Meet Dr. Vega
Stephen Vega, M.D. specializes in beautiful, natural-looking results through cosmetic & reconstructive plastic surgery.
Dr. Stephen Vega
Dr. Stephen Vega is a board-certified, nationally recognized plastic surgeon. A true leader in the field, Dr. Vega has pioneered techniques and treatments in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures.
Dr. Vega completed his medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by plastic surgery residency at University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and then a microsurgery fellowship specializing in breast surgery with Dr. Joseph M. Serletti. He continued his work as an assistant professor at the University Medical Center for 5 years as a faculty surgeon.
After more than 10 years at the University Of Rochester Medical Center, Stephen opened his own practice so that he could provide greater care and more one-on-one attention to his clients. His driving goal is to consistently provide personalized care and service to his patients.
Throughout his career, Dr. Vega’s work has been featured in numerous medical publications, and he has been honored to present at local, national and international meetings. He also dedicates time to teaching microsurgery and breast surgery and has run an ASRM sponsored microsurgery fellowship for the last 4 years.
His professional affiliations include the American Society of Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, and the North Eastern Society of Plastic Surgery.
We’re Here for You
Whether feeling whole after cancer or refreshing your look and aging gracefully, our plastic surgeons offer state of the art, innovative, creative and effective plastic surgery procedures and treatments. We value our relationship with you and believe that our best patients are well informed.
We encourage you to research your plastic surgeon and your surgical options before making any decisions: Understand the training requirements for a plastic surgeon. Understand elements needed for credentialing. Compare all the latest techniques in cancer reconstruction. Ask your friends about their experiences.
Our consultation is viewed as an opportunity for us to meet each other and answer your questions in a professional, pleasant and confidential manner. We acknowledge that choosing a surgeon is a decision you will make carefully and we thank you for considering us.
Dr. Donald J. Harvey, Plastic Surgeon
Vega Plastic Surgery is pleased to welcome Dr. Donald J. Harvey to our practice. Dr. Harvey completed his Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. During residency, he received multiple honors including the Gold Foundation’s “Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award” as well as being named “Resident of the Year” during his final year of training. Dr. Harvey is a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and has conducted research in the areas migraine surgery as well as craniofacial anomalies.
In addition to receiving academic recognitions, Dr. Harvey was also recognized for his humanitarian work during training and was the recipient of the Stryker Fellow Award with Operation Smile. He traveled to India with this organization and treated patients with cleft lip.
Prior to medical training, Dr. Harvey completed his undergraduate studies in microbiology at Brigham Young University in Utah. As an undergraduate student, he worked as a research assistant in the Department of Microbiology with a collaborative group funded by the Department of Defense.
On a personal note, Dr. Harvey also volunteered two years of his time as a full-time missionary in Brazil for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints. He is conversational in both Spanish and Portuguese (test him, next time you see him) and enjoys road cycling, mountain biking and snowboarding. A less well known, but very fun fact, is that Dr. Harvey also plays guitar and piano and recorded a demo record with his band in medical school.
Christina McDonald, Nurse Practitioner
Christina McDonald is excited to have joined Vega Plastic Surgery group. The last six years she has enjoyed working as a Nurse Practitioner at Geneva General Cardiology Associates. Prior to working in cardiology Christina earned her Master’s Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner at St. John Fisher College in 2008.
From 2000-2008 Christina gained valuable experience while working on the Kessler burn/trauma unit at Strong Memorial Hospital. Throughout her career as a nurse her experiences include plastic/vascular surgery, ENT, bariatric surgery, as well as the burn/trauma population.
A 2000 Sigma Theta Tau graduate of Niagara University, Christina earned her bachelors of Science degree in nursing. As a native of Rochester, Christina is looking forward to working at Vega Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as the Vega Medical Spa. She is excited to witness and take part in improving the men and women seen in our office.
She spends her spare time enjoying her family along with running, which is a passion of hers.
Anne Wise, Nurse Practitioner
Anne is excited to join Vega Plastic Surgery as a Nurse Practitioner. Anne is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society and completed the Adult Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program at the University Of Rochester School Of Nursing.
Anne started her interest in medicine at a young age. Starting as a young teen in the volunteer ambulance, she went on to become a NYS certified EMT. Continuing her career in medicine she went on to become a nurse and brings several years of experience to our practice. Prior to joining Vega Plastic Surgery, Anne worked in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit at the University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital for over five years. There she had cared for patients whom had had plastic surgery and became interested in the field. Her past experience also includes working with heart transplant and patients with artificial heart devices at Strong Memorial Hospital.
As she completed her Masters in nursing, Anne became interested in skin care and being able to diagnose and treat patient’s aesthetic concerns. Anne is passionate about developing relationships with her patients and is excited to work with Dr. Vega and the team in providing the best possible care to patients.
As she begins her career as a Nurse Practitioner, she is looking forward to working in a smaller setting where she can draw on her commitment to delivering excellent patient care in surgical and nonsurgical areas.
In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her husband, Scott and her stepson, Caelum.
Karen LeBlanc, Registered Nurse
Karen LeBlanc is a Registered Nurse who studied at Highland Hospital School of Nursing and Monroe Community College where she received her Nursing and Associate degrees. Karen has been a practicing Registered Nurse for 35 years, specializing in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for the last 30 years. Karen brings her vast experience to our patients and provides them with the knowledge of all aspects of pre and post-operative care.
As a testament to her dedication to patient care, she has recently been nominated to be considered for the 2013 “Hearts and Hands” award, recognized by the Breast Cancer Coalition.
She is a native of Rochester, NY. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Carol Hankin, Licensed Aesthetician
Carol Hankin, a NYS Licensed Esthetician, joined Vega Med Spa in December 2014 as a medical aesthetician with over 11 years of experience helping people in the community with their aesthetic concerns. She is exceptionally talented in skin care treatments and procedures and is known for the personal attention she gives to each client.
She offers a full spectrum of premium skin care services including skin care consultations, facials, chemical peels, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, acne treatments, makeup application and depilatories.
Carol spends time with each patient or client, helping them choose the perfect medical-grade skin care products that address their specific needs and concerns. Taking the time to “explain” the science behind the products and services makes her a wonderful resource and we’re excited to have her join the Vega Med Spa team. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, reading and her dog, Henry.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens when I decide to schedule cosmetic surgery?
Our office will mail you a packet containing an explanation of your surgery, as well as an itemized list of all the fees and where to submit the payments. You’ll also receive mailings from the hospital or surgical center where you’re having the surgery done. Typical fees are described below:
1. Surgeon Fee. We will bill you for the surgeon’s fee. Because this is an elective surgery and not covered by insurance, payment must be made in full at your pre-operative appointment, which is usually 3 weeks prior to surgery. Payment may be made either by certified bank check or credit card (Visa®, MasterCard® or Discover® Card).
2. Operating Room Fee. This is a separate billing, sent to you by the hospital or surgical facility for the operating room charges. Payment in full is expected at least 7 days prior to your surgery date.
3. Anesthesiologist Fee. The anesthesiologist caring for you will also send you a separate bill for his services. Payment should also be made at least 7 days prior to your surgery date.
Do I need to have any tests done before surgery?
All pre-admission information will be sent to you from the hospital or surgical unit that you have chosen. You will receive all necessary forms along with pre-surgery instructions.
Pre-admission testing should be completed at least 2 days but not more than 30 days before your scheduled surgery.
On the day of your pre-admission testing, please be sure to bring the completed paperwork that was sent to you and a complete list of your current medications.
What if I need to cancel my surgery?
If you cancel your scheduled surgery within 7 days of the scheduled date, 50% of your surgical payment will be non-refundable.
Are cosmetic surgeons and plastic surgeons the same thing?
Not necessarily. Physicians may perform cosmetic surgery without necessarily being certified by a relevant specialty board. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons published an informative article on this topic; we encourage anyone considering such a procedure to read it before selecting a surgeon. Click here to read the article.
Is financing available for cosmetic surgery?
The following company is available to help you finance your procedure. This information is provided to our patients as a courtesy, but our practice does not endorse or have any affiliation them.
Carecredit offers no interest and low interest payment plans. There is no cost to enroll and no monthly fees. They have a quick an easy application with instant credit decisions. Carecredit cannot be used for anesthesia and hospital fees.
www.carecredit.com or (800) 365-8295
The Latest from Vega
Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day, or BRA Day USA, is a campaign designed to promote public education, patient care, and research around post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. Vega Plastic Surgery is proud to sponsor the second annual BRA Day USA event in Western New York. Visit our event page to learn more and register today.
Dr. Vega will be presenting at the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons 30th Annual Meeting, September 20 – 22, 2013. He will be speaking on Comprehensive Breast Reconstruction.
Vega Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery was featured in the Rochester area subscription April 2010 issues of Good Housekeeping, Redbook and Woman’s Day. To read the article click here to view.
Our website is featured on RochesterHomepage.net!