Our Staff

Dr. Greg Ruff

After receiving his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Michigan, Dr. Greg Ruff spent his residency in general surgery at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor. He followed this with a three-year residency in plastic surgery at Duke University and was asked to join the faculty. Following a year at NYU, completing a craniofacial fellowship, he returned to Durham.

At Duke, Dr Ruff established the Cranio maxillofacial Trauma Service and was director of the Cleft Palate Board. He taught for 16 years and described innovative craniofacial procedures. He also published and lectured extensively on maxillofacial and craniofacial surgery during that time.

In the early 1990s, Dr Ruff invented barbed sutures, now named Contour Threads, which are sutures that are ideal for lifting facial tissue in a procedure that is now called the Microlift. This suture is the only one of its kind to gain FDA approval, and many medical professionals predict that it may change the future of plastic surgery.

All these years of relevant experience combined with his empathy, enable Dr. Ruff to fulfill your surgical and emotional needs throughout your treatment – basically, the ideal doctor to lead a private practice.

Dr. Ruff is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

To see a collection of Dr. Ruff’s other forms of art, please click here.

 

Erin Kidd – Permanent Make-Up Artist and Skin Care Specialist

Erin has worked for over twenty five years as a professional make-up artist on television and video sets, in doctors’ offices and luxury spas. Her experience and skill as a permanent make-up artist make Erin uniquely talented, and doctors often refer their patients to her. After evaluating each client’s face for symmetry, tone, and balance, she achieves results that are subtle and naturally attractive.

 

Kelly Clark – Patient Coordinator, Esthetician

Kelly has many years of experience in office administration.  She works with both staff and patients, handling many of the miscellaneous details of the practice.  Additionally, Kelly is a licensed Esthetician. She spent time as an Esthetician in a high-end spa before coming to work at our practice.

 

Kristie Foushee, Registered Nurse

Kristie was employed with UNC Hospital for 12 years and has a wide spectrum of experience: from floor nursing to Post Anesthesia Care to Director of the UNC Vein Clinic, where she performed sclerotherapy (cosmetic spider vein treatment) for hundreds of satisfied patients. She is past President and a founding member of the North Carolina Vascular Nurses Association and has given many presentations on sclerotherapy to audiences nationwide. She has helped multiple East Coast institutions, including Vanderbilt University and Martha Jefferson Hospital, develop vein clinics.

 

Terri Exum – Licensed Aesthetician

Terri is a licensed Aesthetician with over 18 years of experience with IPL/VPL light-based technologies. She has owned and operated her own skincare enterprise for many years while working closely with plastic surgeons providing medical grade skincare services.  Terri emphasizes results, focusing on each patient’s condition to help achieve their individual goals.

 

Twinette Rice – Practice Manager, Surgery Coordinator

With over twenty one years of experience in health care administration, Twinette ensures that all business aspects of the practice are functioning in an orderly manner.  She is an excellent resource who assists patients through their procedures by providing patient education, treatment planning and reassurance. Twinette is a member of the Plastic Surgery Administrative Association. She works closely with Dr. Ruff and is highly knowledgeable about cosmetic surgery procedures, so she can answer most patient questions.