About the UPMC Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Health Center

As one of the first academically-based skin health centers in the nation, the UPMC Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Health Center gives patients access to state-of-the-art technology, the latest research, and an unparalleled commitment to patient safety and quality outcomes.

Our commitment to providing safe and quality care is demonstrated by our accreditation by The Joint Commission for Office-Based Surgery. This accreditation means we have agreed to have our care monitored, evaluated and measured on an ongoing basis, and consistently make an effort to improve all aspects of our care and service.

We offer a broad range of cosmetic surgery and skin care services including:

Our Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Health Experts


Suzan Obagi

Suzan Obagi, MD
Director, UPMC Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Health Center

  • Associate Professor of Dermatology
  • Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery
  • Past Vice President, American Board of Cosmetic Surgery
  • Past President, Board of Cosmetic Surgery Foundation
  • Board certified by the American Board of Dermatology and the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery

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Carolyn Willis

Carolyn Willis, MD
Dr. Willis is a board certified Dermatologist. She received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from St. John’s University in New York, graduating first in her class and her medical degree with a research distinction in Immunology from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY in 2001. Dr. Willis completed her Dermatology residency at New York Medical College. For 10 years, she specialized in medical dermatology as a private practice Dermatologist on Long Island, New York. She completed her ASDS accredited Cosmetic Surgery fellowship at the UPMC Cosmetic and Skin Health Center (training was under the direction of Dr. Suzan Obagi). Dr. Willis is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology and the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society.

Physician Assistants

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Alana Dowiak, MPAS, PA-C, specializes in both general adult and pediatric dermatology. She treats a broad range of skin and hair diseases. Prior to joining Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Health Center, she practiced pediatric dermatology for 6 years with UPMC Children's Dermatology Services. She received her master's degree in physician assistant studies from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, as well as a member and diplomate fellow for the Society of Dermatology for Physician Assistants.

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Eva specializes in both general and cosmetic dermatology, treating a broad range of skin, hair, and nail diseases. She received a master's degree in health science with a concentration in physician assistant studies from Lock Haven University, and is a member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Pennsylvania Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants.

Vanita Kapoor

Vanita Kapoor, MS, PA-C
Vanita Kapoor, MS, PA-C, is a physician assistant who treats a broad range of skin diseases and is skilled using various laser techniques as a treatment option. Prior to joining UPMC, she worked at the University of Cincinnati treating patients referred for rare skin diseases. Vanita obtained a Masters in Science from Rosalind Franklin University in Chicago. She is a member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants. With over eighteen years of experience in general and cosmetic dermatology, her goal is to help patients feel confident about their skin and provide education about skin health.

Mistica LaBrasca

Mistica LaBrasca, MPAS, PA-C
Mistica LaBrasca, MPAS, PA-C, specializes in skin care, the treatment of scarring, and the use of lasers, Botox®, and soft tissue fillers. After earning her Master of Physician Assistant Studies at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Mistica joined the Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Health Center. She went on to practice at Hillman Cancer Center where she focused on melanoma and sarcoma and took part in several successful melanoma and sarcoma clinical trials. Mistica specializes in general and cosmetic dermatology, and she is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants, and the Society for Dermatology Physician Assistants.

Medical Aestheticians

As an integral part of our team, our aestheticians are skincare specialists who work with our patients to improve facial appearance. They provide a variety of services, procedures, and consultations that contribute to maintaining the health of your skin.

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Melissa Colavecchia
Melissa Colavecchia is a licensed aesthetician with over 30 years of experience. She has demonstrated knowledge and competence in various aspects of skincare, including facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and other non-invasive treatments. Melissa has worked with a wide range of clients and skin concerns, giving her a wealth of knowledge and insights to draw from when working with patients. She is an asset to the Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Health Center, giving patient confidence and providing high quality care to achieve their desired outcomes.

Ashley Deglau

Ashley Deglau
Ashley Deglau is a licensed aesthetician, cosmetologist and laser technician. She studied esthetics at Douglas Education Center in Monessen, Pa; and cosmetology at Bella Capelli Academy, a Paul Mitchell Partner School in Monroeville, Pa. Ashley has been an aesthetician for over five years and her focus is to prevent and correct damage skin while making the patient feel relaxed and renewed.

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Keri Goldinger-Valasek
Keri is a medical aesthetician with over 19 years of experience in the health,wellness, and beauty industries, and she has practiced esthetics in both the United States and the Caribbean. Keri holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a massage therapy diploma from Career Training Academy, and a certificate from the National Council on Laser Excellence. She also studied esthetics at the Boca Beauty Academy, and holds several active skin care specialist licenses in Pennsylvania, Texas, and Florida.

Laser Technician

Randi Gatto

Randi Gatto
Randi is a certified laser specialist with 10 years of experience in the health and beauty industry. She received her laser certification from Rocky Mountain Laser College and has worked as an assistant to Dr. Obagi.

Nurse Manager

Teri Jo Carrier, RN 

Teri Jo Carrier, RN
Bringing more than 30 years of nursing experience, Teri Jo guides patients through the clinical aspects of various dermatological and cosmetic procedures. Before joining the UPMC Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Health Center, she worked in a variety of bedside nursing and nursing management positions, including home care, pediatrics, inpatient rehabilitation, marketing and development, and case management. Teri Jo is graduate of Duquesne University and Citizen’s Hospital School of Nursing. Her collective experience brings unique insights into both our practice and to her ability to assist in your care.