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.


Tummy Tuck Candidates

Tummy Tuck CandidatesSedentary lifestyle, heredity factors, and overweight problems may cause excess belly fat and loose skin around the midsection. The high prevalence of this condition has made tummy tuck plastic surgery a popular procedure today. The surgeon will assess a patient’s candidacy on various parameters before recommending them tummy tuck surgery.

Dr. Gary Motykie is a committed and experienced cosmetic surgeon providing various cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, including abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery. Dr. Motykie provides this procedure to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.  


Who is most suited for Tummy Tuck?

A healthy adult who feels self-conscious about the sagging skin or folds in the abdominal area, or suffers from weak underlying abdominal muscles due to weight fluctuations, may be the most appropriate candidates for tummy tuck plastic surgery. A woman who has suffered from stretched abdominal tissue and separated abdominal muscles following a pregnancy may also restore her youthful waist appearance with tummy tuck.

Although tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure, it can enhance abdominal contours in cases where the fat deposits have become resistant to diet and exercise. People with stubborn fat tissue in the abdominal area can often benefit from tummy tuck in conjunction with liposuction. The cosmetic surgeon will make the final decision about the patient’s suitability for this procedure.


Attributes of a Candidate

Women or men with the following attributes will typically make marvelous candidates for abdominoplasty:

  • Having good health and not suffering from a medical condition that could pose risk during the surgery or healing
  • Bothered by sagging or loose skin in the waist area
  • Excess fat deposits in the midsection
  • Keeping realistic expectations
  • Commitment to follow the pre- and post-surgical guidelines of the surgeon and to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle in the long run

Dr. Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for tummy tuck plastic surgery.


Don’ts for a Good Candidate

The candidate’s personal commitment and discipline will play an important part in the success of the procedure after the surgeon has given them the go-ahead for tummy tuck. Some of the critical “don’ts” for a stellar candidate would include:

  • Don’t smoke for a few weeks prior to and after tummy tuck
  • Don’t withhold any medical records or other personal health information from the surgeon
  • Don’t take prescription drugs, blood thinners, herbal meds, or vitamins without the surgeon’s approval for a few weeks before surgery
  • Don’t plan for a pregnancy in the near-term after tummy tuck surgery
  • Don’t plan for a major weight loss after tummy tuck surgery
  • Don’t choose tummy tuck under the influence of someone else, and only go by personal choice



Candidates for tummy tuck are not only individuals with a sedentary lifestyle or unbalanced diet, but also people who may be fit and active, but have fat accumulation around the waist due to heredity factors. These candidates may even receive tummy tuck in their 20s or 30s due to their genetic predisposition.

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Tummy Tuck Candidates

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