is a one-of-a-kind medical spa in San Francisco, offering a portfolio of clinical skin rejuvenation services. Dedicated to the artistry of non-surgical esthetic transformation, Gentle Star’s founders Dr. Thomas R. Ellis and Craig T. Shishido are inspired by the fusion of art, beauty, and medicine. Located in a discreet corner of Mint Plaza behind the Old Mint in downtown San Francisco (just a block from Powell Street BART), Gentle Star is a quiet oasis where you can rediscover your inherent beauty.


At Gentle Star, we believe in a comprehensive facial analysis with strategic treatments that positively impact your appearance. We look at improving skin quality and tone, performing volume replacement with dermal fillers in a harmonious and holistic fashion, and tastefully relaxing the appropriate facial muscles with Botox Cosmetic resulting in a face with beautiful natural expression. We believe in follow-up appointments to fine tune your individual results.


Dr. Thomas Ellis and Craig Shishido have been partners since 1995. They have devoted their interests and energies toward helping people transform their lives, unveiling the beauty that lies within. The Gentle Star concept started in 2001 when they wanted to reverse the signs of aging on themselves after years of sun damage and environmental exposure. Equipped with well researched education along with their kind and outgoing personalities, this couple knew they were unique to the world of medical esthetics. They had something very special to offer. After several years of clinical esthetics training with renowned cosmetic surgeons, dermatologists, & estheticians, it was time to launch Gentle Star in 2005. In a moment of divine perfect order, they found an ideal space that reflects their unique personalities to help provide patients with an experience filled with comfort and ease. Come rediscover your inner beauty at Gentle Star.


We carry some of the most advanced clinically-proven skin care systems available. Although walk-in non-RX retail purchases are always welcome, we highly suggest that you book a complimentary skin consultation with one of our licensed medical estheticians to ensure proper and safe use of these products. Please note that we may not carry all items in a product line.


Now, joining the ranks of fitness trainers and event planners helping brides do the heavy wedding lifting, Gentle Star Medspa’s Thomas Ellis and Craig Shishido bring another tool to a bride’s arsenal: the Bridal Bootcamp. And this time, the focus is on beauty.

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Maghan McDowell, San Francisco Chronicle

“What I find most important is the special talent Gentle Star has on making its customers feel comfortable and appreciated.”

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Best of CitySearch

“He has a reputation for being a perfectionist, and boy, does he earn it. You know how most facials involve a few minutes of extraction? Craig de-plugged my pores for two and a half hours.”

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“As far as I’m concerned, it’s like magic.” – Summer 2010 Beauty Guide

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Annie Tomlin,

“Gentle Star Medspa is the quintessential spa experience.”

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Craig T. Shishido At Gentle Star MedSpa, “If there’s one person who can get your skin smooth and glowy – it’s Craig.”

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Best Facial For Girls With Screwed Up Skin, Refinery29

Meet the Bay Area’s 50 largest LGBTQ-owned businesses of 2018. In this fourth annual ranking, the San Francisco Business Times recognizes LGBTQ business owners who have made a successful establishment in the local region.

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San Francisco Business Times


14 Mint Plaza, Suite 110
San Francisco, CA 94103


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