Meet the Team
drs skincare team celebrating the holiday season – December 2016
Rahul Shukla, MD
drs skin care is privileged to have the expertise of Dr. Shukla as lead dermatologist.. He is Board-certified in dermatology, in both Canada and in the United States. He has earned Fellowship status in the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, and he is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology.
His career began with a bachelor of science degree from Brock University. At Brock, he was awarded the Governor General’s silver academic medal for highest overall GPA in undergraduate studies. He attended medical school at McMaster University, and completed dermatology residency at University of Toronto, serving as chief resident in his final year.
Dr. Shukla stays current with emerging techniques and technologies in the ever-changing field of dermatology, through active membership in a number of professional associations including:
- Canadian Dermatology Association
- American Academy of Dermatology
- American Society of Dermatologic Surgery
- American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery
The Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology has utilized Dr. Shukla’s expertise as a reviewer. He has had several peer-reviewed manuscripts published, and presented abstracts on national and international levels. He shares this insight with other physicians through a busy lecture schedule. Dr. Shukla is also instrumental in molding the future of dermatology, teaching medical students and residents.
- Dr. Shukla won Platinum for Dermatologist with the Readers Choice in 2018.
Amber-Leigh Palka – Consultant & Medical Aesthetician
drs skincare is fortunate to have the No. 1 medical aesthetician in Hamilton, Ontario (2017 Readers Choice Awards), Amber-Leigh Palka, on staff. When Amber-Leigh joined drs skincare in May 2016, the graduate of the Canadian Beauty College in Mississauga’s Medical Aesthetician Program brought around five years of experience with her, including at a Burlington-based spa.
Passionate about skin care and health-conscious habits, Amber-Leigh enjoys eating nutritiously, staying active with yoga and weight training, and hiking (when the weather’s nice!). What patients may not know about Amber-Leigh is that she is a talented jazz vocalist. She continues to perform in Toronto and Hamilton with her step-dad, a piano teacher who nurtured Amber-Leigh’s musical talents. She also enrolled in Mohawk College’s Advanced Music Program, focusing on jazz vocals. When she’s not at the office, you may find her at gigs for weddings, corporate events, or with Toronto’s Jazz FM.
- Amber-Leigh won Platinum for Medical Aesthetician with the Readers Choice in 2017 and 2018.
Stephanie Soares – Consultant and Medical Aesthetician
drs skincare patients have benefited from Stephanie’s expertise in areas like cosmetic injections, and laser skin rejuvenation and hair removal, for more than three years. A 10-year industry veteran, Stephanie is drs skincare’s consultant and medical aesthetician. She is experienced with a wide range of aesthetic technologies, products, and therapies, and is an accomplished makeup artist. While her knowledge and skill may seem like second nature, Stephanie didn’t always gravitate to the dermatology field; she used to be a professional dancer!
Outside of the office, the Sheridan College graduate enjoys playing the piano and spending time with her son, Jackson.
- Stephanie won Diamond for Medical Aesthetician with the Readers Choice in 2018.
Sam – Medical Administrative Assistant/Secretary
Meet the “glue” that holds the office together. Sam has played a vital role at drs skincare for the past six years, as medical administrative assistant and secretary. Her upbeat personality and eight years of industry experience combine to make patients’ visits as pleasant, efficient, and comfortable as possible. When not registering patients, you may find her booking referrals, answering phones, scheduling residents and meetings, and other duties that ensure the office runs smoothly.
Sam also completed Medical Office Administration training, and has a passion for learning about the arts and architecture. When not with the drs skincare family, Sam enjoys spending time with her friends and family.
Sabrina – Administrative Assistant
As administrative assistant, Sabrina adds to the pleasant experience and team atmosphere that patients have come to expect from drs skincare. She’s worked at the office for more than a year, but her professional experience goes back four years.
Sabrina also acquired educational experience; she completed training in Medical Office Administration. She applies this knowledge to her many day-to-day duties, which include: checking in patients, answering phones, and booking appointments. Sabrina just may be the first smiling face that you see at your visit!
A self-described “huge animal lover,” Sabrina loves staying active outside of the office with hiking.