Compassion for Life
Celeste Bird, CTBS
Founder and CEO
As founder, Celeste has a vision of helping and assisting families during one of the most difficult times in their lives by providing “compassion for life”. While playing an active role on both sides of this difficult process, she has the complete understanding and the dedication to offer resources, expertise and education to the families.
Celeste developed an early interest of the medical field while growing up as the daughter of a physician. Her father has been a valuable resource in her career and looks to continue the legacy in a different direction in offering a service to the community. She has worked in the operating room since 1998 after completing the Surgical Technologist program. While working in the operating room she has assisted many surgeons in a wide range of procedures within many different specialties. Those specialties consist of: cardiovascular, thoracic, neurology, general, reconstructive, plastic, urology, gynecology and E.N.T. Celeste has a great understanding of the operating room accompanied by strong sterility awareness. While working side by side with many surgeons she was able to learn surgical skills first hand. Additional training of her surgical skills includes attending and passing the Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting onsite wet lab in Tennessee. Celeste has a great understanding of human anatomy and is a member of The Association of Surgical Assistants.
During the last 8 years Celeste held a lead role on the Tissue Recovery Team at LifeGift in Houston, Texas. During this time she gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise in recovery of all transplantable tissues. She was recognized for her recovery yields and surgical precision by multiple tissue processors. Her skills consisted of all vascular tissue, and special grafts, heart, liver, muscular skeletal tissue, research tissues, fresh grafts, split and full thickness skin. She obtained the highly coveted CTBS certification and is a member of AATB. During these years she held roles as medical examiner liaison, team lead, lead coordinator, funeral home liaison, circulator, back table, recovery technician and trainer. Celeste has developed a true love for the entire tissue recovery process with a true compassion for the donor and their families. She has created lasting relationships and friendships with everyone she comes in contact with. Celeste is surrounded by many valuable resources and has established a committed group of professionals whom with great integrity and expertise, the possibilities are unlimited.
Clayton L. Moliver, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Clayton Moliver is a board-certified Plastic surgeon in Webster who serves Pearland, Clear Lake, and other communities around Houston, TX. Dr. Moliver started his practice in 1992 and devoted his early years to a mixture of reconstructive and aesthetic surgery. For the past 15 years he has dedicated his practice exclusively to cosmetic surgery. Most patients come to him as patient referrals, including those who have undergone surgery elsewhere. Dr. Moliver received his medical school degree at Texas Tech University School of Medicine, Lubbock, Texas. He completed his six years of general surgery residency at Texas Tech Regional Academic Health Science Center, El Paso, Texas, from 1984-1990, serving as Chief Resident, 1989-90. He completed his plastic surgery residency at St. Joseph Hospital, Houston, Texas, from 1990-1992. During that time, he trained with world-renowned plastic surgeons, including the inventor of the breast implant, Dr. Thomas Cronin, and the past Editor-in-Chief of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (the official journal of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery), Dr. Thomas M. Biggs. Dr. Moliver also found time to be a Major in the U.S. Army Reserves Medical Corps from which he retired a few years ago. In March, 2011, Dr. Moliver accepted a position at The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas as Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery and Division of Plastic Surgery.
• Board Certified, American Board of Surgery, 1991-2011
• Board Certified, American Board of Plastic Surgery, 1994
• Fellow, American College of Surgeons, 1996
• Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
• Practicing Plastic Surgery in the Bay Area, since 1992
• American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
• American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
• International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS)
• The Houston Society of Plastic Surgery
• The Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons
As Chief Medical Officer, he offers surgical expertise, training, valuable knowledge and deep resources while maintaining the highest ethical standards, compassion and professionalism.
Micheal A. Ezzelle
Director of Business Development and Tissue Recovery
Micheal first started as a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in 2000 where he specialized in restoration and reconstruction. He then developed a strong interest in tissue donation from his experience with post recovery and post autopsy reconstructions. Micheal’s interest in donation brought him to LifeGift in 2001 where he started in the communications center. It was there he gained valuable experience in taking hospital referrals, screening, approaching families and qualifying each consented donor with the appropriate tissue bank. During this time he maintained a high consent rate and facilitated multitudes of donations. Seeing the positive effect of his work, Micheal decided he wanted to join the tissue recovery team. Micheals hard work and determination lead him to becoming an outstanding member of the team. During his time at Lifegift he had held roles such has lead coordinator, medical examiner liaison, recovery technician, circulator, back table and funeral home liaison. He also received national recognition from multiple processors for surgical excellence and was also a part of the team that received the golden dermatome award from MTF for multiple years. During his time at LifeGift he excelled in recovery of vascular, cardiac, musculoskeletal tissue, special grafts, split and full thickness grafts to name a few. Micheal has maintained valuable and professional relationships with funeral homes, tissue agencies, medical examiners and hospitals. During this time Micheal did receive his CTBS certification.
Micheals passion for donation didn’t stop there. In 2013 he held a full time position at the Lion’s Eye Bank at Baylor College of Medicine as a recovery technician. It was here where he learned how to recover corneas and whole eyes, for transplant and research. During this time he worked per diem for Biograft where he used his surgical skills as a tissue recovery technician and passion for donation to assist in every aspect.
In joining the Texas BioSurgical team Micheal offers valuable professional skills with expertise and vast resources to assist in the success of our vision all while maintaining the highest ethical standards with compassion and proven dedicated hard work.