Dr. Audrey Klenke joins medical staff at BMH

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Dr. Audrey Klenke has opened Pinnacle Plastic Surgery and has joined the medical staff of Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

The opening of Dr. Klenke’s new office in Sheridan Park in Bluffton fills a void created by the departure of two local plastic surgeons from the area.  She also becomes the only female plastic surgeon in Beaufort County.

A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Dr. Klenke served as the chief administrative resident at the University’s Division of Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery.  Her projects and presentations there included recent advances in facial and body contouring, and the use of less invasive surgical procedures.

“The trend has been toward non-invasive treatments like lasers, peels and injectables,” Klenke said. “People want the benefits of surgery without the downtime.”

In addition, Pinnacle Plastic Surgery will focus on reconstructive surgery for breast and skin cancer, extensive weight loss and facial trauma. Dr. Klenke, who also has privileges at Hilton Head Hospital, will be on call for emergency surgery at both Hilton Head and Beaufort Memorial hospitals.

Dr. Klenke’s undergraduate work at Vassar College immersed her in the study of biopsychology, stemming from her interest in what makes people feel good.  She sees a new attitude toward plastic surgery and its role in wellness.

“People are taking better care of themselves and that includes their appearance,” she said.  “More and more folks recognize the two-way street between appearance and health.”

Pinnacle Plastic Surgery is located at 7 Mallet Way, at Sheridan Park in Bluffton, 843-815-6699.