Notice of Data Incident
August 1, 2023

Dear Patients:
We post this Notice pursuant to the United States Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) to inform you about a data incident involving an unauthorized release of patient Protected Health Information (“PHI”), as that is defined by HIPAA, at Gary Motykie, M.D., a Medical Corporation and Gary Motykie, M.D. (“Practice”), a covered entity under HIPAA.

PHI, as defined by HIPAA, is information that is “created, received, maintained, or transmitted by or on behalf of the health care component of the Covered Entity.” § 164.105 (a)(2)(i)(D). Information that is created or received by a Covered Entity and that relates to the past, present, or future physical or mental health or condition of an individual; or the past, present, or future payment for the provision of healthcare to an individual is considered PHI. PHI is required to be protected when transmitted or maintained in any form by a Covered Entity. Individual identifiers (including but not limited to name, address, telephone number, fax, email address, social security number, medical record number, etc.) maintained in a designated record set along with health information (including but not limited to x-rays, images, scans, physician notes, diagnoses, treatment, eligibility approvals, claims, remittances, etc.) are collectively considered PHI.

Event Description:
On or about June 6, 2023, an initial technical analysis of the Practice’s information technology network determined an unauthorized release of PHI occurred to an unknown third party. The initial analysis determined that the unknown third party accessed the Practice’s network. It was further determined that the unknown third party acquired some of the Practice’s patient’s unencrypted PHI and that party was not authorized to do so and did so in an unlawful manner.

The information that may have been accessed or acquired during this unauthorized access included:

  • First and last name 
  • Social Security Number (if provided)
  • Address
  • Driver’s license or identification card number
  • Financial account or payment card number, in combination with any required CVV code
  • Intake forms, which may include medical information and history
  • Images taken in connection with the services rendered at our office
  • Health insurance information (if provided)
Steps Taken to Address:
Upon discovery, the Practice took the following immediate steps to address the situation:
  • Computers and servers replaced
  • Network passwords changed
  • Endpoint detection, virus, and malware detection tools and software installed on workstations and server
  • Limitations concerning Internet access
  • Access controls put in place for users based on role and responsibility
  • Server policies in place
  • Device locking mechanisms
  • Multi factor authentication enabled
  • Network segregation efforts
  • Encryption of devices
  • Additional workforce training
Risk Assessment:

The Practice conducted a risk assessment to evaluate the potential harm to potentially impacted individuals. Based on that assessment, it is determined that there is a high risk of harm. It is essential for potentially impacted individuals to remain vigilant in monitoring their personal accounts and data and promptly report any suspicious activity to law enforcement or their financial institutions.

Assistance and Resources:
Starting on or about June 22, 2023, letters were mailed to patients providing the following resources to assist the potentially impacted individuals, offering at no cost:
  • two (2) years of no cost Triple Bureau Credit Monitoring/Triple Bureau Credit Report/Triple Bureau Credit Score/Cyber Monitoring services.
  • the services also include reviewing whether Information appears on the dark web and alert the individual if such Information is found online.
  • proactive fraud assistance to help with any questions in event a potentially impacted persons becomes a victim of fraud.

Steps to Prevent Future Incidents: We deeply regret any inconvenience or concern this Incident may cause. The Practice is taking numerous steps to help prevent similar Incidents in the future. We will continue to review and enhance our security measures, policies, and employee training.

If you failed to receive your letter in the mail, and/or if there is a concern your mailing address has changed since you were a patient at the Practice, please contact 1-800-405-6108 or call our office immediately at 310-246-2355 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Pacific time, Monday through Friday.


Are you participating at the 2013 Healing Curve Charity Golf Tournament?

Are you participating at the 2013 Healing Curve Charity Golf Tournament?The Healing Curve, a non-profit initiative for breast cancer survivors, founded by board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Gary Motykie, has announced the “2013 Healing Curve Golf Scramble” event. This charity golf tournament will be held on Monday, October 7th, 2013. The tournament will begin with a Shotgun start at 9:00 a.m. The location is Badlands Golf Club, 9119 Alta Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89145.

The event includes a range of attractions for the donor participants. They will receive gift cards and golf swag bags courtesy of The PGA Superstore and a Healing Curve polo shirt. The event also includes a dinner for the participants. Other attractions will be a full GPS cart with leaderboard, scramble format (best ball), skill contests such as long drives, closest to the pins, long putts, and silent auction items including sports memorabilia.

Participants can pay online for a minimum donation of $150 per golfer. Tax receipts will be provided. Space is limited, and participants must register before September 30th, 2013. When checking out, the participant should provide shirt size(s) and group name in special instructions.

About ‘The Healing Curve’

Dr. Gary Motykie, a board certified Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, founded The Healing Curve nonprofit in 2008 to support women who have fought breast cancer successfully but are left with scars and breast tissue loss resulting from their mastectomy. Dr. Motykie was inspired to launch The Healing Curve when he received an overwhelming response to the episodes featuring him on E! Entertainment’s hit show Dr. 90210 where he highlighted breast reconstruction for breast cancer survivors. Today, The Healing Curve provides funding and support for surgeries that may be necessary to correct deformities arising out of cancer, trauma, birth defects, or a previous unsuccessful surgery.

About Dr. Gary Motykie

Dr. Gary Motykie is the founder, president and chairman of the board of The Healing Curve. He believes that the real art of plastic surgery is discovered in giving patients back the hope that they had been robbed off due to a physical deformity. Dr. Motykie says: “I initially performed the first breasts cancer surgeries on Dr 90210 because I felt that people needed to see what hope and joy plastic surgery is capable of bringing to patients.”

Following the show, Dr. Motykie was quick to realize that insurance providers often did not cover secondary surgeries addressing the aesthetic needs of cancer survivors, trauma victims and war veterans. This led to establishment of The Healing Curve, which now has a primary mission to provide reconstructive surgery to patients with physical deformities.

To see more services and treatments provided by Dr. Motykie and his team please visit:

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