Fred Wilder, M.D. is a board certified plastic surgeon in Austin, TX.  After graduating magna cum laude from Harvard University, Dr. Wilder moved to Houston to attend Baylor College of Medicine. He subsequently completed a five-year general surgery residency and became board certified. He was then fortunate enough to get accepted as one of only two residents per year at the prestigious Cronin, Brauer, and Biggs Clinic, which boasts pioneers in the field ofplastic and reconstructive surgery, including the inventor of the modern-day breast implant. Dr. Wilder was a founding member of Austin Smiles in 1986, and has traveled frequently to third-world countries performing cleft lip and palate surgery.


After practicing the full range of plastic and reconstructive surgery for many years, especially breast reconstruction and cleft lip and palate surgery, Dr. Wilder now specializes in elective, aesthetic surgery. He has been recognized as a Texas “Super Doctor” annually since 2004. He has also been recognized as one of the “Best Doctors in America” and as Austin Monthly’s “Best Plastic Surgeons”.


While Dr. Wilder is accomplished in all aspects of plastic surgery, he prides himself on the honesty and respect with which he evaluates each individual that seeks his consultation, treating them as if they were a member of his own family. 


Dr. Wilder started his practice in Austin, TX in 1986 and has been active in both the medical and civic community ever since, serving on community boards and active in his church as an elder. He has been married since 1977, and he and his wife Debbie have raised a daughter and a son who are both in the medical field. When Dr. Wilder is not working, there is nothing he enjoys more than spending time with his family, pursuing outdoor activities such as cycling, skiing, hiking, and fishing.



Cronin, Brauer & Biggs Clinic
St. Joseph Hospital, 1984-1986
Houston, TX
Plastic Surgery Residency

St. Joseph Hospital, 1980-1984
Houston, TX
General Surgery Residency

Chief Resident in General Surgery (1983-1984)


St. Joseph Hospital, 1979-1980
Houston, TX
General Surgery


Baylor College of Medicine, 1977
Houston, TX
M.D. Degree


Harvard College, 1974
Cambridge, MA
A.B., Magna cum laude in Biology


Stuttgart American High School, 1970
Stuttgart, Germany
Graduated Valedictorian


  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons

  • Texas Society of Plastic Surgery

  • Austin Society of Plastic Surgeons, Past President

  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

  • Lipoplasty Society

  • American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association

  • Austin Smiles, Founding Member

  • Central Texas Cleft Lip and Palate Team

  • Travis County Medical Society


Dr. Wilder began his career focusing on all aspects of plastic and reconstructive surgery, with a special emphasis on cleft lip and palate surgery. A founding member of Austin Smiles in 1986, Dr. Wilder continues to travel frequently to underdeveloped countries to perform these operations. His experience in reconstructive surgery, especially breast reconstruction, has given him an added advantage when performing elective aesthetic procedures.

Meet Our Team


Mitzi Lindsey

Patient Coordinator

Mitzi began her career as Dr. Wilder’s Patient Coordinator in February of 2003. She loves assisting patients with coordinating their surgery, answering any questions they might have and making sure they feel comfortable with their decision and feel well taken care of. Before going into plastic surgery, Mitzi was in the orthodontic field for 20

years and flight attendant for two years. Being a mother to two grown sons, and a grandmother to eight grandchildren (a blended family) is a source of complete joy in her life! When Mitzi is not working with Dr. Wilder, she is often found walking her adorable, rescue cocker spaniel Doogie or going to her grandchildren’s activities.


She is passionate about traveling with her family and friends.  Doing anything with the love-of her-life, her husband Larry, is a priority to her. Mitzi’s motto in life is that you “affect lives through relationships” and she strives to have fun in everything she does with her family coworker and patients. She feels that God has blessed her “over and above” anything she could ask for in her life. She looks forward to each day in this practice and she is proud of the amazing team they have and the difference they make in their patient’s lives.

Tricia Vargas

Medical Assistant

Tricia began her career as a Cosmetic Surgery Assistant in November 2011, shortly after finishing school. She began working for Dr. Wilder in April of 2014. From beginning to the end, Tricia loves helping patients through their plastic surgery journey. 


Tricia is an Austinite and is now raising her children Liam, who is 6, and her step-daughter Gabriella, who is 10, in this great city. Tricia considers her husband Danny to be the backbone of their family. Danny also enjoys his work as Senior Account Executive for a reputable SEO company here in town. Tricia also has 4 “fur children” who play a vibrant role in their household.


Tricia is very active in the Fitness and Wellness Industry, and competed in fitness competitions for many years of my life. 

Tricia feels  "By eating right and exercising regularly is a gift in and of itself! I thank God every day that I have the ability both mentally and physically push myself to limits. I love to motivate other people around me to choose health as well, for someone to say “because of you, I kept going with my goals”, is just surreal."

Ashley Powell

Patient Coordinator

Ashley assists with the day to day operations of the office and helping patients. Before joining Dr. Wilder’s team, Ashley spent 5 years working in the medical field representing doctors through medical marketing. For nearly 20 years, she has loved calling Austin her home.  


Along with her son Grey, husband Bryce and Vizsla Finley, she enjoys weekend adventures in her Jeep with the top off.  Ashley is excited to be part of Dr. Wilder’s team. 



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