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.

Patient Letters

November 11, 2015

Dear Doc,

I hope this email finds you well.

My daughter and I both had procedures done 4 1/2 years ago. She had a rhinoplasty and I had a rhinoplasty as well as face and brow lift. We both have been so happy with our results. My daughter got married in June and when I saw the pictures from the wedding I knew I had to contact you. Before the surgery I would have been miserable having photos taken. I always felt so unattractive. It was such a gift to feel great about the way I looked and actually be relaxed and happy while being photographed. To now have these photos to look back on and feel good about is something I would never had imagined.I’m sure you here this a lot….but you changed my life and I will be forever grateful.

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January 28, 2014

Hi Dr. Motykie,

Nice to see you today. I had to share this because I thought you’d appreciate the “eyes of a 22 year old”.

When I got home tonight, I took my bath and was downstairs in my shorts. Erica (the one you’ll be doing implants on) hasn’t seen me without my compression garment until then. Her jaw dropped, literally!! She said my thighs, arms, legs, stomach, and now a butt!!!! Were all unbelievable… She said I haven’t looked this good in 7 years since I had to quit working out so hard with my capsules. The last time she saw me undressed was a few months before surgery while we were in Hawaii and as silly as she is, I had so much fun having her eyes get sooo big and flatter me on the outcome of now vs. then, she even pulled my shorts down silly kid.

So, thanks again. There’s no other doctor I’d trust my daughter with and I know you always give it 200%. I and so many others appreciate all you’ve done to try and correct past mistakes and create some new improvements. You’re truly a gifted talent and I’m grateful for all you’ve done.

Thanks so much again…

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January 9, 2014

Dear Dr. Motykie,

I wish there were enough words to express my gratitude for your kindness and generosity towards me. Your entire team has also been wonderful. My path continues after this last visit with you today.

I would also like to help you in any way possible from Mexico. I will be happy to do so. May life continue to bring you so much success but more importantly that the kind, good hearted, giving and compassionate man never changes. I will pray so everything you may wish in your life will be granted because your deserve it.

Many, many blessings and don’t forget about the invitation to come to Mexico for a nice homemade meal or more than one!

Gracias infinitas desde el fonda de mi corazon!

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October, 2009

Dr. Motykie:
Thank you for the incredible new body you gave me. You are a true Liposuction artist. My new thighs and tummy are definitely going to be shown off at the beach this year. I can’t believe how smooth and easy the surgery and recovery process was for me. All of my girlfriends are jealous of me now!! Thanks a million.
– 35 year-old female

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Dr. Motykie:
I wanted to write and tell you that I think you are a true genius and artist. I am tickled pink with my face. Thanks for making the whole experience so wonderful. People still can’t figure out exactly what I have done that makes me look so much younger. Thank you for everything.
– 44 year-old female

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Dr. Motykie:
I just wanted you to know how happy I am with my new tummy! I have already been singing your praises all over town. I felt like I was in the most capable and caring hands during the whole surgery and recovery process and my abdomen looks better than it did before I had children!
– 34 year-old female

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Dr. Motykie:
I had heard so many stories about Breast Augmentation surgery that I didn’t know what to believe. Thank you for answering my endless questions and making me feel excited about my surgery. You were so reassuring and wonderful. Now my breasts are amazing and beautiful. You are truly talented and a gift to the plastic surgery world.
– 22 year-old female

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Dr. Motykie:
Thank you for everything!!! You are my angel. My breasts were destroyed by two previous plastic surgeons, and just when I thought all hope was lost, you were able to fix my breasts and make them beautiful again. You changed my life and made me feel like a woman again. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! God bless you and every patient that is lucky enough to have you as their surgeon.
– 33 year-old female

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Dr. Motykie:
I had been hoping to have Breast Augmentation Surgery for years, but I had no idea how to go about it. A girlfriend of mine told me about you and I still thank her every day. Her breasts were so perfect and natural looking and now so are mine! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer all of my questions and for helping make me understand how the surgery works and what all of my options were. Thank you for the breast of my dreams. I love them.
– 25 year-old female

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Dr. Motykie,
It is with my deepest heartfelt thanks that I am writing you this letter. You are an incredible doctor with a very big heart. I am healing very nicely from the surgeries you performed on me. I look and feel great! You have already made a huge impact on my life. You have made me feel so good about myself and with it came a new found self-confidence and sense of self-worth. You are a very special doctor and you enable me to push for my dreams. Dr. Motykie, they say a good doctor is worth a million bucks, so if that’s the case, you are priceless. With sincere heartfelt gratitude,
– 37 year-old female

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