Dena Thayer, D.O.
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Dr. Thayer is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. She received her medical degree from Des Moines University in 1997 and completed her training in general and plastic surgery at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2004. During her time in Philadelphia, she cared for melanoma patients at the world-renowned Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan and spent six months at the Burn Center at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York. Since then, she has been practicing in West Michigan and performs surgery at Mercy General Health Partners, North Ottawa Community Hospital, and Muskegon Surgery Center. She is the co-director of wound care at Great Lakes Specialty Hospital and the Mercy Wound Care Center. Her special interests include breast surgery, breast cancer reconstruction, and body contouring. Dr. Thayer lives with her husband and three daughters in Norton Shores. In her free time, she’s all about the outdoors and tries to go running, sailing, and camping as much as possible.

Professional Profile

B.S. Biology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD – 1992
D.O., Des Moines University Medical School, Des Moines, IA – 1997
Internship – University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Stratford, NJ – 1997-1998

Residency – 1998-2002
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (general surgery), Philadelphia, PA
St. Agnes Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Parkview Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Frankford Hospital, Langhorne, PA
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Deborah Heart and Lung Center, Browns Mills, NJ
Cooper Medical Center, Camden, NJ
Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Germantown Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Fellowships – 2002-2004:
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (plastic and reconstructive surgery), Philadelphia, PA
Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY
St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA
Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
St. Mary Medical Center Langhorne, PA