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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.


Suzanne Cohen

Education

Masters: Physician Assistant Studies – Pace University, New York, NY
Bachelors: Biology – Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ


Nicole Colucci, PA-C

Nicole Colucci, PA-C

Education

Masters: Physician Assistant Studies – Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
Bachelors: Biology – Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ


Casey Croes

Education

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


David Davidson, PA-C

Education

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


Elysha Grauman, PA-C

Education

Masters: Physician Assistant Studies, Wagner College, Staten Island, NY
Bachelors: Psychology, Queens College, CUNY, Flushing, NY


Brianna Guttuso, PA-C

Education

Masters: Physician Assistant Studies, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
Bachelors: Biology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ


Michelle Itidiare, FNP

Michelle Itidiare, FNP

Education

Masters: Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner, Rutgers University , Newark NJ
Bachelors: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Seton Hall University, South Orange NJ
Bachelors: Bachelor of Science in Public Health, Rutgers University,New Brunswick NJ

JoAnn Lane, RN, MSN, APN‑C

Nurse Practitioner

Masters: Monmouth University
Bachelors: Rutgers University

Patrick Lombardi, PA-C

Patrick Lombardi, PA-C

Education

Masters: MS in Physician Assistant Studies, Seton Hall University - South Orange, NJ
Bachelors: BA in International Studies, Ramapo College of New Jersey - Mahwah, NJ


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


Andrea Medel

Education

Masters: Physician Assistant Studies – Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
Bachelors: Neuroscience – Barnard College of Columbia University, New York, NY


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


Melissa Smirnow

Education

Bachelors: Physician Assistant Studies, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
Bachelors: Public Health with Minors in Psychology and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ


Shannon Welner

Education

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

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