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Education and Experience for
the Doctors of Columbus Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery

Timothy A. Treece, M.D. F.A.C.S.
Susan D. Vasko, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Robert T. Heck, M.D., F.A.C.S.
John K. Wakelin, M.D., F.A.C.S

Timothy A. Treece, M.D. F.A.C.S.

With a lifelong interest in the visual arts, a career in plastic surgery seemed a natural extension for Dr. Treece. As a board-certified plastic surgeon in Columbus, Ohio, he has spent the last 18 years delivering state of the art plastic and reconstructive surgery to his patients. A cofounder of Columbus Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery, Dr. Treece was named the top cosmetic surgeon in Central Ohio in the past two consecutive "Docs Rate Docs" surveys of physicians in Columbus. He was also voted Best of Business Cosmetic Surgeon in Central Ohio by readers of Columbus C.E.O. Magazine in both
2009 and 2010.

Dr. Treece has been the recipient of many awards including an outstanding teaching award from the plastic surgery residents at Ohio State University. He has been recognized by The American Society of Plastic Surgeons for his work with The Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation. In addition, he has been a recipient of the Consumer's Choice Award for America's Best Plastic Surgeons.

A Columbus area native, Dr. Treece graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He performed a five year residency at The University of Texas in Houston and was the chief surgical resident at The University of Texas in Houston working both at M.D. Anderson Hospital and The Texas Heart Institute. He is a fellow of The American College of Surgeons and is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. He has served for ten years as the Chairman of Plastic Surgery at Riverside Methodist Hospital.

Dr. Treece has dedicated his career toward providing the most meticulous technically precise procedures especially toward facial surgery and aesthetic and breast cancer reconstructive surgery. His artistic background only enhances the quality of patient outcomes. While a large part of the practice involves facial rejuvenation, Dr. Treece has a special interest in providing innovative techniques for body reshaping and breast enhancement surgery.

He has been distinguished by The Allergan Corporation (makers of BOTOX® and JUVÉDERM®) as a member of The National Council of Leaders in Breast Aesthetics. Dr. Treece has been involved in Interplast which provides care to children in third world countries for facial cleft lip and palate repair. He is actively involved in the educational process as an associate clinical member of the faculty at The Ohio State University and enjoys his ongoing relationship with the residents and the development of new advanced surgical techniques.

Dr. Treece lives in Upper Arlington with his wife, Jill, who manages the operating room at The Ohio State University Medical Center, and he enjoys a close relationship with his three sons.

Susan D. Vasko, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Susan Dietrich Vasko has been bringing healing and restoration to her patients for the past 18 years. She co-founded Columbus Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery with Dr. Timothy Treece in 1997. The practice, which has grown more by doctor referral and patient recommendation than by advertising, continues to help those affected by disfigurement as well as aesthetic improvement to those desiring rejuvenation of the face or body.

"Our philosophy is to give advice on things that are truly beneficial to the patient," explains Dr. Vasko. "We don't jump on the bandwagon of every new technique that comes along. There are so many ads for new things that will only last a year or two because they don't come through on their promise. As a group, we think critically about each new approach."

That same critical thinking is needed each time a surgeon determines which methods will best meet the goals of a specific patient. "We see such a variety of patients and case situations," she says. "Each case requires a unique approach. I was an engineering undergrad, so I am a problem solver by nature."

An Ohio native, Dr. Vasko received her medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine. She completed four years of general surgery residency and two additional years of plastic surgery residency at the Ohio State University Hospitals. She is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Vasko was recently rated as one of the top cosmetic surgeons in Columbus, Ohio in past two consecutive "Doc's Rate Doc's" survey conducted by The Columbus Dispatch and WBNS-TV (Channel 10). The survey went out to all Central Ohio physicians and asked one question: "If you or a family member needed treatment in the following medical specialties, which central Ohio physicians would you seek out or recommend?" Respondents were asked to give the names of doctors and their specialties.

As the program director for the plastic surgery residency at Riverside Methodist Hospitals, Dr. Vasko is dedicated to teaching the next generation of plastic surgeons. She is also involved in plastic surgery research and has been an invited speaker at numerous local and national meetings.

Among the numerous charitable causes Dr. Vasko supports, she is a member of the Upper Arlington Women's Club, a group providing scholarships for students. She is also an active supporter of The Boy Scouts of America and serves as an adult leader.

Dr. Vasko is married to Mark, an architect, and has twin sons. Her interests include sewing, sailing, travel and reading.

Robert T. Heck, M.D., F.A.C.S.

A highly dedicated scholar, Dr. Robert T. Heck is a board-certified diplomate of The American Board of Plastic Surgery and plastic surgeon in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from The Medical College of Ohio in 1995 with honors and earned the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society Membership. During his medical school career, Dr. Heck also was awarded numerous other awards such as the Marion C. Anderson and Toledo Surgery Society Awards for his academic achievement in surgery.

After medical school, Dr. Heck then completed four years of general surgery residency training at The Medical College of Ohio. Dr. Heck had many great achievements during his time that included The Outstanding Surgery Resident Award and The Golden Apple Resident Award for his excellence in teaching surgery.

Dr. Heck then spent two years at The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston in his plastic surgery residency. This is when Dr. Heck was granted the highly competitive Aesthetic and Breast fellowship in Los Angeles. Dr. Heck is one of a select few fellowship trained aesthetic surgeons. Dr. Heck trained under the direction of renowned surgeon Dr. W. Grant Stevens, M.D., F.A.C.S. where he refined his skills in aesthetic surgery and learned many cutting edge skills such as the Laser Bra which is a new and long-lasting way to reduce or lift the breasts. During his fellowship and after, Dr. Heck has authored many articles on cosmetic and breast surgery in the most well respected journals in plastic surgery.

In 2002, Dr. Heck found an ideal setting for his expert skills at Columbus Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery, Inc. His practice has seen amazing growth since that time. In 2004, Dr. Heck won The Prism Award for his excellence in breast surgery.

One of the greatest aspects of Dr. Heck's profession is the boost in self esteem and self confidence his patients get after cosmetic surgery. The delicate nature of plastic surgery and Dr. Heck's attention to detail are a perfect match. Dr. Heck was named one of America's top plastic surgeons in 2006 by The Strathmore Group. Dr. Heck along with his partners is involved in many charitable organizations and devotes much of his time to the treatment and cure of breast cancer.

John K. Wakelin, M.D., F.A.C.S

Dr. John Wakelin is widely recognized for being a talented and caring plastic surgeon in Columbus, Ohio, with an artistic eye that allows him to provide excellent results. Dr. Wakelin specializes in plastic surgery of the face and breast as well as body contouring surgery. He spends time with you to truly understand your goals and create a highly personalized treatment plan so you can look and feel your best. He is always focused on your safety, and his team at Columbus Aesthetic and Plastic surgery makes every effort to make your experience comfortable, pleasant, and informative.

Among his recent recognitions, Dr. Wakelin was voted by other physicians as one of the top Cosmetic Surgeons in the 2010 Docs Rate Docs Survey. In both 2009 and 2010, he was recognized as a Patients' Choice Doctor, one of the physicians most highly regarded by their patients.

Dr. Wakelin credits his extensive training and meticulous attention to detail for being able to apply his breadth of knowledge in the treatment of his patients. "I try to approach each patient as an individual in order to really understand that patient's expectations and goals," explains Dr. Wakelin. He believes strongly that carefully listening to each patient enables a surgeon to "formulate a comprehensive surgery and treatment plan tailored to each individual's needs."

Additionally, Dr. Wakelin is enthusiastic about his work with numerous charity organizations. His missions with Operation Smile, an internationally respected charity, have taken him to developing countries like Honduras, Paraguay, Nicaragua, and Peru, Egypt and China, where he performed reconstructive surgery on children and adults with cleft lips and palates. While discussing these activities, Dr. Wakelin states, "I feel a strong sense of responsibility to use my talents and training to help others in my community as well as other regions of the world."

Dr. Wakelin is the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Riverside Methodist Hospital. He also serves on the Clinical Faculty of The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health, teaching residents and medical students on a daily basis. Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Wakelin has also been named one of "America's Top Plastic Surgeons" by the Consumer's Research Council of America each year since 2006.

Dr. Wakelin also is strongly committed to education and innovation within the field of Plastic Surgery. Much of his time is spent learning about the newest surgical techniques through reading the current literature, as well as attending and teaching at conferences. "I have always been very dedicated to maintaining and updating my knowledge. My involvement in teaching residents and medical students further drives me to stay on the cutting edge." When Dr. Wakelin has free time he also enjoys travel, reading, sailing, and cooking with his wife.

Dr. Wakelin received his medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health, in Columbus, Ohio. He trained in General Surgery Residency at Mount Carmel Medical Center, and then he completed a Plastic Surgery Residency at the Ohio State University Medical Center. Dr. Wakelin is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
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