HOORAY AND HALLELUJAH,
Today is January 18th, 2018 and I am, again writing this Blog from sunny Southern California. It’s early morning and the bird’s song greets the West Coast Sunshine like a choir in one of God’s many earthly cathedral’s. Let us pause to pray for people around the world who are less fortunate than ourselves.
To my “WORDPRESS” blog readers in 84 different countries, this blog will be a little different. Those of you who have followed me, know me as a : Seminole Maroon Descendant and Activist. For the last 19 years, I have been on a quest of Discovery, Research and Activism after learning the true identity of my biological father in 1999.
The Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Community was at the center of my wage earning life, for over twenty plus years I worked there as a Certified Surgical Technologist/Certified Surgical First Assistant. When I came to Beverly Hills in 1988 it was a very exclusive workplace to enter, either you had to be extremely lucky, “Know Someone” or “Be Someone”. “Staying in Beverly Hills” was even tougher.
My identity epiphany occurred during my O.R. career and was met with surprise by my co-workers when I changed my name. My part-time tenure at Lasky Clinic also played a role in the direction that my life took. Most of my colleague’s comments were : “Aren’t you entitled to oil well and casino money”. I was entitled, but because I was an heir who was born on “the wrong side of the blanket” there were forces that kept me away. For me it seemed as though “the love of money” was the cursed that deprived me of my IDENTITY for 52 years. Therefore, when I became an Activist I took a personal “Vow of Poverty” to work, not for money but for the “PROGRESS” of my Ancestors history .
Back to Lasky Clinic , one day in the Surgical Suite I was chatting with Dr. Andrew Frankel, he said :”Have you ever thought of tracing the History of where your People came from and to where they went”. Dr. Frankel had met some of my people the Gullah/Geechee while on vacation in South Carolina. His words changed my life, I often thought about Dr. Frankel’s words when I spoke at the Smithsonian Institution in Wash.DC, while in the Caribbean Islands, throughout the U.S. and especially while deep in the Amazonian rain forest visiting Maroon villages by canoe on sacred rivers.
Like many others, recently my life has been challenged by economic necessity to augment my fixed income. Just as I was about to fall through the cracks, I reached out to Lasky Clinic. HOOORAY and HALLELUJAH, yesterday I was allowed to do an orientation there which would qualify me to be on the PRN (whenever needed) lists of Techs to be called for some MERCY HOUR$.
The photo above: Lt. Dr. Nima Shemirani, Dr. Andrew Frankel, Dr. Leslie Stevens (Dr. Stevens and I go back to 1988) and Dr. Behrooz Torkian. Not shown in the picture above would include; Dr. David Shamoulian ,Dr.Adrienne Youdin . The Anesthesia providers are also not shown: Dr. Mandel (my brother from another mother LOL)and Dr. Kim.
The beautiful staff of Lasky Clinic are all wonderful (special thanks to Brenda). One in particular is one of my personal heroines. She is, none other than Ms. Veronica Corona. Veronica and I came into Beverly Hills during the same era. I was working for the great Dr. Lawrence Birnbaum (my mentor,who deserves a blog of his own) when she started working across the street at Lasky Clinic, at that time, the most famous and prestigious surgery center in Beverly Hills . All I can say about Ms. Corona is she went from the humble beginnings of working with instrument processing/central supply to be “O.R. Manager” of one of the “World’s most prestigious Operating Rooms in the World”.
During those years we always supported each other and it was an esteemed privilege as Founder/President of the Semiroon Historical Society to present Veronica Corona recently with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” for her great accomplishment in Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery History.
All of the doctors, nurses, techs, office and health care providers at the Lasky Clinic are superb. I would advise people interested in these services to go to their website and check out their patient reviews. A special thanks goes out to Brenda. http://www.laskyclinic.com
I must also thank Dr. Francis Sheng located at 436 Bedford Drive, in Beverly Hills who over the years would on several occasions ,once a month give me a few mercy hours even when he didn’t need me. Thank you Dr. Sheng (special thanks to Jamey).
Honor and Respect, Phil Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant/Activist