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Clinical Coordinator

Clinical Coordinator


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RN, O.R. Director

Jennifer, RN, O.R. Director

Jennifer Foster RN, O.R. Director for Grotting and Cohn Plastic Surgery. She has specialized in the OR since 2001

Registered Nurse

Registered Nurse

Jennifer, RN

Jennifer has been a Registered Nurse since 1991. She joined Dr. Grotting in 1997 and functions as his operating room and clinic nurse. Jennifer is a Birmingham native who graduated from Briarwood High School. She resides in Vestavia Hills with her husband, Kevin, and twin girls, Hannah and Mary Brooke.

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Practice Manager


Alana is our Practice Manager She has worked in all aspects of the plastic surgery community since 1991. Alana is a Bessemer, AL native and now resides in Hueytown, AL with her husband. They have two grown children.

Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant


Vicki has been working with Dr. Grotting since 1996. She functions as his administrative assistant in handling all surgery scheduling. Vicki is a Birmingham native; she knows the city well and is indispensable for our out-of-town guests.

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Elizabeth Sedgwick has been working with Dr. Grotting since 2007, In the past, Elizabeth has worked in the fashion and cosmetic Industry. She has been married for 46 years. She is a mother to 3 grown children and a grandmother to 4. She is a receptionist extraordinaire.

Master Aesthetician

Master Aesthetician


Jamie is an essential asset to our practice and brings a specialized expertise in skin care, with a focus on optimizing peri-operative skin care regimens. She offers a variety of hydrating and exfoliating facials and assists in long-term skin management as a means of both prevention and restoration. She is highly skilled across a broad range of services and is accessible for professional, individualized consultations throughout each day.

Dr. Nirav Patel Aesthetic Surgery Fellow for Dr. James Grotting

Aesthetic Surgery Fellow for Dr. James Grotting

Dr. Nirav Patel

Dr. Nirav Patel is the 2017-18 fellow for Dr. James Grotting as endorsed by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He recently completed a six year, combined general and plastic surgery residency at the University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, CA and is a board-eligible plastic surgeon. He has an established track record for excellence during his clinical training, including double recognition in his administrative chief resident year for professionalism and for mentorship. Dr. Patel has published several papers in the plastic surgery literature and continues to present at regional and national meetings. He has been involved in multiple mission trips to perform cleft lip and palate surgeries, including Port de Paix, Haiti, Honolulu, Hawaii, and more recently in Yunnan, China with Operation Smile as its 2016-17 Stryker Fellow.

He hails from a family of surgeons, his father a solo practice colorectal surgeon and his brother an academic trauma surgeon. Surgery was naturally a career interest from an early age, desiring to use his hands to heal others. He cultivated manual dexterity in childhood through a passion for classical cello performance, which enabled him to matriculate at age 16 into Princeton University, where he earned a degree in economics.

Prior to medical school, Dr. Patel attended Brooklyn Law School, concentrating on health law. Living through 9/11 and its aftermath in New York City as a 2nd year law student is what drove Dr. Patel back toward a medical career. He completed a master’s degree in biology at New York University and two years’ biomedical research at the Feinstein Institute on Long Island before attending the University of Rochester for his medical degree. He ultimately chose plastic surgery for its anatomic depth and breadth, witnessing multiple family members undergo reconstructions for cancer extirpations as well as for cleft lip and other congenital malformations. Aesthetic plastic surgery especially resonates with and challenges him in its continual pursuit of technical perfection and artistic mastery.

Dr. Patel remains an avid cellist and recently joined the Samford Orchestra in Birmingham. He has maintained his attorney registration in New York State and is active in legislative advocacy with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Most importantly, Dr. Patel is a family man, happily married for 10 years to his wife Erica and arriving to Birmingham with their 8-year-old son Aidan and 4-year-old daughter Antonia. They are all excited to be in Alabama with its lush greenery and Southern charm.

Dr. Patel is thrilled to join the Grotting & Cohn team in helping provide the best possible clinical care for the practice’s diverse aesthetic surgery patients.