In the realm of people that we expect to see regularly on our screens, medical doctors are closer to the bottom of the list. Aside from the fact that their work has little correlation with TV, they are presumably too busy to pursue life as TV personalities. Yet, a few of them have usurped this expectation, one of them being Dr. Terry Dubrow, a plastic surgeon renowned for appearances on programs like Botched and The Real Housewives of Orange County. Rather than reevaluate common beliefs, his profligacy on television has left many to wonder if Terry is an actual doctor.
Yes, Dr. Terry Dubrow is an Actual Doctor
We know the revelation that many of once-beloved reality shows are scripted has placed faith in them at an all-time low. Yet, there are still elements of truth to them, especially when it comes to Dr. Terry Dubrow and the profession he represents.
The Los Angeles-born plastic surgeon is a real-life doctor who studied at the University of California. He earned his medical degree from the school’s Los Angeles School of Medicine, graduating in 1986. Before that, he bagged a master’s degree from Yale University.
As part of his training and studies, he completed his residency as a general surgeon at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Furthermore, following his decision to specialize in plastic surgery, he completed his fellowship in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Simply put, he is a highly educated man.
Both Major American Surgical Associations Certify Him
Not only is Dr. Terry Dubrow a man with years of academic education and real-life experience under his belt, but he is also certified by America’s leading group of surgeons. He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and he is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Aside from having his qualifications and experience certified by the country’s leading surgeon organizations, several of his works have been printed in medical journals.
Publications like Journal of Surgical Research, The American Journal of Surgery, and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, whose process involves peer-reviewed research, have all published his writings and ideas.
Additionally, he is also an author of the medical book, The Acne Cure. He co-published the book along with Brenda Adderly, on May 2, 2003. He has three additional published books, more on that anon.
Terry Began Appearing on TV in 2004
Dr. Terry Dubrow was a little over a decade into his profession as a plastic surgeon when he made his first appearance on TV on the reality TV show, The Swan. He appeared on the show about turning conventionally ugly women into beautiful women for a beauty pageant over ten episodes.
The show was not well-received, and Terry did not appear onscreen again another until 2010. Having learned what went wrong with his first attempt, he began a series of appearances that has continued to date. First, he appeared as a mentor on Bridalplasty, and in 2012, began featuring in the reality TV show, The Real Housewives of Orange County.
In 2014, he began his trademark series, Botched, where he co-hosted the show about fixing the errors of shoddily performed plastic surgeries. The long-running show, she has spanned six seasons over six years, has also gotten a spin-off, Botched by Nature, starring the good doctor too.
His ever-expanding filmography also includes a panelist role on Good Work and multiple guest appearances across various talk shows and other reality TV series. So far, his reality TV catalog has more than 33 credits in it, with added roles as a producer.
He executive produced another plastic surgery themed TV show, License to Kill, as well as the Botched spin-off, Botched by Nature. As a man concerned with human looks, he has further documented his knowledge and expertise in three published books; The Dubrow Diet, The Dubrow Fusion Diet, and Dr. and Mrs. Guinea Pig were all released in 2018, 2020, and 2016, respectively.
His TV Career Has Boosted His Net Worth
Plastic surgery is an expensive medical procedure and a lucrative one for those who carry it out. The operations performed on the Botched show cost between $30,000 and $100,000, and those are the ones we get to see. As a real-life practicing doctor, Dr. Terry Dubrow also performs procedures that earn him a sizeable income.
There is also the added fact that his years of experience got him a promotion as chief resident at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Now a man with his own practice, earnings from scheduled surgeries, in and out of the show, and his books have earned him an estimated net worth of $40 million.
He also has a skincare line, Consult Beaute, which performs modestly well. He has spent some of those millions on a luxury home worth $16.3 million in Orange County.
Terry Dubrow Met His Wife on a Blind Date
Dubrow met Heather Kent for the first time on a blind date, after which they bonded and began dating. The couple then solemnized their union in 1999. Like most couples, they had dealt with their fair share of trouble, mostly when they starred on The Real Housewives of Orange County.
However, they were able to weather the storm and have built a long-lasting marriage. Things are so healthy between them that they are considering writing a book on relationships. Since they said ‘I Do,’ they have given birth to four children – twins Nicholas and Maximilian in 2002 and two girls, Katarina and Collette, in 2007 and 2010, respectively.
The doctor’s wife is a New York-born multi-talented actress, a high-profile TV figure, and a former Beauty Queen. She was the winner of Miss Congeniality at the New York State Pageant in 1989, after which she launched into acting in her early 20’s.
She has credits on several TV series and movies, including Stark Raving Mad, Roseanna, and Tom, Jenny. Others include Surviving Suburbia, Now You Know, That’s Life, Hot in Cleveland, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and others. She is also a staple of reality television and notably became famous during her time on The Real Housewives of Orange County.
His Late Brother was a Member of Quiet Riot
Furthermore, Dr. Terry Dubrow had an elder brother, Kevin Dubrow, who was a heavy metal musician. He was the lead singer of the heavy metal musical band named Quiet Riot. Sadly, Kevin died in his Las Vegas residence on November 19, 2007. He was said to have died of a cocaine overdose.