Sunday, April 21st, 2019

The Carney Center Story


Changing patients’ outlook on life as well as outward appearance

by Rick Spencer

Denise Kail, RN

Denise Kail, RN

No longer am I looking in a mirror and seeing this sad woman,” a mademoiselle of 34 years says. She is Denise Kail’s patient at The Carney Center. “Thank you for your kindness and understanding,” the patient continues.

Denise is a registered nurse with 14 years of experience in the plastic surgery industry. “My patient was going through tough times; her appearance was among the challenges contributing to her depressed state of mind,” Denise recalls.

This patient’s transformation started with the injection of a few fillers and some Botox for her face. When she saw the results, she was amazed and thrilled. Dramatic outcomes such as this make Denise more passionate about her profession where she specializes in advanced injector techniques.

Denise recently joined The Carney Center’s Chesapeake office as an advanced nurse injector. “It’s the perfect fit for me since Dr. Carney and I share the same values,” she comments. The shorter commute between home and her job will also give her more time to spend with her husband Jeff and their 10-year-old son, Noah.

The caring spirit that Denise exudes comes from growing up right here in the Great Bridge section of Chesapeake. This area is replete with happy memories resulting from the caring she shares with her neighbors and family members.

She recalls playing recreational softball every summer from the fourth to the 11th grades. Her father, Bill Novak, was the coach. “All the girls in my community played softball, and we had so much fun,” Denise smiles. “Dad would leave his job working the night shift at the Ford plant and come coach our team.”

Denise was also a member of the Great Bridge High School cheerleading team between her freshman and senior years. Her aptitude for cheerleading was evident, and her zeal did not stop there. “I spent time as a cheerleading instructor with the National Cheerleading Association and was hired to travel around the east coast to train high school cheerleaders,” she says.

Denise’s career in helping others look their best started after graduating from Great Bridge High School as a makeup artist at LA Glamour, a cosmetics business that used to be located in Greenbrier Mall. “I learned techniques for applying makeup from an instructor who was a makeup artist for the Miss America pageants,” Denise says proudly.

She received advanced training in makeup artistry from Maurice Stein, a makeup artist for the Planet of The Apes movie and The Golden Girls TV sitcom.

Later, Denise became an orthodontic assistant at Drs. Thomas and Mark Peterson’s orthodontics practice, a position she held for 14 years. Simultaneously, she volunteered with the Chesapeake Rescue Squad. “I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life,” she explains.

This period of self-reflection led Denise to the decision to become a psychiatric nurse. But how could she handle going to school, studying, working full time and paying tuition? Remarkably, her mom, Joyce, came out of retirement at age 52 and went back to work to help Denise take care of her expenses. Denise was  accepted into nursing school in 2001.

Shortly afterward, Denise’s life took a wonderful turn. Her sister, Jenny Novak, was having a dental checkup at Dr. Jim Kail’s practice. At some point during the visit, Jenny gave the dentist Denise’s phone number – Dr. Kail’s son, Jeff, would soon call and invite Denise to join him on a blind date. “We went on our first date, and that was it,” she says, with a smile on her face and in her voice.

Denise is very excited about joining The Carney Center. Dr Martin J. Carney and all of the team there are deeply committed to their patients’ health, safety, and well-being. Practicing cosmetic surgery in Hampton Roads since 1986, Dr. Carney is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a third-generation surgeon. “I love the fact that Dr. Carney is a board-certified plastic surgeon,” Denise says. “I know if I run across a problem he is right there to help.”

 “We not only work to improve the way our patients look, but also to improve their outlook on life,” Dr, Carney, owner of the medical practice, says. It is essential for the staff to build trusting relationships with patients.

“Frequently, my patients say, ‘I appreciate that you’re being honest with me,’ ” Denise says. “They know that I’m not going to recommend procedures they don’t need. I pride myself on being ethical.”

“No longer am I looking in a mirror
and seeing this sad woman.
Thank you for your kindness
and understanding.”

—A patient of Denise Kail, RN

Nadia Carney, executive administrator and wife of Dr. Carney, speaks about the advantages of the services offered at the practice. “Compared to surgery, these state-of-the-art procedures are less invasive, less expensive, dramatically reduce healing time and are more accessible to more people. Cosmetic treatments are no longer exclusively for the rich and famous.”

An assortment of laser treatments are performed by Aesthetician Lauren Ricapito. They are an effective way to tighten and brighten the skin.

Pixel Fractional Laser Resurfacing reduces fine lines, wrinkles, pore size, redness, and pigmentation. Other lasers address rosacea and the removal of unwanted hair. Radio Frequency Micro-Needling rejuvenates the face and slows down the need for more comprehensive surgery.
Lauren is also a certified CoolSculpting specialist and is currently enrolled in a registered nursing program to provide additional services in the future.

“We strive to be forward-thinking by acquiring new technology to serve patients better, and by adding to our skills and education on a regular basis,” Lauren points out.

Other advanced services available at The Carney Center include Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), an innovative treatment for balding men and women, and Intense Pulse Light (IPL) to improve skin quality and rejuvenate the overall skin appearance.

The Carney Center also produces its own line of pharmaceutical grade skincare products that complement their surgical and nonsurgical procedures. They partnered with a top cosmetic formulator to create their skin care products, and they contain the highest levels of active ingredients for profound dermatological results. Their products are specially made for clients with a variety of skin conditions, which include normal, blemish prone, combination, sensitive, and aging skin types.

The Carneys’ son, Martin Carney, MD, is on the cusp of being the fourth generation of surgeons in the family. One of four children, Martin is currently a Plastic Surgery Resident at Yale University.

Denise enjoys giving back to the community. She is a member of the Society of Plastic Surgical Skincare Specialists, which partners with the Phoenix Society’s Burn Congress, a program that instructs burn survivors in ways to apply makeup to even out their skin tones. The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors is the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering anyone affected by a burn injury.

Denise is also enthusiastic about being the president of a nonprofit charity called The Got Sole Project. This organization helps provide shoes to people in need on the Eastern Shore and in the homeless shelter in Norfolk. Soon, the charity will be sending shoes to the Carolinas for residents recovering from Hurricane Florence. Since 2010, this organization has furnished over 50,000 pairs of shoes to people living in migrant camps and other places where they are needed.

“My family and I love that we live and work in Chesapeake, and I’m thrilled to be here at The Carney Center!” Denise exudes.

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