Board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Gary Motykie, founded his surgery practice as well as Motykie Medical Spa on the principles of compassion and care. The same motivation of Dr. Motykie also extends beyond his day to day practice to support the larger good of the community. Dr. Motykie’s nonprofit initiative, The Healing Curve, was a result of this motivation to make a more meaningful and sustainable contribution to the society.
Dr. Motykie founded The Healing Curve in 2008 as a nonprofit organization to support breast cancer survivors who are left to face the tough reality of breast tissue loss and permanent scars as a result of the mastectomy that save their life. Physical well-being is directly connected to a person’s emotional well-being. Therefore, treating physical deformities apart from the life threatening breast cancer becomes an equally important responsibility.
Dr. Motykie was featured in the popular Dr. 90210 TV series of E! Entertainment. As a part of the episodes of this series, Dr. Motykie performed reconstructive surgeries for breast cancer survivors. The flood of responses that followed the show inspired him to come up with the idea of The Healing Curve. The initiative was launched in 2008 with a mission to fund and support corrective surgeries for women who had sustained physical deformities acquired as an outcome of cancer, trauma, prior unsuccessful procedures and/or birth defects.
Dr. Motykie realized that while the insurance firms provided coverage for the initial construction procedure following breast cancer, but in many cases they would not offer coverage for secondary procedures for survivors. If the survivor could not afford the surgery on their own, they would have to remain feeling incomplete in absence of treatment.
Dr. Motykie says about his experience: “I started The Healing Curve to help those women who have won the battle against breast cancer but have lost their breasts, their femininity and their self-esteem in the process. These women have already been through so much with cancer itself; they deserve the best possible breast reconstruction that plastic surgery can offer.”
Widening the Reach
The Healing Curve was originally established with a sole motive of helping breast cancer survivors to restore their physical aesthetics. However, once the TV show went on air, Dr. Motykie was inundated with letters from viewers. Each letter had a different tale to narrate, but the underlying theme was common: they all suffered from a physical deformity and had no financial means to have it corrected.
Dr. Motykie also came in touch with patients of cosmetic surgery who had been wrongly treated or had poor surgical outcomes. It also included patients who had been through a traumatic accident or suffered from congenital physical deformities. In absence of financial means, these patients were left with disfigurement and permanent scars that could be corrected with a revision surgery. The Healing Curve extended its reach to all such patients, and offered the highest standard of care to those who could not afford it. The initiative is on its way to touch a greater number of lives by raising funds through donations and charity events.
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