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Dr. Eric Stelnicki, Dr. Jason Portnof, and Dr. Essie Yates of the Atlantic Center bring you up-to-date news about exciting developments in pediatric plastic surgery, cosmetic surgery, and reconstructive surgery, as well as news about our practice. If you would like to talk to our doctors about your condition or a treatment you’ve heard about, contact us.

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Charm Kids--a  501c3 Charity

Mission & Vision of CHARM:

Dr. Eric Stelnicki, MD, Founder, started Children’s Health and Rehabilitative Missions (CHARM) as a 501(c)3 charity dedicated to bringing hope to children around the world by joining medical, nursing, and allied health professionals together to perform life-saving surgical procedures and medical treatment to impoverished children who would otherwise never receive the necessary care.

​Currently CHARM involves plastic and reconstructive surgery, podiatry, and primary care services. The goal is to expand in order to offer many more medical specialties such as general surgery, breast cancer specialists, speech pathology, dentistry, psychiatry, and more. With increasing funds, CHARM hopes to extend its mission and provide teams to many countries.  In addition it is our desire to provide the medical and allied health services to children in Florida who are either uninsured or due to the high cost of insurance and the associated deductibles, are unable to afford care.
CHARM is led by Dr. Eric Stelnicki, MD, a pediatric plastic and craniofacial reconstructive surgeon. Dr. Stelnicki has been treating children for 18 years and has been involved in medical missions for 25 years, performing over a thousand surgical procedures all over the world for both children and adults free of cost. CHARM was created in response to the desperate, overwhelming need for medical and surgical care for children in developing and third world countries. Dr. Stelnicki, along with his wife Melissa Stelnicki, BSN, RN, (an operating room nurse also experienced with medical missions) recognized the need for medical professionals to join together as a cohesive team in order to offer a wide range of specialized care to patients. Dr. Stelnicki was contacted by government officials to bring his expertise to the people of Guyana, where there is a desperate need for children’s plastic and reconstructive surgery. CHARM brings medical, nursing, and allied health professionals together to perform medical missions both locally and abroad to impoverished children in need of vital surgical and medical care. CHARM also exists to educate and train professionals in other countries in order to care for their own people to the best of their ability and provide a continuum of care to patients post operatively.​



In the News & Event Promotions

Botox & Beauty Event with Dr. Yates

October 12, 2017 at The Palms Hair Salon & Spa

Boynton Beach, Florida


Dr. Essie Yates LIVE interview on iHeart Radio

with Dave Dipino on August 18, 2017 


Coolsculpting Educational Event and Open House

on Aug 17, 17 at Surgical Center of Weston

You are invited to attend!  Enjoy refreshments while you learn about the benefits of Coolsculpting. 

Enter a chance to win FREE coolsculpting & FREE Botox! 

Open House from 4-7pm. Meet the Doctors from 6-7pm

RSVP crojas@atlanticcentersurgery.com 561.573.7831

Lifestyle Magazine-Las Olas recognizes Dr. Essie Yates as Who's Who in Health & Beauty-July 2017 Edition

Dr. Jason E. Portnof, DMD, MD, FACS Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon who specializes in Orthognathic (Jaw) Surgery is accepting new patients throughout South Florida at Atlantic Center of Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery. His main office is located at 100 S.E. 15th Avenue  Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Call to book your consultation today 954.983.1899. *ACCEPTS MOST INSURANCES! 



Dr. Portnof is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery


Gold Coast Magazine recognizes Dr. Eric Stelnicki as a Top Doctor for 2016 and 2017

Lunchtime Liquid Facelift June 17,17

Atlantic Center of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Women’s Surgical Advisory Board and Dr. Essie Yates hosts "Lunchtime Liquid Facelift" to the South Florida community!

On Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 10am-2pm, Atlantic Center of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, located at 100 SE 15th Avenue Fort Lauderdale, Florida will host a fun-filled afternoon event,“Lunchtime Liquid Facelift” offering clients, the community and friends of the practice an opportunity to enjoy special offers on IPL PhotoFacials, Botox and/ or facial fillers, complimentary plastic surgery consultations plus lunch bites and refreshments to enjoy after treatments. 

By combining Botox and specially selected facial fillers, Dr. Essie Yates, M.D., a plastic surgeon and facial injections expert, will smooth lines, and enhance the eye area, facial contour, lips and cheekbones. She will also treat skin issues and pigmentation problems. All of this will be done with a discount, in a single lunchtime appointment with minimal discomfort, downtime and without surgery.

New patients will have the chance to meet Dr. Essie Yates, M.D. as she will also be available by appointment to conduct patient evaluations and consultations for surgery. This is a perfect time for patients with plastic surgery questions to call and schedule an appointment for complimentary consultation to address any particular cosmetic concern. 

Book Today 954.983.1899—and enjoy “Lunchtime Liquid Facelift” Special Offers - $100 (refundable deposit) due via credit card to book appointment. Deposit will be credited towards any product/ services purchased on June 17. Prices are good for event day, June 17, 17 and cannot be combined with any other offer/discount. *Offers based upon availability. 

*IPL Photofacial 30% off--Only $245- face (original $350), Only $385- face & neck (original $550) 

*Botox/ Dysport 20% off *total-- varies depending upon treatment areas. 

*Facial Fillers 15% off the purchase of a single syringe –or- buy 1 syringe, get 2nd syringe half price.

We highly recommend that clients pre-book to ensure an appointment. Our Medical Esthetician and Skincare Specialist, Jennifer Dukes, will be scheduling patients from 10am-1:30pm on June 17, 17. She will confirm each scheduled appointment and inform patients about our pre-injection protocol, and anti-bruising regiment. 

We expect that some patients may request last minute treatment times on event day, June 17, 17 --without pre-booking. They will be scheduled, based upon limited availability on a first come, first serve basis. 

Pre-Event Prizes- We will be giving away 1 chance to win a complimentary area of Botox (20 units) on June 17. Participants will receive a chance to win by promoting our Lunchtime Liquid Facelift event on social media, LIKE/ SHARE, or booking an appointment. Each transaction= 1 chance to win. Hashtags:#DrYatesBeauty #LunchtimeLiquidFacelift

LIKE our @AtlanticCenterSurgery Facebook Page, provide a review and share the event!

FOLLOW US: on 

Twitter and Instagram @atlanticdoctors #DrYatesBeauty #LunchtimeLiquidFacelift 

For any additional questions, contact Candace Rojas, PR & Marketing Manager crojas@atlanticcentersurgery.com

Office 954.983.1899 or Direct 561.573.7831

Dr. Essie Yates, M.D.- RealSelf Video in 2017

Common Breast Augmentation Questions Answered

Dr. Essie Yates was pleased to attend the 50th Anniversary of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) Conference in San Diego

On April 27–May 2,17, Dr. Essie Yates, M.D. attended the 50th annual ASAPS Aesthetic Meeting which took place at the San Diego Convention Center. The conference provided cutting-edge educational opportunities and research, as well as lectures and presentations by experts in the aesthetics industry. 

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) is an organization of approximately 2,600 plastic surgeons worldwide devoted to the advancement of cosmetic surgery. Founded in 1967, their mission includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. ASAPS sponsors scientific conferences throughout the year and offers Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits for various educational activities. Plastic surgeons are elected to membership. Active Members practice in the U.S. and Canada.

“The ASAPS Aesthetic Meeting was a priceless opportunity to receive educational excellence while sharing the latest technology and best practices among plastic surgeons. I attended symposiums and lectures in advanced cosmetic surgeries, and anti-aging treatments. I was a privilege to be selected on the "Resident and Fellows Forum Committee" in which I listened to presentations and judged "the best and brightest" upcoming plastic surgeons. In addition, I answered Common Questions About Breast Augmentation on a RealSelf Video and was able to reconnect with many mentors and colleagues. 

About Dr. Essie Yates: 
Dr. Essie K. Yates is a plastic surgeon and partner at Atlantic Center of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida who focuses mostly on adult cosmetic and reconstructive procedures of the face, breast and body. Dr. Yates trained in the U.K. and United States. While undergoing her surgical training, she learned techniques for perforator microsurgical breast reconstruction, also specializing in other functional and aesthetic breast procedures such as breast mastoplexy (breast lift), breast augmentation, breast reduction and complex revision procedures

Dr. Eric Stelnicki, M.D. Virgin Islands- News 2 via YouTube 2017

Dr. Eric Stelnicki, M.D. Virgin Islands-AeroMD Blog

NEW USVI PHYSICIAN BRINGS MODERN TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR PEDIATRIC PATIENTS

Recently, Virgin Islands Ear, Nose & Throat welcomed Dr. Eric Stelnicki to their practice. He will travel between the St. Croix and St. Thomas offices, with privileges at both Juan F. Luis and Roy Lester Schneider Hospitals. Dr. Stelnicki is currently practicing in the U.S. Virgin Islands one week per month to bring modern medicine options to pediatric patients, but hopes that patient demand can make the Caribbean his full-time home.

Dr. Stelnicki is a plastic surgeon who works primarily with pediatric patients. He specializes in reconstructive surgery. He is affiliated with an ear, nose and throat practice because many of his patients have ENT-related issues. This includes babies born with a cleft palette, deformities of the skull or without ears.

Especially for toddlers who develop deformational plagiocephaly (a misshapen skull), Dr. Stelnicki will be the first to offer helmet therapy in the USVI, to correct children’s flat or deformed heads. This is welcome news for parents and parents to-be, who would otherwise have to leave island for this sometimes-lengthy course of treatment.

The motivation for Dr. Stelnicki to serve in the U.S. Virgin Islands is to offer new treatment options (like the aforementioned helmet therapy) which weren’t previously available to island residents. His goal is to become a constant and reliable medical resource, particularly for emergency situations. Dr. Stelnicki hopes to keep residents near home for surgeries and treatments, which may have otherwise forced them off-island either temporarily or permanently.

Having trained at New York University and served as faculty at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Stelnicki brings high-level medical expertise to our island community. He has more than 15 years of experience with complex reconstructive issues.

To learn more about the services Dr. Stelnicki will be offering in the Virgin Islands, click here :http://www.entvi.com/index.php/virgin-islands-plastic-surgery

Dr. Eric Stelnicki, M.D. Virgin Islands Daily News- January 17, 2017

Virgin Islands Ear, Nose & Throat http://www.entvi.com/index.php/virgin-islands-plastic-surgery warmly welcomes Eric Stelnicki, M.D. — the territory's premier pediatric plastic surgeon

Established 15 years ago, today Virgin Islands Ear, Nose & Throat is the most comprehensive otolaryngology practice in the Caribbean. Serving both adult and pediatric patients, the multi award winning practice addresses sinusitis and allergies, sleep and snoring disorders, hearing loss, dizziness and tinnitus, ear nose and throat problems, voice and swallowing disorders, as well as providing facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, Botox, Thermage, Restylane, Juvederm — and other cosmetic treatments.

Recently, practice founder Adam M. Shapiro, M.D., F.A.C.S., announced the addition of Eric J. Stelnicki, M.D., to its roster of highly skilled medical professionals. Said Dr. Shapiro, “With Dr. Stelnicki on our team, we are the only medical practice in the territory to provide the services of a pediatric plastic surgeon.”

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, if a child needs surgery to fix a deformity caused by a birth defect, injury, illness, or tumor, a pediatric plastic surgeon is uniquely qualified. A board certified pediatric plastic surgeon has the education, experience and qualifications to treat children from newborn to age 21 and may make the difference in achieving the best possible cosmetic result. Pediatric plastic surgeons know how to examine and treat children in a way that makes them relaxed and cooperative. In addition, pediatric plastic surgeons use equipment specifically designed for children. This helps create a comfortable and non-threatening environment for the child.

With a thoughtful smile, Dr. Stelnicki commented, “Children are not little adults. For one thing, they are always in various stages of growth.” The doctor further explained it is vital to consider that youngsters have any number of health issues to consider ranging from common childhood diseases to issues with tonsils. Children of a certain age also may be more susceptible to dog bites. Additionally, little ones cannot always say what is bothering them, or answer medical questions, and are not always able to be calm and cooperative during a medical examination. Thankfully, Dr. Stelnicki is fully versed in offering the finest one-on-one care to patients from newborn to age 21.

Born and raised in Florida, Dr. Stelnicki has been practicing plastic surgery in South Florida since 1998. Asked why he chose a career in medicine, Dr. Stelnicki advised that he was inspired by his father, a successful podiatrist, to pursue a profession focused on helping others. In fact, both he and his father have frequently volunteered to care for the less fortunate in remote locations throughout the globe including Africa, China, Mexico, Honduras and Guyana. In 2010, while on a volunteer mission, Dr. Stelnicki met his wife, Melissa in an operating room in Honduras. Currently Melissa is completing a Masters program in nursing.

Dr. Stelnicki is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association of Pediatric Plastic Surgeons, International Society of Craniofacial Surgery, American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, Broward County Pediatric Society, and Palm Beach Pediatric Society. He skillfully provides treatment for birth defects of the face and skull including cleft lip and palate, misshapen skull, a protruding or absent ear, as well as webbed fingers and toes, injuries, birthmarks, scars and burns. Cosmetic surgery to improve a child’s self-image also is available. The doctor advised that although some birth defects may be attributable to poor nutrition, many are spontaneous occurrences. He also shared that in this modern day with babies being placed on their backs from birth — while significantly decreasing incidents of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome — a side effect is that one in 50 children will develop a ‘flat head.’ He quickly offered that a non-surgical fix is available.

Dr. Stelnicki received his training in pediatric plastic surgery and craniofacial surgery at the New York University Institute of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at NYU Medical Center. The doctor shared that he was taught by some of the greatest minds in plastic surgery who helped refine his skills while showing him the importance of continually working to advance the specialty of plastic surgery through research, resident training, community involvement, and charity. His training at NYU helped Dr. Stelnicki bring innovations such as nasoalveolar molding for the treatment of cleft lip and palate, new methods of mandible and maxillary distraction for reshaping jaw bones, endoscopic surgery for the treatment of craniosynostosis, virtual surgical planning for facial reconstruction, and many other advances to South Florida. Dr. Stelnicki currently is the only plastic surgeon in Broward, Palm Beach, and Collier counties —as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands — to offer reconstructive services focused solely on children.

Dr. Stelnicki completed a general plastic surgery fellowship at Washington University Barnes Teaching Hospital in St. Louis Missouri. There he was trained in the full scope of plastic surgery including pediatric plastic surgery, hand surgery, microvascular and nerve reconstructive surgery, body recontouring, breast augmentation and reconstruction, lipoplasty, Mommy Makeover surgery, rhinoplasty, and a host of other plastic surgery techniques. He also trained at the University of California San Francisco in the pediatric and fetal surgery department. He performed a research fellowship at UCSF as well, and is one of the few plastic surgeons in the country to receive a prestigious National Institutes of Health research grant for the study of scarless wound healing. Thanks to his training, Dr. Stelnicki possesses the ability to operate on all parts of the body and to address even the most difficult reconstructive cases. Patients from all over the world have sought out his advice and expertise for their plastic surgery needs. Dr. Stelnicki’s research is presented each year at some of the most prestigious national and international plastic surgery meetings, where he is a leader and innovator in the field. In addition, he is the founder of the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Cleft and Craniofacial Center, which, under his guidance, is now Florida’s largest craniofacial center of excellence. In his personal life, Dr. Stelnicki is the proud father of four daughters.

In addition to Dr. Shapiro and Dr. Stelnicki, Virgin Islands Ear, Nose & Throat provides the medical services of Ryan Smolarz, M.D., and Dr. Gavin M. Gassen, M.D. as well as Judith Hirsch, MA, CCC-A, and Sharon M. Berry, AU.D.,CCC-A On St. Thomas, Virgin Islands Ear, Nose & Throat is in the Paragon Medical Building, Suite 308. On St. Croix, visit No. 8 Beeston Hill Medical Center.

Dr. Eric J. Stelnicki of Atlantic Center joins Virgin Islands Ear, Nose & Throat, practice in St. Thomas, VI – the only practice in the territory to provide pediatric plastic surgery services!

“With Dr. Stelnicki on our team, we are the only medical practice in the territory to provide the services of a pediatric plastic surgeon,” Dr. Shapiro said.

Dr. Stelnicki’s addition to the St. Thomas practice opens the door to a range of treatments previously unavailable to children living in the Virgin Islands.The practice is the most comprehensive otolaryngology practice in the Caribbean, serving adult and pediatric patients with a variety of surgeries, treatments, and patient care.

Dr. Stelnicki will be traveling to the Virgin Islands Ear, Nose & Throat practice monthly to provide pediatric and adult plastic surgery and patient care.

Read the Virgin Island Daily News article, here: http://bit.ly/2kws7sm

To learn more about the services Dr. Stelnicki will be offering in the Virgin Islands, click here: http://bit.ly/2klPcw7



A group of volunteers from Barry University joined Dr. Eric J. Stelnicki of Atlantic Center of Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery and his father, Dr. James Stelnicki, on a medical mission trip to Georgetown, Guyana last summer.

The trip was funded in-part by Children’s Health and Rehabilitative Missions (CHARM), a non-profit organization established by Dr. Eric J. Stelnicki. The mission to Guyana, a small South American nation with only one plastic surgeon for its entire population, has an urgent need for pediatric reconstructive surgery and podiatric care.

Together, these medical teams provided in-country medical and nursing education. Through this, the team ultimately hopes to achieve long-term sustainability for providing reconstructive and surgical care on a continual basis in Guyana. The group ended up seeing more than 100 patients and performed around 35 surgeries.

Read more about the trip, here: http://bit.ly/2jmR1eT

A Patient's Journey through Breast Surgery with Dr. Essie K. Yates!



DAVIE, Fla. [October 5, 2016] Dr. Essie K. Yates, M.D. lectured for Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Nova University in the Alvin Sherman Library. Dr. Yates will also be speaking again on October 28th!


Dr. Essie K. Yates, M.D. demonstrates her techniques on Restylane® lip fillers and injectables.


Upcoming Event


Dr. Stelnicki was a US News & World Report top plastic surgeon in 2013-2014. 

FG Spa & Salon and Atlantic Center to Partner at August Wellness Event

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. [July 6, 2016] – Francesca Guerrera (FG) Salon & Spa, in partnership with the Atlantic Center of Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery, have scheduled a salon wellness event on Saturday, August 6 at FG’s location of 2424 E. Las Olas Blvd.

The rapidly growing Atlantic Center will be represented by longtime South Florida plastic surgeon, Eric Stelnicki, MD, along with Essie Kueberuwa Yates, MD, the Atlantic Center’s most recent physician staff addition. As an adult aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon, Dr. Yates will begin seeing patients at the Atlantic Center on August 1, located at 100 SE 15th Ave.

Slated from 10 am to 5 pm on August 6 at FG, the two renowned surgeons are offering Botox procedures and hair removal laser procedures at special promotional prices. Other procedures such as lip augmentation, mid-facelift (nonsurgical) and eye lift (periorbital rejuvenation with fillers), chemical peels and laser spider vein treatments will also be available. Dr. Yates and Dr. Stelnicki are excited to partner with FG Spa & Salon, one of the premier Broward County salons to offer plastic surgery treatment in an exclusive salon environment.

“These safe treatments are exciting because they offer a new beginning aesthetically for patients,” Dr. Stelnicki said. “In addition, it will provide the opportunity for many of FG’s valued customers to meet Dr. Yates, who recently relocated to South Florida from Chicago, so that they can learn more about treatment options that may work well for them in the future.”

Read the full press release