Meet Our Patient Care Staff
Get to Know Your Caring Guides in Austin, TX
Our team of compassionate professionals will help guide you through your journey. Our staff includes two breast cancer survivors who are also former patients of Dr. Christine Fisher. They serve our patients as navigators and care coordinators, having been through breast cancer treatment and reconstruction themselves. Dr. Fisher is the only plastic surgeon in Austin, TX, with breast cancer survivors on her team. Our staff also includes two skilled physician assistants with specialized knowledge in caring for patients who have undergone cosmetic and/or breast reconstruction surgery, as well as aesthetic skincare procedures such as BOTOX®, dermal fillers, and lasers for improving skin quality. As a women-run team we strive to provide high-quality, compassionate care to every patient.
Sandy Lanier, PA-C
Sandy has a master of science in physician assistant studies from Rosalind Franklin University in Chicago, Illinois, and has worked in aesthetic medicine for more than seven years. She joined Dr. Christine Fisher's practice in 2017. Her focus is on giving patients a natural, rejuvenated appearance through comprehensive treatment plans to improve facial contours, reduce fine lines, and improve skin quality. She specializes in BOTOX®, fillers, chemical peels, and resurfacing lasers. Follow her on Facebook to see what she's up to this week.
After living in Iowa for 13 years, Sandy returned to Austin, planning to make it her forever home. She enjoys spending time with friends, exploring all the city and the Texas Hill Country have to offer. She also likes to check out parks and trails with her dog, appropriately named "Austin."
Rebecca Risher, PA-C
Rebecca is a native Austinite. She attended the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, graduating in 2000 with high honors from the physician assistant program. She then completed her master of science in physician assistant studies in 2002. She first began working with Dr. Christine Fisher in 2014. Prior to plastics and reconstructive surgery, she worked in cardiovascular surgery, gaining extensive surgical training and patient care experience. Rebecca works alongside Dr. Fisher, assisting in the operating room and providing post-operative care and education to their patients. She is an experienced practitioner specially trained in reconstructive and cosmetic surgeries, as well as non-invasive procedures, such as dermal fillers, BOTOX®, and skin resurfacing lasers. Rebecca is certified through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is licensed through the Texas Medical Board.
Rebecca found a passion for taking care of breast cancer patients after her mother was diagnosed and underwent breast cancer treatment. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, yoga, and spending time with her dog.
Julie Culin, Cosmetic Coordinator
Julie is a recent breast cancer survivor and former patient of Dr. Christine Fisher's who joined the practice in 2016. Her personal experience through this process has set the stage for her to serve as a volunteer for the Breast Cancer Resource Center's AsSisters program, as well as be involved in several of BCRC's fundraising events. Julie has a B.S. in kinesiology from the University of Texas and an M.S. in allied health resources from Texas State University. Working with Dr. Fisher and the patients who come through the office has brought Julie full circle back to her roots and love of the healthcare world. She is the go-to person for our cosmetic surgery patients, coordinating their care from the initial consultation through the post-operative period, and can speak from personal experience with our breast reconstruction patients. She also serves as our community outreach coordinator, especially with regards to the practice's full range of aesthetic skincare services.
Outside of the office, Julie is busy with her husband and two active kids, as well as playing tennis in leagues around the city. Her favorite tagline is, "Choose to be amazing!"
Kathleen Miller, Medical Assistant
A California native, Kathleen completed her certification in surgical technology in 2008 and subsequently found her niche in plastic and reconstructive surgery as part of the clinical staff. She always knew she wanted to have a career in the medical field, as she feels her best when being helpful to others. She moved to Austin in 2014 and now has nearly 10 years' experience as a medical assistant and surgery scheduler for both cosmetic and breast reconstruction patients. She joined Dr. Christine Fisher's practice in 2017 and is known among our patients for her sweet demeanor, specialized clinical knowledge, and passion for compassionate care.
Kathleen is a cat-mom who enjoys being outdoors and, more often than not, finds herself working on crafting projects on the weekends. Her ugly Christmas-sweater-making abilities have earned her the title of Crafting Queen among the office staff.
Christine Fisher, M.D.
- Known for natural-looking aesthetic results in breast reconstruction and cosmetic surgery.
- Elected by her peers for inclusion in Texas Monthly's Texas Super Doctors®: Rising Stars listing.
- Reconstructed over 1,500 patients, including more than 500 DIEP flap reconstructions.
- 4.9-star average rating over hundreds of reviews for cosmetic surgery.
Claire Spera, Director of Communications & Reconstructive Patient Care Coordinator
A native of Santa Barbara, California, who moved to Austin in 2010, Claire is a breast cancer survivor and former patient of Dr. Christine Fisher's. She has personal experience with bilateral DIEP flap breast reconstruction and treatment for breast cancer, including chemotherapy and radiation. She joined Dr. Fisher's practice in 2016 after completing treatment. Claire is very active in the breast cancer community, particularly as a volunteer for Austin's Breast Cancer Resource Center, as a member of the New York-based breast cancer organization Young Survival Coalition, and as a trained Young Advocate with Philadelphia-based Living Beyond Breast Cancer. As our patient navigator, Claire enjoys connecting Dr. Fisher's breast cancer patients with free resources in the community, from financial and insurance assistance to support groups and help with everyday tasks. She is a staunch believer that no one should face breast cancer alone. In her role as communications director, Claire leads the practice's community outreach efforts and manages our website and social media presence. She has a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. in journalism from the University of Southern California.
When she's not at the office, Claire spends her time teaching and performing flamenco dance, which she has done for more than 23 years, and writing about the arts for publications including the Austin American-Statesman and Arts+Culture Texas. Claire is also a fluent Spanish speaker.
Katrina Whitehair, Practice Administrator
Katrina was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, and lived in New York City for six years before relocating to her forever home in Austin. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master of business administration from Bellarmine University. Katrina's professional background spans corporate human resources, human service work, and six years in the field of healthcare. She has worked in ophthalmology and dentistry, and was a consultant for private healthcare practices before joining the team of Dr. Christine Fisher in 2017.
Katrina is new to Austin and enjoys spending time with her family, including her niece and nephew, as well as her friends, exploring Austin and the surrounding communities' food, brewery, and outdoor adventure offerings.