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.


CoolSculpting – “The Cherry on Top” Patient Testimonial [VIDEO]

Your Wellness and Aesthetics

Motykie Med Spa is dedicated to providing state of the art aesthetic, skin care, anti-aging, and fat reduction treatments to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, West Hollywood and surrounding areas. One of the most sought after non-invasive procedures offered at the medical spa is CoolSculpting. For a new patient, an excellent way to learn and gain real insights about a procedure can be when a past patient is willing to open their heart and share their actual experience and results about the procedure.

Hylan’s Experience

Hylan is a Los Angeles, CA based individual who, at one time, weighed 306 pounds, and was concerned about the appearance of love handles and excess fat deposits in his lower abdominal area. Hylan decided to go ahead with CoolSculpting at Motykie Med Spa, which is led by the reputed plastic surgeon, Dr. Gary Motykie.

Hylan was seeking a supportive procedure that could help provide a boost to his commitment to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. He did not wish to go through an invasive surgery procedure, and was determined to improve his diet and exercise so that he would be able to maintain the results of a non-invasive procedure for the long-term.

The team of experts, led by Dr. Motykie, at Motykie Med Spa carefully tried to understand the needs, goals, and aspirations of Hylan with regard to his body appearance, and his commitment to maintain a healthy lifestyle following a non-invasive fat reduction procedure.

Fat Reduction with CoolSculpting

The team at Motykie Med Spa, after a detailed deliberation and a close evaluation of Hylan’s condition and mindset, decided to recommend CoolSculpting procedure. Hylan managed to achieve a significant reduction in the appearance of love handles. Within a few weeks, he was able to notice a 25 percent reduction in his lower abdomen, which was his major cause of concern.

This was Hylan’s first experience with CoolSculpting, and the results were astonishingly positive. More importantly, the outcome with CoolSculpting helped build Hylan’s confidence in his own ability to maintain his overall appearance and fitness levels. CoolSculpting provided the much-needed boost to push him to adopt an active lifestyle and follow a healthy and balanced diet.

The highlight of Hylan’s case was that his commitment to maintain a regular regimen of diet and exercise performed the real magic, while CoolSculpting provided the proverbial “cherry on top.” Hylan has been highly satisfied with his experience at Motykie medical spa. He is particularly grateful to the friendly and caring staff that made his overall experience completely worthwhile.

Recovery Experience

One of the best things about CoolSculpting is that the procedure does not involve any cuts, incisions or even injections. A mild level of discomfort in the treated area may be experienced by some patients initially, but it is not something that can cause a specific hindrance to work or pose any risk. Dr. Motykie and his team were always available at the med spa to provide reassurance to Hylan during his recovery phase. All he needed was advil and cortisone cream during the recovery period to achieve better comfort.

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