. Dr. McCall sees patients for reconstructive surgery, breast reductions and augmentation, abdominoplasties, Renuvion skin tightening and more.

“Medicine is one of the best careers out there – it is wonderful to be able to help patients.”

 

– Dr. Tracy McCall

Owner and Plastic Surgeon, Lake Country Plastic and Hand Surgery

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Q&A

How did you first become interested in the medical field and plastic surgery?

That goes back to when I was just a little girl. My mother is a nurse, and I used to read her nursing books, so for as long as I could remember, I wanted to be a physician. When I was in medical school, I got to follow a woman who was going into plastic surgery. She did quite a number of plastics cases, and I absolutely loved the work. It is very rewarding and I’m very fortunate to be able to do plastic surgery. I initially joined a single speciality group, which was delightful, but it wasn’t everything I wanted. I wanted to have a little more control of the direction of my practice and in order to do that, I needed to run my own practice, so that’s what I did!

What advice would you have for young women interested in pursuing medicine or starting their own practice?

Do what you love. Medicine is still one of the best careers out there, and it is wonderful to be able to help patients, but the hours are very long and you have to practice something that you truly love, otherwise, you won’t be able to keep up the hours and the amount of work that is involved.


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