Doctor & Team

Dr. Elisabeth Potter

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Elisabeth Potter Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Elisabeth Potter completed her undergraduate studies at Princeton University with a focus in Molecular Biology. She received her medical degree from the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. Following a Plastic Surgery Integrated Residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, she completed a Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Microsurgery Fellowship with MD Anderson in Houston, Texas. Dr. Potter specializes in natural breast reconstruction and has performed over 1,000 DIEP flap surgeries using patients’ natural fat and tissue.

Dr. Potter formerly worked in the private sector as a regulatory analyst of FDA law. She possesses a uniquely informed view regarding the safety and efficacy of breast implants. Because of her expertise in natural breast reconstruction, she continues to monitor the recent research developments regarding the increase in BIA-ALCL diagnosed patient cases. In addition to traditional breast implants, Dr. Potter provides patients with safe, effective natural breast reconstruction alternatives.

A champion for animals, Dr. Potter has rescued numerous dogs over the past few years. In her spare time, you’ll find her doting on her current pack of six in Austin, Texas.

Elisabeth Potter Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Whitney Winters

Board Certified Nurse Practitioner

Whitney Winters

Whitney graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. She moved to Austin and worked as a Stepdown ICU nurse for 10 years, where she took care of DIEP flap patients. She returned to graduate school and obtained her Master of Science in Nursing from UT Arlington. She is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Whitney loves working with such a strong team of hard-working women and is proud to work with a team that consistently provides excellent care and communication. She is motivated by the resiliency of our patients, especially those undergoing surgery due to breast cancer. She is proud that instead of pushing our own agenda, the team attempts to empower patients with all the information they need to choose a surgical plan that is best for them. She considers it an honor to take care of our patients.

Outside of work, Whitney loves exploring the Austin food and live music scene with her daughter and husband and watching the Cowboys. She also loves playing with her two Australian shepherds.

Whitney Winters

Sarah Elmer

Board Certified Physician Assistant

Sarah 2020

Sarah was born in southern Indiana and attended Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. There, she completed her Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Physician Assistant Studies in just five years and graduated summa cum laude from the College of Health Sciences. Sarah holds certification with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is licensed by the Texas Board of Physician Assistant Examiners. She also holds certifications for facial aesthetics with AestheticSAFE and the American Academy of Procedural Medicine, and completed a mentorship on Botox/Filler injections. Sarah worked at the University of Chicago for six years in general surgery and reconstructive plastic surgery; this is where she first started working with DIEP flap patients.

Sarah joined Dr. Potter’s team in 2017 after moving to Austin, TX. She has a passion for women’s health and working in the operating room/suturing; her favorite thing about this work is “giving women a part of themselves back.” Dr. Potter and the entire team are a fully patient-oriented practice; driven by excellent patient outcome and experiences. Sarah finds the most motivating part is when patients tell her that their course was improved by having them as part of their surgical team. The level of care that is provided at this office is top-quality and patients have frequently said that this is what sets this practice apart from other providers. Sarah reflected, “The work is not always easy, but working with such an excellent team and seeing the high level of patient satisfaction keeps me going.”

Sarah 2020

Heidi Stine

Board Certified Physician Assistant

Heidi Stine

Heidi completed her undergraduate training at The Pennsylvania State University, majoring in Life Science,  then traveled south to Durham, NC for her physician assistant studies at the Duke University School of Medicine PA Program. Upon graduation, she pursued a highly sought-after PA fellowship in Hospital Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. During her training, she found her passion for medical oncology and palliative care, which brought her to Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, where she practiced as part of the inpatient medical oncology and palliative care teams for almost five years. Ready for the next step in her career, she relocated to New York City and practiced in Breast Medical Oncology at Weill Cornell Medicine. Heidi developed a special connection with her patients, guiding and supporting them during breast cancer treatment. She learned from her patients that breast reconstruction is a profoundly important part of this journey for many women. Passionate about bringing her years of experience in breast medical oncology to the realm of breast reconstructive plastic surgery, Heidi moved to Austin to join Dr. Potter’s practice in 2022. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). She is proud to be part of an exceptional team focused on providing the highest level of patient care.

Heidi Stine

Taryn Newkirk

Board Certified Physician Assistant

Taryn Newkirk

Taryn grew up all over the United States due to her father being in the Air Force, but Austin, Texas has always held a special place in her heart and she is thrilled to be living here. She received her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from New York Institute of Technology in 2017, holds certification with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is licensed by the Texas Board of Physician Assistant Examiners. Taryn has experience in multiple surgical specialties, to include general, colorectal, vascular, plastics, urology, and neurosurgery. This has expanded her knowledge base and skillset, though her dream position has always been one in reconstructive surgery.

Taryn has had multiple family members diagnosed with breast cancer, and she has seen first-hand what this diagnosis entails. She watched as her grandmother lost her hair, her breasts, and eventually her life. She listened as her mother expressed not recognizing herself in the mirror anymore after her surgery. She wanted to be able to do something to help, but didn’t know what. Years later, when Taryn worked as a surgical technologist prior to becoming a Physician Assistant she was exposed to her first DIEP flap and that is when she decided that is what she wanted to do. She wanted to become a Physician Assistant and have the privilege of being a part of a patient’s journey while they fight breast cancer. She wanted to help women maintain their sense of self after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Since joining Dr. Potter’s team, Taryn has never felt more at home. The group of individuals that work with Dr. Potter all have their own stories as to why they do the work that they do, but every single person here truly cares and loves what they do. As soon as you walk into the office there is an energy that is indescribable, it’s a group of educated, exceptional individuals who have a passion for helping, who listen, and who provide the best care possible for our patients.

Taryn Newkirk

Bérénice Vallette

Board Certified Physician Assistant

Bérénice Vallette

Bérénice was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and moved to the U.S. in her teens. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2009, then completed her Master of Physician Assistant Studies at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston, MA. While in Boston, Bérénice practiced in orthopedic surgery for about seven years before moving to Austin with her family in 2021. Looking for a change, she joined Dr. Potter’s team in spring 2022. Bérénice feels fortunate to work alongside women in a field that empowers women. Her patients’ resilience and strength motivate her most. Knowledge is power and she is proud to be part of a team that helps women understand the choices they have and can make for themselves.

In her spare time, Bérénice enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and being outdoors.

Bérénice Vallette

Jessica Estrada

Registered Nurse

Jessica Estrada

Jessica received her BSN from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in 2004. She started her nursing career in her hometown of El Paso, TX before moving to Austin in 2007. Her nursing experience focuses on the fields of pediatrics and women’s health. Jessica began working with Dr. Potter in 2014. The innovative and empowering care Dr. Potter provides her patients motivated Jessica to assist Dr. Potter in opening her private practice in 2016. Nursing has always provided Jessica the opportunity to care for patients with compassion and attention to detail, respectfully treating each patient as she would her own family. Being part of a team that tirelessly works to provide cutting-edge, compassionate care to each patient as though they are the only patient is extremely inspiring to Jessica. What is most rewarding for Jessica is hearing how patients have been able to continue onto the next chapter in their lives feeling confident with the surgical decisions they have made with the education, skill and support Dr. Potter’s office has provided through this often difficult process.

Outside of the office, Jessica and her husband love all the adventures and privilege of being parents to sons, Diego and Emilio as well as their dog, Otis. They love cycling, outdoor activities, and traveling to new places.

Jessica Estrada

Geysha McIntosh

Medical Assistant

Geysha Soltero

Geysha was born in West Texas and moved to Austin in 2009. She received her Medical Assistant Certification at Virginia College in 2011. Shortly after, she worked with a group of plastic surgeons where she quickly developed her passion to help patients in need of reconstruction. Seeing Dr. Potter’s ambition to help women inspired Geysha to be part of her team since 2014. Geysha enjoys not only getting to pursue her interest in reconstructive surgery, but also pursuing her love for photography. The ability to capture a patient’s journey from their initial visit to the moment a patient feels empowered inspires her hard work daily. “Having a team that shares the same devotion to support and educate patients at a high level is important to our practice. We care for our patients like they are family.” 

While away from the office, Geysha enjoys everything Austin has to offer, from live music to kayaking with her two kids and husband.

Geysha Soltero

Elaine

Registered Nurse

Elaine

Elaine grew up in Austin, Texas, where she has been a nurse for more than half a decade. She has particular expertise in acute care Stepdown ICU and has served as an officer in multiple professional healthcare committees. Prior to becoming a nurse, she graduated with degrees in neuroscience and psychology, was involved in research and taught collegiate microbiology lab courses.

Elaine first discovered her passion for reconstructive surgery when caring for DIEP flap patients during their immediate postoperative period. She especially enjoys how joining Dr. Potter’s team empowered her to be able to support and root for her patients from the initial diagnosis all the way through various stages of breast reconstruction. Elaine believes that delivering excellent care and guiding patients on the path to optimal outcomes is a transformative process that is both an art and a science – especially in terms of ensuring emotional and physical well-being throughout each patient’s unique journey. She treasures how Dr. Potter and her team constantly strive toward making every patient feel confident and beautiful through the process of reconstructive and cosmetic surgeries. In fact, she considers it an honor to provide focused attention to detail in order to help meet each patient’s needs and goals. What she takes the most pride in is developing a meaningful, personal connection with every patient, empowering them through any and all challenging health circumstances.

Outside of the clinic and hospital, Elaine is a classically trained concert pianist who can be found playing Beethoven on her violin, hiking local trails, figure skating, doing escape rooms and teaching her Siberian cat to do dog tricks.

Elaine

Ebonie Davis

Practice Coordinator

Ebonie 2020

Born and raised in Central Texas, Ebonie attended Texas State University, where she was a member of the Texas State University Strutters. She brings a wealth of experience in administrative roles in the medical field and oversees the administrative functions at Elisabeth Potter, MD including surgery scheduling, insurance verification, billing functions and more.

For many, worrying whether a procedure or service is covered by insurance is an extra burden when navigating what can be an already stressful journey following a breast cancer diagnosis. “It is a privilege to assist patients in better understanding their coverage and advocate on their behalf to ensure they are receiving the care and treatment they want and need under the WHCRA. It’s a blessing to work with a group of ladies who are all committed to providing the best breast reconstructive services our patients deserve. I am proud to call them my family.”

As a mom of three, Ebonie enjoys spending time with family and traveling.

Ebonie 2020

Mary Haros

Practice Coordinator

Mary 2020

Mary was born in Tifton, Georgia, and raised in Bastrop, Texas. She attended the Institute of Southern Careers and completed an internship at the University Medical Center at Brackenridge Hospital, which led her to Seton Reconstructive Plastic Surgery as a Surgical Practice Coordinator and Certified Medical Bilingual Assistant with over fifteen years of experience. Mary finds working with Dr. Potter particularly rewarding. “I love to see the patient’s transformation emotionally, physically, and mentally,” she says. She considers it a privilege to assist people in regaining their self-confidence and enjoying life after battling cancer or any health condition. “I’m proud and humbled to be part of this inspiring skilled team. Ultimately, I admire the respect and compassionate care provided during each patient interaction,” she says. Mary’s passion and knowledge in plastic reconstructive surgery help provide patients with the best service and care.

Mary enjoys all sports, music, learning about different cultures, and most importantly, loves her children, family, and friends.

Mary 2020

Alissa Saenz

Aesthetic Team Leader, Licensed Medical Aesthetician, Injection Specialist and Laser Therapist

Allisa 2020

Alissa was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She moved to Austin in 1979 to attend St. Edward’s University. Prior to her career in aesthetics, which she began in 2001, Alissa directed a transitional housing program for homeless families. She has attended numerous training classes in advanced level aesthetics and has trained doctors and other providers in aesthetic procedures. Alissa’s treatment philosophy is based on an individual approach and maintaining a natural look.

Alissa’s favorite part of her job is helping people in their journey to feeling better about themselves, inside and out. Whether it’s a patient working on breast reconstruction scars or someone getting a little tweak for wrinkles, the people are what make this job amazing!
Allisa 2020

Ashley Sartin

Cosmetic Nurse Injector

Ashley

Ashley grew up all over the United States with a father in the Air Force but considers herself a proud Texan. While studying at the University of North Texas, she discovered her passion for the beauty industry and helping others with their skin care needs. She moved to Austin in 2009 and obtained her laser and esthetician certification. Soon after, she completed her certification to teach aesthetics. Ashley was an esthetician and the lead evening aesthetics instructor for six years before deciding to go to nursing school. In 2018, Ashley graduated from Austin Community College with her RN, specializing in cosmetic injections. She is continuously broadening her knowledge of nursing, injectables, and innovative techniques.

“My work is important because many times we are the pivotal person to transition a patient’s perspective toward a more optimistic outlook. We thrive on creating personalized treatment plans based on a patient’s needs, goals, and overall health. Many of our patients have felt our personalized touch and offered feedback that we have created an experience unlike any other.”

When not at school or working, Ashley is traveling, working out, or spending quality time with her Miniature Schnauzer, Lady.

Ashley

Mayela D. Trahan

Aesthetic Team Coordinator

Mayela 2020

Mayela was born in San Antonio but grew up primarily in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico. Her keen curiosity of healthcare and the desire to help in any way possible inspired her to pursue her BA in Global Public Health. In December 2020, she graduated with her MBA in Healthcare Administration and a minor in Human Resources.

Mayela has corporate healthcare experience including building new employee training manuals and creating processes to monitor patient care experiences. She also volunteers for healthcare events with the American Heart Association to promote a healthy lifestyle. Mayela has found the opportunity to inspire optimism and reassurance when patients need it the most as the most motivating part of her position. She takes pride in being a part of Dr. Potter’s team, and you might find her gloating about the team’s efficiency! When she’s not at work, she enjoys trying new restaurants, staying active outdoors and spending time with her family.

Mayela 2020

Deborah Medrano

Medical Assistant

Deborah Medrano

Born in Brazil and having lived in Austin for over 22 years, Deborah received her medical assistant certification from Everest Institute and has since enjoyed helping patients in need both as a medical assistant and lead customer service representative. She finds the most rewarding part of her work is being there through such a delicate process and journey of a patient’s treatment. “Providing compassion, awareness, knowledge, insight and reassurance are some of the most unique attributes of this team and practice, which I am beyond grateful to be a part of.”

Deborah Medrano

Kathryn Hearn

Medical Assistant

Kathryn Hearn

Originally from Clearwater, Florida, Kathy grew up in Austin, Texas. She completed her BBA in Business Management and graduated summa cum laude with honors from Southwest Texas State University. She attained her medical assisting certification through Austin Community College and is a member of American Medical Technologists.

“I consider working in the breast reconstruction field one of the most rewarding positions I have ever had. We see reconstruction patients for years as part of our standard follow-up care, and I truly enjoy building that long-term personal rapport with our patients and strive to bring a personal touch to the patient’s sometimes long and otherwise clinical journey with cancer. Being able to provide options and care, clinically and personally, to all of these inspiring women who have had to fight this battle is the greatest reward and motivation. Elisabeth Potter’s team is a unique and diverse group of women, all with the same goal of touching women’s lives and I find working with our all-female team to be an inspiration. I have gained an amazing group of work ‘sisters’, and we continually push each other to excel in providing extraordinary care. That is what we do. We are proud and motivated to do all that we can. I love my team!”

Outside of working, Kathy enjoys camping, hiking, any sort of animal (cows and dogs are her favorites) and loves a good road trip adventure, whether it is within Texas or exploring other states. She has two grown sons, John and William, who continually make her proud of the young men they have become.

Kathryn Hearn

Samantha Shaw

Medical Assistant

Samantha

Samantha was born in San Antonio, Texas, and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She grew up with a love for music and the arts and received a voice scholarship to the University of Memphis, where she studied classical music and vocal performance. Being a huge Disney fan, she then interned at The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. After settling in Austin, Texas, she obtained her esthetician’s license to quench her thirst for knowledge of skincare. She has performed thousands of laser procedures and has over 13 years of experience in the med spa industry. Only when she joined Dr. Potter’s office did she see how breast reconstruction post-cancer can change someone’s life in such a beautiful, natural way. Once she understood all that encompasses helping cancer patients feel like themselves again, she has an even bigger passion to continue this work as much as possible. She has since moved over to the surgical side and is a Medical Assistant. In her words, “I feel like hero support.”

In her off time, Samantha enjoys playing the piano, cooking southwestern food, creating craft cocktails and most of all, hiking and exploring the beautiful surrounding hill country with her husband Sean, and son, Gunnar.

Samantha

We have bilingual staff members to help service Spanish speaking patients.

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