Being a plastic surgeon in Boston

I love being a plastic surgeon here in Massachusetts, helping my patients to achieve their goals. I believe in offering the highest quality of care for anyone considering cosmetic surgery in Boston.  I offer a personal level of service that goes beyond what most people have come to expect from their physicians. I feel that patients deserve to have a conversation with their plastic surgeon and to feel that they are part of the decision making process.  Many people complain that their doctor lacks a good bedside manner.  My patients often comment that they felt at ease communicating with me from the beginning of our relationship.

I am not only a plastic surgeon in Boston, I am a mother, which makes me a teacher, counselor, advocate and friend. I am a student, learning how to better the results my patients receive by always increasing my knowledge and skills. I love knitting and skiing, traveling and hiking.  I am an avid reader. I have a very full life and a great plastic surgery practice here in Boston but when I take a break from everything I need to run.

I love the feeling of having pushed my body beyond what I thought was possible.  Now, from the way that I speak, you would have thought that I was always an athlete.  This is not so.

Terri-halperin-runnerI ran on and off in college to try to work off the “freshman ten.”  I had no love affair with running at that time though.  I thought of the activity as a chore, a necessary evil.  In medical school, I ran to relieve stress.  It was during this time, however, that I ran my first 5K race.  After this, I was hooked.  I’ve always had a competitive spirit and what better than to run to better your own race times.  I have run the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure many times and I have tried to better my time with each race.

Since having my children, running has become a “me time” activity.  I use the solitude of running to think through challenging surgical cases in my Boston practice or to ponder the difficulties of motherhood.  Much of the time though, I just enjoy the quiet time that running affords me.  Every once and a while, I will run with someone else but, truthfully, it is a journey I prefer to take on my own.

Until last year, I hadn’t run much more than 4 miles at a time.  I wasn’t sure I was capable of much more than this.  Then, my husband signed up to run the Boston Marathon to celebrate his 40th birthday.  I joined him along the course and, because of the race day excitement, I was able to run 10 miles with him.  Since then, I have run several 10K races and I am now training for a half marathon.

I tell you about my passion for running because I think physical fitness is so important.  Not only is exercise a critical means of controlling weight but it also reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease (heart attack and stroke), Type II diabetes and some cancers.  Exercise has been shown to improve mood, brain function and memory, and it strengthens muscles and bones.

Running may not be for you but finding a physical activity that appeals to you is critical for good health.  Whether you are a biker or a swimmer, softball player or hiker, I wish you a fabulous summer filled with lots of outdoor fun.  Maybe I’ll see you at my next race!