Wonder: Opening Eyes and Raising Awareness for Facial Deformities


The movie “Wonder” highlights the life of a young boy named Auggie who has Treacher Collins syndrome. Treacher Collins syndrome is a rare medical facial deformity that is characterized by deformities of the ears, eyes, cheekbones and chin. “Wonder” is being praised for raising awareness for children with facial deformities and educating people, one movie […]

Beckham’s Story: A Tiny Fighter


April 13, 2015 was supposed to be one of the greatest days of my life. It was the day my second son, Beckham Lee Carpenter was born. Instead of celebrating in the moment, I immediately knew something was wrong. I heard the nurse say that he was having a hard time breathing and they called […]

[Video] Jack’s Story: Giving a Child with Cleft Palate his Smile Back


Learning that a child has a cleft lip or palate, an opening in the lip or the roof of the mouth, can be a challenging diagnosis for parents to face. As a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, I have worked with many children who have struggled to eat and even breathe because of this condition. […]

About Dr. Laura Hetzler

Laura Hetzler, MD is a fellowship trained and Board Certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon with Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group. She earned her medical degree from Louisiana State University in New Orleans and completed her surgical internship at Ochsner Hospital. Dr. Hetzler performed her residency at Loyola University Medical Center’s Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Services in Chicago, Illinois and did her fellowship training in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. Learn more about Dr. Hetzler by clicking here.