Our Board Certified Plastic Surgeons Dr. Clukies and Dr. Babbitt deliver outstanding patient care and provide the fine detailed expertise you want for a quality experience in cosmetic surgery. Office Manager and Medical Assistant Patricia Cantin and Medical Assistant Meghann Gould round out the team so that as little as possible stands between you and your surgeon.
Donald Clukies, M.D.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Donald F. Clukies, M.D., specializes in the general practice of all forms of Plastic Surgery. This includes all forms of reconstructive and cosmetic surgery of the skin, breast, face and abdomen as well as cancer surgery and hand surgery. He is Board Certified in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as General Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Clukies’ undergraduate and medical education was conducted in Syracuse, New York, where he first earned his B.S. in Biochemistry in 1969 from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He then went on to earn his M.D. from SUNY Upstate Medical School in 1973. Following that he completed a 5 year general surgery residency at The New York Hospital/Cornell Medical School in New York City. His specialty training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery was completed at the University of Rochester Medical Center in 1980.
Dr. Clukies moved to the Fall River area in 1980, where he set up a solo practice in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He was the first such specialist dedicated to this community. After living in Tiverton for ten years and raising two boys, Dr. Clukies moved to Portsmouth, Rhode Island, where he currently resides. When not operating, Dr. Clukies enjoys competitive running and maintains a very active lifestyle. His other interests include gardening, fixing anything that needs to be fixed, and restoring old cars. Patricia Cantin, his secretary and office manager, has been an integral part of the practice since the beginning. As the practice of Plastic Surgery and medicine have changed over the years Dr. Clukies and Pat continue to ensure that outstanding patient care that has formed the foundation of the practice is as strong as it was then.
"Dr Clukies is an excellent doctor. He did my tummy tuck a year ago and the result is unbelievable. I check out other people on line and his work exceeds most of them. He is a hidden gem and a wonderful man."
Russell Babbitt, M.D.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Russell Babbitt, M.D., specializes in the general practice of all forms of Plastic Surgery. This includes all forms of reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. Dr. Babbitt is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
A native of southeastern Massachusetts, Dr. Babbitt graduated from UMass Dartmouth in 1999 with a degree in Biology. From there, he went on to University of Massachusetts Medical School, and received his M.D. in 2003.
Dr. Babbitt continued at UMass Medical Center for his internship and residency training in General Surgery, and completed his training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery there.
In addition to his clinical training, Dr. Babbitt completed a two-year research fellowship in the areas of microsurgery, human anatomy, limb reconstruction, complex models of wound healing, and abdominal reconstruction. Dr. Babbitt co-authored a textbook chapter as well as several journal articles, and has presented research at regional, national and international meetings.
Dr. Babbitt has been part of volunteer programs at every stage of his career, and has found these experiences to be some of the most fulfilling aspects of his professional life. During residency and fellowship he participated in multiple trips to South America, where he was part of a team that performed cleft lip, cleft palate, burn and congenital hand surgery. He plans to continue this work throughout his career, and encourages everyone to support programs that help to bring much needed medical and surgical care to those who are less fortunate.
"Dr Babbitt is a skilled physician who does awesome plastic surgery! Somewhere along the way in his training he never lost his compassion for the human spirit. He is gentle, kind and a supportive clinician. He makes his patients feel at ease utilizing his excellent teaching skills along with humor, self-confidence and tenderness. He should be on the faculty of a med school mentoring future physicians. His treatment of my 17 year old daughter was wonderful. I have been a nurse for over 30 years and he is by far one of the best physicians I have ever encountered."
Christina DeVincent, PA-C
Christina is a highly skilled and experienced physician assistant who works closely with Dr. Babbitt to care for patients through the full spectrum of plastic surgical care, including preoperative evaluation, postoperative care in and out of the hospital, as well as aesthetic treatments.
A Michigan native, Christina received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physiology from Michigan State University in 2006. She then completed a Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies at Central Michigan University, before going on to obtain specialized training in New York at the Montefiore Medical Center Surgical PA residency.
Since leaving New York, Christina and her dog Addie have found their new home in Southern New England. She is thrilled to be a part of the plastic surgery team with Dr. Babbitt, and strives to give quality and compassionate care to her patients.
If you or a loved one are considering plastic, reconstructive, or cosmetic surgery you are already aware that these decisions can be extremely challenging. There is a lot of information out there, and it can be hard at times to know where to turn. At Plastic Surgery of Southern New England, our surgeons and staff welcome the opportunity to help you in this process. Whether your goal is to improve your appearance through cosmetic procedures or to repair damage related to cancer, trauma or birth defects, we make your safety, comfort, and privacy our number one priority.