Owner of a private dermatology practice in Smithtown, N.Y. “I started as a solo practitioner and over the past 10 years, have grown the practice to include locations in Smithtown, Commack, and Hampton Bays.” In addition, Donna is the chairperson for the Department of Dermatology at St. Catherine of Siena Hospital in Smithtown.
To say that Donna is in high demand among her patients is an understatement. “I once had a patient who was unable to keep her appointment so she thought about selling it on eBay. She ended up raffling it off at her office.”
Best Part of My Day
”Snuggling and reading with my children in bed.”
Popping the Myth
Donna says the biggest misconception about dermatologists is that “all we do is treat acne.” In fact, her practice helps patients of all ages, with treatments ranging from skin cancer prevention to Botox and laser therapy to helping patients with Merkel cell carcinoma, lupus, metastatic lesions, and many other skin conditions.
Sweet Study Tip
Donna was fascinated by NYCOM’s osteopathic philosophy and comprehensive medical education, though she dreaded her Monday exams. “Even if I felt prepared, Sunday nights were filled with anxiety and anticipation.” She coped by using a “yummy tip” given to her by a friend. “We used to microwave M&Ms for a few seconds to melt the chocolate inside their shells before eating them. I guess it worked since we always passed with flying colors.”
Definition of Success
“To wake up each day and truly enjoy what you do.”
When Harry Met Sally
Last Book Read
The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian
Donna and her husband, David, have two children, Joshua and Ava. “My free time is spent with my family and cheering at my kids’ basketball, football, and baseball games.” Her favorite spot on Long Island is the North Fork, where she and her family love to walk the beaches, go biking and kayaking, watch sunsets, and gaze at the stars. Despite her career success, Donna says her greatest achievements are passing down values to her children and giving them every opportunity in life “so they, too, will become the best people they can be.”