Meet The Doctors

Meet The Doctors of the

Aesthetic Associates Centre 

Samuel Shatkin Jr., FACS

"When you come to our office, we are sincerely interested in your overall wellbeing.  Our team focuses not only on the way you look, but your overall health and wellness.  By incorporating multiple modalities of treatment, we can achieve what I refer to as 'Combination Rejuvenation'. We at the Aesthetic Associates Centre strive to make you look better, be healthier and feel better about yourself"  Dr. Samuel Shatkin Jr.


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 better, which often includes 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 Nose, Eye Lift Surgery, Facial Rejuvenation, Nasal Surgery, Body contouring and Laser Skin Resurfacing and Injectables.  He has been trained in the state of the art technologies, including Endoscopic facial surgery, Ultrasonic Liposuction and Microdermabrasion and Laser and Intense Light Therapy.  He has lectured worldwide in the field of aesthetics and trains health professionals on the use of injectables, Botox/Dysport and Dermal fillers.

Dr. Shatkin is a perennial recipient since 2009 of the "Top Surgeons in America" Award from the Consumers Research Council and more recently "Who's Who in Healthcare" for Plastic Surgery and Top Doctors in America since 2013.  His One-Of-A-Kind, Ambulatory Surgery Centre was just listed as one of the Top Ambulatory Surgery Centers in Western New York Ranked by Number of Procedures since 2014. He has received annually the "Top Doc Award" from Castle-Connolly for since 2012. 

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 received in 2017.

Dr. Shatkin pictured  with wife Joni and 2 of 3 children after receiving the Business Ethics Award

He is on staff at most of the Western New York area hospitals including Kaleida Health System and The Catholic Health System. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, the Lipoplasty Society, the American Medical Association, Past President of the Buffalo Plastic Surgery Society and Founder and President of the International Society of Aesthetic Medical Professionals (


He is a regular contributor, with Dr. Todd Shatkin on ABC television, Channel 7, AM Buffalo with their bi-monthly segment, Gr8 Monday's.  He was host of the Great  Look Show which aired on WWKB radio 1520 Saturday mornings at 9:30am.  He is a Clinical Instructor at the State University of New York at Buffalo.   Dr. Shatkin can be contacted at





Todd Ellis Shatkin, DIAMDI

Todd Ellis Shatkin,  Diplomat International Academy of Mini Dental Implants (DIAMDI) and the Director of Dentistry at the Centre. He performs all aspects of General, Cosmetic & Mini-Implant Dentistry. He has been in private practice in dentistry since completing dental school at the University of Pacific in San Francisco in 1989. His major concentration is in the areas of Aesthetic Dentistry, including Mini-implants, bleaching, bonding and veneers, and Restorative Dentistry.

He has been in the forefront of new dental procedures and is an expert in Dental Bleaching, and the developer of bleaching products throughout the dental industry. He is also performing dental implants, including the newest "mini implants", which can be immediately "loaded" with the dentures or prosthesis, to offer an immediate solution to poorly fitting dentures.

He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the International College of Oral Implantology.  

He had been the co-host, with Dr. Sam Shatkin Jr., of the weekly talk radio show, The Great Look Show, for many years , and now appears on ABC television, Channel 7, AM Buffalo with their bi-monthly segment, Great Look Monday. 

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In Remembrance of the late Samuel Shatkin, D.D.S., M.D.,

Samuel Shatkin, D. D. S., M. D., of Amherst, a plastic surgeon & dentist whose career spanned more than 50 years, died Sunday, April 25th, 2010 after a brief illness. He was 79.

The Buffalo native graduated in 1948 from Lafayette High School, where he was a track star and star guard on its football team. After graduating from the University of Buffalo in 1951, Dr. Shatkin went on to graduate from UB’s School of Dentistry in 1954 and from its Medical School in 1958.

In addition to his work as a dentist, he was a respected plastic, maxillofacial and head and neck surgeon. During an oral surgery internship at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, Dr. Shatkin’s work with Dr. Arthur Barsky, its chief of plastic surgery, crystallized his goals to become a plastic surgeon.

Following his graduation from UB Medical School, Dr. Shatkin completed four years of internship and residency in general surgery at UB-affiliated hospitals, including Buffalo General, Roswell Park and the Veterans Administration hospitals.

After training in general surgery, he completed two years of plastic and maxillofacial surgery at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse and entered private practice in 1964 in Buffalo with affiliations at Buffalo General, Children’s, St. Joseph, De- Graff, Columbus and Kenmore Mercy hospitals, as well as Erie County Medical Center. He also did volunteer plastic surgery at the VA Hospital for 25 years, saying he wanted to help the veterans who defended our country.

Too young to serve in World War II, Dr. Shatkin contributed to the war effort by collecting scrap metal and was honored for collecting the largest tonnage in Buffalo in 1942.

He served as president of the Buffalo Plastic Surgery Society, the Upstate Plastic Surgery Society and the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons. He also served as the chairman of the New York State Medical Society Section of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery.

He also had served as clinical associate professor of surgery at UB Medical School since 1972. During his career, he trained many surgery and plastic surgery residents with his unique skills in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery.

In 1989, he established the Aesthetic Associates Centre for plastic surgery and dentistry in Amherst. His sons, Samuel Shatkin Jr., M. D., and Todd Ellis Shatkin, D. D. S., joined him in the practice that same year and worked with him continuously until just a few months ago when he became ill.

Among other specialties, Dr. Shatkin had a skin tumor practice and, with the American Cancer Society, offered free skin and oral cancer screenings.

In the mid-1990s, Dr. Shatkin developed a rejuvenating skin care product line. In recent years, he devoted most of his practice to skin care. In addition to running his plastic surgery and dental practice with his sons, he and his son Todd developed new procedures in mini-dental implants and trained thousands of dentists worldwide on the techniques.

Dr. Shatkin was a diplomat of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member and past president of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Throughout his career, Dr. Shatkin presented hundreds of lectures and published numerous papers in his field. He contributed a chapter to John Siegel’s textbook “Surgery of the Aged Patient.” He also researched kidney transplantation, chest wall reconstruction and jaw reconstruction.

Dr. Samuel Shatkin Sr. pictured with his wife Joan Ellis Shatkin dancing on one of their many cruises

His wife of 58 years, the former Joan Ellis, a prolific ad executive and community volunteer and since High School, from the age of 16, she assisted her father,  Mike Ellis, and uncle and brother at Ellis Advertising Agency, becoming a public relations and advertising executive.  More recently, she was president of Joan Ellis Advertising Company.  In 1989, with the start of the Aesthetic Associates Centre with the three, doctors, she provided in-house consulting for marketing and advertising, contributing to the public relations success of the family practice.  Joan passed away in 2011.


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