Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Nicholas Jones.
Dr. Jones, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
On the drive to school, my mother would often say to me, “you’re going to be a doctor.” Not only did she say it, my pediatrician, but Dr. Remidios would also say it as well. My parents have always been very encouraging and eventually, I started to believe it myself. My parents gave me the confidence to believe that “I could do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
This along with my competitive nature that was developed as a result of basketball. I was always undersized, but a fierce competitor. I once shared with one of the coaches my aspirations of being a doctor. He laughed at me and suggested I learn a trade! That was one of many doubters.
I remember in high school, Mr. Lazare, my calculus teacher, challenged me to do better. He asked me if I wanted to be mediocre my whole life… from that point on, I studied harder and made sure I was at the top of the list when the scores were posted!
I thank my parents and support system for giving me to confidence to pursue my dreams. I also thank the many doubters for challenging me. Now, the only person I am competing with is myself, always in pursuit to make improvements.
My high school years were just the start of many obstacles and challenges. I am grateful for the experience because it helped prepare me for many more to come on my career path.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not always been smooth. As I mentioned, challenges have always been a part of the journey. Plastic surgery is one of the most difficult residencies to attain. On my first application, I did not match. This was disheartening, I had longed to be a plastic surgeon long before entering medical school. I had always done well in school and practically “breezed my way through.” This was one of my first real fails! My peers had always looked up to me, I was extremely confident, and now, I had to face my colleagues who all knew that I did not match.
What next? I struggled for a while, but I got over it, regrouped found a couple of great mentors and developed a plan. It all started out with an email. I was training in Philadelphia, a city filled with training programs and preeminent institutions of higher learning. I reached out to the chairman of plastic surgery at UPenn and surprisingly, he responded. We met up, he mentored me and eventually I would get a spot!
Lesson learned, use the resources you have available to you.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am a plastic and reconstructive surgeon practicing in the Atlanta area. It is my goal to provide our clients with uncompromising service while ensuring their safety. I specialize in both aesthetic and reconstructive procedures. My most common procedures include body contouring (tummy tuck, liposuction, BBL) and reconstructive surgery (keloid excision).
I pride myself on providing the best possible care and service. I want all of my patients to feel comfortable and to know that I am there for them every step of the way from preop to postop.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I am looking forward to growing my practice and becoming a household commodity in the greater Atlanta area. In addition, I will continue my community service efforts focusing on underprivileged black male youth.
- Address: 1 Baltimore Place
Atlanta, GA 30308
- Website: www.drnipandtuck.com
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