Dear Colleague,

On behalf of the Dermatology Education Foundation and the faculty of DERM2016, we are very excited to announce the members of our distinguished DERM2016 Advisory Council.  Their guidance continues to be instrumental in developing a unique CME curriculum for our NP/PA peers. As moderators of DERM2016 sessions and leaders in our specialty, I am proud to welcome Wendy Cantrell, Scott Freeman, Kara Gooding, Kristine Kucera, Heather Roebuck, and Darren West to the DERM2016 Advisory Council! See below and on our website for more information

Wendy Cantrell, CRNP, DNP

Doctor of Nursing Practice specializing in Dermatology

Assistant Professor of Dermatology
University of Alabama
Birmingham, AL

Wendy Cantrell earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham from in 1996 - 2000, and in 2001 she earned the title Doctor of Nursing Practice. Currently, she is an assistant professor at UAB School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology at UAB in Birmingham, Alabama, and she is the manager of the clinical research division for the department. A prolific scholar, Dr. Cantrell has published many peer-reviewed articles on a number of dermatological issues during her 15 year practice. She is enthusiastic and dedicated to pursuing new research, new drugs, and alternative therapies in order to enhance the quality of life of patients.

Scott Freeman, PA-C

Spencer Dermatology and Skin Surgery Center
St. Petersburg, FL

After graduating from Barry University in 1999, Scott Freeman began his career in the Emergency Department. Although rewarding, after seven years there he found himself gravitating toward visual pathology and a desire to follow patients to completion of their problem. Coupled with his interest in minor procedure, dermatology seemed a perfect fit. Soon, he found himself employed at a wonderful dermatology clinic with an abundance of potential and support. After a couple of years getting comfortable with the medical aspect of a dermatology practice, he found himself looking outward and searching for other ways to collaborate with his colleagues.

His first move was to join a Florida state dermatology PA society which he embraced and took on the role of secretary for a while. He began to speak for a few companies and became involved with clinical trials. Then, he had an idea about elevating the level of care provided by his local colleagues and himself; learning never ends. So, that was the beginning of the Dermatology Club of Tampa Bay. Now in its fourth year, the monthly meetings are academically stimulating and professionally connecting the PAs and NPs of the Tampa/St. Petersburg area. Also, for the past 4 years, he has had the gracious opportunity to educate PA and medical students, mentor and lecture at schools and conferences enabling him to fulfill his educational and teaching desires. Scott Freeman has found a very professionally and personally rewarding career in dermatology.

Kara S. Gooding, MMS, PA-C

Arizona Advanced Dermatology
Gilbert, AZ

Kara Gooding graduated from Midwestern University with a Masters of Medical Science and has been practicing dermatology for 15 years. She is the co-founder and current President of the Arizona Dermatology Physician Assistants Society. She currently serves on the speaker's bureau for several pharmaceutical companies including Aqua, Allergan, Galderma, Celgene and Leo, and has served as an advisor to several other companies.

Kristine Kucera, PA-C, MPAS, DHS

Assistant Clinical Professor

University of Texas Southwestern
Medical Center PA Program
Dallas, TX

Dr. Kristine Kucera is a certified physician assistant at North Texas Dermatology and Assistant Clinical Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She is clinically involved with the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of general dermatologic patients with a special interest in psoriasis.

Dr. Kucera attended the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies and completed her Master of Science degree through the University of Nebraska Physician Assistant Program where she specialized in Dermatology. Her Doctorate of Health Science degree was awarded in mid-2006 at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

She lectures nationally on several dermatologic conditions, has had publications in peer-reviewed journals, and is currently serving on the editorial board of the Journal of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Texas Academy of Physician Assistants, and has served two terms as President of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants.

Heather Roebuck, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP

Roebuck DERM
West Bloomfield, MI

Heather Roebuck has extensive experience in both medical and cosmetic dermatology. She has published a dermatology column as well as numerous CEU articles and is a national speaker and promoter of learning for various professional organizations, companies, and universities. She is actively involved in dermatologic research and is a national cosmetic instructor. Dr. Roebuck has special training in Andragogy which utilizes respectful, interactive, and unique techniques with a focus on how the adult brain processes and learns new information effectively. This advanced knowledge ensures your educational activities are fun and relevant to your current learning needs and style to assist you in caring for patients of all ages and abilities with various cutaneous conditions.

Darren West, MPAS, PA

Scottsdale Dermatology
Scottsdale, AZ

Darren is a graduate of Brigham Young University-Hawaii and trained as a Physician Assistant at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA where he received his Masters of Physician Assistant Studies in 1998. Darren has been practicing in the field of dermatology for over 16 years. Darren is experienced in general dermatology, dermatology surgery, all aspects of cosmetics including lasers, injectables such as Botox, derm fillers, and skin care. Darren currently lives in Scottsdale and has been married to his wife Claudia for over 10 years. They have two children, Maxwell and Sophia.

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Warm regards,

Joseph Gorelick, MSN, FNP-C
Founder, Dermatology Education Foundation