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    • Pennie mugMICHELLE PENNIE, MD

      Board Certified Dermatologist, Fellowship Trained Mohs Surgeon
      Dr. Michelle Pennie is a board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs Micrographic surgeon. She completed her undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College, medical school and residency at Emory University and fellowship training with Dr. George Hruza at The Laser & Dermatologic Surgery Center in Chesterfield, Missouri.

      Exceptionally Qualified

      Dr. Pennie is one of only a handful of dermatologists on the West Coast of Florida who is fellowship trained in Mohs Micrographic Surgery, the most effective and precise treatment for most types of skin cancer. During her year-long fellowship training she performed hundreds of Mohs surgery procedures and advanced reconstructions.


      Dr. Pennie has served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Florida, teaching medical student and residents Mohs Micrographic surgery and advanced reconstruction techniques. Dr. Pennie is an active member of many national medical societies including:

      American Academy of Dermatology
      American College of Mohs Surgery
      American Academy of Dermatologic Surgeons


      In addition to her technical abilities and substantial experience, Dr. Pennie values her patients’ comfort and trust throughout their experience at Paradise Dermatology.

      • All patients will be greeted warmly by staff members in the office and on the phone.
      • Dr. Pennie takes the time to listen to her patients and address questions that arise.
      • Dr. Pennie takes the time before procedures such as Mohs surgery to explain how and why the procedure is performed. She strives to ensure her patients feel comfortable and confident they made the right decision.

      Dr. Pennie is originally from Portland, Oregon. She keeps busy with her twin boys, Christopher and Thomas, with travel, fitness and outdoor sports.


      2001 – 2005 | Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia – MD, Cum Laude

      1997 | Amos Tuck School of Business, Hanover, New Hampshire – Business Bridge Program

      1993 – 1997 | Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH – Bachelor of Arts in History


      Laser & Dermatologic Surgery Center, Chesterfield, MO

      2010 – 2011 | Mohs Micrographic Surgery & Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship under Dr. George Hruza

      Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

      2009 – 2010 | Chief Resident, Department of Dermatology

      2007 – 2009 | Resident, Department of Dermatology

      2006 – 2007 | Intern, Department of Medicine


      Diplomate, American Board of Dermatology

      Associate of the American College of Mohs Surgery


      2010 – present | State of Florida


      Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota, FL


      American Academy of Dermatology

      American College of Mohs Surgery

      American Society for Dermatologic Surgery

      Women’s Dermatologic Society – Member of Editorial Board

      Sarasota Dermatological Society


      University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

      2012 – present | Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dermatology

      • Cutaneous Surgical Oncology and Mohs Surgery

      Hawthorne Clinic and Research Center, Sarasota, FL

      8/2011-6/2012 | Physician, Dermatology, Mohs Surgery & Aesthetics

      • Built new dermatology practice providing general dermatology, Mohs surgery, and aesthetic services.
      • Lab director of CLIA certified pathology lab.


      Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

      2005 – 2006 | Research Fellow, Clinical and Outcomes Research Unit, Department of Dermatology

      • Completed analysis of Medicare datasets to determine survival outcomes and cost of treatment for melanoma patients.


      American Society for Mohs Histotechnology Annual Meeting – Chicago, Illinois – May 4, 2012

      Speaker – Pathology 101: Cell Structure Identification

      SunCoast ABC 7 News at Noon- Monthly Interview Series

      • Psoriasis and Cardiovascular Health – August 21, 2012
      • Sunscreen – new guidelines and controversies – July 10, 2012
      • Sunspots – causes and treatment – June 12, 2012
      • Facial fillers – how to get a natural look – April 12, 2012
      • Basic skin care products – March 8, 2012
      • Tanning beds, melanoma and teenagers – February 9, 2012
      • Vitamin D and the sun – January 12, 2012
      • Cosmetic skin care products as gifts – December 8, 2012
      • Skin problems in the elderly – November 17, 2012

      Emory Physician Assistant Program, Dermatology Lecture Series

      Lecturer: Introduction to Dermatology – January 2009.

      Georgia Society of Dermatologists Annual Meeting- Sea Island, GA

      Speaker: Pyoderma gangrenosum with myelodysplastic syndrome – June 2008.

      Emory University Department of Dermatology Grand Rounds – Atlanta, GA

      Speaker: Physicians and the Medicare Crisis – March 2008.

      2006 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology – San Francisco, CA

      Poster Presentation – Characteristics of dermatology residents at the SID Resident Retreat for Future Physician-Scientists, 2002-2005

      Poster Presentation – Factors influencing career choices of dermatology residency program graduates, 2004-2005

      Emory University Department of Dermatology Grand Rounds – Atlanta, GA

      Speaker: Tissue engineered skin substitutes – December 2005.


      Seidler AM, Pennie ML, Veledar E, Culler SD, Chen SC.  Economic burden of melanoma: a population-based analysis of the surveillance, epidemiology, and end results (SEER)-Medicare data.  Submitted for publication to the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

      Parker SRS, Dyson S, Brisman S, Pennie M, Swerlick RA, Khan R, Manos S, Korman N, Xia Z, Korman NJ.  Mortality rate of bullous pemphigoid: an evaluation of 223 patients and comparison with the mortality in the general population in the United States. J Am Acad Dermatol 2008;59:582-8.

      Pennie ML, Soon SL, Risser JB, Veledar E, Culler SD, Chen SC.  Melanoma outcomes for Medicare patients: association of stage and survival with detection by a dermatologist vs. a nondermatologist. Arch Dermatol 2007;143(4):488-84.

      Chen SC, Pennie ML, Kolm P, Warshaw EM, Weisberg EL, Brown KM, Ming ME, Weintraub WS.  Diagnosing and managing cutaneous pigmented lesions: primary care physicians versus dermatologists. J Gen Intern Med 2006;21:678-682.

      O’Reilly F, Traywick C, Pennie ML, Foster JK, Chen SC.  Baseline quality of life and anxiety in solid organ transplant recipients: a pilot study. Dermatol Surg 2006; 32(12);1480-5.


      6/2008 | Donald C. Abele Resident Symposium Award, Second Place Georgia Society of Dermatologists Annual Meeting
      5/2005 – present | AOA National Medical Honor Society
      6/2004 | Wright-Bentley Scholarship for academic achievements, civic and religious activities


      • Junior League of Sarasota, directed Night of Beauty Fundraiser for YMCA Homeless Youth, 2011-2012
      • Directed first-year resident dermatopathology sessions, 2008-2009
      • Project Coordinator, Project Sun Smart, a sun education program at local elementary schools; 2003-2004
      • President, Dermatology Interest Group; 2003-2004
      • Volunteer, Camp Stars, a weekend camp for children grieving the loss of a friend or family member; 2002-2004
      • Community Health Volunteer, Amigos de las Americas; implemented a rabies vaccine program in Ecuador; 1992

    • dr duggan photoCHELSEA DUGGAN, DO

      Dr. Chelsea Duggan completed her undergraduate and medical school degree at Michigan State University. She completed her residency through Beaumont Hospital and Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Statewide Campus System

      Dr. Duggan has served as clinical assistant professor at Michigan State University as well as being an active member of many national medical societies which includes: American Academy of Dermatology, American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, American Osteopathic Association, and Michigan Osteopathic Association

      Dr. Duggan is very passionate about continuity of care and treating patients as if they were her family members. Dr. Duggan enjoys practicing both general and cosmetic dermatology. She loves to treat patients of all ages and provide complete care to her patients. She understands patients have lots of choices when it comes to selecting a dermatologist and the honor of patients choosing Paradise Dermatology is not unbeknownst to her.

      Dr. Duggan is originally from Harrison, Michigan, but has spent countless winters since childhood escaping the snow at her grandparents’ home in Englewood, Fl. She is very excited to start practicing in an area that already feels like home. Dr. Duggan enjoys in her spare time being outdoors, international travel, and spending time with her fiancée, family, and friends.


      Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
      East Lansing, MI 48823
      Degree: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
      Michigan State University
      East Lansing, MI 48823
      Degree:  Bachelor’s of Science 
      Major: Nutritional Science/Pre-medical studies


      Beaumont Hospital-Trenton
      Oakwood Southshore Dermatology Residency (expected)
      Trenton, MI 48183
      Chief Resident, 2017-2018
      Garden City Hospital-Traditional Rotating Internship
      Garden City, MI 48135


      Eastside Dermatology, Grosse Pointe, Michigan
      Medical and surgical dermatology moonlighting


      2014 American Academy of Dermatology |  Camp Discovery/Camp Big trout July 6th-July 11th 2014


      2008 Study Abroad-Africa: Nutrition and Health in Tanzania

      2010 Study Abroad-Africa: Health Studies in Egypt

      2010-2011 Community Integrative Medicine (Group) Position: Member

      2010-2011 International Health Programs (Group) Position: Member

      2013 Study Abroad-Africa: Medicine in Malawi


      Andrew R. and Claudine Burkhard Jackson Dairy Food Science Scholarship Award-Michigan State University

      G. Malcolm Trout Undergraduate Scholarship-Michigan State University

      College of Natural Science Study Abroad Scholarship- Michigan State University

      Office of Study Abroad Scholarship-Michigan State University

      Outstanding Senior Award in Nutritional Science

      Banner Carrier at Commencement Ceremony 2009 for the College of Natural Science

      Bernard Bailey Mid-Michigan Community Health Scholarship


      American Osteopathic College of Dermatology

      American Osteopathic Association

      Michigan Osteopathic Association

      Clinical Assistant Professor at Michigan State University: Department of Family and Community Medicine


      An Unusual Case of Candida Onychomycosis in an Immunocompetent Patient Presented at ACOFP 2012

      Cyclosporine Ophthalmic Solution inducing Hair Hyperpigmentation AOCD online Grand Rounds


      Dercum’s Disease in a 54-year-old Woman-Submitted/pending publication

      A Persistent Photodistrubuted Rash-Submitted/pending publication

      Twenty-Nail Dystrophy in a 42-year-old Woman: A Case Report-Published JAOCD October 2015


       Michigan State University, 2009

      Clinical Emergency Medicine Research: Data collection, data entry, statistical analysis and experience in writing reports for several ongoing research projects.  One of which was a research project involving reducing the rate of hospitalizations secondary to falls at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, MI, under the direction of Dr. Mary Hughes, DO.                                                 

      John D. Dingell Veterans Affair Medical Center, Research Assistant 2014-2015

      Under the direction of Chen Ning Young, PHD and Dr. Leonard Savoy, MD participated in a clinical research study with a focus on psoriasis.  Evaluated patients on a weekly basis, collected and entered research data, and participated in drafting several research posters/manuscripts.

  • Jennifer mugJENNIFER NORMAN, PA-C
    Board Certified Physician Assistant

    Jennifer is a board-certified physician assistant with more than ten years of experience in dermatology. She grew up in Michigan and obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, and received her Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Florida in 2003. Jennifer is an active member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, the Florida Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

    Jennifer resides in Sarasota with her husband Josh, who is a neurosurgical Physician Assistant. They are parents to three wonderful little girls, including a set of identical twins. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, cheering on the Florida Gators and traveling.

    Board Certified Physician Assistant

    Originally from Fort Lauderdale, Megan obtained her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition from Florida State University. During her undergraduate studies Megan began her medical career in the specialty of Dermatology. She completed her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies with honors at Nova Southeastern University. Megan completed her clinical year with a variety of rotations in Miami Beach and St. Petersburg, specializing in all aspects of dermatology.

    Megan is a member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants and the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants. In 2013 Megan was inducted into the Pi Alpha National Honors Society.

    When not providing care for her patients, Megan enjoys volunteering in her local community, fitness and spending time with her family and friends.

  • CarolynmugCAROLYN MEESE, PA - C
    Board Certified Physician Assistant

    Carolyn Meese is a board-certified physician assistant. She received her Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences at the University of Miami. She attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham for her physician assistant training. UAB not only provides general physician assistant training, but also specializes in the training of surgical physician assistants. Carolyn was awarded the Outstanding Physician Assistant Graduate Student and Margaret K. Kirkland Award for Scholastic Achievement.

    She found her passion for dermatology and cutaneous oncology surgery during her clinical dermatology rotation. Carolyn has practiced alongside a fellowship trained Mohs surgeon since 2013 and has a passion for surgical dermatology as well as general dermatology.

    Carolyn is a member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants and the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants. Carolyn is originally from Ormond Beach, FL. She currently resides in Sarasota, FL and enjoys spending her free time with her family, friends, traveling and running.

  • Lily mugLILY VOLPERT

    Lily is a licensed aesthetician specializing in advanced facial treatments. Originally from Miami, she began her career as a makeup artist working for cosmetic lines Prescriptives, Chanel and Bobbi Brown. In 2008, she received aesthetic training at the Florida College of Natural Health.

    At Paradise Dermatology, Lily offers a wide range of targeted services from advanced treatments for different skin conditions to relaxing facials that boost skin health and radiance. Her belief is that healthy skin feels, looks and functions best, allowing a client’s true inner beauty to shine through. When she is not passionately practicing skincare, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially her two favorites, sons Jesse and Meyer.

  • christine bio pictureCHRISTINE CRISTINA

    Paradise Dermatology is excited to welcome Christine Cristina as our new Clinical Aesthetician.

    Christine is thoroughly trained in advanced, result focused, corrective medical grade treatments such as dermal infusions, oxygen facials, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, microneedling, skin tightening, therapeutic treatments and more. Additionally, she is a certified permanent make-up technician.

    Her goal is to help women replenish, restore, and repair their skin through education, corrective care products and effective treatments.

    “With a wide variety of anti-aging products and services to choose from, women can get confused as to what works and what is hype,” states Christine. “It is my desire to educate woman on what really works so they are spending their money on results, not hype.”

    Christine is joining Paradise Dermatology with a over 18 years of experience. Her experience as an educator for Intaglio Skin Care as well as her time spent as both an Ambassador and Educator for Osmosis Pur Medical Skin Care have made Christine a perfect fit for her new role at Paradise Dermatology.

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