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.
Tirsa Quartullo DNP, FNP-C
Meet Tirsa Quartullo
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.