Our Team Includes Four People Who Can See You on Short Notice

What are we talking about?

Shorter wait times, high quality dermatology care, a compassionate provider, and accurate diagnosis and treatment are some of the reasons our patients often choose to see a physician assistant (PA) or nurse practitioner (NP). When you have a problem, you want to get it treated quickly. You also want someone who knows your skin and how to get you better. Dr. Moore recognizes this and found a way to help you.

He has hand-picked four individuals as advanced practice providers for his office. Each has gone through highly intensive educational training at DermacenterMD, above and beyond becoming certified PAs and NPs. A typical week would include one hour of educational lecture from Dr. Moore, educational and reading time and proficiency examinations.In addition, they have daily access to Dr. Moore to ask any questions. The training program here is designed to get you rapid access to high quality dermatology care. We also respect those who want to see only Dr. Moore, and if this is you, simply let our scheduling staff know. It does often take a few weeks longer to get in to see Dr. Moore.

 

What is a Physician Assistant?

 "A Physician Assistant (PA) works in concert with physicians, complementing the physician’s ability to deliver a comprehensive range of medical services. PAs often obtain a bachelor’s degree and must be accepted into a highly competitive 26 month PA training program where they earn a master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies upon completion. In total, PAs have finished a total of six years of schooling. After completing their training, PA’s work jointly with their supervising physician to hone their skills in their specific field. PAs’ rigorous education, versatility and commitment to individualized treatment help physicians function more efficiently and enhance continuity of health care."       
                                                                                                     - American Academy of Physician Assistants
 

 

Dr. Moore has worked with physician assistants for years.  His training program, combined with their strong work and study habits, provide our clients with true excellence in care. Meet our current physician assistants below:

 

Meet our Physician Assistants:
 

Claire Denk, PA-C

Claire Denk is a board-certified Physician Assistant through the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) specializing in dermatology. She was born and raised in small-town Kansas, where she volunteered throughout the community and even worked as a CNA and CMA for her local nursing facilities. Claire eventually graduated with her bachelor’s degree from The University of Kansas with honors. She later earned her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa. Claire firmly advocates for the belief that working in dermatology reaches beyond a “skin-deep” level. She believes in the power of patient-provider connection, and she aims to provide the highest standard of care for her patients. In her free time, Claire enjoys time with her family, friends, reading, working-out, and traveling abroad. Claire is excited to have joined the DOCS team in 2020, and she strives to make a difference in each and every patient's life.

Sarah Kosinski, PA-C

Sarah Kosinski is a board-certified Physician Assistant through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants specializing in Dermatology. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Sarah grew up in Walkerton, Indiana and is excited to be serving the Michiana area. She attended Saint Mary’s College, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Psychology. Sarah’s passion for medicine began during her undergraduate years, during which she worked as an emergency department scribe and a patient care assistant. She went on to receive her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Butler University and started with the DOCS team in 2020. Sarah’s favorite aspect of dermatology is the opportunity to provide a patient with visible results and assist in treating both the physical and emotional aspects of their diagnosis. In her free time, Sarah enjoys riding horses, camping, and spending time with her family and friends. Sarah is honored to be serving new and established DOCS patients.

Mariah Lefforge, PA-C

Mariah is a board-certified Physician Assistant through the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) specializing in dermatology. Mariah has been a part of the DermacenterMD team since 2007. She grew up in Bluffton, Indiana where she graduated valedictorian of her high school class. She was awarded a full-tuition Presidential Scholarship to the University of Indianapolis where she majored in chemistry. While at the University of Indianapolis, she volunteered at St. Francis Hospital and worked as a chemistry tutor and lab assistant, as well as a home health care CNA. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and was in the top 10% of her class. She then expanded her education by earning a Master’s of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of St. Francis, where she served as Vice President of her class. Mariah believes that the most rewarding aspect of practicing dermatology is the opportunity to give a patient a name and a treatment for a condition they have suffered with but did not think they could improve. She likes seeing patients who have severe acne start to hold their head up and carry themselves with greater confidence. Outside of patient care, Mariah enjoys playing tennis, stand up paddle boarding, and reading. Mariah has used her high intellect and humor to build a strong reputation with her patients. DermacenterMD is honored to have her as a team member for over 10 years.

Danelle Schmutz, PA-C

Danelle is a Physician Assistant specializing in dermatology. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). After completing a Master of Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Utah in 2014, Danelle worked in women’s health and Ob/Gyn prior to transitioning full-time to dermatology. Before becoming a physician assistant, she completed a Master of Public Health at Brigham Young University and worked for the Utah State Department of Health as well as several non-profit organizations specializing in improving health care for underserved populations. Danelle is a passionate health educator and has worked as a devoted teacher in various capacities ranging from clinician to adjunct instructor.

A native of Tucson, Arizona, Danelle has lived in Utah, Taiwan, China, and Guatemala. Danelle chose to specialize in Dermatology because she values the opportunities it provides to use her skills to serve and assist others by helping them to look and feel their best. She works to treat everyone with a high level of respect and compassion while maintaining excellence in patient care. She enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends as well as hiking and enjoying the outdoors.

 

What is a Nurse Practitioner?

"Nurse Practitioners are medical clinicians that hold a master's degree or doctoral degree, and have advanced clinical training beyond their initial professional registered nurse preparation. Didactic and clinical courses prepare nurses with specialized knowledge and clinical competency to practice in primary care, acute care and long-term health care settings. NPs are quickly becoming the health partner of choice for millions of Americans. As clinicians that blend clinical expertise in diagnosing and treating health conditions with an added emphasis on disease prevention and health management, NPs bring a comprehensive perspective to health care. Americans make over 916 million visits to NPs every year."
                                                                                                            -American Association of Nurse Practitioners

 

 

Meet our Nurse Practitioner:
 

Sarah Geairn, DNP, RN, FNP-BC

Sarah Geairn is a nationally board-certified Nurse Practitioner with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) specializing in Dermatology. Sarah grew up in South Bend, Indiana, inspired by the hard work of her parents and grandparents. Sarah graduated from Valparaiso University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and in 2018 with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). At Valparaiso, Sarah was inducted into Sigma  Theta Tau-Zeta Epsilon honor society and nominated by her professors as the DNP student of the year. After she graduated nursing school, Sarah worked at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center on the Oncology Unit where she was nominated for the Daisy Award two years in a row. Since the passing of her father in 2014, she has committed her nursing career to advocating for patients, Sarah joined the DermacenterMD team in July 2018. She has completed extensive clinical and academic training with Dr. Roger Moore, MD, in dermatology as well as continued training through Dr. Moore’s online Dermwise program. Sarah quickly knew dermatology was her calling. She loves practicing dermatology because each day brings new successes and challenges. She wants every person to feel healthy and beautiful inside and out. Sarah considers her top skills to be communicating efficiently and effectively because she understands that many skin conditions are frustrating. When she isn’t at DermacenterMD, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Tom, and their two children, Haley and Tommy. Her favorite activities include: riding her horse, helping her daughter play piano, singing in the church choir, and wake surfing on Donnell Lake. Sarah is well prepared to deliver high quality healthcare to new and existing dermatology patients.