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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 degrees in Physician Assistant Studies–which are rooted in studying science and practicing hands-on patient care. Physician Assistants are licensed by the State of New Jersey, and are fully trained in dermatology. They train and 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.

Nicole Colucci, PA-C

Nicole Colucci, PA-C


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

Casey Croes


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

David Davidson, PA-C


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


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

Brianna Guttuso, PA-C


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

JoAnn Lane, RN, MSN, APN‑C

Nurse Practitioner

Masters: Monmouth University
Bachelors: Rutgers University

Andrea Medel


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

Mimi Oliff, PA-C


Masters: Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Program, New York, NY
Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
Bachelors: Indiana University-College of Arts and Sciences, Bloomington, IN
Bachelor of Science in Psychological and Brain Sciences/Pre-Physician Assistant Studies

Gabriela Plesek-Andia


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

Meera Pradeep


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

Stephanie Slaski


Bachelors: Pennsylvania State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biobehavioral Health with Highest Distinction Honors
Masters: Master of Medical Sciences degree from Salus University's physician assistant program in Philadelphia, PA.

Melissa Smirnow


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


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

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