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.


Otoplasty (Ear Surgery) Before and After Plastic Surgery Pictures

Otoplasty (Ear Surgery) Before and After Plastic Surgery Pictures

Otoplasty (Ear Surgery) Before and After Plastic Surgery PicturesOtoplasty or ear reshaping surgery is commonly performed on children, but adults may also choose this procedure. Candidates with oddly shaped, oversized, or protruding ears may go for this surgery to improve the appearance of ears and bring them in balance with the rest of the facial features.

The cosmetic surgeon will explain different aspects of otoplasty at the time of the initial consultation in order to help the patient make an informed choice. The surgeon may also make use of otoplasty before and after photographs to help the patient understand the potential benefits of this surgery. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides a range of facial procedures through his surgery practice as well as medical spa. Dr. Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.

What are Otoplasty Before and After Images?

Otoplasty ‘before and after images’ refer to a pair or group of pictures belonging to an earlier patient who has received the same surgery successfully. The images include pictures taken before the surgery and after the surgery at a time when full effects of otoplasty have been established. The surgeon will take these pictures with the consent of the patient, and show them to new patients in a discreet manner.

The surgeon’s only goal is to use these pictures to educate new patients about different aspects of otoplasty and help them make an informed decision. Otoplasty before and after photographs serve as an effective visual aid to explain to the patients what the procedure can or cannot do for them. Patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby locations have an opportunity to receive surgical and non-surgical procedures at Dr. Motykie’s plastic surgery practice as well as medspa.


When a new patient visits the surgeon’s office to seek otoplasty, they may not necessarily know how exactly the procedure may help fulfill their unique aesthetic needs. Some patients may only need a minor corrective surgery, while others may need an elaborate otoplasty in conjunction with another facial procedure to meet their aesthetic goals.

For a patient, it can be a difficult situation to choose the right options and make the best decision.  This is where the surgeon can use otoplasty before and after photos effectively to help them visualize the results and make appropriate choices.

Being Realistic

One of the pre-requisites to success in any aesthetic surgical or non-surgical procedure is that the patient should have a positive frame of mind, clear aesthetic priorities and realistic expectations. Such patients will typically achieve the highest satisfaction from the results.

With otooplasty before and after photos, the patient will know clearly what to expect and what not to expect from the surgery. This will mitigate the chances of any misunderstanding or disappointment occurring at a later stage.

Online Photos

The surgeon may also decide to provide otoplasty before and after photos on their practice website. Anyone can access these pictures freely online and review the potential results even before they are ready to visit the surgeon’s office for a consultation.


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