Terry E. Restivo didn’t always plan to become a doctor.
After graduation, she worked in biotech at Genentech. But the pull of medicine remained strong.
“I realized that if I didn’t try to go med school I would always wonder, ‘What if?’” she said.
“I just figured I’d let the cards fall where they may and everything worked out.”
In 2003, she became a doctor. Today, she is the owner of her Napa practice, Terry E. Restivo, D.O., Restivo Plastic Surgery, Inc.
“I’m really happy,” said Restivo. “I feel like all that hard work and sacrifice paid off.”
“I love what I do.
1. What’s a common question you get about your work?
If I’m out in public wearing scrubs people ask me which hospital I work at. Am I a nurse? They are usually surprised when I tell them I’m a surgeon.
(Some) people think that when you’re a plastic surgeon you just do the cosmetic stuff — that you don’t do reconstructive surgery. I do both.
2. What’s one of your more popular procedures?
For ages 35 and up, facial fillers are fantastic. It’s definitely a spirit booster. We can see the results immediately, which is super exciting.
3. What is the biggest challenge your business/industry has faced?
The decline of insurance reimbursement.
4. If you could change one thing about the medical industry, what would it be?
The insurance reimbursement and high health care costs.
5. Which three people would you most like to have dinner with?
Pope Francis, Gandhi, Prince.
6. What job would you like to try/not try?
Try: I’d like to be a professional musician for a day (probably Prince).
Not try: I love animals so working in a slaughter house would be awful for me.
7. What was your first job?
I used to care for horses in Danville as a young teenager.
8. What’s something people might be surprised to know about you?
I’m a vegan at home, vegetarian outside the home.
9. What was your childhood ambition?
To be a veterinarian.
10. If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be?
Maui is my Nirvana.