Jesse is a qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon and has been a Fellow of the Royal College of Australasian Surgeons (FRACS) since 2001. Jesse has had a private practice in Merivale, Christchurch since 2003 and regularly visits Queenstown Medical Centre. Jesse also worked at Christchurch Public Hospital as a Specialist Plastic Surgeon and a Senior Clinical Lecturer for The University of Otago from 2003 until December 2016. Jesse now focuses entirely on his private practice and also serves on The Board of The Royal College of Australasian Surgeons in New Zealand, The Board of The New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons and is the New Zealand representative for The International Society of Plastic Surgeons. Jesse has a special interest in repairing the lips, palates and noses of babies born with cleft lips and palates. One of Jesse's passions is to take part in regular surgical charity missions in the developing world as a Specialist Cleft Lip and Palate Surgeon. Jesse enjoys the plastic surgical results he can achieve for his patients and continues to enjoy the refinement and development of his skills after many years at the public hospital, serving on surgical charity missions and being in private practice.
Jesse completed his medical training at University College Hospital, London where he later won a scholarship to also complete an honours degree in Immunology. Jesse became a qualified medical doctor in 1990 and then embarked on his surgical training to become a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS) in 1994. At this point Jesse earned the right to change his name from Dr. Kenton-Smith to Mr. Kenton-Smith to recognise his fellowship status.
Later in 1994, Jesse and his wife set sail on their, 36 foot yacht, 'Sentinel' from Milford Haven in Wales and sailed to New Zealand. After his arrival in New Zealand in 1995, Jesse was accepted onto The National Plastic Surgery Training Programme and became a qualified Plastic Surgeon in 2001.
Jesse then won a Plastic Surgical Fellowship at The Radcliffe Royal Infirmary, Oxford University, England. During his fellowship time, Jesse received extensive training in both plastic and cosmetic surgery by well known and respected plastic surgeons at; The Radcliffe Royal Infirmary (Oxford), The Humana Wellington Private Hospital (St John's Wood, London) and Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital (Central London).
Jesse returned to New Zealand in 2003 to take up a permanent Specialist Plastic Surgical position at Christchurch Public Hospital. Upon his return Jesse also set up his private practice. Jesse has been in private practice since July 2003 and also held a position as a Specialist Plastic Surgeon and Senior Lecturer in Plastic Surgery for the University of Otago at Christchurch Public Hospital from 2003 until December 2016. Jesse has been voted onto The Board of The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (twice) and currently serves on The Boards of The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), The New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons (NZAPS) and was then voted as the New Zealand representative of The International Society of Plastic Surgeons in 2022.
Along with his work in New Zealand, Jesse regularly takes part in surgical aid in developing countries where he carries out cleft lip and palate surgery on disadvantaged youngsters. This surgical aid is in support of various charities including Interplast, a charitable organisation for plastic and reconstructive surgery and Operation Smile, a charitable organisation which focuses solely on the surgical repair of cleft lip and palates.
In his spare time Jesse is busy sailing, skiing, wakeboarding, mountain biking, road biking, driving his sports car at medical race days, playing the guitar, farming his lifestyle block, gardening and being a father to his three teenagers. Jesse also has a passion for art; he attends regular art lectures, enjoys sculpting the human form in clay and is a very keen art exhibition visitor.