Meet the real "Dr. Phil."
Dr. Phil Haeck is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has practiced in the Seattle area for more than twenty-five years. After listening for years to his patients in the Northwest who pleaded they didn’t want to look like their surgery was done in Hollywood, he developed his practice philosophy, which he calls the "Northwest Natural Look." For Dr. Haeck’s patients this means a very soft, refreshed and natural look, not one that is stretched too tight, or too extreme. “In the Northwest,” Haeck says, “plastic surgery is not a status symbol, but a way for patients to just feel more confident about the way they look.”
Dr. Haeck received both his bachelor's degree and medical degree from Michigan State University. Upon graduating from medical school, Dr. Haeck completed his surgical residency at Swedish Hospital in Seattle and then trained in Plastic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. At Baylor, he was mentored by many well-known plastic surgeons, including Dr. Frank Gerow, the inventor of the silicone breast implant. In his final year at Baylor, 1986, he also had the opportunity to perform some of the first liposuction procedures done in the U.S.
Since opening his Seattle practice that same year, Dr. Haeck has continuously sought opportunities for professional development and service in the field of plastic surgery. From October 2010 to September 2011, he served as the president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the largest, oldest, and most respected association of Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons in the world. This position was the culmination of over twenty years of service to ASPS, including serving as the editor of Plastic Surgery News, the ASPS monthly newsletter, for six years and chairing numerous committees. In addition to his work with ASPS, Dr. Haeck has published numerous internationally respected articles in the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and also been interviewed as an "expert" source in over a hundred publications such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the LA Times, Vogue, Redbook, Allure, and Glamour.
One of Dr. Haeck's most challenging and rewarding contributions to the field of plastic surgery is his work with Healing the Children, a non-profit dedicated to providing medical care to children in need. He has provided free surgery for over one hundred children from four continents and visited Colombia, Latvia, and Guatemala on medical mission trips. His surgical care has included repairing cleft lip and palate congenital conditions, burns, scars, and ear reconstruction.
Dr. Haeck and his wife of thirty years have raised three daughters in Seattle. Together they enjoy boating, hiking, skiing and traveling. Dr Haeck’s personal interests are in gardening and playing the drums, as well as working on a novel based on a plastic surgeon in the witness protection program.