Surgical Technology Program Gives Graduate’s Career a Lift


When Tara McFall-Ralston tagged along with a friend to check out the surgical technology program at American National University, it was love at first sight. “Who wouldn’t love to be in the OR and be a part of something that big?” recalled Tara. “The rest is history, and here I am.”

After completing her surgical technology program at the $$Cincinnati Campus in 2009, Tara was hired from her externship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and became certified in her field, before moving into her current position as lead surgical technologist at Lifestyle Lift, a facial rejuvenation center.  

At Lifestyle Lift, Tara assists the surgeon in the operating room and also helps with suture removal and follow-up, as well as supervising the other surgical technologists in the practice. “I had always wanted to work in plastic surgery, so I jumped on the opportunity here at Lifestyle Lift,” said Tara, who loves being a part of her patients’ transformations. “When [our patients] come in for their post-op [check-up] at eight weeks out, they’re just so happy. Knowing that you’re a part of that is very rewarding at the end of the day.”

[img]Shannon Danesteh, center manager at Lifestyle Lift, said that Tara does a wonderful job with training new surgical technologists in the office. “She’s developed a great curriculum–a guideline that we utilize when they first start to help ensure that they get all the information that they need,” Ms. Danesteh explained.  “She’s a great leader and a role model in the center.  We’re very lucky to have her.”

Tara is proud of the hard work and dedication that has brought her to this point in her career. “Always reach for the stars.  Don’t ever give up,” she advised. “When I think of where I’ve come, I always look back and say, ‘Wow! I did that, and American National University helped me.’”

A- $$Cincinnati graduate Tara McFall-Ralston works as lead surgical technologist at Lifestyle Lift.

B- Shannon Danesteh (L), center manager, feels that Tara McFall-Ralston excels at providing compassionate care to her patients at Lifestyle Lift. 

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