I chose Dr. Tjelmeland on the referral of a friend who was extremely pleased with his work. She had her first cosmetic surgery with another doctor and told me that after she had work done with Dr. Tjelmeland, she wished she could have had her first procedure with him because the work did healed so much more unnoticably than the other doctor's work. Due to the type of procedure I was wanting, that comment made me choose Dr. Tjelmeland as well.
I had my procedure on 12/22/09 and am still healing. It will be a couple of months longer before I'll have a better idea regarding the quality of Dr. Tjelmeland's work on me, but I can definitely report on the care and service that he and his staff have provided me.
The office is small and easy to get to- no huge parking garage to hunt a spot in, or clinic campus to navigate. It's like a regular doctor's office; you park right by the door and there you are. Your surgery is performed in their on-site surgical center, so you have the same ease in getting there and back home on your surgery day. The staff are so pleasant and professional, and the center itself is a model of cleanliness, order, and pleasant comfort. I was given more thorough pre-operative information for my cosmetic surgery than I was for either of my spinal surgeries a few years back, which doesn't speak too highly of the ""regular"" medical process, does it? Dr. Tjelmeland and his physician's assistant, Cindy, made sure that I had all the information I would need to be physically and emotionally prepared for my big day. When it arrived, I was cared for by a wonderful, sweet nurse who is accustomed to dealing with the nervousness that many patients feel and knew how to set me at ease. The anesthesiologist assigned to me was wonderful as well; I've had to have surgery a handful of times before and I've never seen that level of kind, easy compassion in an anesthesiologist before. Once my procedure was done and I was waking up, again my nurse was there to help me come out of the disorientation of being under anesthesia, and the pain that one has to expect after surgery. I'm being totally honest when I tell you that the pain wasn't very bad at all- and a good part of that was the preparation the doctor and staff had given me so I would know what to expect. The nurse helped me get dressed, gave me all the information my boyfriend and I needed to care for me at home, and let me take all the time I needed to leave when I felt I was ready. You couldn't ask for better care.
My follow up visits have been on the same level of quality as well. All that remains is more time to see what my results will be. What I can tell so far looks very promising. I'm not nervous at all- my care so far has given me every confidence in Dr. Tjelmeland's work. I'll stop by in a couple of months and give an update.
Pros: Professional, experienced, great work