Hi I'm Dr Tony
Hi, I'm Dr Tony from Me Clinic.
The last few years have been a roller-coaster ride for me. After seven years living and working as a cosmetic surgeon in Shanghai - the only Western cosmetic surgeon actually based in China during that time - I was head-hunted by Me Clinic and decided it was time to move back to my home town.
During 2013 I gradually shifted my base back to Melbourne, and began the visa application process for my Chinese fiancée; she joined me at the end of the year and we were married in Melbourne at the beginning of 2014. This is my second marriage, and I'm just as excited about it as I was the first time around. But it's been a roller-coaster couple of years, what with Jasmine having to adapt to life in a completely different culture, while trying to master English - a very difficult language for Chinese speakers. My father passed away in mid 2013, which added to the stress. And then we bought an apartment and had to move my furniture, my father's furniture, and the furniture sent back from Shanghai, seemingly all at the same time.
Then of course there's my music. I'm the principal cellist with Corpus Medicorum, a local doctors' orchestra affiliated with the Royal Melbourne Hospital Foundation. I also play with the World Doctors' Orchestra - my last gigs with them were in Japan last year. And our Corpus Medicorum string quartet was invited to play some house concerts for the Melbourne Festival last October. One of my main regrets in leaving Shanghai was having to give up my work with the Shanghai Baroque Chamber Orchestra. But that's the way it goes.
I guess in many ways I'm in an enviable position: a highly fulfilling career in cosmetic practice, a beautiful young wife, and constant travel between Melbourne (my real base), Sydney (where I also operate as a surgeon), and Shanghai, which I still visit regularly for work. In the past two months I've also spoken at international conferences in Singapore and Korea, where I was appointed as Board Member of the newly-formed Asian Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. This appointment will cast me in the role of teacher and examiner for young aspiring surgeons. I'm honoured; it's really important to pass on the knowledge we have acquired, and yet I still feel like I have so much more to learn.
Tony and Jasmine in "circus" dress, at the NZ College of Appearance Medicine Conference Dinner, August 2014