Pre-Conference: June 5, 2019
Conference: June 6-9, 2019

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.

Eileen CheeverSummer 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.


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.


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.


Joslyn KirbyMedical Director, Joslyn Kirby, MD

Dr. Joslyn Kirby has been a clinician-researcher in Dermatology for several years. She currently serves as Associate Professor of Dermatology; Director of the Dermatology Residency Program; and Vice Chair of Education. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech. She went on to earn her Medical degrees from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. After completing her Dermatology Residency training at the University of Pennsylvania, she joined the faculty at Penn State in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

While on faculty, Dr. Kirby returned to school to complete her Master degree in Public Health Sciences and Master degree in Adult Education. In her clinical and research work, she is interested in hidradenitis suppurativa – its effects on people, outcome measurement, and pathomechanism. She is also interested in value-based research, including alternative payment models. She is the PI of a number of clinical research trials and is an active member of a number of local as well as national committees and organizations.


FACULTY

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.

Todd Cartee, MD

Todd Cartee, MD is a dermatologist and Mohs surgeon at Penn State Health, where he has been an assistant professor for the past 7 years. He trained in general surgery at NYU and dermatology at Emory University. He did his fellowship in Procedural Dermatology with Gary Monheit in Birmingham, AL, a renowned expert in chemical peeling, dermal fillers, and neurotoxins. In addition to skin cancer management, he has special interests in laser surgery and the management of spider and varicose veins.

Jennie ClarkJennie Clark, MD

Dr. Jennie Clarke is an Associate Professor in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Her clinical and academic focus is on complex medical dermatology, particularly autoimmune skin disease.

After completion of her Dermatology residency at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, she served on the faculty of the Penn State Department of Dermatology from 2005-2014 where her roles included: Medical Director of the outpatient dermatology clinic, medical student clerkship director, and director of the pre-clinical medical student Dermatology course. She joined the Dermatology faculty at the University of Utah in 2014 and is the Vice Chair for Academic Affairs.
Dr. Clarke has extensive experience in teaching medical students and residents as well as practicing dermatologists and advanced practice clinicians through maintenance of certification and continuing education programs.

Jennifer ConnerJennifer Conner, MPAS, PA-C

Jennifer M. Conner, MPAS, PA-C grew up in Indiana and received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Marian University in Indianapolis in 2003. Following her undergraduate education, she attended the U.S Army Interservice Physician Assistant Program at Fort Sam Houston and earned a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in 2006 from the University of Nebraska. She served in the US Army National Guard for 11 years as a Medical Specialist Corps officer and battalion physician assistant. Jennifer began her career as a PA in dermatology in 2006. Jennifer is currently the President-Elect of the SDPA and Chair of The Dermatology PA Foundation (DPAF). She is an active volunteer for the Melanoma Research Foundation and has led the SDPA Miles for Melanoma program and philanthropic activities since 2012.

Irena CulicIrene Culic, MS, PA-C

Irena Culic, MS, PA-C is a physician assistant, clinical instructor and research sub investigator at The GW Medical Faculty Associates, in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of Towson university/CCBC Essex, Maryland where she received Masters of Science and Physician Assistant Certificate. She has also completed Physician Assistant Fellowship Program in Dermatology at The Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery in Washington, DC. She is a Diplomate member of SDPA and member of AAPA.

Douglas DiRuggieroDouglas DiRuggiero, MHS, PA-C

Mr. Douglas DiRuggiero, MHS, PA-C is a native of Long Island, New York, and a 1997 Graduate of Duke University’s PA program. With sixteen years experience as a Dermatology PA, Mr. DiRuggiero has developed multiple dermatology workshops and conferences for primary care providers. He is also the founding President of the Georgia Dermatology Physician Assistants (GDPA), an affiliate chapter of the SDPA. Currently he serves as the President of the New York Dermatology Physician Assistants (NYDPA), another affiliate chapter of the SDPA. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Dermatology PA Foundation and is the current SDPA Philanthropic Committee Chair.

Joslyn KirbyJoslyn Kirby, MD

Dr. Joslyn Kirby has been a clinician-researcher in Dermatology for several years. She currently serves as Associate Professor of Dermatology; Director of the Dermatology Residency Program; and Vice Chair of Education. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech. She went on to earn her Medical degrees from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. After completing her Dermatology Residency training at the University of Pennsylvania, she joined the faculty at Penn State in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

While on faculty, Dr. Kirby returned to school to complete her Master degree in Public Health Sciences and Master degree in Adult Education. In her clinical and research work, she is interested in hidradenitis suppurativa – its effects on people, outcome measurement, and pathomechanism. She is also interested in value-based research, including alternative payment models. She is the PI of a number of clinical research trials and is an active member of a number of local as well as national committees and organizations.

Adam FriedmanAdam Friedman, MD, FAAD

Adam Friedman, MD, FAAD is an Associate Professor of Dermatology and serves as Residency Program Director and Director of Translational Research in the Department of Dermatology at The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. He has published over 150 papers/chapters and 2 textbooks on both his research in nanotechnology as well as a variety of clinical areas in dermatology. In line with his clinical/research interests, he serves as Vice President of the Nanodermatology society and Vice Chair of the Dermatology Section of the New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. Friedman is also committed to resident and medical education – he serves as the deputy chair of the AAD Poster Task Force, Senior Editor of the Dermatology In-Review Online Workshop, and Director of the Oakstone Institute’s Dermatology Board Review and Krazy Kodachromes. For his efforts, he has received multiple awards such as the American Dermatologic Association Young Leader Award.

Temitayo OgunleyeTemitayo Ogunleye, MD

Temitayo Ogunleye, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, completed her residency training in Dermatology at the University of Michigan and trained at University of Pennsylvania as a Clinician Educator Fellow. Her areas of interest include skin of color, pigmentary and hair disorders.

Ginette OkoyeGinette Okoye, MD

Dr. Ginette Okoye is a Professor of Dermatology and Chair of the Department of Dermatology at Howard University College of Medicine. She received her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed her residency training at Yale University.

 

Sheilagh MaguinessSheilagh Maguiness, MD

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.

Robert MichelettiRobert Micheletti, MD

Robert G. Micheletti, MD is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his undergraduate work at Stanford University and his medical training at Duke University School of Medicine. He completed a combined internal medicine and dermatology residency at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Micheletti’s clinical and research focus is on complex medical dermatology, including vasculitis, severe drug reactions, hidradenitis suppurativa, and inpatient consultative dermatology. He is Director of the Cutaneous Vasculitis Clinic in the Penn Vasculitis Center and co-director of the Inpatient Dermatology Consult Service. He is actively involved in clinical and translational research on cutaneous vasculitis, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and other diseases.

Leigh Ann RolaLeigh Ann Rola, MPAS, PA-C

Leigh Ann Rola, MPAS, PA-C is a full-time physician assistant at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the Section of Pediatric Dermatology. Prior to working at CHOP, she also practiced in pediatric dermatology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

 

Keri SquittieriKeri Squittieri, PA-C

Keri Suittieri, PA-C, is board certified by the NCCPA and a practicing Physician Assistant at Dermatology Care of Charlotte in Charlotte, NC. She graduated Cum Laude from Hodges University in Naples, Fl with a Bachelors Degree in Science and went on to receive her Masters in Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Nova Southeastern University. She became a member of the SDPA as a student as she has always had a passion for the field of dermatology. She has since earned Diplomate status with the SDPA. She is also a member of AAPA, GDPA, and North Carolina Medical Society.

She is president of the Queen City Dermatology Association. She specializes in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. She enjoys precepting PA students from local PA schools in North Carolina. She also volunteers regularly performing skin cancer screenings in her community. She is excited to take on a leadership position with the SDPA to give back to the profession and encourage others to do the same. When she is not working, Keri enjoys traveling with her husband and two children.

James TreatJames Treat, MD

Dr. James Treat is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Dermatology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania with his main clinical appointment at the Children‘s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is the education and fellowship director of Pediatric Dermatology. Dr. Treat is widely published, edited a textbook on pediatric dermatology and has given over 100 invited lectures nationally and internationally. He directs the dermatology course for the Pereleman school of medicine and has won 19 teaching awards including the 2016 Provost award for excellence in teaching at the University of Pennsylvania and the 2013 Master Clinician Award at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Sara WilchowskiSara Wilchowski, PA-C

Sara Wilchowski born and raised in Michigan, has been an SDPA member since 2010. She completed her undergraduate degree at Eastern Michigan University. There she was a varsity gymnast and president of the exercise science organization. She then went on to receive her masters from Wayne State University and graduated magna cum laude. Her involvement in leadership began as a student. She was a member of the Student Affairs Committee before transitioning into the Recent Graduate Advisor position. Following that role she served as the Membership Committee Co-Chair from 2014-2017 and Constituent Relations Chair from 2017-2018. Sara founded the Michigan Affiliate Chapter of the SDPA and served as the inaugural President. Sara is involved in leadership because she has a passion for advancing the PA profession.

“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

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