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Michael Shapiro, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist and Mohs surgeon, a member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and a member of the American College of Mohs Surgery. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. 

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Marek Paliwoda is a dermatological physician assistant with over 10 years of experience and a leading clinical investigator involved in FDA trials. He received his bachelor’s degree from St.John’s University and his physician assistant certification from St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center.

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Grigoriy Mashkevich, MD, is a double board-certified and UCLA-fellowship trained facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. After completing his undergraduate degree at Columbia College, he graduated with honors from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.

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Azalesha Rodriguez has been a dedicated physician assistant in the field of dermatology for over 8 years with experience in all aspects of adult and pediatric dermatology. She graduated cum laude from Touro College and received a master’s degree in physician assistant studies.

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Josh Shapiro, PA

Joshua Shapiro is a nationally certified physician assistant specializing in dermatology for over 10 years. He received his bachelor’s degree in physician assistant studies from Long Island University, and also holds an associate’s degree in paramedic medicine.

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Chris Kelly, LE

Chris Kelly is a licensed esthetician with 13 years experience and esthetic licenses in both New York and New Jersey. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Montclair State University and is a graduate of the Artistic Academy in skincare.

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Igor Romanov earned his medical degree at Crimean State Medical University in Russia, and completed his residency in dermatology at the Institute of Dermatology and Venereology in Kharkov, Ukraine, where he served as Chief Resident. 

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Michael Romano, MD

Vanguard Dermatology would like to welcome Dr Romano! Michael Romano, MD is a board-certified dermatologist having successfully completed his residency in dermatology at the University of Vermont where he was honored to serve as Chief Resident. He is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology and now resides in Brooklyn with his family.

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Jisun Cha, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Cha received both her bachelor’s and medical degrees from Ehwa Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea.

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Insoo om, pa

Insoo Om, PA is a registered dermatological physician assistant with a degree from Long Island University. He has worked in the fields of Dermatology, HIV Medicine and Infectious Diseases for over 25 years and has been involved in several clinical investigations of early HIV medications at St. Clare's Hospital in New York. He has worked in all boroughs with families of patients from the first through fourth generation. 

Insoo treats all dermatological conditions and concerns, specializing in skin of color, hair loss, and dark spots. He also performs several types of cosmetic procedures including PRP injections, Botox, fillers, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels.

paul benitEs, pa

Paul Benites, PA-C is a licensed and certified physician assistant, a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, the New York Society of Dermatology Physician Assistant and is board certified through the NCCPA.

Paul was born and raised in New York City and speaks fluent Spanish. He graduated from St. John's University and St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Center in 2001 before beginning his career. After a 10-year tenure in Emergency Medicine, Paul transitioned to Dermatology. He provides a wide range of dermatological care, such as skin cancer screening and treatment, cosmetic dermatology, and surgical excisions. He has successfully treated both pediatric and adult patients of all skin types and concerns. 

As a seasoned cosmetic specialist, Paul expertly performs many esthetic procedures including Botox, fillers, spider vein and broken capillary treatment, laser hair removal and tattoo removal. Paul prides himself on providing the highest quality of care for his patients.