Dr Jeneby helps victims of family violence through Pro Bono work with The Family Violence and Prevention Center (FVPC).
The calling came 14 years ago when I was a resident at The University of Pennsylvania Division of Plastic Surgery. A story ran on 60 minutes about physicians helping victims of Family Violence. In 2009, I met Marta Pelaez the CEO at San Antonio Family Violence and Prevention Center. I was impressed at its organization, the facility and the dedicated combination of volunteers and donors. A First Rate organization- I thought.
My initial thoughts on driving to the center for the first time was that I was going to be confronted by a small shelter like building -“third world” came to mind. I was shocked and surprised to find a extremely organized , well run center of dedicated professionals all striving to improve the lives of their patients and the local community.
Marta and I sat down and outlined a plan to begin the process of healing these women’s scars. I wanted to use my abilities to help people. From here I developed the “Jeneby Foundation”. Something that is sorely needed in the US. We all focus on developing countries for “mission” trips. Why not complete your mission in the US?
I began operating on these women abouhttp://drjenebyplasticsurgery.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=4199&action=editt 1 year ago and it is no less than an amazing experience to see them improve. Form scalp injuries to burns to stabbings , hand and facial injuries , these women have undergone enormous psychological and emotional stress. The often cry when they see their results and this moves me to continue my quest.
I am hoping that my volunteering spirit catches on with other physicians . My collegues are needed including: Dentists, Pediatricians, OB-GYNs, Primary Care and a list of others.
Thomas T Jeneby, M.D.
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