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Change Isn’t Always a Bad Thing

“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” –CoCo Chanel

September 22, 2017

As many of y'all know, Katelyn is now a married woman living the life in Houma, Louisiana (home of the “Swamp People”).  I was left with big shoes to fill as her replacement because of how amazing she is. I felt that I should make my first blog post be an introduction to our wonderful patients and readers with a little information about me. I know that when you get use to someone it can be scary to think about taking a chance on “their replacement” so I wanted to take a little time to help ensure people that they don’t have anything to worry about!

My name is Allie Henegar (formerly Pierce, but I got married on August 14, 2017).  I have been with the Plastic Surgery group for almost 3 years. Some of you may recognize me because I spent that time as Dr. Brzezienski’s nurse. I was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee in the Signal Mountain area. I relocated to the BIG city of Bridgeport, Alabama (if you have ever been there you know this is far from the truth) because my husband is a police officer there. We have 3 children and I can’t forget our “Furry Child” that is very much like another child.

As far back as I can remember I wanted to be a nurse. Occasionally I would switch that to a Veterinarian, but even then I wanted to be a nurse too. I truly believe it is a profession that you are meant for. It’s not a job that you can just like; you have to LOVE it to be the nurse that the people you are caring for deserve. Once I got to the age of choosing a career and going to school, I didn’t want to do the work and convinced myself I just wasn’t smart enough. I decided to go to cosmetology school because I have always loved everything having to do with hair, makeup and cosmetology. It didn’t take long for me to realize that was NOT what I wanted to do or what would make me happy. To make a long story short, years down the road I got my mind right and went to school for the one thing I always wanted to be and it’s the best decision I have ever made!

I have NO, and I mean NO, athletic talent. Never have, never will. I like to blame it on the fact that I am left handed (which explains a lot of things about me) even if there is no science behind that. The only thing I have ever had a knack for are things related to crafts, coloring, cosmetology and being a nurse.

Filling in the position of Aesthetic Nurse for the practice was slightly intimidating but very exciting! I can honestly say that a lot of it came naturally to me because of my love for and interest in cosmetics, cosmetology, and the artistic aspect to it all. Like I mentioned before, I had big shoes to fill and naturally I was anxious and nervous about that. I was constantly reminded by the words of two women (who I truly admire), both nurses and my supervisors, to “Just be yourself, just be ALLIE because that’s who people love and it’s because of who you are!”  Those words have stuck with me and even when one of those ladies (she will know who she is when she reads this) makes me do things that I know nothing about.  For example, writing blogs, anything having to do with marketing (because I seriously have no idea about any of that), along with making videos for Facebook that make me feel totally awkward.  When I am hesitant and nervous she tells me, “Allie, just be you.  Don’t worry about memorizing scripted words, just talk like you do to our patients every day and it will be great.” This all has made me realize that being pushed out of your comfort zone isn’t always a bad thing. Change isn’t always a bad thing; it’s what YOU make of it.

-Allie

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