August 2019

2019 Women in Business: Audrey Klenke

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: M.Kat Photography

Pinnacle Plastic Surgery

When you first started, what was the biggest challenge when it came to cultivating clients/customers?
Making meaningful connections with like-minded business leaders and medical providers. As the newcomer in town, it can be challenging to garner the trust of patients; that comes with time.

On those impossible days, what motivates you to keep going?
My patients and my family—work family and home family. In the end, we are all just people striving for happiness and fulfillment. When you boil it down to the basics, the frustrations become less significant.

What inspired you to start your business?
I saw what was happening in medicine. It seemed many providers were being absorbed by hospitals and corporations, and while that can provide safety, it also means rules, roadblocks and restrictions. I wanted to be my own boss and follow my own rules.

What advice would you give your children about running a successful business?
Be kind but not a pushover. Listen to advice but don’t take all of it. Take risks but don’t jump off of a plane without checking your parachute. Work hard but play hard too.

Do you have a favorite business tool and/or resource?
I belong to a private group of all female plastic surgeons, and since there aren’t too many of us, we are tight-knit. We share so much information with each other and provide a sounding board. My peeps are an invaluable resource.

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