Although I was born in Pasadena, California, I grew up in Westerville, Ohio near Columbus. I attended Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio and earned a double major in both Zoology and Chemistry. I attended medical school in Dayton, Ohio at Wright State University, where I graduated with honors (Alpha Omega Alpha). I then went on to the University of Pennsylvania, where I completed a surgical internship, and followed that with my residency in Dermatology at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. While at Wilford Hall, I got to serve as an exchange resident at the world's oldest hospital dedicated to dermatology, Hospital Saint-Louis in Paris, France.
I spent nine spectacular years in the Air Force, where I served in California, Texas and finally the panhandle of Florida. I was lucky enough to have traveled all the way around the world, go to all of the continents of the world except Antarctica, serve as Bob Hope's personal physician for one of his USO tours, and get selected as one of the top flight surgeons in the Air Force.
I landed here in Melbourne in 1995, and each year has gotten better and better. The people of Melbourne are in a class by themselves. This has proven to be the perfect place to raise a family and live and work. I consider myself lucky to be here and work with and care for such high quality people.
My areas of special interest are cosmetic and surgical dermatology, including Mohs Micrographic Surgery, and non-surgical rejuvenation of the face.
In my spare time, I like to run, bicycle, fish, and travel. I also enjoy water sports, including wakeboarding and kite boarding, and plan to learn to surf in the near future.
* Orlando Magazine Top Doctors in Central Florida 2008
Emily Neel, Physician Assistant to Dr. Bishop, completed her post-graduate training in Physician Assistant Studies at Nova Southeastern University where she graduated with honors. She received a Bachelor of Science in PA studies as well as a Masters in Public Health. Prior to this, Emily earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Minor in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She also studied French art and literature at The Sorbonne in Paris, France.
Emily is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants. Since working with Dr. Bishop, Emily has specialized in general and cosmetic dermatology and dermatologic surgery. Emily specializes in the use of surgical and non-surgical skills and methods for diagnosing and treating various skin conditions, benign growths and skin cancers, as well as managing chronic skin conditions.
Leigh Breznay, Physician Assistant to Dr. Bishop, completed her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies with a Specialization in Plastic Surgery through the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. She earned a Certificate in Physician Assistant Studies at Kettering College of Medical Arts where she graduated with distinction. Prior to this, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Population and Organismic Biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Leigh began her career as a physician assistant in plastic surgery and has since made the switch to specializing in dermatology and dermatologic surgery under the supervision of Dr. Bishop. Leigh's primary focus is detecting and treating a variety of skin cancers. Leigh is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants. Leigh has demonstrated her expertise and skills in dermatologic surgery. Leigh is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants.
In her free time, Leigh enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, fishing, scuba diving, and snowboarding.
Gwen has been involved in health care since moving to Melbourne in 1989. While volunteering with a local Emergency Medical Service, she obtained her nursing degree from Indian River Community College. Driven by an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, Gwen furthered her studies at the University of Central Florida where she graduated as a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, earning her Masters degree. She is licensed in the State of Florida as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) and is nationally certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
As an accomplished medical professional Gwen is continually enhancing her skills and knowledge through advanced trainings and continuing education. Gwen is a certified Allergan Injector with an expertise in BOTOX injections and dermal fillers. She is also certified to operate Aesthetic Lasers and is well versed in the Obagi skin care product line. She has performed hundreds of cosmetic enhancements. Gwen will not only be able to treat your skin conditions but will also be able to address your aesthetic concerns.
Shivani Patel, Physician Assistant to Dr. Bishop, earned her Master of Science degree from Seton Hall University, in South Orange, New Jersey. Prior to that, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers University in 2005. Shivani began her career in internal medicine. Upon moving to Florida, she provided ambulatory care and occupational medicine, where she treated a broad spectrum of illnesses and injuries.
Working closely with Dr. Bishop, Shivani provides thorough skin checks as well as minor dermatologic medical procedures. Shivani is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). She is also a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA).
Patient satisfaction is what motivates Shivani. She is very compassionate and dedicated to provide quality care to all her patients. She is married to a Health First physician and in her spare time enjoys painting and cooking, as well as traveling.
Virginija Bernotiene is our Registered Nurse and a licensed Aesthetician, with more than ten years of medical aesthetic experience. Her clinical background includes assisting physicians in plastic surgery, neurosurgery, and emergency/trauma surgeries, including performing pre- and post-operative patient care. European-trained, Virginija is well-versed in medical skin therapies including European facials, chemical peels, skin-tag removals, Blue-Light Photodynamic therapy, and Intense Pulse Light Photofacial skin therapy, as well as Dermapen®, Ultherapy® and micro-dermabrasion. A dedicated clinician, Virginija offers expert skin care advice and can address your many skin concerns including melasma, rosacea, and acne, in addition to providing non-surgical facial rejuvenation and treatments for scars, fine lines, age spots/brown spots, and more. Flexible scheduling and complimentary consultations are available. Call 321.751.9097 to schedule an appointment with Virginija Bernotiene, RN in Dermatology.