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Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

One of the best models of health care incorporates various clinicians who work together to provide patients with more accessible, quality care.  At Twin Ports Dermatology, we have employed a team of experienced Dermatology medical practitioners, including Mohs surgeons, Dermatologists, Dermatology Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners. From the welcoming greeting you receive at the desk to the assuring knowledge and skill of your nurse, our clinic provides the best quality service to our patients.  When you decide to treat yourself to a service at our medical spa, our licensed and experienced estheticians and laser technicians are always making sure you are comfortable and your requests are heard.

Jeffrey N. Samuelson, M.D.

Medical Director, Supervising Physician, Dermatologist, Mohs Surgeon

Dr. Samuelson attended UCLA and graduated with a degree in Economics. He went on to graduate from the University of Health Sciences, The Chicago Medical School, Alpha Omega Alpha in 1989. Dr. Samuelson completed his internship at Letterman Army Medical Center at the Presidio of San Francisco in 1990 and successfully completed his residency in 1996 in Dermatology at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Samuelson is Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology and is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology. After completing his dermatology residency, Dr. Samuelson completed training in Moh’s micrographic surgery and has performed over 10,000 cases. In addition to skin cancer treatment, he has extensive experience in cosmetic dermatology with Botox, fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, Sculptra,), and laser/light treatments. For the past 15 years, Dr. Samuelson has owned and operated a private practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is married and his three daughters attend University of Wisconsin Madison, UCLA, and the University of San Diego. His hobbies include reading history and philosophy, following UCLA athletics, Nordic-skiing, and cycling.

Heather Smith, MPAS, PA-C

Physician Assistant, Mohs Technician, Laser Certified, CoolSculpting Specialist, certified by ZELTIQ

Heather is a Nationally Certified Physician Assistant at Twin Ports Dermatology.  She obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Health & Wellness from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Des Moines University.  She has been practicing medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology for nearly a decade now and she truly loves what she does! She is a proud member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Minnesota Academy of Physician Assistants, and is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.  Heather is also a  diplomat member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, a prestigious title given to Dermatology PAs after years of experience and further education in the field. A Dermatology Physician Assistant holds a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies with further training in dermatology. For more information on Physician Assistants, click here. Heather has been trained and certified as a Mohs Technician where she assists in the processing of tissue during skin cancer surgeries. She is also certified in lasers by the National Laser Institute and trained in Botox and fillers however she focuses most of her time on medical and surgical Dermatology since there is a great need for it in the Northland. In her spare time, Heather enjoys being at the cabin, traveling, and spending time with her family, including her sons Easton and Leo.

Cynthia Eaton, APRN, CNP

Certified Nurse Practitioner

Cindy is a Certified Nurse Practitioner with specialized training in Dermatology. She graduated with her Bachelors in Nursing from Northern Michigan University. She then received her Master of Arts – Family Nurse Practitioner degree from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. Cindy has 24 years of nursing experience in areas such as Emergency Services, Intensive care settings & most recently ten years in a Dermatology setting. Cindy is skilled at treating patients of all ages in all varieties of dermatological conditions. A Dermatology Nurse Practitioner holds a Master’s Degree with further training in dermatology. For more information on Nurse Practitioners, click here. In her spare time, Cindy enjoys traveling & spending time with family & friends. She is also a Lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force Reserves.

Kaitlyn Bhoopal, APRN, CNP

Certified Nurse Practitioner

Kaitlyn is a Certified Nurse Practitioner. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at the College of St. Scholastica in 2009 and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) – Family Practice at St. Scholastica in 2017. She has always had a special interest in dermatology and completed her DNP quality improvement project in skin integrity. What she loves about dermatology is that it applies to everyone and she gets to work with patients of all ages. She lives in Duluth with her husband Jaidev and golden retriever Maddy.  Her favorite Duluth activities include walking her dog on the Lakewalk, finding agates, and running Grandma’s Marathon.

Amy Larson, APRN, CNP

Certified Nurse Practitioner

Amy is a Certified Nurse Practitioner with specialized training in Dermatology.  She completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at the College of Scholastica in 2013.  She then worked as an RN on a medical surgical floor, a post anesthesia care unit, and most recently in an allergy clinic.  Amy then went on to complete her Master degree program at Simmons University to become a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2019.

Amy has always had a passion for skin care and completed her last clinical rotation here at Twin Ports Dermatology.   She then went on to do further extensive training in Dermatology after graduation and is qualified to perform a wide array of medical and surgical dermatology.   One of her favorite parts of working in Dermatology is treating and assessing patients across the lifespan.

Originally from the Twin Cities, Amy now lives in Duluth with her husband Alan and daughter Palmer.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, traveling, and is also a Lieutenant in the United States Navy Reserves.

Maria Becker

RN Injection Specialist

Maria has been an RN for the past 17 years and entered aesthetic nursing in 2006. She uses advanced injection techniques and is proficient in applying a variety of products. Maria was also an educator in the industry for several years and traveled throughout the United States. During this time, she not only educated other medical staff, but also was able to pick-up new techniques from around the country. Maria’s injection style is fairly conservative. She enjoys creating a refreshed, natural looking result that never looks artificial. Her passion is in providing the best experience possible for her patients. This can be observed by the time she takes to educate and listen. Maria also always makes herself available post-procedure for questions. Through her experience, care and artistic eye, she is able to customize treatments based on each person’s unique features.

Colleen Schmidt

Dermatology RN, RN Injection Specialist, Mohs Technician, CoolSculpting Specialist, certified by ZELTIQ

Colleen has been an RN for over 20 years and entered the specialty of Dermatology in 2011. She truly enjoys hands-on patient care and education. She has Bachelor’s Degrees in Nursing and Organizational Behavior from the College of St. Scholastica and her previous nursing experience includes Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pediatrics. Colleen has received specialized injection training on Botox/Dysport and has also trained alongside Maria to develop the same results driven technique. She is very detailed in her treatments ensuring you receive the most aesthetically pleasing result. Colleen has also been trained and certified as a Mohs Technician where she assists in the processing of tissue during skin cancer surgeries. She finds being involved in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers highly rewarding. Colleen lives in Isabella with her husband Bob and their dog Hattie. In her free time, Colleen enjoys photography, travel, sports, hunting, and camping with family and friends.

Wendy Oosten

Esthetician, Certified Laser Specialist, CoolSculpting Specialist, certified by ZELTIQ

Wendy graduated from UW-Superior with a Bachelor of Science degree in music. Before her career in skin care Wendy taught private violin lessons and was a member of the Duluth Superior Symphony for several years. Wendy studied esthetics at Cosmetology Careers Unlimited and is a licensed Minnesota esthetician. She also attended the prestigious Rocky Mountain Laser College & became a Certified Laser Specialist. This specialized training ensures you have the most advanced & safest laser treatment providing you with the best results possible. Wendy is passionate about skin health and is very results driven. She looks forward to working with you on your individualized skin care needs. Wendy enjoys music, spending time in the great outdoors and time spent with family and friends.

Katie Jackman

Esthetician, CoolSculpting Specialist, certified by ZELTIQ

Katie graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Communication. Always being drawn to the desire of helping others and passionate about the health and wellness industry, Katie found her niche in skin therapy. Katie studied esthetics at Cosmetology Careers Unlimited, The International Dermal Institute and is a licensed Minnesota esthetician. Katie is deeply passionate about skin health, and results focused treatments. She also prides herself on staying “in the know” with the newest and most beneficial treatments and products available to her clients. Katie enjoys spending her spare time hiking, growing her yoga practice, skiing, traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Kristin Norlander

CoolSculpting Specialist, certified by ZELTIQ

Kristin is passionate about education and being a life-long learner. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education, a Master’s degree in teaching and learning and also in computer education. She is a certified wellness coach and lives a healthy, active lifestyle. Kristin’s hobbies include singing, being active outdoors in all seasons, curling, teaching and/or participating in fitness classes. She also enjoys time at the family cabin, laughing, reading personal development books, volunteering and spending time with her family.

Carissa Rohlinger


Carissa graduated from University of Phoenix with a Bachelors in Business. Before working in skin care she worked in human resources, shortly after she decided to pursue her passion in skin care and attended Cosmetology Careers Unlimited and The International Dermal Institute to be become a licensed esthetician. Carissa is very passionate about skin care, keeping up with new technology/services and very results driven.   Carissa enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, cooking and spending time with her family and children.

Anthony Smith

Business Manager

Anthony is the business manager at Twin Ports Dermatology. He has worked at two fortune 1000 companies and brings his business insight and passion to Twin Ports Dermatology. In his spare time, Anthony enjoys hunting, fishing, golf, cabin life and spending time with family.

Christie Erickson

Clinic Administrator

Christie is an experienced healthcare leader who has worked in the field since 1999. From hands-on patient care to managing and directing multiple clinic and hospital areas, Christie keeps the patient at the forefront. She is passionate about quality patient care and excellent customer service. Christie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and a Master’s Degree of Health Science, Physical Therapy from the College of St. Scholastica. Christie lives in Duluth with her husband Brad, daughter Luisa, and son Jaeger. Her interests include running, gardening, great times at the cabin and being with friends and family.