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Physician Assistants & Nurse Practitioners

When you are a patient of The Dermatology Group, you are under the care of our entire team. From time to time you might see a Nurse Practitioner or a Certified Physicians' Assistant. These dedicated, highly competent individuals have medical degrees, are licensed by the State of New Jersey, and are fully trained in dermatology. They work with our physicians, and can service all of your routine dermatology needs.

What are Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners?

From time to time, you may be seen by one of our dedicated and compassionate Physician Assistants or Nurse Practitioners, who provide dermatologic services in all of The Dermatology Group's locations. Physician Assistant education was designed in the medical model of care to complement the training of physicians. These intensive training programs have highly competitive entrance standards and are accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant. All of our PA's receive regular training from their supervising physicians and are required to accumulate 100 hours of continuing medical education (CME) every two years. PAs are also required to successfully complete a comprehensive general medical examination every six years, administered by the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). At The Dermatology Group, we require an additional 3-12 month training period for each PA where they work directly with one of our Board-Certified Dermatologists before seeing their own patients.

PA's and Nurse Practitioners are trained to evaluate and treat common skin disorders such as acne, roseacea, atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, psoriasis, and warts. Of course, our dermatologists are always available for consultation on complex cases or in situations when the diagnosis is in question.

PA's and NP's receive surgical training as part of their school curriculum, including some of the more common dermatologic minor procedures, such as liquid nitrogen destruction, and shave and punch biopsies. They are also trained in sterile techniques and have sound surgical skills in performing excisions and minor repairs. Physician assistants are authorized to prescribe medication. Several of our PAs are also trained to provide cosmetic services.

Please feel free to ask us any questions at all about your treatment, or about your dermatology provider! We thank you for being a valued patient of our practice.

Inga Bufano

Education

Bachelors: Physician Assistant Studies, Pace University, New York, NY
Physician Assistant Program: Pace University – Lenox Hill Hospital
Specialty: Cosmetic procedures including fillers, neuromodulators, skin care product recommendations.


Kristalle Cheu Payano

Education

Masters: Seton Hall University
Bachelors: BS in Biology – Seton Hall University

Michele Colon, MSN, APN-C

Nurse Practitioner

Masters: Rutgers, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Bachelors: Rutgers

Casey Croes

Education

Masters: Chatham College, Pittsburg, PA
Bachelors: Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


David Davidson

Education

Masters: Physician Assistant Studies, Philadelphia University
Bachelors: Biology, Beaver College
Current President of the New Jersey Dermatology Physician Assistant Society (NJDPA)


Lauren Dietz

Education

Masters: George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Bachelors: BS in Neuroscience – Trinity College


Susan Hirsch

Education

Masters: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Physician Assistant
Bachelors: Rutgers University, Biological Sciences
Specialty: Cosmetic procedures including fillers, neuromodulators, skin care product recommendations

JoAnn Lane, RN, MSN, APN-C

Nurse Practitioner

Masters: Monmouth University
Bachelors: Rutgers University

Garland Lee

Education

Masters: Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, Touro College, New York, NY
Bachelors: Health Sciences, Touro College, New York, NY
Bachelors: Economics, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY


Annie MacDougall Mulvaney

Education

Masters: Touro University, Vallejo, CA
Masters of Physician Assistant Studies
Bachelors: University of NC at Wilmington, Wilmington, NC
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology


Todd Newman

Education

Masters: Master of Science, Physician Assistant
University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Masters: Master of Science in Education, Exercise Physiology – Queens College/C.U.N.Y, Flushing, NY
Bachelors: BS in Physical Education Studies – University of Delaware


Sujelis "Sue" Perez

Education

Masters: Physician Assistant, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)
Bachelors: Biology, Montclair State University


Zena Petryshyn

Education

Masters: Physician Assistant, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMMDNJ)
Bachelors: Biology, Montclair State University


Gabriela Plesek-Andia

Education

Masters: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Bachelors: BS in Biology – Rutgers University
Certificate: Occupational and Environmental Medicine – Duke University


Meera Pradeep

Education

Masters: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Master of Science, Physician Assistant
Bachelors: English Language, Government Women's College, Trivandrum, India


Shannon Welner

Education

Masters: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Bachelors: Microbiology from the University of Florida

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