It takes a certain drive to follow your passions in a career path. As a woman and mother to two daughters, Dr. Parcells’s life devotion to working towards the betterment of women’s health has been the driving force towards her success.
The journey towards working in the medical field started when Alexis was 16. While on a medical mission with Operation Smile in Morocco, she saw first-hand the amount of help that children and their families received from a simple 1-hour operation. This sparked the passion inside of her to help change the lives of her future patients and drove her to further pursue her studies in medicine.
Unfortunately, not receiving high grades throughout her high school career made it difficult to get admittance from most medical programs, Alexis pushed on and eventually landed in St Georges, where she continued her medical education. “I’ve always struggled to perform well on standardized tests and this impacted my ability to study medicine in the US. After being rejected from all of the US medical schools I applied to, I had to strongly reconsider if I would go into medicine. Ultimately, I chose to study at St. George’s University in Grenada alongside the other US and international medical students.” says Dr. Parcells.
Pushing through this was a major step for Dr. Parcells, who found herself entering the plastic surgery residency at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. During this time, she realized how much joy she received in treating members of her community, and decided to focus her practice on breast reduction & aesthetic cosmetic surgery.
Dr. Parcells aims to change the stigma surrounding plastic surgery for women. She takes it upon herself to help educate and provide her patients with the most recent treatment information and emphasizes using small non-invasive surgeries for most of her procedures. “I want women to feel empowered and not guilty or ashamed of their choice to have a Botox treatment or breast lift. There is also a lot of judgment from other women, and it’s important for all of us to create a culture of positivity and self-love,” says Dr. Parcells.