Meet the Team
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.
Ronen Avram, MD
Dr. Ronen Avram is a Board Certified Cosmetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon with an active practice in Hamilton, Ontario. He is the Associate Professor for the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University and the Program Director for the Division of Plastic Surgery serving to train future plastic surgeons.
He completed his plastic surgery training at McMaster University in 2004. Dr. Avram pursued additional fellowship training in Breast Reconstruction & Microsurgery at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (2005-6, New York City, NY). Dr. Avram also received extensive Cosmetic Surgery training at The Institute of Aesthetic Surgery (2006-7, Northern Westchester, NY).
His main focus at drs skincare involves removal of skin cancers and benign lesions such as moles and cysts. He also has an active breast surgery practice where he completes cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery cases.
If you are interested in further information regarding breast surgery please contact Dr. Avram’s team at email@example.com.
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.
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.
Ana Paula Andrade – Receptionist
Ana carries out day-to-day office administration tasks at the clinic including patient scheduling and handling phone calls. She brings to her job 30 + years of working at a medical clinic in Hamilton. Ana’s friendly nature and a knack for being a people’s person has made her a welcome member of the team for 3 months.
When she’s not working, Ana loves meeting new people. As a mother of two, she enjoys spending time with her kids and family and she knits during free time.
Chloe Meszaros – Medical Administrative Assistant
As the latest member of the team at drs skincare, Chloé is a medical administrative assistant whose vibrant personality has been a part of our welcoming atmosphere for 3 months now. Chloé brings to her job the expertise of her training in Medical Office Administration from Mohawk College and 7 years of work experience. She has grown up with a passion for her job as her work experience goes back to high school when she worked at the family practice. Chloé now brings that same warm family practice atmosphere to drs skincare as she communicates with patients and performs the administrative tasks that keep the office ticking.
When she is not at the office, you might find Chloé staying active at the gym or spending time with friends and family.
Stephanie Monte – Nurse
Stephanie attended Mohawk College right here in Hamilton, ON to earn an RPN (Registered Practical Nurse) diploma. She spent the next few years gaining clinical experience, before coming to drs skincare in 2018. Stephanie says she has discovered just how much she loves working in the field of dermatology. “It is so rewarding to help our patients look and feel their best, and I learn a lot from assisting Dr. Shukla. We have a terrific team environment here.”
When Stephanie is not at the practice, she is often hiking and enjoying Ontario’s beautiful rugged outdoors. Her passions include animals and singing.
Jada Todd – Medical Aesthetician
Jada’s natural enthusiasm for helping people feel confident about their appearance is evident from the moment you meet her. A journey into medical aesthetics started with opening her own eyelash extension service in 2017, and led to graduation (with honors) from Gina’s College of Advanced Aesthetics. drs skincare scooped Jada up before graduation in 2018. She says, “It has been such an amazing place to work, with such amazing staff!”
As an animal lover, Jada volunteers at Ugly Mutts, a fostering organization that saves dogs from kill-shelters across America. She enjoys travel and being outdoors. Spending time with friends and family is so important in her life.
Abigail Jeles – Medical Aesthetician
Abigail has had a passion for skincare and health from a young age and loves to be part of a team that helps people reach their goals and feel their most confident. She was intrigued by the world of medical aesthetics because it combines two of her deep interests—science and beauty. To that end, she received an Honors Diploma in the field two years ago and joined us at drs skincare in 2018. Abigail says, “I love what I do, and am dedicated to keep learning and educating myself on new findings and discoveries.”
She is also certified in makeup artistry and relaxation massage. When Abigail is not helping clients at drs skincare, she can often be found cooking or staying active at the gym. She also loves traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Lavina Sahota – Clinic Manager and Registered Practical Nurse
Lavina graduated from Mohawk College as a personal support worker before completing Mohawk’s Registered Practical Nurse program in 2015. She decided to pursue a career in nursing, having previously worked at a medicine unit. “Later, I realized that I have a passion for dermatology and wanted to specialize in it,” Lavina says. Fulfilling this goal, she joined Drs Skincare in 2016. She is a member of the Dermatology Nurses Association and was trained by Allergan as a Certified Botox Injector in 2018. ”
Originally from Vancouver, Lavina loves traveling, yoga and spending time with family and friends during her spare time.