Meet Our Staff

Ellen H. Frankel, MD - Professional Biography:

University of Miami School of Medicine, 
Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, 1983
Brown University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, 1985

Skin Cancer Foundation Member - 2018PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
After finishing medical school at New York Medical College, I completed my internship in Internal Medicine at New Rochelle Hospital Medical Center. Next was a dermatology residency at University of Miami School of Medicine (Miami, Florida) where I was chief resident.

After completion of training, I moved to Providence, Rhode Island and did a pediatric residency at Rhode Island Hospital. I have been in private practice in Cranston, Rhode Island since 1987, and was chief of dermatology at St. Joseph's Hospital from 1995-2008. I am now chief of dermatology at Kent Hospital.

I also work on clinical research studies for various pharmaceutical companies in the area of acne, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis 2 days a week, at Clinical Partners, in Johnston, RI.

I have given numerous lectures over the years to various medical groups (both in state and out), public skin awareness screenings at local hospitals and senior centers, and classrooms to teach youngsters about the damages of the sun. My practice is composed of a wide range of patients, and I have a special interest in pediatric and cosmetic dermatology. My office staff and I make a special effort to put children at ease in the office, as evidenced by the separate pediatric examining room and waiting room furniture with toys and books designed to make them feel comfortable. My medical practice offers general skin care and treatments of various illnesses. Cosmetic and medical procedures are offered in our Rejuvaderm MediaSpa office. Call us at 401.944.SKIN (7546) to setup an appointment in our Medispa office or call us at 401.943.0761 for our RISkinDoc office.

All of my attention is focused on good patient care, be it the child or the young at heart. I give each patient plenty of time for a thorough analysis of their problems.

Michael A  Bharier, MD - Professional Biography:

University of Edinburgh, Scotland, B.Sc. (Honours), 1965

University of California, Los Angeles, Ph.D. Microbiology, 1970
Assistant Professor of Microbiology, University of Cincinnati, 1971-73

University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, 1973-77, MD

Alpha Omega Alpha, Iowa, 1976

Family Practice, Santa Monica Hospital, Santa Monica, California 1977-78

Dermatology, University of Southern California, 1979-1981
Fellowship in Pediatric Dermatology, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, 1979-80

White Memorial Hospital, Los Angeles, 1981-85
Burbank, California, 1983-1994
Cranston, Rhode Island 1994-Present
Board Certified, American Board of Dermatology, 1982

American Academy of Dermatology

New England Dermatological Society
Pacific Dermatologic Association
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine (Dermatology): 
University of Southern California: 1985-1994

Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology, in the Department of Dermatology, Brown University, Providence 1997 to present.
Publications in Microbiology and Dermatology journals.
Cosmetic and medical procedures are offered in our Rejuvaderm MediaSpa office. Call us at 401.944.SKIN (7546) to setup an appointment in our Medispa office or call us at 401.943.0761 for our RISkinDoc office.

Natalie Ramirez Driscoll - APRN

Double Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Nursing from Molloy college in New York. Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island. Certified as a family nurse practitioner and finished residency program for dermatology at Brown Medical School. Specializes in medical dermatology for both pediatric and adult patients and speaks Spanish fluently. Single mom of 2 teenage boys and knows every basketball court and baseball field from Rhode Island to Pennsylvania. Enjoys skiing out west and new England and gets her love of Latin dance from her Argentine roots.

Lorraine Tate - CFO

Lorraine hails from the South side of Chicago where she completed her business studies at Catherine's Business Institute.  After graduating high school, she began her career in international banking.  She later switched careers to transcribing dictation and time billing at a large law firm in the downtown area, her interest for court reporting was peaked - she then decided to transition to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where she received her associate's degree in business. 

In 1987, Lorraine was asked to put her business skills to work and assist in the startup of a dermatology practice in Rhode Island - she accepted.  In RI, she continued her education to include Computer Programming at CCRI and Third Party Billing at Johnson & Wales University.

Her love of beautiful sunrises and sunsets take her to Jamaica quite often.  She also enjoys the sport of bowling.

Alisha Chaney - Office Coordinator

Alisha launched her clinical care career in 2000 at the SSTAR addiction treatment agency in the demanding position of recovery support staffer. That intense experience and the success she witnessed led her to dedicate her life to the medical field. She graduated RIC’s Medical Assistant program in 2006 and gained hands-on experience in a multitude of medical procedures, testing and clerical functions before joining our team. Her responsibilities are simple – to make our office and our practice run as smoothly and efficiently as possible while maintaining the highest levels of care and consideration for our patients.

Maria Checrallah - Medical Secretary

One of our skin product specialists, Maria enjoys helping our patients choose the proper skin care products to match their goals, body type and complexion. She gets “great satisfaction” from witnessing the resulting improvements and hearing the positive feedback when patients return delighted with their experience. On her personal time, she enjoys gourmet cooking, baking, traveling and music.

Amanda Carnavale - Medical Assistant

A graduate of MTTI in Seekonk, MA, Amanda has served as Dr. Frankel’s personal medical assistant since 2008. Through her work with patients over that time, she has come to an understanding of the strong connection between personal appearance and how we feel about ourselves. She works hard to make patients feel comfortable and takes great pride in the work we do that so often lifts a person’s confidence and self-esteem. A wife and mother of two beautiful young girls, she is as dedicated and positive at home as she is in the workplace, “enjoying life and making the best of what comes with it.”

Madonna Hockhausen, RN

Madonna, a highly-experienced registered nurse, fills an important and essential role in our practice assisting our patients with pharmaceutical prior authorizations. She is the go-to person in our office for all of your prescription questions, concerns or issues and is always ready to assist. A graduate of CCRI, she enjoys tennis, baseball, movies, scrapbooking and spending time with her 3 cats and 11 nieces and nephews.

Alla Kapustin - Medical Billing Specialist

Since 2011, Alla has been an invaluable asset to our billing department. She received her Associate’s Degree from CCRI before moving on to earn her certificate as a Medical Billing Specialist from the Stratford Career Institute. She works in direct contact with patients entering, confirming and submitting their claims to the appropriate insurance carriers for services performed in our office.

She is quick to assert that the positive working environment and the friendly and helpful culture nurtured in the office is major contributing factor to our high patient satisfaction rating.

Jason DeCesare - Client Services

From his position in our call center, Jason provides a number of valuable services for patients and staff - answering patients’ questions, properly directing calls, communicating with referring physicians, and finding the perfect scheduling fit between patient and staff. He enjoys the pace and energy of our office and complements it with his positive attitude. Jason attended Wheaton College and RIC, where he worked on his Veterinary major. He loves cooking and gardening, as well as playing and coaching sports of all kinds.

Jerry Landry - Medical Billing Specialist

A graduate in Finance from URI, Jerry brings a wealth of practical knowhow to our accounting department with nearly two decades of specialized experience in the field of healthcare finance. His responsibilities include, but are not limited to, patient medical billing submissions, insurance and patient payment processing, and fielding and answering patient questions and concerns with professional courtesy and follow-through.

Gloria Guerra - Receptionist

From 2011 through 2017 I managed a Mental Health Clinic in New York City. That experience gave me the ability to preform a myriad of tasks. Shortly after employment I began to realize the seriousness of mental health and the impact it has on entire families. Recently I relocated to Rhode Island to be closer to my growing family. My modo is life is short; live it to the best of your ability and enjoy all that it has to offer. Just like Dr. Frankel, being a New Yorker I am an avid Yankee fan at heart.

Candy Perez - Phone Representative

Candy’s welcoming voice is most likely the person you hear when calling the office. She services patients in scheduling appointments answering any questions or concerns and directing calls to the right personal. She has had years of experience working in health care. As a phlebotomist she gained a hands on skill set that gave her a patient’s perspective on quality of care. Candy has the compassion and empathy to meet our patient’s needs. In her spare time she enjoys being a fur mom to her beautiful poodle, Princess.

Alexis Choquette - Phone Representative

I currently major in criminal justice at Johnson and Wales. My past job experience has given me insight on the importance of protecting your skin. This made me recently explore dermatology where I look forward to expanding my knowledge in this specialty. In my personal time I enjoy the beach while wearing my sunblock of course, reading and spending quality time with friends and family.