Physician Assistants

Our licensed physician assistants take a medical approach to treating individual skin conditions under the direction and supervision of our board-certified dermatologists. As members of the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants, they focus on ensuring that all procedures follow professional medical guidelines, while providing personalized advice, support and instruction to patients and families.

Jennifer Avaliani, PA-C

Areas Served: Buckhead

Jennifer B. Avaliani is a Certified Physician Assistant with a special interest in dermatology. She graduated with a Masters of Medical Science degree from Emory University’s Physician Assistant program with honors in 2001, and joined the practice in 2002. She is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants, and the Georgia Dermatology Physician Assistant Society. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three boys.

Laura Durell, PA-C

Areas Served: Marietta, Buckhead

Laura Durell is a board certified Physician Assistant, graduating from Emory University’s PA program Summa Cum Laude in 2005 with a Masters of Medical Science. She is an Atlanta native, but lived in Boston from 2008-2016. During that time she joined a busy dermatology practice and has focused on general medical and surgical dermatology with a special interest in geriatrics. She is excited to be back in Atlanta, and looks forward to integrating into the local community with her husband and two young children.

Kate Kaufman, PA-C

Areas Served: Covington

Kate Kaufman joined Dermatology Consultants in October of 2015. She is a board certified physician assistant with experience in medical dermatology and internal medicine. She graduated with a Masters of Medical Science degree from Emory University’s Physician Assistant program in 2010 and is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants, and the Georgia Dermatology Physician Assistant Society. She enjoys spending time outside and traveling with her husband, young son and dog. ​

Chhavi Lal, PA-C

Areas Served: Buckhead

Chhavi A. Lal is a board-certified physician assistant who focuses on all aspects of medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. She graduated with distinction from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut in 2002 with a Masters of Medical Science degree, and joined the practice in 2003. She is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Georgia Dermatology Physician Assistant Society. She is married to Subodh Lal, M.D., a gastroenterologist in Cobb County. She enjoys traveling & spending time with her family.

Lisa Lewis, PA-C

Areas Served: Marietta

Lisa Lewis is a board-certified physician assistant whose clinical interests include skin cancer prevention and treatment, surgery, and pediatric/adolescent dermatology. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Psychology and a Master’s of Medical Science Degree from Emory University’s School of Family and Preventative Medicine. She has also completed additional training in oncology at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. She joined the practice in 1999. She is a California native, commercial pilot, and enjoys spending time with her husband, Chuck, daughters, Brittany and Nicolina, and son Dane.

Erin Watkins, PA-C

Areas Served: Marietta

Erin L. Watkins is a board-certified physician assistant with experience in medical dermatology. She graduated from the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, IN in 2007 with a Masters degree in Physician Assistant studies. She joined the practice in 2015 after relocating from Concord, NC. She is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, and the Georgia Dermatology Physician Assistant Society. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three boys.

Chason Worthy, PA-C

Areas Served: Marietta

Chason Worthy is a board certified Physician assistant with experience in medical and surgical dermatology. She graduated with honors from the Emory University Physician Assistant program in 2005 where she earned a Masters of Medical Science. She joined Dermatology Consultants in 2006. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and Georgia Dermatology Physician Assistant Society. Chason is married to Jose Garcia MD, an obgyn at Peachtree Women’s Clinic. She enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her husband and 2 children.