Kris Shewmake, M.D., FACS

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Since 1996, Kris Shewmake, MD has been transforming the lives of his patients by helping them to achieve a more youthful, rested, natural, appearance in his private practice. Every face that comes through the doors of Shewmake Plastic Surgery is more than a patient—they’re an individual seeking renewed confidence, and Dr. Shewmake has made it his life’s work to help them achieve that. His extensive experience with cranial and facial surgeries, including on infants with birth deformities, has allowed him to hone his skills for facial reconstructive surgeries and offer his clients the chance to look as young as they feel.

After receiving his medical degree from the University of Arkansas Medical Center, where he was president of his class and a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Dr. Shewmake spent eight years in surgical training, including a General Surgery residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Medical Center, and a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery residency at the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

From there, Dr. Shewmake spent an additional year at UCLA working with children and adults affected by facial birth deformities. Upon completion of his fellowship in 1992, Dr. Shewmake returned to his native state and served as Chief of Plastic Surgery at UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital before opening Shewmake Plastic Surgery in 1996.

Dr. Shewmake is married, a father of five children, and active in his church. He served as co-founder of mission team Operation New Life and has led surgical teams to serve the poor in Honduras and to teach in the medical school there. He is an avid airplane and helicopter pilot and enjoys shooting, woodworking, and restoring cars when he can find a bit of spare time.


The Best of the Best

Dr. Shewmake is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of many respected professional associations, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the Arkansas Medical Society. He is one of only two plastic surgeons in Arkansas to become a member of an elite group of plastic surgeons known as the Association of Plastic Surgeons.

Dr. Shewmake has presented and published numerous scientific papers on Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He continues his education by participating in national conferences and courses covering the latest techniques in aesthetic, plastic, and reconstructive surgery.



Year School Degree/Position

1991-92 University of California, Los Angeles, CA Fellowship in Craniomaxillofacial Surgery

1989-91 UT-Southwestern Surgery Medical Center, Dallas, TX Residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

1984-89 University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Center Residency in General Surgery

1980-84 University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Center M.D. Degree

1978-80 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas B.A. Biology

1973-77 Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas


Academic Affiliations

Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery
Division of Plastic Surgery, UAMS


American Board of Plastic Surgery – 1994
Fellow, American College of Surgeons – 1996-present

Memberships & Associations


The Shewmake Team

Kris Shewmake, M.D., FACS and Jennifer Gabbard, R.N., lead a team of highly experienced professionals with more than 50 years of combined experience in the most state-of-the-art surgical and non-surgical procedures. The Shewmake team comes to work every day excited and happy to help you achieve a vibrant, natural look, and because they love their jobs so much, you can always expect to be greeted with a smile and a laugh.


Jennifer Gabbard, R.N.

Director of The Skin Retreat, Provider

Jennifer Gabbard began her career as a registered nurse in 1994, and she has worked with Dr. Shewmake since 2003 assisting in surgery, as a nurse injector, and in the office. Seeing an opportunity to offer women and men in central Arkansas non-surgical cosmetic procedure options, Jennifer opened The Skin Retreat in 2015, and today, she manages both Shewmake Plastic Surgery and The Skin Retreat.


RaeAnn Wilson

Surgical Coordinator

RaeAnn graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Bachelor’s Degree, Magna Cum Laude.  She has extensive knowledge in plastic surgery care and customizes each experience to the patient, ensuring they receive the best care possible. She will walk you through the entire surgical process and be there for you every step of the way, from the initial consultation to the pre-op appointment and any post-operative questions or concerns.


Alicia Andrews, M.A.


Alicia received a Diploma in Medical Assisting in 2005 and has been working as a medical assistant in cosmetic surgery for many years. Alicia is one of the state’s leading performers of CoolSculpting treatments and is highly trained in laser hair removal, IPL treatments, and numerous other non-surgical, anti-aging treatments. Alicia brings an invaluable background and experience to Dr. Shewmake’s practice.


Angela Case, RN


Angela has been an R.N. since 2012 and a nurse injector since 2013. She has advanced certification in Botox® and cosmetic fillers. Angela is now the Skin Retreat’s Nurse Injector and Trainer for Allergan since 2016. Angela enjoys helping people look and feel their best!


Jackie McMillan Gadison, LPN

Skin Care Consultant

Jackie has been a nurse since 1994 and a beauty and skin care consultant since 1999. Jackie believes that all beauty is ageless and she is dedicated to providing excellent customer service to all patients at Shewmake Plastic Surgery and The Skin Retreat. 


Charlotte Daniels


Renee Herman

Front Office Scheduler


Aimee Claire Quinney



Angie Sempek

Practice Manager


Alexis Shipley



Brandi Tarkington



Terra Taylor

Front Office Receptionist


Patricia Wilson

Front Office Scheduler