At Arizona Dermatology we have a great group of Nurse Practitioners that work closely with our team of dermatologists to provide the best care possible. Get to know each of them in their profiles below.
Marlene Wright FNP-C
Meet Marlene Wright
Tirsa Quartullo DNP, FNP-C
Meet Tirsa Quartullo
Hello, my name is Tirsa Quartullo. I am a board-certified nurse practitioner. I am from Buffalo, New York. My educational background consists of, in 1999 I graduated with my Bachelor's Degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Then in 2002, I graduated from same, from the University at Buffalo with my Master's Degree in Science. And then in 2009, I graduated from Rocky Mountain University with my Doctorate Degree in Science, as well, focusing more on research and dermatology.
Nurse practitioners are advanced practice registered nurses, so I get to have the best of both worlds. I get to practice medicine and seeing patients and diagnose and treat. But I also get to bring a little bit of nursing into what I do, because I'm a nurse at heart. When I get to treat patients, not only do I treat them medically, but I also get to talk to them, educate them, and spend a little bit of time with them.
Arizona Dermatology is a well-known, well established, incredibly reputable company. In my opinion, it's a leader in the industry. It's a staple in our community. I know that Arizona Dermatology hires the best of the best, and I wanted to be part of that.
Tirsa Quartullo is a doctoral prepared, board certified family nurse practitioner. Tirsa earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Buffalo in 1999. She also earned her master’s degree from the University of Buffalo in 2002, with honors. She was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honor society. Tirsa continued her education by pursuing her doctoral degree from Rocky Mountain University in Provo, UT after accepting the university’s presidential scholarship. In 2009, she earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, focusing her studies and dissertation in dermatology-based research.
Tirsa’s professional background began in the field of gerontology and family practice but she quickly shifted her attention to dermatology. In 2005, Tirsa was trained in medical and cosmetic dermatology, including Botox and dermal fillers. In 2009, the American Academy of Medical Esthetic Professionals certified her in medical aesthetics. During this time, Tirsa also served time as an independent nurse consultant for various dermatologic pharmaceutical companies.
Tirsa is a current member of the National Academy of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is also a local speaker of common dermatological conditions among medical professionals.
Tirsa joined Arizona Dermatology in 2013.
Debra Bergstrom MS, RN, FNP
Meet Debra Bergstrom
My name is Debra Bergstrom-Sedgwick. I'm a nurse practitioner plus graduate prepared. I grew up in Maryland and still miss it. I've been in Arizona and in the Southwest for probably 30 years now. I did my undergraduate preparation at University of Texas-El Paso which was considered the finest College of Nursing then and still is.
Post graduate and graduate preparation at Arizona State University. For over 20 years I did hospital internal medicine and had my own internal medicine practice. I retrained in dermatology and am very happy I did so.
I like the patient interactions that are positive instead of focused on very negative or life consuming illnesses. I like the ability to make changes in people's lives and positive impacts on their health whereas with many modalities in medicine you're dealing with problems that people don't maybe want to change like their diet, their lifestyle, their exercise, and their substance habits.
In dermatology I find that a lot of people are open to improvement. Your skin is what people see, so most people come wanting that improvement.
In the White Mountains we have a very diverse population. We are the only dermatology practice available within a 200 mile radius for many of these people. That being said, we have people who come from New Mexico who are probably closer to some of the New Mexico cities because they like our service. We have people who are native populations who don't have access to dermatology care unless they go to major centers, like Albuquerque or Phoenix, who come in.
We have many people who come from far outlying counties in Arizona or in different parts of New Mexico to see us.
Arizona Dermatology is special because we truly have world class clinicians. We try to go the extra mile in terms of technology, in terms of research, in terms of service to our customers, in terms of location and facilities. I don't know another dermatology practice in Arizona or even the Southwest that has what we have to offer.
Debra Bergstrom received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1985 from University of Texas, graduating as the class Valedictorian. She completed her Master of Science in Critical Care in 1992, from Arizona State University, where she was chosen as the Outstanding Masters Graduate. She completed Post-Graduate Nurse Practitioner Certification from Arizona State University in 1995. She has published multiple articles in professional journals. She has also served as associate clinical faculty and preceptor for Nurse Practitioner students, from Arizona State University College of Nursing, University of Arizona College of Nursing, Grand Canyon University and University of Phoenix School of Nursing. For 20 years, her clinical practice focused on critical care medicine, internal medicine and outpatient adult medicine. In 2009, she sold her practice and joined Arizona Dermatology, where she was trained in general, cosmetic and surgical dermatology.
Holly Nichols NP-C
Meet Holly Nichols
I'm Holly Nichols. I'm from Wichita, Kansas. I got my Bachelor's degree in Nursing from Newman University. After that, I worked in the Burn Center. That's where my love affair with skin began, and then I went to Wichita State to achieve my Master's degree and continued working with Burn Center and trauma patients at a level one trauma center, and that's what led me down the road of dermatology. I did a preceptorship with a dermatologist in Wichita. Two years later, I found myself back in dermatology. I've been at the Valley for a year now. Now, I take care of the skin that you're in before I was on the traumatic side of it.
My specialty is general dermatology. I take care of diaper rash, acne, psoriasis, eczema, full body skin checks, skin cancers, surveillance, biopsies, and simple excisions.
I came to Arizona Dermatology after being on several interviews in the Valley. The reason I found my home here was because of the atmosphere. We're all on the same team. Everybody is here for the benefit of the patients; we've all been patients. I would say dermatology patients are kind of unique in that they want to get better. Your skin is your picture to the world and so that's very important to people. I love educating patients, and in dermatology I can fulfill two needs: I like to talk, I'm a people person, and education, and they’re open to that.
Holly Nichols received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Newman University in 1997. As a registered nurse, Holly worked at a level 1 trauma center and elevated to case management duties in the trauma burn ICU. In 2004 Holly completed her Masters of Science in Nursing from Wichita State University.
Holly joins Arizona Dermatology with 8 years’ experience being employed by top dermatology practices in Kansas and California. She specializes in the treatment of acne, skin cancer screenings, rashes and warts.
Holly is nationally certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners’ (AANP) and also certified in Dermatology from the Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA).
She is an active member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Dermatology Nurses Association.