Certified Dermatology of NJ Providers
Rami Geffner, MD Dr Geffner is ever pursuing his goal to provide easy to reach, quality dermatological services in local communities. This is the objective with Certified Dermatology NJ.
In 1986 he founded Accredited Dermatology which grew to over 30 locations. In 2012 the practice was acquired by DermOne. In August, 2016, Dr. Geffner formed Certified Dermatology NJ to continue providing services throughout New Jersey.
Dr. Geffner specializes in MOHS surgery in addition to practicing clinical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. He also teaches and trains other physicians and providers to diagnose and treat skin disease.
Dr. Geffner grew up in Highland Park, NJ and obtained his bachelor of science degree from Livingston College and his master of science degree from Rutgers University. He earned his medical degree from New Jersey Medical School, completed an internship in internal medicine at Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ, his dermatology residency at Washington University, Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO, and a fellowship in Dermatopathology at The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, NC. Dr. Geffner is board-certified in Dermatology and Dermatopathology.
He oversees the dermatology practices throughout New Jersey and is licensed in multiple states. In his leisure time, he’s an artist who specializes in various mediums and has a sea captain’s license. In addition to painting and fishing, he enjoys riding motorcycles and spending time with his family.
Patricia Tager, MD Dr. Tager is a board certified Dermatologist. Dr. Tager joined Dr. Geffner at Accredited Dermatology in 1998 and was instrumental in expanding the practice throughout New Jersey. In 2012 the practice was acquired by DermOne. In August 2016, she joined Dr. Geffner when he formed Certified Dermatology NJ. She continues to see patients and is responsible for quality and compliance.
Dr. Tager is an expert in medical and surgical dermatology for adult and pediatric patients.
Dr. Tager earned her bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and her medical degree from the University of Miami Medical School. She completed her internship in internal medicine at Emory University Hospital and completed her dermatology residency at New York Medical College hospitals in Valhalla, New York.
She is the busy mother of three children. Although she practices full time, she finds time to travel, attend the theatre and concerts and enjoy museums.
Melissa Dixon, MD Dr. Dixon is a native Hawaiian who grew up on the island of Oahu. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology. She subsequently graduated from Harvard Medical School with a degree in medicine. While at Harvard she conducted research at Boston Children’s Hospital, Beth Israel Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital resulting in publications in several medical journals.
Dr. Dixon has been practicing dermatology for 14 years. She treats patients of all ages from infants to seniors and specializes in the detection of skin cancer and abnormal moles. Dr. Dixon is a strong believer in preventive dermatology.
Peter Lapis, M.D
Dr. Lapis is a Dermatopathologist. He has worked in various private hospitals, private pathology groups and commercial laboratories on the East Coast and in Arizona. He is board-certified in anatomic, clinical and dermatopathology.
Dr. Lapis graduated from Semmelweis Medical School in Budapest, Hungary and completed a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD. He then trained in anatomic pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA, followed by a clinical pathology residency at the University of Colorado in Denver. He received his dermatopathology training at the University of Tennessee/Baptist Memorial Hospital.
Manhong Ma, MD
Dr. Manhong Ma was born in China and received her medical degree from Nanjing Medical University in Nanjing, China in 1992. After moving to the United States, she attended the College of Medicine at Ohio State University, graduating in 2002 with a Ph.D. in physiology. She completed residency training in internal medicine at Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus, Ohio and was board-certified in internal medicine in 2005. Dr. Ma subsequently joined Accredited Dermatology (now Certified Dermatology) and became board-certified in dermatology.
She enjoys diagnosing and treating a wide range of dermatologic disorders and skin cancers.
In her spare time, Dr. Ma enjoys world travel, yoga, and Zumba.
Shazia Saif, MD
Dr. Saif graduated from Gandhi Medical School in India in 2000. She completed her Internal Medicine training at JHMC New York and received ABIM certification in Aug, 2005. She had extensive training in various dermatological procedures and diagnosis and management of skin conditions.
She has was awarded the Patients Choice Award in 2010 based on her patient’s ratings and dedicated patient care. Her name was listed in”Guide to America’s Top Physicians” published by Consumer’s Research Council of America 2012.
Prabhas Trivedi, MD
Dr. Trivedi joined Accredited Dermatology (now Certified Dermatology) in 2003. He previously practiced medicine in India for several years as a general surgeon and worked as a clinical researcher in dermatology in California. There, he participated in developing a curriculum – Synopsis in Dermatology and automating the documentation in dermatology practice. After training at the Lenox Hill Hospital program in New York City, Dr. Trivedi joined Accredited Dermatology, performing surgery and treating patients with a wide variety of skin conditions.
Dr. Trivedi is dedicated to his work and enjoys his interactions with patients. He believes in compassionate and competent care for all of his patients. Recently he was awarded the Patients Choice Physician Award. His outside interests include music, reading, travelling and spending quality time with family.
Ritu Gupta, MSN, MS, FNP-C Ritu is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner, and is licensed to practice in states of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. She graduated from MSN program at Drexel University, Philadelphia. She has continuing education in Primary Care in Orthopedics and Sports injuries from Harvard Medical School, Boston and in dermatology modalities from American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). She is also certified in aesthetics by American Academy of Procedural Medicine (AAOPM). She also has a Master’s degree in Polymer Chemistry from Tuskegee University, Alabama, where she received US Army Research Office funding in developing non-hazardous polymeric and bio-medical composites. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Delhi University, India.
She has been awarded by New Jersey Department of Labor—“Garden State Education & Training Achievement” recognition. She is also a member of American Med Spa Association and American Chemical Society. She treats patients of all ages, and practices medical, surgical and cosmetic (medical weight loss, anti-aging, Botox/Dysport, fillers, PRP for hair loss and pain, sclerotherapy, facial thread lift and laser treatment for hair removal and skin disorders) dermatology.
Her previous work experiences also include working as a unit supervisor and MDS coordinator in a continued care retirement community in Princeton, New Jersey data validation researcher and clinician in pharmaceutical firms (Merck, J&J) in New Jersey, a research chemist at DuPont, Delaware, and also as a Business Analyst in Bell Labs, Piscataway, NJ.
She enjoys yoga, meditation, traveling and cooking in her leisure time.
Elsie A. Rivera, MSN, APN, FNP-BC, NP-C
Elsie Rivera is a family nurse practitioner who joined Accredited Dermatology (now Certified Dermatology) in 2011. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Rutgers University and is a member of the International Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau. Ms. Rivera is board-certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Previously, she was a patient care coordinator at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ, where she provided patient-focused care to pediatric patients.
She is bilingual, fluent in both English and Spanish.
Ms. Rivera, along with her husband and two sons, enjoys vacationing, gardening and spending quality time with family.
Kimbreya McCormick, N.P.
Kim McCormick is a Family Nurse Practitioner who joined Certified Dermatology in 2016. She received her BSN from Lasalle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and her MSN from Chamberlain Online School of Nursing. Ms. McCormick is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and is licensed to practice in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Previously, Kim worked as a traveling Critical Care Registered Nurse.
Charles Sidwa – PA-C Physician Assistant
Charles, a New Jersey native, is a certified physician assistant with 14 years of dermatology experience. He has been trained extensively in all clinical, surgical and aesthetic dermatological applications. With his aesthetic and clinical dermatology expertise, he serves adult, adolescent and pediatric patients. Charles’ areas of expertise include clinical dermatology, particularly prevention, and identification and surgical intervention of skin cancers.
Vincent Polizio – PA-C Physician Assistant
Vincent is a certified physician assistant who treats pediatric, adult and geriatric patients. He joined the practice (now Certified Dermatology) in 2000, and is one of our longest-tenured providers. Over the years Vincent helped redesign the dermatology curriculum for the Sisters of Charity Medical Center Physician Assistant Program at Bayley Seton Hospital in Staten Island, NY. He was also a lecturer at that program for several years and enjoyed introducing new physician assistants to dermatology. Currently, Vincent takes pride in being a dermatology preceptor and educator for the Wagner College Physician Assistant Program in Staten Island, where he trains students in dermatologic medicine and diseases of the skin. Vincent believes in patient education for the detection, prevention and treatment of skin cancer and other skin disorders. He stresses a partnership between the patient, the patient’s family and the practitioner for a better overall outcome for the patient.
Lisa Ledden – NP Nurse Practitioner
Lisa has been a nurse practitioner specializing in dermatology since 1996. She had a broad background in civilian and military medicine. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts in 1985, she was awarded a military commission and accepted into a competitive internship with the U.S. Air Force. As an officer, she practiced trauma and emergency/critical care nursing and was part of a field medicine deployment team. She was awarded the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal in 1991. After seven years of service, Lisa left the military as a captain to pursue a civilian career. She accepted a position as nurse manager of the Heart Group of Oklahoma (the largest cardiac practice in central Oklahoma) and subsequently managed emergency services at Milford Memorial Hospital in Delaware while pursuing a master’s degree in nursing at Wilmington College in Georgetown, DE. At that time, she developed a special interest in dermatology. While continuing to practice in dermatology, she was an adjunct professor in the graduate program at Wilmington College. In 1998, she relocated to Michigan to practice dermatology and expanded her knowledge of cosmetic and surgical dermatology.
Ela Tenpenny – NP Nurse Practitioner
Ela Tenpenny is an experienced Adult Nurse Practitioner with a demonstrated 20 year history of working in the dermatological medical practice industry.
Ela is skilled in diagnosis and patient treatment. She enjoys Clinical Research, Medical Education with adults and geriatrics, dermatological surgery and cosmetic dermatology. Ela is a strong healthcare services professional with a Master of Science (MS) focused in Advance Practice Nursing from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.