OUR PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS

& NURSE PRACTITIONERS

Certified physician assistants are medical providers formally trained in surgical and primary care, graduating from one of over 100 accredited academic medical-model training programs in the United States. All PAs are trained in wound closures. In addition, they are trained to perform biopsies and cryotherapy, as well as perform simple and complex excisions. Dermatology PAs assist in treatment of acne, psoriasis, phototherapy and other general dermatologic conditions. Others perform a wide variety of surgical procedures and assist in Mohs micrographic surgery.

A certified registered nurse practitioner, or CRNP, is an advanced practice nurse who performs the functions of a physician. CRNPs make medical diagnoses, order laboratory tests and diagnostic imaging studies and prescribe medications. Dermatology is one of the more specialized areas of nurse practitioner work. Our dermatology nurse practitioners specialize in treating all types of disease and medical issues that manifest on the surface of the skin. These conditions can vary from acne to skin cancer and everything in between.

HEIDI ESSIG, PA-C

BS: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
PA: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
Board Certification: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
Member: Society of Dermatologic Physician Assistants; American Academy of Physician Assistants; Alabama Society

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NATALIE GEORGE, PA-C

BS: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
MSPAS: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
Board Certification: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
Member: Society of Dermatologic Physician Assistants; American Academy of Physician Assistants; Alabama Society

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FRANCIE GILLESPIE, PA-C

BS: University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
MSPAS: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
Board Certification: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
Member: Member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants

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ALLISON CEASE, CRNP

BSN: Samford University, Birmingham, AL
MSN: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
Member: American Society of Dermatology Professionals, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Certifications: Basic Cardiac and Advanced Cardiac Life Support for Healthcare Providers by American Heart Association

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SARA HOPPER, CRNP

BSN: University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
MSN: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama
Board Certification: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Member: Alabama Society of Dermatology Professionals
Certifications: Basic Cardiac and Advanced Cardiac Life Support for Healthcare Providers by American Heart Association

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