Speaker Bios

Nancy Berman, MSN, ANP-BC, NCMP, FAANP

Nancy R. Berman has been in practice as an Adult Nurse Practitioner with emphasis in women’s health care since 1978. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan and her Master of Science in Nursing from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Currently, she specializes in women’s health care at Millennium Affiliated Physicians, a division of Michigan Healthcare Professionals, in Farmington Hills, Michigan. She is a clinical instructor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. She holds the certification of Menopause Practitioner by the North American Menopause Society. She is a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Ms. Berman has taught extensively on lower genital tract disease, including HPV, cervical cancer prevention, HPV testing and HPV vaccine, management of the abnormal Pap test, colposcopy and vulvar and vaginal disease. She has also been active in education in the management of menopause and osteoporosis. She served on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP) from 2009 to 2016, co-chaired their education committee, and holds their Colposcopy Recognition Award. She serves on the Michigan Cervical Cancer Consortium and served on the Michigan Governor’s Task Force on Cervical Cancer. Recent publications by Ms. Berman have appeared in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, ADVANCE for Nurse Practitioners, Women’s Health in Primary Care, and chapters in Advanced Health Assessment of Women 3rd edition and the Atlas of Primary Care Procedures, 3rd edition, Lippincott, Williams.


Dr. Shelby has been practicing dermatology since she graduated as a Family Nurse Practitioner in January 2000. In 2006, she was accepted into the DNP doctoral program at the University of South Florida (USF). As her doctoral project, she developed the nation’s first Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) Dermatology Residency and became the first resident to complete the program in 2008. In 2014, she completed her PhD at USF with a cognate foci on biomedical and dermatology research. She has focused her academic and clinical experiences toward the treatment of skin cancers. She is the President and Founder of the National Academy of Dermatology NPs and the American College of Dermatology NPs. Each year she serves as the Chair of Annual Conference Planning Committee for NADNP and ACDNP. This six – day conference offers dermatology education to health care practitioners in all clinical settings.

In 2015, Dr. Shelby became one of the first Fellow of the American College of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners (FACDNP) and a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) in 2016 in recognition of her global contributions in the field of dermatology. Dr. Shelby is owner and Clinical Director of New Mexico and Florida Specialty Medical Services LLC Dermatology Division and Dermstaffing. Her company employs practitioners to care for patients in extended living facilities and land based offices. She also is the owner of the National Institute for Dermatology, LLC which offers comprehensive dermatology care, education, research, and practice solutions. Past clinical experience includes being a clinical specialist at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center where she was educated by the leaders in melanoma research and treatment and over 17 years of general and surgical dermatology practice in an office setting. Dr. Shelby also has over 16 years of legal consulting and expert witness experience which has led her to pursue a JD law degree starting in 2017. Dr. Shelby served as the Affiliate Director of the DNP Dermatology Program at USF from 2007 – 2015. She is a guest speaker on dermatology related issues and is a dermatology clinical preceptor. Throughout her career, she has presented nationally, developed educational programs and conferences, published and continues her interest in research. She also serves on the editorial board for numerous dermatology journals. In September of 2012, Dr. Shelby invited by the Prime Ministry of Health in Singapore to visit the National Skin Centre to lecture on advanced practice and education in dermatology. She has made a priority goal to connect with our international colleagues and serve as a resource and mentor.

Laurel Short, MSN, FNP-C

Laurel Short is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Nurse Practitioner with Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic. She completed her undergraduate degree in nursing at Luther College and master’s degree from the University of Kansas. Her clinical practice includes comprehensive musculoskeletal and neurologic rehabilitation medicine. She is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals. Ms. Short is the current president of the Northeast Kansas Nurse Practitioner Alliance. Her passion is working with rehabilitation patients to maximize their function and wellness. Outside the office, she enjoys running, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Jennifer Carlquist, PA-C

Jennifer works full time in an interventional cardiology practice doing inpatient rounding and clinic medicine. She also works part time in three emergency rooms. Jennifer was one of the first 250 PAs to get her ER CAQ. She lectures nationally on EKGs and cardiology related topics, and has been published in JAAPA three times. She is one of five PA members appointed to the California state physician assistant board by Governor Jerry Brown. She has been a guest lecturer at UC Davis and Ketchum University on cardiology related topics. Jennifer started her career as a 911 paramedic and worked on the streets for 13 years. In 2015, she received an Excellence In Teaching award by the Monterey County EMS Service. She is also an artist specializing in heart related art and has been featured in the Californian Newspaper in Salinas California in September 2016.

Larry Collins, PA-C, ATC

Larry Collins is an Assistant Professor in the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program and in the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at USF. Mr. Collins has been practicing in Orthopaedics since graduating from the Yale University School of Medicine, Physician Associate Program in 1990. He is also part of the Sports Medicine staff with the University of South Florida Athletics Department and works as an Athletic Trainer Spotter for the National Football League. Larry has worked with the United States Olympic Training Program since 1998 including stints at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, and at the 2008 Winter World University Games in Torino, Italy. He was named the Sports Medicine Person of the Year by the Athletic Trainers Association of Florida in 2004 and recognized as a Distinguished Fellow by the American Academy of Physician Assistants in 2007.

Kathleen Haycraft, DNP, FNP/PNP-BC, DCNP, FAANP

Dr. Kathleen Haycraft is a family, pediatric, and dermatology certified nurse practitioner educated at Hannibal La Grange University, University of Missouri, Sinclair and University of Missouri, Kansas City. Kathleen has had numerous academic and administrative roles and is now focused on her general and cosmetic dermatology practice at Riverside Dermatology in Hannibal, Missouri.

Dr. Haycraft has presented on policy and dermatology at local, regional, and national conferences and has served on a wide variety of local and state boards representing a variety of causes. Kathy is an alumni of Hannibal La Grange University, University of Missouri, Sinclair, Columbia, Missouri and University of Missouri Kansas City. Dr. Haycraft is currently serving on the AANP Board of Directors representing region 7 (Midwest). Kathleen was the recipient of the AANP State Award for Excellence, Sigma Theta Tau for Excellence in Leadership and the Achievement in Clinical Nursing Practice Award from the Missouri Nurses Association as well as chair of the Missouri Council of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and as the Advance Practice Chair of the Robert Woods Johnson, Center for Nursing Excellence grant for the Missouri Action Coalition.

Kathleen has a passion for the rural and urban underserved citizens. The Speaker of the Missouri House appointed Dr. Haycraft to the Committee of Citizens to Transform Medicaid. The University of Missouri Kansas City honored her with the UMKC Nursing and Health Services Alumni of the year in 2014. Kathleen Haycraft was inducted into the 2014 Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She is the co-editor of the Missouri White Paper and her research interests are health care policy and dermatology

Kathleen presents at national conferences on the topics of dermatology and health care policy at NPACE, AANP and Maui Dermatology and serves on multiple dermatology speaker and advisory boards. Dr. Haycraft is a published author in journals as well as contributing author for the award winning Dermatology for Advanced Practice Clinicians as well as Advanced Health Assessment for women.

Denise Rizzolo, PhD, PA-C

Denise Rizzolo is an Associate Professor at Kean University School of Nursing. She is also an Assessment & Evaluation Specialist for the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). She earned a master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Rutgers University and a PhD in Health Science from Seton Hall University. Denise’s 17 years of clinical experience has focused on primary care and women’s health, treating a variety of conditions across the lifespan. Denise’s has been an educator for over 14 years and the focus of her lectures have been on disorders affecting women. She has served on multiple committee for both the American Academy of Physician Assistants along with the Physician Assistant Education Association. Denise has served as a research coordinator for the past 12 years publishing her work with students in peer reviewed journals and at presenting during poster presentations at national conferences. She regularly lectures for state, regional and national audiences.

Daria Ruffolo, DNP, RN, CCRN, ACNP-BC

Daria Ruffolo spent nearly 20 years as a bedside nurse in the surgical/trauma intensive care venue before taking on the role as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, with the Anesthesia/Critical care team at a busy urban medical center. Daria is certified in both critical care and trauma. She is also credentialed as a certified specialist in adult care. In her role as an ACNP she does critical care evaluation, pre-operative assessment and risk stratification for the operative patient population. Prior to this role she served as the ACNP to the trauma/surgical critical care team for 12 years. She has adjunct appointments in two collegiate nursing programs, published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and book chapters and has spoken at over 200 national conferences. Daria has served as a nurse missionary in areas such as the outback of Australia, Papua New Guinea, Slovakia, Dominican Republic, South Africa and Ecuador.

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