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The DEF, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation, was founded to inspire dermatology nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) to achieve a professional balance between the art of healing, the power of diagnostic skills, and case-based assessment and training.

In addition to web-based content with a practical focus on www.DermNPPA.org, the DEF has created national and regional educational CME conferences designed to enhance diagnostic skills for NPs and PAs in the practice treating skin conditions and diseases.

quality dermatology education and training tools designed specifically for the practicing np and pa

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DEF founder
Joe Gorelick, MSN, FNP-C

Joe Gorelick, MSN, FNP-C

DEF Founder
California Skin Institute
San Jose-Los Gatos, CA

Joe Gorelick has more than 18 years experience as a nurse practitioner and is involved in all aspects of medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology.Joe earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physiology at the University of California at Davis and received a Master of Science degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and is nationally board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. He is adjunct faculty member of both the Nurse Practitioner Program at Holy Names College in Oakland, California and the Touro University Medical Scool in Vallejo, California.

Joe has a particular interest in peer-to-peer education. Joe founded the Dermatology Education Foundation (DEF) in 2013 to update the educational resources and change the training paradigm in dermatology for nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs). Through the DEF, live and web-based education continues to be a personal honor he spearheads. This exchange of information leads to advances in the practice and art of dermatology among NPs and PAs.

DEF ADVISORY COUNCIL
Wendy Cantrell, CRNP, DNP

Wendy Cantrell, CRNP, DNP

Doctor of Nursing Practice specializing in Dermatology
Assistant Professor of Dermatology
University of Alabama
Birmingham, AL

 

Scott Freeman, PA-C

Scott Freeman, PA-C

Spencer Dermatology and Skin Surgery Center
St. Petersburg, FL

Kara gooding, MMS, PA-C

Kara gooding, MMS, PA-C

center for dermatology and plastic surgery
scottsdale, AZ

Steve Hawkes, MMS, PA-C

Steve Hawkes, MMS, PA-C

Surgical Dermatology & Laser Center
Las Vegas, NV

Jayme M. Heim, MSN, FNP-BC

Jayme M. Heim, MSN, FNP-BC

West Michigan Dermatology
Grandville and Holland, Mi

Kristine Kucera, PA-C, MPAS, DHS

Kristine Kucera, PA-C, MPAS, DHS

Assistant Clinical Professor
University of Texas Southwestern
Medical Center PA Program
Dallas, TX

Leigh Ann Pansch, MSN, FNP-BC

Leigh Ann Pansch, MSN, FNP-BC

Dermatologists of Southwest Ohio
Cincinnati, OH

Darren West, MPAS, PA

Darren West, MPAS, PA

Scottsdale Dermatology
Scottsdale, AZ