Meet Dr. Cluett
Born and raised in Newfoundland, Dr. Cluett began her undergraduate training at Memorial University as a Science (Biology) Major. After three years of study she was accepted into the Memorial University School of Medicine where she received her M.D. Following medical school Dr. Cluett initially entered into the General Surgery Residency Program at Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine where after four years of study she recognized her passion for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and changed her career path with a transfer into Dalhousie University’s Plastic Surgery Residency Program. After completion of her residency in Halifax she furthered her specialization with extra training at the University of Toronto and Women’s College in the areas of Breast and Breast Reconstruction. “I love my job! It enables me to be artistic and at the same time challenges me to do better with every case. It is so rewarding to see the difference you can make in someone’s life by simply boosting their self-esteem or simply fixing the smallest problem”.
Since 2001, Dr. Cluett has been employed as an active full-time staff by Eastern Health with over 20 years of practise under her belt. She has maintained privileges at the Health Sciences Centre, St. Clare’s Hospital and the Janeway Children’s Hospital in St. John’s. She holds a part-time academic position with Memorial University’s School of Medicine and a cross appointment with the Cancer Care Program.
Since 2018, Dr. Cluett has been the Acting Head of the Division of Plastic Surgery in the Department of Surgery for Eastern Health for Newfoundland and Labrador. As well, she has served in the past as president for The Atlantic Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Since returning to St. John’s in 2001, Dr. Cluett has enjoyed a thriving practise. She has learned extensively from her practise, patients and work experiences and prides herself on providing patients with the latest techniques currently available. She is constantly trying to improve her surgical results through attending surgical workshops, internships and conferences.
Dr. Cluett’s practise includes treating both men and women attempting to understand all of their unique needs. She has a large female practise being the only female Plastic Surgeon in Newfoundland. “Being a woman enables me to particularly relate to issues concerning their bodies”. She considers herself a caring and compassionate person with her patient’s well-being always being her first choice.
Dr. Cluett has been used as a resource by NTV, CBC Radio and Web and was recently published in a national peer journal due to her experience in the field of breast surgery.
Your initial consult
From your initial consult, through to after care, Dr. Cluett’s approach centers around achieving your desired outcomes by the safest means possible. Your initial consult will take place at either Dr. Cluett’s office located at 7 Paton Street, The Janeway Children’s Hospital, St. Clare’s Hospital, or the Health Sciences Centre in St. John’s. During your consult Dr. Cluett will take the opportunity to get to know you, and better understand your desired outcomes.
Dr. Cluett will work with you to identify the options available to you and provide recommendations for you to consider. Working together a procedural plan will be developed that makes you feel comfortable, and then Dr. Cluett and her staff will outline the next steps to take.
Less invasive procedures are performed at Dr. Cluett’s office on Paton Street. By maintaining her privileges at the Health Sciences Centre, the Janeway Children’s Hospital and St. Clare’s Hospital in St. John’s, she is also able to apply her over 20 years of practical experience in the province’s largest surgical facilities. These medical facilities house some of the province’s most skilled health care providers across a wide range of medical disciplines and research areas. The registered nurses, medical technicians, and staff facilitate surgical procedures and post-operative support to patients daily. By choosing to work with this team of medical experts, Dr. Cluett is able to put all of her focus into your procedure knowing that her patient is receiving the utmost care.
Brandi has been Dr. Cluett’s Administrator since 2007 often serving as the first line for any patients new to her clinic. She has extensive knowledge in many of the procedures performed in Dr. Cluett’s practise and serves as a source of knowledge and comfort to many of her patients. Her excellent interpersonal skills make her loved, giving a sense of calmness during what is to most a very stressful time. She looks forward to developing a professional relationship with you in the future. Please give Brandi a call. She will be more than happy to help you on your journey.
Frequently Asked Questions
Whether you are considering breast surgery or abdominoplasty, your plastic surgery treatment will require that you make important decisions. Dr. Cluett wants to help you feel educated about your choices and has provided a list of frequently asked questions below.
Where will your procedure take place?
Your initial consult will take place in Dr. Cluett’s office at 7 Paton Street, The Health Sciences Centre, St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital, or Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre. Your surgical procedure will take place in a fully-equipped and safe surgical facility. These medical centres bring with them a team of specialized health care practitioners with training and experience specific to these types of procedures. Your safety is key to the success of a procedure.
What about pre-op and aftercare?
Dr. Cluett will work to ensure your path to recovery is as smooth and short as possible.
Your recovery will be unique to you, your body, and your surgical procedure, that’s why each patient needs a custom recovery programme. After your procedure, Dr. Cluett will meet with you to review your specific needs and recommended aftercare. Throughout the recovery process, should you have any questions, you can always call Dr. Cluett’s St. John’s office and her team will be able to provide you with answers, or schedule a follow up appointment.
Is a referral required for a consultation with Dr. Cluett?
Some consultations will be covered by MCP if you are referred by another physician. If you wish to avoid obtaining a referral it is possible to see Dr. Cluett. This will involve a one-time consultation fee.
Will my treatment be covered by MCP?
If the concern you have is considered “cosmetic” by MCP standards, your treatment will not be covered. Unfortunately, the only way to know for sure if your treatment will be covered, is to see Dr. Cluett in consultation. After assessing your concerns, she will advise you as to whether or not MCP will cover your procedure based on your history as well as your physical problems.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Debit or cash. We are as well associated with Ifinance Medicard which is a company accustomed to financing cosmetic procedures. We will provide you with the necessary contact information so you can further investigate this option if requested.
Why should I choose a Plastic Surgeon for my cosmetic procedure?
A Plastic Surgeon is a surgical specialist who has completed a minimum of 5 years of study and training in plastic surgery after receiving their initial medical degree. This is different from a cosmetic surgeon. Dr. Cluett is the only female plastic surgeon in Newfoundland and Labrador.