Meet Our Staff

Dr. Ellen H. Frankel - Professional Biography:

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

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.

Dr. Michael A  Bharier - 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

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.

Stephanie Dadario-Steinly - Professional Biography:

I have worked in dermatology since 2003. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Science and Physician Assistant from Pace University in New York City and completed my Masters in Science in 2012 from Pace University. I am also a member of the Society of Dermatology Physicians Assistants. I am able to help patients whose first language is not English, with my proficiency in the Spanish language.

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.

Lorraine Tate - CFO

A medical billing professional since 1988, Lorraine has served with Dr. Frankel since 1997. Lorraine hails from Chicago, where she attended Catherine's Business Institute and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. Her education also includes studies at the Community College of Rhode Island and Johnson & Wales University. She enjoys traveling to Jamaica, bowling and life.

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.

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.

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.”

Amaris Rivera - Receptionist

As one of the very first faces that greets you when you enter our office, you can count on an Amaris smile to make you feel welcome. She is fluent in Spanish and always happy to interpret for our Spanish-speaking patients. Amaris enjoys being of service and will tell you she’s “so proud to be working in such a pleasant and diverse environment that represents and opens its arms to so many different cultures.” Amaris graduated with a certificate for Medical Assistant/Secretary from The Sawyer School. She is the mother of two beautiful children and loves spending time with them and her four (yes, four) dogs.

Jason DeCesare - Telephone Representative

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.

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.

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.

Megan Peloquin - Medical Assistant

Megan began her career in the medical field at the early age of 14, as a nursing home volunteer. It was there that she discovered her vocation for caring for others. A graduate of what is now Lincoln Tech, she became a CNA and then a CRMA, accumulated more than a dozen years of experience in a private dermatology practice and a physical therapy office. In addition to assisting physicians and our office team, Megan also performs laser and light treatments. She is the proud mother of an “amazing young lady who doesn’t let anything dull her sparkle,” including Type 1 diabetes. When not working, she loves spending as much time as possible “being goofy with my daughter.”

Melinda Diaz - Receptionist

Melinda, one of our longtime check-in secretaries, is well known to our regular patients for her thoroughness and welcoming, infectious smile. She earned her Associate’s Degree in Medical Office Administration from Gibbs College. She is bilingual and an enormous asset with many of our non-English speaking patients. She is very family oriented and loves to relax and kick back when not at work.