Emily Nardiello, Physician Assistant Certified

Staff Member Emily Nardiello - Physician Assistant Certified

Emily Nardiello

Emily Nardiello’s journey to becoming a PA-C began with an interest in biomedical sciences. She chose dermatology because the field has such broad scope of conditions and she recognized how patient’s lives are affected by having skin problems. Emily feels that “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”.

She also has her own personal reasons for her passion in 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 exciting part of Emily’s scope of practice.  She is passionate about how technology can be utilized to treat patients in a way that couldn’t be done in the past. Fraxel, V-Beam, skin tightening such as Ulthera are just a few of the services Emily will perform here at Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology of Issaquah.
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 J.K. Wood, Physician Assistant Certified

Staff Member Elizabeth J.K. Wood - PA-C

Elizabeth J.K. Wood

Elizabeth J.K. Wood or “Eli” as she prefers to be called has been practicing as a PA-C for 8 years and is the newest provider to join Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology of Issaquah.

Her interest in dermatology stems from a fascination with how the skin is the primary regenerative organ system in the body. “It is our protective layer and the first line of defense against our environment. I understand that when patients are itchy, uncomfortable or feel embarrassed by different skin disorders they need immediate relief and comprehensive care”.

Eli has always had a passion for total health and wellness. She began her career as a massage therapist practicing injury and chronic pain recovery. She has always focused on a holistic approach to medicine and healing.

Prior to healthcare, Eli studied oil painting, sculpting, and woodworking at Virginia Commonwealth University, a Seattle native, she moved back and ultimately graduating with degrees in Chemistry and Health Sciences, holding a masters in PA studies from the Pacific University of Oregon.

Here at Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology of Issaquah under the direction of Dr. Victor Michalak, Elizabeth will be seeing patients for general dermatology performing full skin exams, biopsies, treating acne, rashes, and psoriasis. She will also be available for laser procedures including, Laser Dynamic Therapy (LDT), Fraxel, V-Beam and Alexandrite. Cosmetic Treatments, Botox, Xeomin and dermal filler.


Leslie Carney, Master Aesthetician

Staff Member Leslie Carney - Master Aesthetician

Leslie Carney

Our Licensed Master Aesthetician Leslie has 30 years of experience in patient care. She can help you with a personalized skin care consultation, which includes advice about choosing a product or treatment that will help your skin looks its best. Leslie offers specialized chemical peels, medical grade facials, and skin care products that enhance surgical outcomes. “We use pharmaceutical-grade skin care products and give our patients all the information they need to take care of their skin,” she says.

Patients of all ages come to Leslie for acne treatment, and they get a customized plan with special peels, oral or topical medication. Her goal is to give them the best choices of proven products and treatments and the knowledge they need to eventually be their own aesthetician.



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