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Elena Antedomenico Rehl, MD, FACS

Elena Antedomenico Rehl, MD, FACS

Breast Surgery
West Palm Beach 33401, Palm Beach Gardens 33410, Jupiter 33458

Creating Hope

Jacqueline’s Story

Jacqueline Gurtowski

I have this great support system and Dr. Rehl’s a part of that, she went above and beyond to make sure I received the best breast cancer care.

After my yearly mammogram I was told there was something abnormal on my X-ray. They told me there was a less than one percent chance of it becoming anything. I decided to make an appointment with a surgeon for a biopsy procedure anyways. The biopsy showed I had stage 1 breast cancer.

It was diagnosed as triple-negative breast cancer. This type of rare breast cancer lacks the types of receptors commonly found in tumor cells. Thank God I had the biopsy done because triple-negative breast cancer can grow aggressively outside of the actual breast. Courtney, my older daughter, was pregnant at the time. My breast surgeon, Dr. Elena Rehl, comforted me and guaranteed that I’d see my granddaughter born.

My daughter Saige recommended Dr. Rehl after getting to know her while living in Savannah, GA. Dr. Rehl was working as a breast surgeon in Savannah prior to returning to Florida and Saige was doing her surgical rotation to become a physician assistant (PA) and got to know Dr. Rehl well during that time. When my daughter found out about my breast cancer diagnosis, she thought Dr. Rehl would be the ideal choice for my care. She thought Dr. Rehl would be the perfect fit needed for my treatment. Dr. Rehl’s plan for my breast cancer care focused first on chemotherapy followed by surgery then radiation. I had an outpatient lumpectomy procedure at Good Samaritan Medical Center in June during the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic. I had the lumpectomy to remove a portion of the breast tissue where the malignant tumor was located.

Dr. Rehl did such a great job with my surgery and the recovery was fine. In fact, the lumpectomy and recovery went a lot better than I thought it would go. The surgical scar is a straight line and unbelievably, barely noticeable today. After completing my radiation, I found out some amazing news. I’m cancer free! Also, I saw my granddaughter Lennon born and just found out my son Jack’s wife is pregnant. It was a miracle and a light at the end of the tunnel. I found my faith, I thought I knew it before (my faith) but now I’ve got it.

Throughout this entire process, Dr. Rehl and her staff have been wonderful. Furthermore, Dr. Rehl’s staff always gets back to me and answers my questions. Dr. Rehl’s practice coordinator Jacinta Nappi can best be described as an angel. She politely always got back to me right away with any questions I needed answered. Dr. Rehl’s entire staff responds quickly no matter what the question is, I can’t thank Dr. Rehl and her staff enough.

All of the safety protocols were in place at Dr. Rehl’s office to keep my vulnerable immune system safe from the COVID-19 virus. Every time I’ve been there, I was the only person in the waiting room. Everyone was wearing masks in the office and wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) including gloves and gowns in the exam room. Dr. Rehl also took the time to reassure me that where I was having my procedure was seperate from any of the COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Knock on wood, I never got sick.

One thing that stuck out to me about Dr. Rehl was when I was going into surgery and out of recovery, every nurse and person helping with my care would say I’m glad you got Dr. Rehl, she’s a great doctor. Looking back she was the best choice I could have made for my care.

I had surgery performed by Dr. Rehl for treatment of my breast cancer on June 9. My mother passed away on June 14, and Dr. Rehl called me on June 15 to let me know she got the results back from my lumpectomy and to tell me I was cancer free. Dr. Rehl especially knew I needed good news since my Mom passed away the previous day. It turned out to be the best news ever because I know my Mom played an important part with my cure of being cancer free. I still went on with radiation after being cancer free just as a precaution to make sure no cancer cells went rogue in or outside of my breast.

To have a successful treatment and recovery from breast cancer, you need not only an exemplary care team but also support outside of the clinical setting. Women should always keep up-to-date on their mammograms. My case is a prime example of something showing up on an X-ray as really small in nature and having the potential to turn into something more serious.

My husband Jack is number one in my support system. Since I self-isolated during the COVID-19 Pandemic, he did all the grocery shopping, banking and was there for me emotionally. He’s been my rock. Without him I wouldn’t have been able to make it. Whether I needed to be driven to my appointments, was worried about what to say to the kids or needed him after my surgery, he was there for me. I have this great support system and Dr. Rehl’s a part of that, she went above and beyond to make sure I received the best breast cancer care. For her to make a promise that I’d see my granddaughter and be cancer free, gave me hope when I needed it most.

Creating Hope

Karen’s Story

Karen Simpson-Hughes

My own inner strength, confidence, and calmness was radiated and illuminated from Dr. Rehl’s words of support and encouragement.

As a dedicated participant in many Breast Cancer Awareness activities throughout Palm Beach County and an organizer of similar promotions at my own work place, I am a strong proponent and advocate for the prevention, early diagnosis and early intervention for breast cancer. Aware of the advantages and importance of annual mammograms, I underwent this life-saving measure.

To my great surprise, in December 2019, the results of my mammogram came back abnormal. After over 25-years of supporting and promoting Breast Cancer Awareness, I was now forced to personally face breast cancer head-on. Without hesitation, I began searching to find the best team of doctors and a well-trained breast cancer surgeon to guide and assist me through this challenging and life altering event.

My gynecologist recently had a personal connection with breast cancer; her sister underwent treatment and they both highly recommended Dr. Elena Rehl. She had breast cancer surgery with Dr. Rehl and both proclaimed their utmost confidence stating she was one of the best breast cancer surgeons in Palm Beach County. After my first contact with her office, I knew that I had made an excellent choice. The warm and caring communication I received from the office staff was as though I was calling my family to say hello. It was evident that the members of her practice displayed a special attitude toward their patients.

From my first biopsy when Dr. Rehl’s assistant held my hand for comfort and throughout my breast cancer journey, the care and mannerism of everyone under Dr. Rehl’s leadership reflected a family-like atmosphere. Every procedural step taken by Dr. Rehl involved precision, empathy and patience. She always ensured that I felt comfortable and at ease. My own inner strength, confidence, and calmness was radiated and illuminated from Dr. Rehl’s words of support and encouragement.

Dr. Rehl and I connected instantly. She grew up in Jupiter, left after high school and, after her extensive medical training, returned to her family to use her skills to care for the community of women in her hometown. Even with the breast cancer diagnosis the road ahead seemed brighter with Dr. Rehl at my side. I was diagnosed with cancer in my left breast. As we reviewed the next steps, Dr. Rehl responded like a sister. She was gentle, sympathetic and genuine as she discussed my options and the pathways for treatment. With confidence and an understanding of the possible future occurrences of cancer in both breasts, I chose the option of having a double mastectomy.

My surgery was performed in February 2020 at Good Samaritan Medical Center’s Comprehensive Breast Cancer Center. Dr. Rehl’s supportive and caring attitude was mirrored by the entire staff at the hospital. Everybody was wonderful.

After the surgery, and at the recommendation of Dr. Rehl, I went on to have radiation treatment followed by prescribed medication. In my fight with cancer, she had proposed that every avenue be taken to irradiate the disease and I have followed her advice every step of the way. She was a godsend.

Throughout the process, I have stayed positive. I think remaining positive makes the doctor’s job a lot easier. I can say from my heart, Dr. Rehl loves what she does every day. I am so thankful that Dr. Rehl has a passion for breast cancer care and was my surgeon. She shows compassion and love toward her patients. Breast cancer surgery and recovery is a challenge, but being positive and having a doctor like Dr. Rehl, one you can call anytime, makes all the difference.

Not only did Dr. Rehl’s office staff provide timely communication, but Dr. Rehl would call me herself to explain different parts of this process and to see how I was doing. With Dr. Rehl, it’s not just surgery. She believes in communicating with you throughout the process and following up with you to see how you’re doing. She has a passion for what she does, is very calm and easy to approach. Dr. Rehl and her staff wholeheartedly treat you like family. They create a strong team to assist you in your fight and throughout your journey. I am so very thankful for their support system and truly believe they have increased my chances for survivial.

Cancer is not kind. I think you just have to face cancer by being brave, positive and putting a great support system in place. Having Dr. Rehl as the center of my support system got me through it. I feel thankful and grateful and would encourage anyone facing the challenges of breast cancer to seek Dr. Rehl’s help. Her passion is to help women with breast cancer. Beginning with the first contact, patients will realize Dr. Rehl’s angelic and masterful qualities; I did and without reservation highly recommend her and Good Samaritan Medical Center to others.

Patient Survey Results

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rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars.
4.8 out of 5 (9 Comments , 60 Ratings)
4.9
rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars.
Provider showed concern
4.9
rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars.
Friendliness/courtesy of CP
4.8
rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars.
CP spoke using clear language
4.8
rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars.
Provider explained things clearly
4.8
rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars.
Provider included you in decisions
4.7
rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars.
Patients' confidence in CP
4.7
rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars.
Likelihood of recommending this provider

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rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
October 27, 2020

Dr. Rhel was amazing...she is extremely helpful and made me feel so comfortable! she helped me a lot!!!! will refer her!!!

rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
October 3, 2020

I felt so comfortable with Dr. Rehl. she was recommended to me by my husband's surgeon. I'm so thankful to have found her.

rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
September 25, 2020

Dr. Rehl is very patient and compassionate. She makes sure that you as a patient understand wverything related to your issue and treatment.

rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
September 20, 2020

Awaiting results of biopsy before discussing treatment.

rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
September 18, 2020

Desentra, Nicole and Dr Rehl are fabulous