Speaker Bios

Conference Education Planning Committee

The SDPA Conference Education Planning Committee consists of two Committee Chairs, one for each Fall and Summer Conference, respectively, a Conference Co-Chair, as well as a CME Director of Conferences. These four individuals are responsible for coordinating and elevating the quality of education sessions at each event for the benefit of our attendees. As a team, they determine the program content, conference agenda, and CME accreditation. In addition, they coordinate to select conference medical directors and faculty.

Fall Conference Chair, Keri Holyoak, PA-C, MPH

Keri Holyoak, PA-C, MPH is a Physician Assistant at the Dermatology Center of Salt Lake City, a private medical dermatology clinic. She received a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and a Master of Public Health from George Washington University. She is also an adjunct clinical instructor at the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program. She has served as Fall CME chair since 2012 after finishing her term as past president for the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA). She also represented the SDPA at the American Academy of Physician Assistants annual House of Delegates meeting where she sponsored an accepted resolution against non-compete clauses.

Summer Conference Chair, Eileen Cheever, MPAS, PA-C

Eileen Cheever, MPAS, PA-C is board-certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She obtained a Masters Degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 2008 from Seton Hall University. She is a graduate of Merrimack College in 2005 with a Bachelors of Science in Health Science. In addition to her leadership role in the SDPA, Eileen is also a current member of American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and Massachusetts State Society of Physician Assistants. Besides practicing medical dermatology, she enjoys precepting both medical students and residents in clinic.

Conference Co-Chair, Kirk Gautier, PA-C

Kirk Gautier is a Registered Nurse, who while serving on a mission trip in Central America felt the call to further his ability to serve and returned to pursue a degree in Physician Assistant studies. He graduated Summa Cum Laude, was awarded the Outstanding Peer Award, elected into the National Honor Society for Physician Assistants Pi Alpha, placed in the top 3% in the nation on PANCE exam, is a Diplomate of the Society of Dermatology PAs, Past President of the East Texas Physician Assistant Society, and past presenter at AAPA. He is published in the JDPA and Faculty with Maui Derm NP PA in addition to serving as CME Conference Co-Chair of SDPA and on numerous AD Boards. He practices in East Texas in General Dermatology and has a special interest in surgery, acne, and psoriasis. He is proud to volunteer with the SDPA, an organization that has provided him with so much education and networking. Kirk is the father of 3 children ages 10, 9, and 5 whom he loves as well as a beautiful wife, Jennifer.

Matthew BrunnerCME Director of Conferences, Matthew Brunner, MHS, PA-C, DFAAPA

Matthew Brunner, MHS, PA-C, DFAAPA received his Master of Health Science degree in August of 2000 from the University of South Alabama PA program. He has practiced in metropolitan Atlanta as a dermatology PA since 2001 with a focus on medical and surgical dermatology. Having first served as President of his state chapter, Georgia Dermatology Physician Assistants (GDPA), he had the honor of being elected as Director at Large of SDPA and then as President of SDPA during the 2015-2016 leadership year. Currently, he is a Trustee of the Dermatology PA Foundation (DPAF.)  His passion is to expand and improve educational opportunities for his fellow dermatology practitioner peers.

Medical Director, Joseph C. English III, M.D.

Our esteemed medical director for the Fall 2017 conference is Dr. Joseph C. English III. Dr. English is currently a Professor of Dermatology at the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Dermatology. He graduated from St Bonaventure University with a Bachelors of Science in 1987 and obtained his medical degree from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in 1991. His dermatology residency was performed at Brooke Army Medical Center from 1994-1997. He has spent his entire career in academic dermatology as a clinician educator and is currently faculty with the University of Pittsburgh Department of Dermatology. He has a broad range of interests in medical dermatology, producing over 160 various publications and a textbook on “Skin and Systemic Disease”. He is the Medical Director of the UPMC Hair and Nail Clinic. He is also the Medical Director of Tele-dermatology and his current focus is on expanding the department’s tele-dermatology platforms/capabilities for the patients of the UPMC Health System.


SDPA Conference Faculty are carefully selected by both our Conference Medical Director and Conference Committee Chairs to ensure that the presenters are both leaders in the field of dermatology but also excellent clinicians and educators.

GIna GragioneGina Fragione, MPAS, PA-C

Gina Fragione attended the University of Washington for her undergraduate degree and remains a dedicated Husky Football fan. She attended Oregon Health and Sciences University for her PA education. Gina grew up in the greater Seattle area and has practiced Dermatology since 2002. Currently she works at North Pacific Dermatology in Renton, Washington. Gina enjoys teaching Dermatology to family practice residents and mentoring future physician assistants.

Jeffrey JohnsonJeffrey Johnson, PA-C

Jeffrey Johnson, PA-C is a 1995 graduate of the United States Air Force PA program. He left the service to join his current practice in June of 2000 and has been working with a fellowship trained Mohs Surgeon ever since. For the past 18n years Jeff has practiced general dermatology, derm surgery and complex closures associated with Mohs. His previous awards include Officer of the Year and SDPA Dermatology Physician of the Year and has been the president of the Florida Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants for the past 4 years.

Melanie Kingsley, M.D.

Melanie Kingsley, MD, is a fellowship-trained, board-certified dermatologist. Dr. Kingsley completed her medical education and her dermatology residency training at Indiana University School of Medicine, where she acted as Chief Resident and was awarded Top Dermatology Resident.  Following residency, Dr.Kingsley completed a prestigious Laser, Cosmetic and Dermatologic Surgery fellowship at SkinCare Physicians in Boston, with clinical faculty from the Harvard and Yale Departments of Dermatology. Dr. Kingsley has presented at both local and national professional meetings, published several articles for peer-reviewed journals and dermatologic textbooks, and has participated in research trials for innovative laser devices. She is an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Women’s Dermatology Society, and Indiana Academy of Dermatologic. Dr. Kingsley is assistant professor of Dermatology at Indiana University School of Medicine and is actively involved in teaching dermatology residents. Dr. Kingsley focuses her practice on both general and cosmetic dermatology. She places a strong emphasis on patient education and mapping a comprehensive treatment plan suitable for each individual patient. Dr. Kingsley specializes in injectables, such as Botox, Dysport, Juvederm, Restylane, Sculptra, Radiesse, and laser procedures for wrinkles, red blood vessels, brown spots, tattoos, and laser resurfacing. She also performs VASER liposuction and other fat and cellulite reduction procedures.

Sheilagh MaguinessSheilagh Maguiness, M.D.

Dr. Sheilagh Maguiness is a pediatric dermatologist with a special interest and expertise in the diagnosis and management of vascular anomalies. She is the co-Chair for the University of Minnesota (U of M) Medical Center Vascular Anomalies Clinic. Dr. Maguiness leads the pediatric dermatology research efforts at the U of M and is a medical school faculty advisor. She is the current Vice President for Education and Career Development for the Society for Pediatric Dermatology and sits on the Executive Committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Dermatology.

Daniel MillerDan Miller, M.D.

Dr. Daniel Miller is a board-certified Dermatologist and Dermatopathologist at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, where he acts as Division Director for Dermatopathology and Director of the Dermatology Hospital Consult service. He completed dermatology residency training at UC-San Francisco and dermatopathology fellowship at Boston University. His research interests include graft-versus-host disease, severe adverse drug reactions and hospital dermatopathology.

Joe Monroe, MPAS, PA

Joe Monroe, MPAS, PA graduated from the University of Oklahoma PA Program in 1978, then practiced in primary care until 1985 when he began practicing dermatology full time, which he has done since that time. In 1992 he founded the organization Physician Assistants in Dermatology (PAD), as one of only 6 dermatology PAs identified in the entire country. In 1994, the first membership meeting was held, and the decision made to change the organization’s name to the Society of Dermatology PAs, for which Monroe served as president for two terms. Though he is near retirement, Monroe continues to practice, publish and teach this specialty to a wide variety of audiences.

Jason Oberdick, PA-C

Jason Oberdick, MPAS, PA-C, has been a physician assistant in Dermatology for over 15 years. He currently works for Forefront Dermatology near Pittsburgh, PA. He has lectured nationally on psoriasis but also enjoys all aspects of medical dermatology.


Misha Rosenbach, M.D.

Dr. Misha Rosenbach is an Associate Professor of Dermatology and Internal Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the director of the inpatient consult service and serves a variety of educational roles including associate program director of the dermatology residency, and core clinical faculty in the department of medicine. Dr. Rosenbach’s clinical practice is focused on complex medical dermatology, where he runs a sarcoidosis clinic, urgent access clinic, and sees inpatients and outpatients with hematologic malignancies and cutaneous complications, autoimmune skin conditions, or patients with undiagnosed diseases; his research is focused primarily on sarcoidosis and granulomatous skin conditions. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, multiple chapters, and textbooks. He has held leadership roles in the Medical Dermatology Society, Society of Dermatology Hospitalists, and is involved in the American Academy of Dermatology.

Mark Russell, M.D.

Dr. Mark A. Russell is Associate Professor of Dermatology, Otolaryngology, and Pathology at the University of Virginia Health System. He is Medical Director and Director of Mohs and Dermatologic Surgery in the Department of Dermatology. He received his medical degree from the Ohio State University School of Medicine. Dr. Russell completed his residency in Dermatology, and his fellowship in Mohs and Dermatologic Surgery, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He completed fellowship training in Dermatopathology at the University of Virginia. Dr. Russell is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American College of Mohs Surgery, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, and the American Society of Dermatopathology. He is board certified in Dermatology and Dermatopathology. Dr. Russell specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of skin cancer.

Ilanit Samuels, PA-C

Ilanit Samuels, PA-C, is a physician assistant who was born and raised in Miami Beach. She is a licensed physician assistant by the Florida Department of Health and certified by the National Commission of Physician Assistants. Ilanit obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Biology with honors, Magna Cum Laude, from Yeshiva University in 2003. She then went on to graduate with a Masters of Clinical Medical Science from Barry University. Ilanit has been a physician assistant to Dr. Leslie Baumann at the Baumann Cosmetic and Research Institute since 2009 and serves as Medical Director of the Baumann Cosmetic and Research Institute. She is an expert in toxin and filler injections, lasers and skin tightening procedures. Ilanit has also served as a trainer and lecturer for companies such as Suneva Medical, Merz, and Allergan.

Stuart Samuels, M.D.

Stuart Samuels, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He went to medical school at the University of Miami and did his residency at the University of Michigan in Radiation Oncology. He specializes in the treatment of skin, head and neck, and breast cancer. His research interests include the early and late toxicities caused by radiotherapy, especially to the skin and subcutaneous soft tissues.

Bethanee, Schlosser, M.D.

Bethanee J. Schlosser, M.D., Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Dermatology and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine where she serves as Director of the Women’s Skin Health Program, Vulvar Mucosal Specialty Clinic and Skin Concerns in Pregnancy Clinic. Dr. Schlosser’s areas of interest include female genital (vulvar) mucosal disorders, acne, rosacea, and skin disorders in pregnancy. Dr. Schlosser hails from Pennsylvania and earned her medical degree, as well as her doctorate in Cell and Molecular Biology, from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. Dr. Schlosser completed an internship at Mayo Clinic (Jacksonville, FL) and her training in Dermatology at Emory University. Dr. Schlosser serves on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Dermatologic Society. She also serves as multiple committees within the American Acne and Rosacea Society and American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Schlosser is board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology.

Matthew Zirwas, M.D.

Matthew Zirwas, MD, FAAD has published over 130 peer-reviewed articles, is a member of the North American Contact Dermatitis Group (NACDG), a former Board Member and recipient of a Presidential Citation of the American Contact Dermatitis Society (ACDS), the developer of the Contact Allergen Management Program for the ACDS, and is the author of the latest edition of Fisher’s Contact Dermatitis (published in 2017). He patch tests over 500 patients a year, referred from all over the US and has a busy general dermatology practice with a focus on itch, non-specific dermatitis, and delusions of parasitosis / Morgellon’s Disease. He has never injected a toxin or filler into a single patient, has never fired a laser, and can’t even do his own excisions. However, his partner (and wife), Dr. Jill Fichtel, MD, FAAD is a cosmetic dermatologist who is kind enough to do all of the surgeries and cosmetics on his patients. In exchange, he deals with difficult employees in the practice, takes over the care of her patients with difficult rashes, non-healing ulcers, pruritus, facial dermatitis, OCD, BDD, or cosmetic intolerance syndrome, accepts her expressions of gratitude (in all forms), and knows he is getting the better end of the deal. They love being in practice together and are happily married, despite having to live in two different cities while managing the schedules of 4 kids.

“I love the excellent speakers and the broad range of topics SDPA conferences always provide! It’s always a great conference! From the meeting location to the comfort of the hotel, to mingling with colleagues – overall it’s such a wonderful experience.”

– 2017 Annual Summer Dermatology Conference Attendee