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DEF Advisory Council

Matthew Bruno, PA-C, MPAS

Dermatology & Skin Cancer Surgery Center
Allen, TX

Wendy Cantrell, DNP, CRNP

Village Dermatology
Birmingham, AL


“I love working with the DEF for several reasons. I love the fact that the organization values both NPs and PAs equally. We are colleagues and the best environment for collaboration is together-not at separate organizations or meetings. The other reason is the high level of education quality. Key thought leaders and experts are sought to provide education to our community.”

Wendy Cantrell, DNP, CRNP


“Being on the DEF Advisory Council is important to me because it affords me the opportunity to collaborate with both physician assistant and nurse practitioner thought leaders from around the country to bring the highest level of education to our colleagues through online forums, Biologic bootcamps as well as at the annual, world-class Dermatology Essential Resource Meeting.”

Kara Gooding, MMS, PA-C

Kara Gooding, MMS, PA-C

Center for Dermatology and Plastic Surgery
Chandler, AZ

Joe Gorelick, MSN, FNP-C

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

Steve Hawkes, MMS, PA-C

Vivida Dermatology
Las Vegas, NV


“Being on the DEF Advisory Council is important to me because I believe in the future of NP’s and PA’s working together to help Dermatology patients.  I believe in mentoring and providing the highest level of education and support.”

Jayme Heim, MSN, FNP-BC

Jayme M. Heim, MSN, FNP-BC

West Michigan Dermatology
Grandville and Holland, MI

Alexa Hetzel, MS, PA-C

Windsor Dermatology
East Windsor, NJ

Sandri Johnson, MSN, FNP-BC

Midtown Dermatology
Rocky Mount, NC

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“I believe strongly about changing education for the better for NPs and PAs through the DEF because it is vital to our profession to continue to further elevate our skills and knowledge in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of dermatological diseases. The Dermatology Education Foundation has a profound commitment to NPs & PAs to continue to support our profession through the delivery of high quality conferences and by providing educational tools for our clinical mastery. It is important for us dermatology clinicians to empower each other by supporting high-quality organizations such as the DEF, an organization which strongly advocates on behalf of our profession.”

Andrea Nguyen, PA-C, MPAS

Andrea Nguyen, MPAS, PA-C

First OC Dermatology
Irvine, CA

Leigh Ann Pansch, MSN, FNP-BC, DCNP

Dermatologists of Central States
Cincinnati, OH

“I’m passionate about improving access to high-quality dermatology education to NP/PA’s across the country to improve patient outcomes!”

Leigh Ann Pansch, MSN, FNP-BC, DCNP

Darren West, MPAS, PA-C

Scottsdale Dermatology
Scottsdale, AZ