Lift Plastic Surgery



Shitel D. Patel, MD was raised in Florida for most of his life. He graduated medical school from the University of South Florida in 2007 and then went on to complete his residency in General Surgery at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia.

He then went on to complete a three-year Plastic Surgery Residency at UT Houston in the heart of Houston’s bustling medical center. During this time, he was exposed to a large and multifaceted volume of all aspects of plastic surgery. This, along with talented mentors and teachers, allowed him to hone his plastic surgery skills. Dr. Patel went on to further fortify his training by completing a pediatric and adult craniofacial plastic surgery fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas.


Tuan A. Truong, MD, FACS, FAAP is a native Texan who earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then went on to complete his general surgery residency at the University of Florida in Jacksonville.

After completion of his plastic surgery training at the highly competitive Mayo Clinic Arizona, he returned to Texas to pursue a fellowship in craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery at Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin. He then joined the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, where he spent the last few years training the next generation of plastic surgeons. He is proud and excited to join his good friend Dr. Patel in practice. As a Rice alum, Dr. Truong is dedicated to improving the care of patients in the greater Houston area.


Medical Aesthetician and Laser Certified Technician

Natalie Starkey is our medical aesthetician and certified medical laser technician. She has been in the industry for 10 years.

She is a member of Associated Skin Care Professionals, and devoted to continuing education for both herself and clients. Her passion for medical aesthetics helps her provide safe, comfortable and effective treatments. Natalie enjoys being able to enhance her client’s natural beauty to spark confidence from within.


Practice Manager

Michelle has more than 17 years of experience in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She provides guidance for surgical and non-surgical services, with a focus on patient safety and satisfaction before, during, and after surgery.

Michelle coordinates all patient related functions, business operations, public relations, sales, and marketing efforts. She has a true passion for the aesthetics industry and patient satisfaction. She is a perfect match for Lift Plastic Surgery Houston and its professional, innovative, and cutting-edge ideals. If there is anything that you need, Michelle is there to help! Michelle and her husband Ray have two kids: Shaine and Alix.


Patient Care Coordinator

Melissa is our Insurance Specialist. She was born in Hawaii and moved to Texas 7 years ago. She has her science in mathematics degree. Melissa specializes in surgical billing and insurance coordination. She acts as a liaison between our patients and their insurance companies, advocating for the patient’s best benefit to ensure the process is as seamless as possible.

Patients can feel confident, knowing that Melissa is available to assist them as they navigate the insurance process before and after surgery. She looks forward to working with our patients, and is ready to support them throughout their entire experience. Melissa is a wife and mother of two beautiful babies. When not at work she enjoys spending time with her family and all their pets!


Patient Concierge

Kristina Powell was born and raised in Houston. In 2007 she moved to San Diego for two years. She became a certified orthopedic technician which is where her love for the medical field started. After moving back to Houston in 2009 she decided to learn a new field and joined a mental health practice.

Continuing her love of learning she moved on to a fertility clinic which is were she spent the last 5 years. With over 10 years of experience in the medical field her passion for learning and giving the best customer service she can to patients is very important. She joined the Lift Plastic Surgery Houston team eager to take on the opportunity as Patient Concierge and to expand her knowledge in the medical field.