David B. Reath, MD
Knoxville, TN (865) 450-9253

Meet Dr. Walker

A Compassionate, Accomplished Surgeon

We knew we wanted a warm, personable, and talented surgeon to carry on our legacy of patient care. We found that in Dr. Walker.

We are excited to welcome Dr. Jessica Vavra Walker to H/K/B. A highly trained surgeon, Dr. Walker is board eligible in plastic and reconstructive surgery and board certified in general surgery. For those who feel more comfortable with a female plastic surgeon in Knoxville, TN, we’ve got you covered.

The needs of her patients are at the heart of her commitment to plastic surgery procedures. Like Dr. Reath, she genuinely enjoys breast and body surgeries. PLUS, she performs facelift and neck lift procedures and is devoted to providing the same level of care and concern our patients have come to expect from us.

Her Surgical Training Is Top-Notch

Dr. Walker is originally from Ohio, and graduated summa cum laude from the Williams Honors College at The University of Akron. She then traveled to her neighbor to the north and completed her medical training at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI. Dr. Walker completed a rigorous and competitive residency in general surgery in Detroit, where she served as chief resident in her final year.

Dr. Walker fell in love with the intricacy of reconstructive surgery during her general surgery residency. With her interest piqued, Dr. Walker pursued more extensive plastic and reconstructive surgery training with a plastic surgery fellowship at the University of Louisville. There, she honed her skills in complex surgeries, including microsurgery, facial trauma, burns, complex breast surgery, and aesthetics, and she was moved by how these procedures transformed her patients’ lives.

During her medical and surgical training, she has been involved in research and has presented at national and regional medical meetings.

A Crafty, Country Girl at Heart

In her free time, Dr. Walker loves crafting, quilting, crocheting, Peloton cycling, and Dolly Parton. She and her husband, a dentist in Kingston, are active outdoors and love exploring East Tennessee and the Smokies. They have a German shepherd named Crockett, who can often be seen wearing the bandanas and bowties Dr. Walker makes for him. And be sure to look for Dr. Walker’s one-of-a-kind, homemade scrub caps.

Meet Dr. Walker

A Compassionate, Accomplished Surgeon

We knew we wanted a warm, personable, and talented surgeon to carry on our legacy of patient care. We found that in Dr. Walker.

We are excited to welcome Dr. Jessica Vavra Walker to H/K/B. A highly trained surgeon, Dr. Walker is board eligible in plastic and reconstructive surgery and board certified in general surgery. For those who feel more comfortable with a female plastic surgeon in Knoxville, TN, we’ve got you covered.

The needs of her patients are at the heart of her commitment to plastic surgery procedures. Like Dr. Reath, she genuinely enjoys breast and body surgeries. PLUS, she performs facelift and neck lift procedures and is devoted to providing the same level of care and concern our patients have come to expect from us.

Her Surgical Training Is Top-Notch

Dr. Walker is originally from Ohio, and graduated summa cum laude from the Williams Honors College at The University of Akron. She then traveled to her neighbor to the north and completed her medical training at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI. Dr. Walker completed a rigorous and competitive residency in general surgery in Detroit, where she served as chief resident in her final year.

Dr. Walker fell in love with the intricacy of reconstructive surgery during her general surgery residency. With her interest piqued, Dr. Walker pursued more extensive plastic and reconstructive surgery training with a plastic surgery fellowship at the University of Louisville. There, she honed her skills in complex surgeries, including microsurgery, facial trauma, burns, complex breast surgery, and aesthetics, and she was moved by how these procedures transformed her patients’ lives.

During her medical and surgical training, she has been involved in research and has presented at national and regional medical meetings.

A Crafty, Country Girl at Heart

In her free time, Dr. Walker loves crafting, quilting, crocheting, Peloton cycling, and Dolly Parton. She and her husband, a dentist in Kingston, are active outdoors and love exploring East Tennessee and the Smokies. They have a German shepherd named Crockett, who can often be seen wearing the bandanas and bowties Dr. Walker makes for him. And be sure to look for Dr. Walker’s one-of-a-kind, homemade scrub caps.

The Doctor Is In: 12 Fun Questions For Dr. Walker

When was the first moment you knew that you wanted to be a surgeon? Was there any point in your journey when you had doubts about working in the field of medicine?

I knew I wanted to be a surgeon, between my freshman and sophomore years of college. I was home for the summer and had a summer externship with a surgeon in my hometown. It was my first time shadowing a physician. He let me scrub on day one, and I was hooked. I loved working with my hands and mind to make someone better.

However, my mom will tell you that she knew I would be a doctor when I was 7. She tripped on our dog’s ball, and while the rest of my siblings went with my dad to my sister’s volleyball game, I stayed home to elevate my mom’s foot, keep ice on it, and stay with her.

Can you walk us through a typical day in the life of Jessica Walker?

I usually get up fairly early. I’ve always been an early riser. I try to work out in the morning. I love riding the Peloton or taking my dog for a walk. As for work, I plan to spend my days with Dr. Reath, learning everything I can from him. But day-to-day hours will vary depending on if we are operating or in the clinic.

Dr Reath can cook…what about you?

I can definitely cook, but my heart lies in baking! Both of my parents can bake. My dad actually makes all of our Christmas cookies and my mom and grandma make the best pie crust from scratch. I have yet to learn their pie crust, but I do make an amazing sea salt chocolate caramel cake from scratch. And my all-time go-to cookie is a chocolate peanut butter cookie my grandma always made, so we just call them Grandma’s Cookies.

If you could have any other job in the world, what would you be doing?

Crafting! When I was younger, if I knew Etsy was going to be as big as it is, I would have started an online store. My mom started me in sewing classes in 3rd grade. I learned the basics and usually hem my own clothes. My grandma taught me to crochet, and I’ve made many afghans. In the last few years, I taught myself to quilt. One day I hope to have a craft room with a long-arm quilting machine.

Would you ever consider getting plastic surgery?

Absolutely. I don’t think plastic surgery is about changing oneself to become something different. I think it’s about enhancing yourself to help with your inner confidence and making you feel amazing. I have already had Botox for a few years and I’m a big fan!

What are some of the perks of being a plastic surgeon? Is it true you can talk your way out of a speeding ticket by saying you're a doctor?

I would say one of the best perks is patient relationships. I have now done training in many specialties and working with plastic surgery patients is the most rewarding. I love learning about patients and making connections with them. I think it’s very important to form that relationship and to trust your surgeon.

As for the ticket, I have only been pulled over less than a handful of times, but being a doc did not help. (Actually, I never brought it up.)

Tell us a little bit about your family. Who are the members of the Walker household? Do you have any special traditions?

Well, I just got married a few months ago! My amazing husband, Josh, is a native of the area and grew up in Kingston, TN. We met in Louisville while he was finishing dental school and I was in my plastic surgery fellowship. He makes me laugh more than anyone I’ve ever met and is the most supportive and encouraging best friend.

With him came my dog, Crockett. Crockett is a German Shepherd and an absolute Mama’s boy. We are just starting our life together, so we don’t have many traditions yet. I cannot wait to have roots here in East Tennessee and get to know the area.

Dr. Reath mentioned you like the Peloton. Do you do any other exercise?

I love my Peloton! I have yet to ride with Dr. Reath, but some of my favorite instructors are Cody, Kendall, Ally, and Emma.

I also like to run. I have done 5 half marathons. I had a horrible bout of plantar fasciitis, which kept me on the sidelines for a while. I am actually getting back into it and recently ran the Loving Kingston 5k.

Who would play Jessica Walker in the movie of your life?

Oh goodness, well two of my favorite movies are Sweet Home Alabama and Legally Blonde…so Reese Witherspoon! Or maybe Dolly…

Say I'm considering entering the medical field. What advice would you give me?

I would agree with Dr. Reath on this, you must love medicine. Medicine has gone through many changes in the last ten to twenty years. There are plenty of ways to help people and make a difference. It was not an easy track, and it’s a tough job, so you should love it!

What has been your most memorable accomplishment in the last ten years?

Completing my training! I have done 5 years of general surgery, 3 years of plastics, and 1 year of hand and microvascular training. I’m ready to get started!

Finally, it's Saturday and you're not on call! How do you celebrate?

My weekends are usually where I’m playing catch up on non-work-related things. With a new house, we have been doing a lot of decorating and work around the house. Also, we both love football, so this fall we will definitely be going to some UT games.

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