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Dr. Roman Bukachevsky has practiced plastic surgery in San Luis Obispo since 1991, and for about a decade he’s been volunteering his time and expertise with Face-to-Face, a national program that started in 1994 in cooperation with the American Academy of Facial and Plastic Reconstructive Surgeons and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Face-to-Face helps victims of domestic violence by offering them free consultations and treatment for trauma and disfigurement to the face. The goal of the program is to get both men and women back on the right track, by leaving them as few reminders of their physical ordeal as possible.

click to enlarge FACE TO FACE:  Dr. Roman Bukachevsky volunteers his time and expertise as a plastic surgeon to help victims of domestic abuse.
  • FACE TO FACE: Dr. Roman Bukachevsky volunteers his time and expertise as a plastic surgeon to help victims of domestic abuse.

#Bukachevsky’s assistant, Anne Yarema, describes the doctor’s participation in the Face-to-Face program as “a way of giving back to the community with the talents he has.� The doctor has also donated generously to the Women’s Shelter of San Luis Obispo.

Over the years, Dr. Bukachevsky has consulted several victims of domestic violence and treated just a few. Of course, the hope is that domestic abuse is simply not a common problem in our area, but Bukachevsky would like more people to know that this program is available.

The national statistics on domestic abuse are astounding. In the United States, a woman is beaten every nine seconds by an intimate or former partner, and more than a million women require medical attention each year as a result.

For more info, contact Dr. Bukachevsky’s office at 434-5960.



The Feline Network of the Central Coast, a nonprofit, all-volunteer humane organization, would like to remind the people of San Luis Obispo that January and February are the purrrfect months to make that appointment to get your pets spayed or neutered, because cats and dogs give birth in the spring. By spaying or neutering your pets now, you will make a significant contribution toward the prevention of pet overpopulation. In 2004 the volunteers of the Feline Network worked to ensure that over 600 cats and kittens were spayed or neutered, and they found placement for over 300 cats and kittens! For low-cost pet spay and neuter information, call 595-6612 or visit …

… Mid-State Bank & Trust has chosen Hospice Partners of the Central Coast as the nonprofit organization to receive a $1,000 donation from each branch. The three offices, in San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, and Arroyo Grande, raised the money from sales of See’s Candies during November’s “Month of Thanks� fund-raiser held at the branches. Hospice Partners, a nonprofit organization, provides comprehensive hospice care to the residents of san Luis Obispo County and northern Santa Barbara County, including to those who are not covered by insurance or do not have the ability to pay for hospice care. For info, call 782-8608. …

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Staff Writer Jeff Hornaday donated his precious time to compile this week’s Strokes & Plugs. E-mail him at

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