Meet Our Staff

Emily Nardiello, Physician Assistant Certified

Staff Member Emily Nardiello - Physician Assistant Certified
Emily Nardiello, PA-C

Emily Nardiello joined CSDI in 2016 and has developed a loyal following because of her pleasant demeanor and thorough explanation in visits.  Patients routinely comment on this in the office or google reviews along with her medical assistant who make up a great team.

Emily’s journey to becoming a PA-C began with an interest in biomedical sciences. She chose dermatology because the field has such a broad scope of conditions and she recognized how patient’s lives are affected by having skin problems. “The skin is the first thing you see on a person, conditions affecting the skin may not only be uncomfortable but almost always affects a person mentally and socially. Therefore for me, improving the skin can greatly enhance a person’s happiness in life”.

Emily has her own personal reasons for a passion for dermatology, growing up in Florida with little education at the time about UV sun damage; she has seen the negative impact first hand. Educating patients of all ages on how to better protect their skin from sun damage is something she really enjoys.

Cosmetic dermatology is another part of Emily’s scope of practice.  She is excited about how technology can be utilized to treat patients in a way that couldn’t be done in the past. Fraxel, and Vbeam, are just a few of the services Emily performs here.

Emily has been practicing dermatology for 2 years prior to joining Dr. Michalak. She attended Grand Valley State University and holds a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant studies.  Her affiliations are the Washington Academy of Physician Assistants (WAPA) and American Academy of Physician’s Assistants AAPA.

Elizabeth Wood, Physician Assistant Certified

We are excited to announce the return of Elizabeth “Eli” Wood to the practice. Her upbeat personality and diagnostic skills makes her popular with patients, and we are so glad to have her back.

Eli Wood, PA-C

Eli (her preferred name), is a Washington native who has practiced for more than 12 years as a certified physician assistant specializing in dermatology the last 6. Her interest in dermatology stems from a fascination with the skin as the primary regenerative organ system of the body. “It is our protective layer and the first line of defense against the environment. I understand that when patients are itchy,  uncomfortable, or feel embarrassed by different skin disorders they need immediate relief and comprehensive care,”

She started her career as a massage therapist practicing injury and chronic pain recovery. Eli has always focused on a holistic approach to medicine and healing with a passion for total health and wellness. This segues into cosmetic dermatology as part of her repertoire of services including Fraxel, Vbeam laser, Laser Dynamic Therapy (LDT), Botox, and dermal filler.

Eli went to Commonwealth University studying oil painting, sculpting and woodworking and has an artistic eye that has helped with superior cosmetic outcomes. She went back to school and graduated with degrees in Chemistry and Health Sciences, holding a Masters in PA studies from the Pacific University of Oregon.

Leslie Carney, Master Aesthetician

Staff Member Leslie Carney - Master Aesthetician
Leslie Carney, LME

Licensed Master Aesthetician, Leslie Carney performs many of the aesthetic treatments offered at CSDI.

She has a background in women’s health and nutrition that became the perfect segue into aesthetics. She enjoys helping patients who are interested in rejuvenating their skin or are struggling with acne.  It’s not uncommon for patients with skin problems to ask about how diet can affect their skin.

Leslie has a passion for aesthetics that is undeniable when you meet her. She is refreshingly knowledgeable drawing upon her years of experience and training. She has been practicing aesthetics for over 18 years here, and holds advanced laser training certificates in addition to the high level of training provided by Dr. Michalak.

Leslie does Ultherapy for skin tightening, Ultrashape for body contouring, two custom treatments using the Fraxel® laser; Fraxel Facial and Fortified Fraxel Facial and Microneedling.  She also offers Vitalize, Rejuvenize, and glycolic acid peels. If you’re being treated for acne, the glycolic acid peels can be sometimes covered by insurance.

For those interested in skincare, Leslie can develop a customized skincare program for home use that is effective and complementary to in-office treatments. She offers complimentary skincare consultations, and is happy to discuss any of the treatments offered.