I believe that a sense of well-being stems from feeling good, looking good, and having meaning and accomplishment in your life.

- Dr. Melinda Lacerna

Board Certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Lacerna is a Fellow of the American College Surgeons and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Meet Plastic Surgeon Dr. Melinda Lacerna

Dr. Lacerna was born in the Philippines and migrated to the US with her family when she was 8 years old. She became inspired to pursue a career in Plastic Surgery after learning about various volunteer mission trips that Plastic Surgeons are involved with all over the world.

Dr. Lacerna’s motivation enabled her to finish her Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences from California State University, Fullerton near the top of her class, while working three jobs to support herself. In 1998, she obtained her Medical Degree from University of California in Irvine; she then pursued her training in General Surgery at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles followed by Plastic Surgery residency at Temple University in Philadelphia. She is Board Certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Dr. Lacerna has extensive experience in all aspects of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with special interests in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery, Body Sculpting, and Body Contouring after Massive Weight Loss.

She is involved in numerous charitable activities both locally and internationally and has treated children with cleft lip deformities in the Philippines and burn victims in Ghana, West Africa. She lives in Bradenton, FL with her husband, Dr. Brian Kimbrell, the Trauma Medical Director at Blake Medical center, and son Caden. She is also an accomplished artist and oil painter, and enjoys travel, gourmet foods, and scuba diving.

Dr. Lacerna's Philosophy

A consultation with Dr. Lacerna is like confiding to a close friend about insecurities you have about your appearance. As a woman, she listens very closely to your concerns and hopes. She understands exactly how women want to look and feel- whether in a bikini or lingerie, or simply wanting the right curves in jeans, a little black dress, or a wedding gown. She understands you want your face to have that “natural glow” during a candlelit dinner or a reunion, but not look like you just had your face done. She understands that men also care as much abut their appearance, but they do not want to look overdone. As an artist, Dr. Lacerna can visualize the potential masterpiece in each individual. As an accomplished surgeon, she uses her skills and compassion to deliver the very best results safely and effectively.

To maintain the best results possible, Dr. Lacerna encourages her patients to keep a balanced lifestyle with regular exercise and healthy eating, in order to keep the new self confidence and life optimism that matches your beautiful new face and body!
In your initial consultation, Dr. Lacerna will evaluate your health and will be frank in discussing your expectations of your post-surgical results. Again, she will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding vitamins, iron tablets and certain medications. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after the vaginal rejuvenation surgery.

Dr. Lacerna's Education & Certifications

Curriculm Vitae
Melinda Lacerna, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Education
Doctor of Medicine University of California, Irvine
College of Medicine (1994-1998) Irvine, CA
Bachelor of Science Biological Sciences California State University, Fullerton (1990-1994) Fullerton, CA

Board Certifications
Board Certified, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Board Certified, General Surgery

Professional Memberships
American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
California Society of Plastic Surgeons

Volunteer Experience
Darma Ahenkro, Ghana, West Africa (March 2006)
Hands Across the World Foundation (treated children and adults with cleft lips and burn injuries)
Cabanatuan City, Philippines (February 2005) World Surgical Foundation (treated children and adults with cleft lips and palates)

Hospital Priveledges
Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC)
Community Memorial Hospital (CMH)
St. John’s Medical Center Pleasant Valley Medical Center

Interests & Activities
Oil painting, running, scuba, volunteer mission trips, travel, interior design
Married to Brian James Kimbrell, MD, FACS
Surgical Training
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (2003-2005)
General Surgery Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles, CA (1998-2003)

Work Experience
Attending Plastic Surgeon Channel Islands Plastic Surgery Medical Group Ventura County Medical Center (2007-2011)
Attending Plastic Surgeon Kaiser Permanente, Woodland Hills, CA (2005-2007)

Publications
Lacerna, M, Spears, J, Mitra, A Avoiding free nipple grafts during reduction mammaplasty in patients with gigantomastia. Ann Plast Surg. 2005 Jul;55(1):21-4

Kaminski, A., Amr, D., Lacerna-Kimbrell, ML Lymphatic Mapping in patients with breast cancer and previous Augmentation Mammaplasty. Am Surg. 2007 Oct;73(10);981-3

Puopong, D, Terasaki, K, Lacerna, M, Applebaum, H Splenic artery embolization in the management of an acute immune thrombocytopenic purpura-related intracranial hemorrhage. J Pediatr Surg. 2005 May;40(5):869-71.

ElTorai, I, Wong, Lacerna, M Surgical aspects of autonomic dysreflexia. J Spinal Cord Med. 1997 Jul;20(3):361-4.

Lacerna, M Les Fleurs de La Chateau, original oil painting Cover, The Kaiser Permanente Journal, Fall 2006 issue

Professional Memberships
American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons Fellow,
American College of Surgeons California Society of Plastic Surgeons

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