Meet Our Physician Assistants
Sydney graduated from King’s College with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Studies and a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. She is board certified through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Sydney is eager to work alongside talented plastic and reconstructive surgeons. She enjoys assisting patients throughout their surgical journeys along with witnessing the dramatic and profound impact that plastic surgery can have on patients’ lives. In Sydney’s spare time, she enjoys working out, trying new foods, playing basketball, and traveling.
Zaneta earned her Physician Associate degree at Rutgers University School for Health Professions in 2018. She became a member of The Plastic Surgery team shortly after graduation, working mainly as a first assistant in the operating room, while also seeing patients in the office, aiding with their preoperative management and postoperative care. In addition to her surgical duties, Zaneta is also a part of our It Aesthetix team of aesthetic injectors, tending to patient's aesthetic needs in our Shrewbsury and Freehold offices.
Megan is a board-certified physician assistant who obtained her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. She is a surgical PA who also offers in-office injectable treatments and microneedling. In her free time, Megan enjoys an athletic lifestyle which includes CrossFit and running.
Michele Burgagni is a board certified physician assistant who joined our practice in 2016 after earning a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Long Island University. Having watched a close family member experience breast cancer, Michele developed a special interest in breast reconstruction after mastectomy. She enjoys being a part of our talented, passionate group of physicians and feels privileged to learn from her colleagues daily. When assisting in procedures that help cancer patients regain their health, Michele is regularly reminded of why she chose to work in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Outside of being a PA, Michele enjoys planning weddings.
Stephanie Catalano is a board-certified physician assistant through the NCCPA. She graduated from the College of St. Elizabeth in 2009 and went on to complete her Physician Assistant Program in 2014 with a masters in Health Science from Drexel University. Stephanie enjoys working in the field of plastic surgery because of its broad specialty, taking care of patients of all ages in both cosmetic and reconstructive purposes. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys cooking.
Justyna is a board certified Physician Assistant. She earned a Master of Science Degree at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University. She developed a particular interest in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery while working with providers in the specialty during her clinical training. She was excited to join The Plastic Surgery Center and to work along side of as well as to learn from highly specialized Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. She enjoys the diversity the specialty offers, working with patients of all ages, and being there for patients as they go through their surgical journeys. In her spare time, she likes traveling, running, and hiking.
Natalie is a board-certified physician assistant who graduated from the college of New Jersey in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in health and exercise science. She then went on to complete her master's in physician assistant studies at Salus University and graduated in 2021. She has been working as a float position for the practice and rotates through all the plastic and reconstructive surgical subspecialties. She enjoys working in the OR, office, and hospitals. When not at work she enjoys going for runs, reading, and spending time at the beach.
Gina graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences and a Minor in Chemistry. In 2010, she obtained a Master of Science from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and has been with our practice since graduation. Gina obtained board certification through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and is a member of the NJSSPA and the AAPA. Her love of plastic and reconstructive surgery stems from a balanced interest in patient care and diversity of procedures she takes part in. Gina is proud to be on a team of talented, passionate surgeons who are capable of impacting people’s lives through highly specialized, life-changing surgeries. In her free time, Gina enjoys cooking, working out, and shopping.
Jenna graduated from King’s College with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Studies and a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. She is board certified through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). Jenna is excited to collaborate with the talented surgeons and physician assistants of the practice. She is proud to have a job where such a positive impact can be made on the patients’ lives through highly specialized surgeries. In Jenna’s spare time, she enjoys traveling, working out, and shopping.
Ashley is a board-certified physician assistant who earned a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at DeSales University. Ashley enjoys traveling and getting to experience new foods and adventures whenever she can.
Olivia graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Biobehavioral Health and subsequently received my M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies from Monmouth University (graduated 2017). She has always been drawn to plastic & reconstructive surgery because she loves seeing the positive impact it has on patients’ lives. In her spare time she likes to cook, read, and travel.
Caroline is a board certified physician assistant who graduated from The College of New Jersey with a bachelors in Health and Exercise Science in 2017. She then went on to complete her masters in physician assistant at Monmouth University. Her interest in plastic and reconstructive surgery began when she completed a 4 week clinical rotation at The Plastic Surgery Center when she was a student. She is excited about the opportunity to serve the broader community in which she grew up in alongside a renowned group of innovative surgeons.
Ashley is a certified Physician Assistant who obtained her certification from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) in 2021. She obtained her B.S. from William Paterson University, graduating with Honors. She then went on to complete her training at Rutgers University-New Brunswick where she obtained her Masters in Science. She is a member of both NJSSPA and AAPA. Ashley’s love for surgery began when she shadowed multiple surgical PA’s during her time as an undergraduate. She believes communication is key in providing prime patient care. During her free time she enjoys cooking, working out and spending time with family.
Cristina is a board-certified physician assistant who graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College in 2014 with a Master of Science in Health Sciences. She spent her first three years of practice working in the Burn Intensive Care Unit, learning advanced wound care modalities and critical care. She developed a strong interest in post-traumatic reconstruction and has worked in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery since 2017. Cristina enjoys taking care of patients for both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures and is passionate about helping patients improve their quality of life. In her spare time, Cristina is an avid runner and traveler.
Arielle Paulin is a board-certified physician assistant who studied in the Entry Level Master’s Physician Assistant Program at Quinnipiac University. She has been with our practice since 2015 and enjoys working with patients of all ages, reconstructing all areas of the body. Arielle is happy to be part of a team of surgeons who continue to pave the way for new surgical advancements. In addition to time spent in the operating room, she takes pride in coordinating our Phrenic Nerve Program. In her free time, Arielle enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, and cooking new recipes.
Jennifer Rey is a board certified physician assistant who earned a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She was excited to join our practice and work alongside top surgeons in reconstructive and plastic surgery. Jennifer has a special interest in complex abdominal wall reconstruction, breast reconstruction after mastectomy, and caring for the overall wellness of our patients. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys working out, especially participating in Orange Theory classes.
Anastasia is a board-certified Physician Assistant, who joined the practice in early 2022 after completing Physician Assistant Surgical Residency at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York. She holds Master of Medical Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. Anastasia enjoys working with patients who are undergoing post mastectomy breast reconstruction, as well as patients having body contouring procedures. Anastasia likes to spend her spare time interior decorating or with friends, family and her two miniature schnauzers.
Carly is a board certified physician assistant who graduated from Dickinson College in 2017 with a Bachelors in Biology and a certificate in Health Studies. She then went on to complete her Masters in Medical Science at Salus University in 2021. Carly is excited to be part of such an innovative practice and have the opportunity to learn something new every day! In her free time, Carly enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Gabriella is a board-certified physician assistant who joined our practice in 2017. After obtaining her undergraduate degree in Health Studies from Monmouth University, she continued her education, earning a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. Gabriella has a strong interest in breast reconstruction surgery, specifically reconstructive microsurgery, as well as limb salvage surgery. In her spare time, Gabriella enjoys cooking, traveling and event planning.
Jae is board certified through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She attended Stockton University where she earned her Bachelor’s in Health Sciences in 2019. She completed her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies at Thomas Jefferson University in 2021. Jae has a strong passion for plastic and reconstructive surgery and enjoys the diversity the specialty has to offer. She loves being able to help patients of all ages with life changing treatments and surgeries. She is proud to be part of a team that has such a positive impact on their patients’ lives. In Jae’s spare time, she loves making art, cooking, and shopping.
Nicolette is a board certified physician assistant who graduated from Towson University with a bachelor of science in Health and Exercise Science. She then went on to complete her masters in physician assistant studies at Monmouth University. She completed a 4 week clinical rotation at The Plastic Surgery Center during her graduate studies, which is where she discovered her passion for plastic and reconstructive surgery. Nicolette is proud to be able to contribute to a team of innovative surgeons and provide quality care to patients that need it most. She loves seeing the positive, life changing effects our surgeries have on patients. In her free time, Nicolette enjoys spending time with family and friends, exercising, and hanging out at the beach.