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Tulsa woman botched by local doctor with history of license suspensions

Posted: 10:19 PM, Sep 17, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-17 23:19:24-04

TULSA -- A Tulsa woman is permanently scarred after a procedure with a local doctor.

Dr. Leslie Masters is listed by the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision as an internal medicine doctor with a fellowship in oncology.

Dr. Masters wrote a book called "Naked", that talks about a car wreck she was in as a teenager.

"She was scarred and on her stomach and she was a very beautiful lady and she just wanted to correct herself and help others," former patient Sandra Licciardello said of the book.

Licciardello connected with Dr. Masters a few years ago and decided to have a procedure similar to a face lift, not knowing the doctor did not have any formal surgical training.

She said Dr. Masters called the procedure "Me Minus Ten", where the doctor takes fat out of another part of the body and injects it into the face.

"What she will do is put [your fat] in a bag and actually ask you to take it home and store it in your refrigerator," Licciardello said.

Licciardello said she brought the fat from her legs and love handles home because that is what the doctor told her to do.

About three weeks later, it was injected into her face. She said her face looked tighter for a few months, but she had holes in her skin where the fat was removed from.

"She had asked me to come in daily and pack me with gauze and have about six injections on your back of Lidocaine which was probably the most painful thing I've ever endured, but I was scared," Licciardello recalled.

And she thinks Dr. Masters was scared too. She said the doctor gave her IVs of antibiotics and tried to help her in other ways. It still took six months for the holes to close.

Now, her back and legs are permanently scarred. She said it was depressing for a long time and she regrets her decision to have the procedure done.
 
Licciardello was too embarrassed to share pictures of her scars but said she has been "maimed." She said most of her close friends do not know about the scars that haunt her daily. 
 
"They always wonder why I don't want to wear a bathing suit," she said. "They always wonder, 'Why doesn't she wear shorts?'"
 
And according to other doctors she has seen since, Licciardello is lucky that is all she has.
 
"Those cuts that she made on your back are right across your spine and [the doctor] said 'I'm surprised you weren't paralyzed,'" Licciardello said.
 
Dr. Masters medical license was suspended in 2004, according to the Medical Licensure Board's website, for substance misuse. She completed a five year probation period in 2009 but was suspended again in 2017 for a year for unprofessional conduct and negligence.
 
The doctor was ordered to appear last week before the medical board but she did not show up.
 
To KJRH's knowledge, she is not practicing medicine at this point.
 
"They've done something that's damaged you for life and they have no concern," Licciardello said.
 
The medical board said Dr. Masters has paid more then $1.3 million in a four year span to settle lawsuits over injuries she caused during procedures.
 
Right now, Licciardello is one of three pending lawsuits filed in the last year for the same thing.

 

"I am like her book now," Licciardello said. "I am scarred. I guess my thought is, do iIwrite a book now as well?"

She hopes by sharing her story, other people who experienced something similar with Dr. Masters will feel comfortable to come forward.

We were not able to locate Dr. Masters to get a comment for the story. We reached out to her attorney listed on one of the pending civil suits but did not hear back yet.

Licciardello's attorney said they will likely win a default judgment against Dr. Masters this month because they have not been able to find her to serve her with the lawsuit.
 

 

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