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.


Dr. Gary Motykie Voted “Plastic Surgeon of the Year” at MyFaceMyBody Awards 2018

Dr. Gary Motykie Voted “Plastic Surgeon of the Year” at MyFaceMyBody Awards 2018Dr. Gary Motykie has been awarded MyFaceMyBody’s esteemed 2018 “Best Male Plastic Surgeon of the Year!” Dr. Motykie said that he is honored to receive this recognition amid many worthy competitors, but his real pride and satisfaction stems from the fact that the award has been conferred on the basis of patient votes.

Dr. Motykie thanks all his past and present patients for their resounding vote of confidence in his abilities as a plastic surgeon, which is his biggest reward.

This constant support from his patients has continued to inspire Dr. Motykie to set new standards in plastic surgery and transform the lives of his patients using his surgical skills combined with best-in-class aesthetic technologies.


About the Award

The prestigious MyFaceMyBody Awards is now the largest and most widely recognized awards program globally, that honors and rewards aesthetic practices and brands for their customer service excellence. The awards celebrate the spirit of innovation and creativity within the rapidly growing and exciting plastic surgery industry.

MyFaceMyBody Awards are currently located in the US, the UK, and Australia, and will be launching into China in 2019. Hundreds of leading cosmetic industry professionals, brands, celebrities and journalists attend the awards ceremony every year.

This coming together of the industry experts not only helps provide a unique platform for the advancement of plastic surgery, but also creates a good opportunity to raise money for a well deserved charity.


How the Winners are Chosen

The Clinic category awards include awards for individuals, who are shortlisted on the basis of consumer votes. (Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie was chosen in this prestigious category for the “Plastic Surgeon of the Year – Male” award).

The finalists in this category are then judged by a distinguished global panel of 15 judges, who evaluate each finalist on the basis of supporting evidence. On top of this, each finalist is professionally mystery-shopped at their practice, and a comprehensive 12-page report is prepared, which the judges review.


About Dr. Motykie

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie serves patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, and Los Angeles and neighboring areas. Dr. Motykie is an expert in providing a wide range of cosmetic surgery procedures for the breast, body and face as well as innovative non-surgical aesthetic procedures.

With about 50% of his practice consisting of revision surgeries from elsewhere, Dr. Motykie is known for performing safe, effective plastic surgery that focuses on “doing it right the first time.”

Some of the highlights of Dr. Motykie’s professional profile include:

  • Multi-Specialty, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
  • TV Personality & International Educator
  • Creator of Motykie Med Spa & The Healing Curve Foundation
  • Award-Winning Health, Beauty & Wellness Innovator
  • RealSelf Top Doctor
  • Winner of “America’s Top Plastic Surgeons” Award, Consumer Research Council of America: 2006 to 2012

Dr. Motykie has been featured in articles in the New York Times, LA Times and Wall Street Journal as well as appeared as a regular surgeon on the E! Channel’s Dr. 90201, Celebrity Plastic Surgery, The Doctors, Marie Show, Dr. Phil, MTV, VH1, EXTRA, ACCESS Hollywood, Inside Edition and the Discovery Channel’s Plastic Surgery: Before & After.

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Dr. Gary Motykie Voted “Plastic Surgeon of the Year” at MyFaceMyBody Awards 2018

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