BATON ROUGE, LA (LOCAL33) (FOX44) – Dr. Mary Ghere is a successful plastic surgeon and a mother of 5.
“The main thing is perspective. Sometimes you have to check yourself sometimes daily, even hourly to keep your head in the game.”
The wonderful career and life she has now isn’t what she expected.
“So there are several physicians and surgeons in my family, so I thought really hard about doing something different. I played golf for Tulane, I was a college athlete, and I was a Studio Art major for the first two years of college. I thought I wanted to paint and draw as much as possible, and got into the sciences late in the game.”
She enrolled in Tulane University Medicine School, and later Tulane General Surgery Residency Program.
During her medical training she also got married and decided to start a family.
“I found out I was pregnant with my first child on my first day of my intern orientation of general surgery. And I remember thinking what they going to do, what are they going to say? It was actually some of the women in the program that made me the most concerned, but ultimately everyone was really great.”
Ghere and her husband had trouble conceiving, but were able to get pregnant with their first child using in vitro fertilization or IVF.
After baby number one she knew more kids were in her future, but she didn’t expect it to be so soon given the trouble she had conceiving her first child.
After about a year she found out she was pregnant again, this time with twins.
“After the twins, and doing that six months of clinical rotations and research I got pregnant on my own very unexpectedly. I came back to work after being gone, so that was a crazy time where I was like I know I just got back but.”
She ended up having four children during her six-year surgery training program.
“I think I was pregnant more often than not there for a few years, but if you do your job and if you do it well people will respect you. You tend to get what you put out there.”
You may be thinking she’s super woman, but it wasn’t always easy.
“I worked hard, I didn’t sleep a lot, but having children for me made me want to do professionally even more because I felt like I needed to be that person for them. It’s make coming home even better so for me it was motivating.”
Now she has a one year old, baby number five, and a new practice.
She recently opened Ghere Plastic Surgery off of Perkins road.
Life hasn’t slowed down, but she says she wouldn’t change a thing.
“I say don’t give up on anything. You can have one and the other. It just may not be exactly what you want it to be, but often times it’s better,” Ghere said.