Dr. Ashley Amalfi, a plastic surgeon specializing in aesthetic and reconstructive breast and body procedures, joined the Quatela Center in 2019.
With a reputation as a passionate and gifted surgeon, we decided to delve a little deeper and see what inspires this female powerhouse.
What’s a typical day for you?
My day usually starts early. Having two little ones (ages 3 and 5), sometimes the early hours are the only alone time I get. I wake up around 5am to enjoy a cup of coffee and an early workout at Midtown or in my home on my Peleton. The kiddos are also early risers, so they are playing around while my husband and I get ready for work. On clinic days I’m able to drop the kids off at school on my way to the Lindsay House.
My days at the Quatela Center have been instantly busy – whether I’m seeing patients in the office or operating in our onsite surgery center. After work I head home and am greeted by two giant hugs from my little ones. We enjoy a family dinner together and begin the night time routine of playing games, baths, pajamas and reading stories. I am usually exhausted by the end of the day but enjoy a little Netflix indulgence with my hubby or reading before passing out and repeating.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was 9 years old, I told my mother I wanted to be a doctor. My little brother wanted to be a professional hockey player at the time; no one took either of us seriously. We didn’t have any doctors or medical professionals in the family, but I have found my own passion and never wavered from that dream.
What are your favorite hobbies?
I am a huge yogi. I found yoga in high school and have been hooked ever since. At least three times a week I attend a heated power vinyasa class at Midtown Athletic Club. Yoga is not just an incredible workout; it’s also a chance for me to center my thoughts and focus my energy. I often set an intention for every practice and I leave feeling rejuvenated and ready for my day.
What is your favorite thing about Rochester, NY?
My favorite thing about Rochester is enjoying this city through my children’s eyes. Having been born and raised here, returning with my family has shed a whole new light on our amazing city. My children are in awe of everything about our community – from our neighborhood and their school, to the parks and museums, and the awesome culinary scene. Each stage of their development leads us to explore new hidden gems in Rochester, and I can’t wait to discover even more.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
I am such a positive person. I have no tolerance for negativity, pessimism or lack of kindness. I think it’s so important to spread love and positivity in all situations, and that is something that I strive to do every day and something I hope to instill in my children.
Do you have a favorite book or movie?
My favorite novel is “The Red Tent” by Anita Diamant. It’s a book I have re-read many times at different stages of my life, and constantly recommend to friends and family. It is a fictional account of the biblical character, Dinah, daughter of Jacob and Leah and sister of Joseph (think Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!). She is a character only mentioned in the bible, as many women are, and Diamant creates an entire world around her. The book sheds light on female bonds and the relationships between mothers and daughters and the various women in our lives.
What is one thing everyone should do at least once in their lives?
I think everyone should treat themselves to a massage. I have heard from so many people recently that they have never had a massage! I am a huge fan, both for the benefits of deep tissue on muscle recovery and for the relaxation and recharge it brings to my life. Don’t knock it ‘till you try it!
What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years?
I am so excited to watch my children grow up and experience the world. I have loved every stage of having children, but now watching them grow and wondering what they will become and how they will impact the world fills my heart. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for them and I have no doubt they will be incredibly successful.
What’s the best way to start the day?
The best way to start a day is with a workout. Working out in the morning is a gift to myself and starts my day with such positive energy. It helps me make meaningful and healthy choices throughout the day.
What is your favorite and least favorite food?
I love almost all food. I actually love salad, and would be happy eating amazing salads for the rest of my life – my husband says I’m basically a rabbit. There are only two things I don’t like: cilantro and black licorice. Anything else, I’m game to try!