Dr. McLaughlin attended medical school at East Tennessee State University where she was elected a member of Alpha Omega Alpha medical honorary. She completed a general surgery residency at the Medical College of Georgia. During that time, she completed an elective year of research studying craniofacial growth and development. Upon presenting her research nationwide, she was awarded the Hardesty award by the Plastic Surgery Research Council.

She remained at the Medical College of Georgia to complete a plastic surgery residency. Her training then continued in Dallas, Texas, where she completed a craniofacial surgery fellowship at Medical City Dallas Hospital. The scope of this training was predominantly pediatric reconstructive surgery which offered a more extensive pediatric plastic surgery experience than general plastic surgery training. Upon completing her fellowship, she decided to stay in Texas and establish a general plastic surgery practice — the best decision she ever made.


Dr. McLaughlin founded her practice in 2004 and moved to West Magnolia Plastic Surgery’s current office space in 2007. Her vision for the office was to create a sexy and relaxing atmosphere — staffed entirely by women — to combat the intimidation and awkwardness often associated with a doctor’s visit.

West Magnolia Plastic Surgery offers an on-site state-of-the-art operating suite. Patients enjoy not only extra pampering (comfy slippers, pretty gowns and soft blankets), but also the familiarity of Dr. McLaughlin’s regular staff, all with the added convenience and privacy that go with being able to have your procedure completed on-site. The in-house surgery center is dedicated to the memory of Dr. McLaughlin’s mother, Pamela McLaughlin.

Dr. McLaughlin’s Training

Craniofacial Surgery
Jeffery Fearon, M.D.
The Craniofacial Center
Medical City Dallas Hospital
Dallas, Texas
July 2003 to June 2004

Plastic Surgery
Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics
Augusta, Georgia
July 2001 to June 2003

General Surgery
Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics
Augusta, Georgia
July 1996 to June 2001

Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics
Jack C. Yu, M.D.
Associate Professor and Chief, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

General Surgery
Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics
Augusta, Georgia
July 1995 to June 1996

Medical School
M.D., James H. Quillen College of Medicine
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, Tennessee
August 1991 to may 1995

B.S., University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
August 1987 to May 1991

Board Certification
The American Board of Plastic Surgery
The American Board of Surgery

Number L7481
Issued October 2003

Number 046886
Issued February 1999

J.K. Hardesty, M.D. Best Poster Award, Plastic Surgery Research Council 43rd Annual Meeting for “Extrinsic Tension Increases Connexin 43 and Smooth Muscle Actin in Immature Rat Cranial Sutures”, April 4-7, 1998.

American Society of Plastic Surgeons
American College of Surgeons
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honorary
Texas Medical Association
American Medical Association
Fort Worth Surgical Society
Tarrant County Medical Society