What is an SDPA Affiliate Chapter?
An SDPA affiliate chapter is an independent state affiliate dermatology physician assistant organization. Affiliate chapters provide valuable information and insight about the dermatology specialty in their state and to SDPA membership and leadership. Affiliate chapters are not chartered, although they remain an integral part of the SDPA framework and ensure the Society has the maximum amount of knowledge and understanding of issues effective dermatology PAs in each state. Most importantly, our affiliate chapters strengthen the PA profession through their liaisons with their medical and professional counterparts in each respective state. These relationships allow affiliate chapters to partner with the SDPA to effectively address challenges such as reimbursement, clinical practice, and regulation.
SDPA State Affiliation or SDPA State Liaison? Which route is best for you?
Want to become a state affiliate, but don’t have the time, manpower or financial commitment now? The SDPA understands that and now you have a choice!
Think about starting as an SDPA State Liaison.
A SDPA state liaison’s role is to represent the state in which the liaison resides in. The liaison is the person that facilitates the communication and coordination of their State’s activities between the two organizations (state and SDPA). The goal is to achieve the best utilization of resources and services of one organization by another.
By becoming a SDPA state liaison first, it will allow you to become familiar with the ins and outs of what it takes to become a state affiliate and help build a network and a team that can work together in providing a basis in becoming a state affiliate. The SDPA wants to be in contact with every state so it can be a better functioning association as a whole. After you formed your local network, you can be on your way to SDPA national affiliation.
Why become an affiliate?
A state affiliation makes it possible to have a strong network, support and recognition on a national level. The SDPA will be able to reach all your members regarding key legislation regarding dermatology PAs within the state. Legislators want to hear from locals and having a state affiliate will make you heard! A state affiliate also allows dermatology PAs to address local concerns and have connection with the states PA chapter should issues arise that are specifically targeted toward dermatology PAs. It also provides a mass data base to keep up with CME, state events, salaries and other issues that can arise.
When you are ready, there are specific rules to becoming affiliated with the SDPA. For example, each state should have a minimum of 5 board members who are all Fellow members of the SDPA. Each state affiliate must have a SDPA liaison. In turn, the SDPA provides guidance in determining how a state should review its goals, how to assess funding and liaison capabilities and how a state should be organized and governed.
There are great resources as well as a step-by-step guide to becoming a SDPA state liaison or SDPA state affiliate available from the SDPA at in our Member Document Library. There is even a screencast video to walk you through on how your state can be become more connected through the SDPA website by creating “State Groups.” The video focuses on how to maximize your benefits in using the "group" section such as Group Discussions, albums, topics, etc. In the end, what is best for your state is best for the SDPA .
SDPA State Affiliate Chapters
We current have 17 recognized state affiliates:
ARIZONA DERMATOLOGY PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT SOCIETY (ADPAS)
The Arizona Dermatology Physician Assistant Society (ADPAS) was founded in 2010 by Physician Assistants interested in creating an organization of people and resources that may serve to enhance the personal and professional development of PA’s interested in, or currently specializing in the field of Dermatology.
Goals of the ADPAS are to promote cohesiveness and structure among Dermatology Physician Assistants practicing in the Arizona state, provide the most current practice standards and novel information through the development and sponsorship of continuing medical education opportunities and continually further awareness of the PA profession within the Dermatology realm.
ADPAS Mission Statement
ADPAS Mission is to enhance the health and well-being of the people within Arizona through representation and advancement of the dermatology physician assistant profession.
To provide general membership of the organization with a forum for informal assembly regarding the issues that relate to dermatology physician assistants in Arizona.
To develop and sponsor continuing medical education programs, promote the academic and clinical training of physician assistants in dermatology and serve as an information source for dermatologists, physician assistants, physician assistant students, and patients.
President and co-founder Kara Gooding PA-C email@example.com
Vice President Jessica Rosenblum PA-C firstname.lastname@example.org
Director at Large/SDPA liason Becky Caudle PA-C email@example.com
Board member Dave Feist PA-C firstname.lastname@example.org
Board member Yulia Shyyan PA-C email@example.com
Board member Julie Silver PA-C firstname.lastname@example.org
2970 S Iowa St., Chandler, AZ 85286
CALIFORNIA DERMATOLOGY PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT (CDPAS)
CDPAS Mission Statement
To provide local CME that enhances the skills, knowledge and function of its members in the practice of dermatology, as well as to provide a forum for communication, to build collegial relationships, and advance the utilization and team concept of PAs in the practice of dermatology.
President: Sandy Diaz, PA-C
Vice President: Anne Lee, MSPAS, MPH, PA-C
Secretary: Gina Obsenares, PA-C
Treasurer: Jaclyn Agopian, PA-C
Director at Large: Cynthia Chaghouri, MPAP, PA-C
Director at Large: Lauren Boos, MPAP, PA-C
COLORADO SOCIETY OF DERMATOLOGY PROFESSIONALS (CSDP)
Mission & Purpose
The goals of the CSDP are to promote cohesiveness and structure among dermatology professionals practicing in the Colorado region, provide the most current practice standards and novel information through the development and sponsorship of continuing medical education opportunities and continually further awareness of the PA/NP profession within the Dermatology realm.
Immediate Past President: Leslie Mazur, PA-C
President: Joanna Baskett, PA-C
Vice President: Kate Harrison
Secretary: Rebecca Aronoff, PA-C
Treasurer: Rachel Collins, PA-C
Director at Large: Chelsea Schweid, PA-C
6329 E. 135th Place
Thornton, CO 80602
FLORIDA SOCIETY OF DERMATOLOGY PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS (FSDPA)
The FSDPA was founded in 2008 to create a forum for Florida dermatology physician assistants to connect and promote education and leadership opportunities.
The FSDPA is organized to promote the professional and personal development of physician assistants in the practice of quality, cost effective and accessible health care in the medical specialty of dermatology; to foster the physician/PA relationship; and focus on increasing the medical education of dermatology physician assistants through live seminars, conferences, and hands on technique workshops.
The objectives of the FSDPA include promoting the academic and clinical training of physician assistants in dermatology, developing and sponsoring continuing medical education programs for physician assistants, and serving as a public information center to educate the medical community and public regarding physician assistants in dermatology.
President: Jeff Johnson Fairways2@comcast.net
Past President: Gina Mangin email@example.com
Vice President: Sheila Odradovich Sheila_ob1@yahoo.com
Treasurer: Sandy Snyder firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Julie Posado email@example.com
Director at Large: Jessie Holland Janzevino12@gmail.com
235 West Brandon Blvd, #235, Brandon, Fl 33511
GEORGIA DERMATOLOGY PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS (GDPA)
The mission of the GDPA is to provide continuing medical education that enhances the skills, knowledge, and competence of its members in the practice of dermatology.
In addition, the GDPA will: promote the communication of its members, encourage the development of collegial relationships, and act as an advocate for its members.
GDPA will also promote and advance the concept and utilization of physician assistant practice under the supervision of board certified/board eligible dermatologists within the state of Georgia.
President: Rhea Douglas PA-C firstname.lastname@example.org
President-Elect: Laura Browning PA-C email@example.com
Immediate Past President: Norma Gordon PA-C firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Lisa Weiss PA-C email@example.com
Treasurer: Laura Bush PA-C firstname.lastname@example.org
Director At Large/SDPA Liaison: Martha Sikes PA-C email@example.com
c/o PrOS Group
175 Broadleaf Dr.
Macon, GA 31210
IDAHO SOCIETY OF DERMATOLOGY PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS (ISDPA)
Mission Statement & Purpose
- The ISDPA will promote the profession of Physician Assistant and the specialty of Dermatology within the state of Idaho. The ISDPA will also promote the Physician-PA team concept to enhance the availability of quality dermatologic services to all Idahoans.
- The ISDPA will offer continuing medical education programs to enhance the knowledge and skills of its members in the specialty practice of dermatology.
- The ISDPA will provide a forum for communication between its members and the medical community as well as act as an information source to PA's, health care providers, and patients.
- The ISDPA will act as an advocate for its members in promoting the advancement of care for those patients living with skin diseases.
- The ISDPA will encourage leadership at both the state and national level.
President: Kent Whitaker firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President: Ashley Cafferty email@example.com
Secretary: Michael Lane firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Joe Anderson email@example.com
Director at Large: Mariya Ostermiller firstname.lastname@example.org
921 S. 8th Ave., Stop 8253
Pocatello, Idaho 83209-8253
ILLINOIS SOCIETY OF DERMATOLOGY PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS (ISDPA)
The ISDPA is organized to promote the professional and personal development of physician assistants in the state of Illinois in the practice of quality, cost effective, and accessible health care in the medical specialty of dermatology. The ISPDA will also promote the physician/PA relationship of the health care team in the practice of patient centered medical care.
Establish and maintain a representative organization and forum for physician assistants who practice, or have an interest in the medical specialty of dermatology.
Develop, sponsor and evaluate continuing medical or medically related education programs for the physician assistant.
Serve as a public information center and educate the medical community, health professionals and the public regarding physician assistants in dermatology.
Promote the academic and clinical training of physician assistants in dermatology.
Serve as a scientific, research and educational resource for its members and other health care professionals.
Assist in the development of published articles in appropriate professional journals, of topics in dermatology.
Participate in the development of academic and clinical training programs of physician assistants.
President: Andrea Brezill-Rutherford
Immediate Past President: Jang Mi Johnson email@example.com
Vice President: Christine Go
Secretary: Joy Logothetis
Treasurer: Erin Bartels
Diplomat/Director at Large: Tracee Douse
MARYLAND ASSOCIATION OF DERMATOLOGY PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS (MADPA)
Mission & Purpose
The purpose of MADPA is to promote the professional and personal development of physician assistants who specialize, or have an interest in, the field of dermatology. MADPA is the only professional organization in Maryland and the District of Columbia that provides the membership of the organization with a forum for continuing medical education, academic, and clinical training solely committed to dermatology.
President: Esther Cohen Cohen.firstname.lastname@example.org
President Elect: Ed Peithman email@example.com
Treasurer: Brook Bennett Bennett.firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Monica Francis
MICHIGAN DERMATOLOGY PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS (MiDPA)
Mission & Purpose
We seek to cultivate the PA/Physician relationship.
We strive to provide continuing medical education that enhances the skills and knowledge of our members.
We wish to serve as an information source to educate the public and medical community regarding Physician Assistants in Dermatology.
President/SDPA Liaison: Sara Wilchowski - Michdpa@gmail.com
Vice President: Andrea Rosik
Secretary: Radha Sampat
Treasurer: Ashley Pickering
Director at Large: Jenny Pateryn
Director at Large: Beth Belesky
Northern Michigan Liaison: Jesse Kogelman
Western Michigan Liaison: Julie Murray-Dull
President: Kim Brown - email@example.com
Past President: Amee Minton - Minton33@hotmail.com
Past President: Erin Yoffie firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President: Christine Edwards email@example.com
NEBRASKA DERMATOLOGY PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS (NDPA)
The NDPA is organized to provide exceptional dermatologic care to Nebraskans through ongoing medical education, networking with colleagues and physician/PA team synergy.
Patient Care, Continued Education, Skill Enhancement, Professionalism, Physician/PA Collaboration, and Community Involvement
President: Amy Price
Vice President: Kait Matthes
Immediate Past President: Kimberly Deats firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary/Treasurer: Lyndsey Degenhardt
Director At Large: Michelle Sitzman email@example.com
Director At Large: Jacklynn Kment firstname.lastname@example.org
Director at Large: Kerri Otto
7940 Amilia Drive
Lincoln, Nebraska 68516
NEW JERSEY DERMATOLOGY PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS (NJDPA)
To provide networking opportunities and advancement of knowledge of dermatology among physicians assistants in the New Jersey region.
To offer members up to date information regarding jobs and current events.
President: David Davidson, MS, PA-C email@example.com
Vice President: Jason Staback firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Jarrett Kaczmarski Jarret.email@example.com
Treasurer: Patricia McTaggart, MS, PA-C
Board Member: Mark Mazak firstname.lastname@example.org
Board Member: Jen Rosborough
453 Lakehurst Road
Toms River, NJ 08755
NEW YORK SOCIETY OF DERMATOLOGY PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS (NYSDPA)
President: Douglas DiRuggiero email@example.com
Treasurer: Nicole Tardio firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Nicole Tuffarelli email@example.com
Web Director: Kaleigh Marino firstname.lastname@example.org
Events Coordinator: Cassandra Kuch Cassandra.Kuch@yahoo.com
Employment Package Specialist: Erica Scarrone Escarrone@hotmail.com
Distance Learning Coordinator: Fiona Sukhnandan Derm_pa@hotmail.com
OHIO SOCIETY OF DERMATOLOGY PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS (OSDPA)
OSDPA mission is to enhance the health and well being of the people within Ohio through representation and advancement of the dermatology physician assistant profession.
To provide general membership of the organization with a forum for informal assembly regarding the issues that relate to dermatology physician assistants in Ohio.
To develop and sponsor continuing medical education programs, promote the academic and clinical training of physician assistants and nurse practitioners in dermatology, create published articles relating to dermatology in professional journals, and serve as information source for dermatologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, physician assistant students, and patients.
President: Eydie Villanueva, MPAS, PA-C, Co-founder President@ohiodermpa.org
Vice-President: Kristin Abruzzi VicePresident@ohiodermpa.org
Secretary: Sarah Landis, MSPAS, PA-C, Co-founder Secretary@ohiodermpa.org
Treasurer: Amy Nutting, MPAS, PA-C, Co-founder Treasurer@ohiodermpa.org
Director at Large: Nathan Misel DirectorAtLarge@ohiodermpa.org
Nurse Practitioner Liaison: NPLiaison@ohiodermpa.org
OREGON SOCIETY OF DERMATOLOGY ASSOCIATES (OSDA)
To provide educational and networking opportunities for our members.
President: Kim Sanders - email@example.com
Vice-President: Keri McKeon
Secretary/Treasurer: Erin Cunningham
Board Member: Keleigh Nersasian
Board Member: Tara Pemberton
PENNSYLVANIA DERMATOLOGY PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS (PDPA)
To enhance the health and well-being of the people within Pennsylvania through the representation and advancement of the dermatology physician assistant profession.
The PDPA promotes the physician/physician assistant team, allowing physician assistants to improve the healthcare of the people of Pennsylvania.
President: Jil Swanson firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President: Matthew Hastings email@example.com
Treasurer: Molly J Thomas firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: James J. Worry II email@example.com
Director at Large: Sharon M Mohale firstname.lastname@example.org
Director at Large: Theresa Ridgway email@example.com
95 West Beau Street, Ste. 105
Washington, PA 15301
SOUTH CAROLINA SOCIETY OF DERMATOLOGY PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS (SCSDPA)
Our organization serves to ensure the professional growth, personal excellence, and recognition of our state’s dermatology physician assistants, and ultimately improve patient care and resources.
President: Chris Thompson Pa.firstname.lastname@example.org
President Elect: Michael Overcash email@example.com
Director at Large: Nichole Wright
Vice President: Becky Fuhr firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Melissa Loeffler email@example.com
Secretary: Louisa Floyd firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Liaison: TBD
Membership and Communications: Holly Carter email@example.com
Lowcountry: Heather Wolf firstname.lastname@example.org
Midlands: Ben Addy email@example.com
Upstate: Chris Martin
TEXAS SOCIETY OF DERMATOLOGY PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS (TXSDPA)
The TXSDPA was formed to gather and unite dermatology PAs practicing in Texas as well as facilitate seamless communication of news, events, and legislation effecting Texas dermatology PAs.
President: Joe Capasso firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President: Bethany Grubb email@example.com
President-Elect: Joleen Volz firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer/Secretary: April Harrison
Board Member: Courtney Aldridge
SDPA State Liaisons
Mary Beth Templin - email@example.com
Patricia G. Achay - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Winter - Jwinter@dermpa.org