About Us

Dr. Samuel Shatkin Jr. of the Aesthetic Associates Centre is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving the Western New York region specializing in cosmetic and aesthetic plastic surgery of the face, breast and body. With his professional training and dedication to patient care, he and his team help patients reach their cosmetic and aesthetic goals by providing an array of surgical, nonsurgical, and skin care services to make you look and feel your best.

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Dr. Samuel Shatkin Jr., MD, FACS

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Samuel Shatkin Jr., MD is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and performs all aspects of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

He specializes in creating a customized approach to looking your best, which may include using multiple modalities which Dr. Shatkin refers to as ‘Combination Rejuvenation’. He has been in private practice in this field since completing his Plastic Surgery Training in 1989.

His major concentration is in the areas of Aesthetic Cosmetic Surgery including Eyelift and Facelift, Facial Rejuvenation, Nasal Surgery, Body contouring and Mommy Makeover tummy and Cosmetic Breast Surgery, Laser Skin Resurfacing and Injectables.

He is the only Plastic Surgeon in the world to have received the coveted 5-Star Diamond Award from the American Association of Hospitality Sciences and to date, the only Medical Doctor to have received the coveted Buffalo-Niagara Business Ethics Award which he and his team received in 2017.

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Meet our team

Rose Berkun, MD


Dr. Rose Berkun is an anesthesiologist in Western New York. She received her medical degree from University at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the State University of New York at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine. She is also an owner and president of Northeast Ambulatory Anesthesia,PLLC, office based anesthesia practice.

Dr. Berkun is a graduate of SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and SUNY at Buffalo Anesthesiology Residency. She is Past President of the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists (NYSSA)

Michelle McCarthy, PA-C

Aesthetic Physician Assistant

Michelle is a Dermatologic Physician Assistant that has been in the skincare industry for 10 years. Prior to her joining the Aesthetic Associates team in 2013, she is an expert in skin care management and worked previously in the Dermatology Clinic at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Michelle excels in creating aesthetic natural balance with her facial treatments and injectables. She has been credentialed in all aspects of Cosmetic Skin Care, and manages our Laser Services as well as helps to develop protocols which are essential for ideal healing of our surgical and laser patients.

Michelle is an instructor of the Aesthetic Learning Academy, training health professionals on the safety and technique of aesthetic injectables.

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Natalie Talarico, LE


Natalie is a devoted Licensed Medical Aesthetician who has been practicing since 2015. With a background in Science and an innate love for all things beauty, becoming an aesthetician was the perfect fit for her. Natalie is an expert in the field of advanced skincare and all laser services. She is fully trained in the use of RF Microneedling, and has been trained in the use of the Morpheus8 by Inmode for face and body treatments.

She has the ability to properly analyze the skin and concentrate on each individual’s concerns. She will then develop a unique treatment plan customized, to help you achieve all your skincare goals. She believes everyone deserves to have glowing skin! Her favorite part of being an aesthetician is helping you gain confidence, not only with your skin but from the inside out.

She is constantly continuing her education and has become certified in multiple facets of advanced skincare. Natalie is also one of our certified instructors for the Aesthetic Learning Academy. She is extremely passionate about teaching others who share in the excitement of learning new skills. Her favorite procedures includes microneedling, laser resurfacing, chemical peels, medical facials and many more. Come in to see Natalie and we promise you will leave glowing!

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Kay Barbera, LE


Kay has been with the Aesthetic Associates Centre since 1998. She is a licensed aesthetician with a medical associate’s degree. Kay takes skin care very seriously. She feels it is easier to prevent than correct skin care flaws.

You will hear all about how sunscreen is our best friend. However, correction is what we do best at the Aesthetic Associates Centre.

Come see Kay for chemical peels, microdermabrasion, hair removal, photo rejuvenation or just relax and unwind with a specialty facial especially designed for your skin care needs. Kay loves her work at the Aesthetic Associates Centre and would be happy to help you achieve your skin care goals.

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Kathy Ackerman, RN

Nurse and Operating Room Manager

Kathy has been an employee of the Aesthetic Associates Centre since its inception in 1989. She has been the private nurse for Dr. Samuel Shatkin Sr. and Dr. Samuel Shatkin Jr., and manages all operating services.

She is also patient care coordinator for surgical patients and performs Medical Aesthetic treatments including Botox and filler injectables, laser treatments and skin care treatments. She is the Nutritional Consultant for the practice and is certified Nutritional Counselor, managing TLS weight loss programs and supplements for surgical and skin care patients.

In addition to all of the above, Kathy is an instructor of the Aesthetic Learning Academy, training health professionals on the safety and technique of aesthetic injectables.

Dr. Samuel Shatkin Jr. Honored as one of “America’s Best Plastic Surgeons” again!

Another one of his many accolades, Dr. Shatkin in Buffalo, New York has been named one of “America’s Best Plastic Surgeons” in 2022. This is his second year in a row that he has been recognized as a leader in the field, being included in the top 349 selected Plastic Surgeons among nearly 12,000 across the USA!

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Dr. Shatkin provides many options for body contouring including surgical and non-surgical methods. Changing the body’s appearance is often times more involved than just eating a well balanced diet and exercising regularly. Even the strictest of diet and exercise regimens are sometimes not enough to eliminate fatty tissues stored in the body. We offer many different safe, effective procedures that will assist you in achieving the body of your dreams.

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Dr. Shatkin has been providing aesthetic facial surgery in Buffalo, Amherst and Western New York since 1989, offering a variety of facial surgery and rejuvenation procedures that will enhance the natural beauty of your face and we often combine facial surgery with non-surgical skin rejuvenation for the optimum result! If you look in the mirror and see areas that you are unhappy with, talk with Dr. Shatkin  about your goals for facial rejuvenation.

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Dr. Shatkin offers a variety of procedures that will give the breasts a more balanced, symmetrical look while still appearing natural and beautiful. Talk to us during your initial consultation about the available breast enhancement procedures

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Dr. Shatkin provides many options for looking your best using non-surgical methods. We offer safe, effective procedures that will assist you in achieving your dreams. Procedures include Laser therapy, Botox and Injectable fillers, Facial treatments and peels and body contouring.

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