Patient Stories

Creating Cleft Awareness With Smile Train

Posted in: Events, LIPSG News, Patient Stories , Monday June 4, 2018

Two-year-old Gerard Avellaneda of Huntington was selected as the honoree for this past weekend’s Smile Train Family Day on June 2. His family and his surgeon, Dr. Rachel A. Ruotolo, were there to celebrate with him. Gerard was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate and has undergone 3 surgeries to date, with more… Continue Reading

Walk With Dr. Ruotolo

Posted in: Events, Patient Stories , Friday May 11, 2018

Dr. Rachel A. Ruotolo will be participating in the 2nd Annual SmileTrain Family Day on June 2nd to celebrate one of her outstanding, brave patients. Gerard Avellaneda was born on January 5th, 2016 with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. At just 4 months of age, he underwent his first surgery and received his “forever smile.”… Continue Reading

Real Patient Stories: Doctor Communication is Key

Posted in: Patient Stories , Tuesday March 21, 2017

Some people told her she was too young, but at 22 years old Danielle was absolutely sure: She had waited long enough, and she was going to have breast augmentation. “I knew it would make me feel like a woman, and it did,” she says. Danielle’s initial surgery was at a different practice, and while… Continue Reading

Real Patient Stories: Advocacy for Awareness

Posted in: Patient Stories , Wednesday October 5, 2016

Desiree is a breast cancer survivor, and a patient of Dr. Michael Dobryansky. For breast cancer awareness month, her company, NBTY Inc, shared her story to inspire others and to express their pride in her strength and positivity. Desiree is an advocate for yearly mammograms, and shares her story in the hopes that it will… Continue Reading

Real Patient Stories: A Healthy Outlook

Posted in: LIPSG News, Patient Stories , Monday September 19, 2016

“I never thought it would happen. Not in a million years.” –Lori, Breast Cancer Survivor Lori knew the damage that breast cancer could do. She had seen friends struggle and, as the founder of the celebrity news website cupidspulse.com, she had covered stories of survivors like Giuliana Rancic and Angelina Jolie. But with no family… Continue Reading

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