Clinical Providers, PAs and RNs

Clinical Providers, PAs and RNs

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Adriana Coico, PA-C

Adriana completed her studies at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), where she received a BS in Life Sciences and an MS in Physician Assistant Studies.

Prior to joining New York Plastic Surgical Group (NYPS Group), she completed an emergency medicine fellowship and worked in both emergency medicine and urgent care settings.

Since 2019, Adriana has been a surgical PA to board-certified plastic surgeon and NYPS Group partner Dr. Rachel A. Ruotolo. As part of Dr. Ruotolo’s team, Adriana is responsible for helping to ensure quality care for all pediatric, reconstruction, and cosmetic patients.

In addition to her position at NYPS Group, Adriana is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the New York State Society of Physician Assistants.

Adriana Coico, PA-C

Bobby Mathews, MPAS, PA – C

Bobby Mathews, MPAS, PA-C has been a Physician Assistant at New York Plastic Surgical Group, a Division of Long Island Plastic Surgical Group since 2008. Bobby received his B.S. in Physician Assistant Studies from SUNY Stony Brook in 2002, and then went on to graduate from the University of Nebraska with a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 2009. Bobby has also spent much of his time doing volunteer work for the Garden City Park Fire Department. Bobby is an active member of the Association of Plastic Surgery Physician Assistants, the New York State Society of Physician Assistants, and the American Academy of Physician Assistants. In addition, he was a sub-investigator with two breast reconstruction clinical trials.

Bobby works with plastic surgeon, Dr. Matthew Kilgo, specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery.

Bobby Mathews

Courtney Monaghan, PA – C

Courtney is a board-certified Physician Assistant through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is licensed to practice in both New York and New Jersey. She is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where she received both her BS and MS in Health Science.

Courtney began her career as a surgical PA at MidState Medical Center, where she assisted in a variety of general and subspecialty surgical cases. From there she continued on to work at some of the tri-state’s most celebrated medical institutions, honing her skills first as a Surgical PA, and then as a Surgical and Trauma Intensive Care PA.

In 2021, Courtney joined Manhattan-based, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. William Samson. As a celebrated breast specialist, Dr. Samson offers patients a variety of innovative aesthetic and reconstructive surgery options. In her role, Courtney is responsible for not only assisting in the operating room, but also in helping to manage all patient post-operative care.

Danielle Sacco, PA-C

Danielle Sacco is a board-certified physician assistant through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is licensed to practice by the New York Board of Medicine. She is a graduate of Hofstra University where she received a dual degree including both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in PA Studies.

Immediately after completing her clinical rotations, Danielle joined New York Plastic Surgical Group in 2020 as a pediatric plastic and craniofacial surgery physician assistant under board-certified plastic surgeon and New York Plastic Surgical Group partner Dr. Rachel A. Ruotolo. As a member of Dr. Ruotolo’s team, Danielle plays an integral role in ensuring the care and success of every patient.

In addition to her position at New York Plastic Surgical Group, Danielle has also spent time working as a pediatric orthopedic physician assistant at Northwell Health. She is an active member of both the New York State Society of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Danielle Sacco, PA-C

Gabriella Olazabel, PA-C

Gabriella Olazabal began her studies at the University of Delaware, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. After graduating with honors, she continued her education at Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences in New York. During that time, she gained experience in different fields such as robotic surgery, burn surgery, plastic surgery, family medicine, emergency medicine, OB/GYN, pediatrics, and critical care.

Gabriella is a board-certified physician assistant through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is licensed to practice by the New York Board of Medicine. In 2022, she joined New York Plastic Surgical Group where she works under board-certified plastic surgeon and New York Plastic Surgical Group partner Dr. Jerry W. Chang. As a member of Dr. Chang’s team Gabriella assists in a variety of cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries, as well as helps with the pre- and post-operative care of every patient.

Gabriella is an active member of the Association of Plastic Surgery Physician Assistants, the New York State Society of Physician Assistants, and the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She is also fluent in Spanish.

During her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, swimming and spending time with her family and friends.

Gabriella Olazabel, PA-C

Jennifer Hoffstein, PA-C

Jennifer is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, where she obtained a BS in Biobehavioral Health.

After completing her undergraduate studies, she furthered her education with an MS in Physician Assistant Studies at Mercy College. During that time, she immersed herself in an array of clinical rotations spanning obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, internal medicine, family medicine, plastic surgery, and general surgery.

Presently, Jennifer holds a role as a Physician Assistant at New York Plastic Surgical Group (NYPS Group) under the guidance of Practice President Dr. Tommaso Addona. She provides first assistance in the operating room during surgical procedures, specializing in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, and diligently oversees the post-operative care for patients. Jennifer’s journey with NYPS Group commenced as a medical scribe, showcasing her commitment to continuous growth in the field of plastic surgery.

Additionally, she maintains an active membership with the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), further enriching her knowledge and skill set to deliver exceptional patient care.

Jennifer-Hoffstein-PA

Jessica Pereira, PA-C

Jessica Pereira, PA-C is a board-certified Physician Assistant and has been a part of New York Plastic Surgical Group, a Division of Long Island Plastic Surgical Group since 2018.

Currently, Jessica works alongside board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tommaso Addona. As a part of Dr. Addona’s team, Jessica is responsible for helping to provide patients with compassionate and comprehensive pre and postoperative care. This includes everything from consultations and follow up visits to interpreting diagnostic laboratory results and medical imaging. In addition, Jessica assists in a variety of reconstructive and cosmetic surgeries. She specializes in breast reconstruction.

Prior to joining our team Jessica trained within a number of medical facilities and fields including family medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, long term care, orthopedics, and obstetrics and gynecology. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science with a minor in Microbiology from Quinnipiac University in 2016 before completing her Physician Assistant Studies at Touro College in Bayshore, NY in 2018.

Jessica Pereira, PA-C

Kasey Edwards, PA-C

Kasey Edwards is a board-certified physician assistant through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is licensed to practice by the New York Board of Medicine.

Kasey began her studies at St. Joseph’s University (formerly known as St. Joseph’s College), in Patchogue, NY, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. After completing her undergraduate studies with honors, she continued her education at New York Institute of Technology, receiving a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) degree and graduating with a 4.0. During that time Kasey obtained clinical experience in a variety of specialties including both general and orthopedic surgery, gynecology, family, internal, and emergency medicine, pediatrics, psychology, and cardiology.

In 2021, Kasey joined New York Plastic Surgical Group as a PA to board-certified plastic surgeon and practice partner Dr. Noël Natoli. Specializing in both general plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Natoli and her team see a variety of patients. Particularly, they focus on natural breast reconstruction using microsurgical techniques and cosmetic breast surgery, as well as female rejuvenation, and gender affirming surgical procedures for transgender patients, including facial surgery, transmasculine top surgery, and transfeminine breast augmentation.

In addition to her work at New York Plastic Surgical Group, Kasey is also a General Surgery PA at Mercy Medical Center. She is an active member of both the New York State Society of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Katie Guarino, PA-C

Katie Guarino, PA-C is a board-certified Physician Assistant and has been a part of New York Plastic Surgical Group, a Division of Long Island Plastic Surgical Group since 2011. She currently works alongside board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tommaso Addona.

Prior to joining our team, Katie began her career in plastic surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in 2009. During that time she developed a passion for the breast cancer community that continues to impact her work today. At NYPS Group, Katie provides compassionate clinical support to those embarking on a reconstructive journey. From initial consult to recovery, she works alongside both NYPS Group and oncology staff to help patients create individualized surgery plans that best suit their needs. She is also proud to have co-authored multiple articles on Oncoplastic Breast Conserving Surgery.

In addition to her work as a cancer and reconstructive PA, Katie is also experienced in orthopedics, a field she trained in while working at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. She is currently a member of the Association of Plastic Surgery Physician Assistants, the New York State Society of Physician Assistants, and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Prior to completing her Physician Assistant Studies at St. John’s University in 2009, Katie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Psychology from Loyola University in Maryland. At Loyola, she competed on the Division I Women’s lacrosse team as a scholarship athlete.

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Kristen Ebner, RN, CPSN

Kristen Ebner began her nursing career in 2006 working in a post-operative surgical unit at Winthrop University Hospital, recognized today as NYU Langone Hospital. Since that time, she has worked in a variety of specialties including Operating Room, Dermatology, and Wound Care. In 2011 she began working with breast cancer and breast reconstruction patients here at New York Plastic Surgical Group under the guidance of board-certified plastic surgeon and Practice President Dr. Tommaso Addona. In 2018, she went on to obtain an additional plastic surgery nursing certification.

Originally entering college as an Art major, Kristen always had a talent for drawing and painting. Although her academic studies led her to the field of medicine, she never lost her love for art. While working with breast cancer reconstruction patients, Kristen quickly realized she could merge her interests and help survivors to feel confident and beautiful.

Today, Kristen is a medical tattoo artist licensed through Nassau County with three certifications in areola tattooing, one certification in scar and stretch mark camouflage, and one certification in 3D belly button tattooing. At New York Plastic Surgical Group, Kristen works alongside many of our plastic surgeons to provide patients with beautiful, natural-looking results.

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Kristen Ebner RN CPSN

Rachel Rubin, PA-C

Rachel Rubin, PA-C joined New York Plastic Surgical Group, a Division of Long Island Plastic Surgical Group in 2016 after receiving her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Mercy College. Prior to her physician assistant studies, Rachel received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Binghamton University in 2013.

After becoming board-certified in 2016, Rachel began her career as a Plastic Surgery PA with Dr. Richard Reish. She has assisted in a wide range of cosmetic surgical procedures including body contouring, rhinoplasty, facelift, and blepharoplasty. It was during this time that she developed a strong foundation in facial anatomy and aesthetics, which led to the start of her career as an injector. Non-surgical facial rejuvenation has become a fascination for Rachel, who now specializes in restoring natural beauty and facial balancing with injectables.

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, running, and spending time with her family and friends.

Rachel Rubin
See Rachel Rubin’s profile on Healthgrades.

Steve Stavrides, PA-C

Steve Stavrides, PA-C has been a Physician Assistant at New York Plastic Surgical Group, a Division of Long Island Plastic Surgical Group since 2004. He currently works alongside board-certified plastic surgeon and practice partner Dr. Thomas A. Davenport. In this role, Steve assists with cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, microsurgery, and hand, burn, and wound care.

Steve received a BA in Psychology from SUNY Albany before continuing on to complete a BS in Physician Assistant Studies from Touro College. During his graduate studies he was awarded Valedictorian from the PA Program. In addition, he received awards for Outstanding Clinical Student Award and Academic Student Award. Professionally, Steve is a fellow member of the American Association of Physician Assistants, New York State Society of Physician Assistants, and is certified in both Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS).

Prior to joining our team, Steve worked in the emergency department at Mercy Medical Center, Brunswick Hospital Center, and Winthrop University Hospital where he was awarded employee of the month. In Steve’s free time, he enjoys music, hiking, and photography.

Steve Stavrides

Tara Taheri, MS, PA-C

Tara Taheri is a board-certified physician assistant through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is licensed to practice by the New York Board of Medicine.

Tara received her Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Science with a Minor in Biology from Stony Brook University before continuing on to complete a Master of Science (MS) in Interdisciplinary Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and an MS in Physician Assistant Studies at Touro College of Health Sciences. During this time, she gained clinical experience in a variety of settings including advanced clinical training in reconstructive plastic surgery. 

In 2024, Tara joined New York Plastic Surgical Group as a surgical PA to board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Haritha Veeramacheneni (Veera). In this role, she assists Dr. Veera in treating both reconstruction and cosmetic surgery patients in our Babylon, Brooklyn, East Hills, and Garden City locations. Prior to becoming a part of New York Plastic Surgical Group, Tara worked as a medical assistant in plastic surgery and a medical scribe in the emergency department.

She is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Tiffany Cheung, PA-C

Tiffany Cheung began her medical studies with a BS in Health Science from Long Island University. After graduating summa cum laude, she then went on to receive her Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Pace University Lenox Hill Hospital.

Before joining the our team in 2018, Tiffany gained experience in a range of pharmacy, hospital, and medical center settings including Tu Quynh Pharmacy and Chatham Medical P.C. Her clinical training spans a variety of fields including plastic surgery, emergency medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, women’s health, psychiatry, gastroenterology, and family practice.

In addition to being an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, New York State Society of Physician Assistants, and the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, Tiffany has certifications from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS), Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), and Phlebotomy.

Tiffany is proficient in three dialects of Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin, and conversational Fuzhounese), and works with plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Dobryansky.

Tiffany Cheung, PA-C

Other Physician Assistants (Bios and Photos Coming Soon)

  • Caileigh Allegrini, PA-C
  • Emily Berkowitz, PA-C
  • Robert Mazaroski, PA-C
  • Courtney Monaghan, PA-C
  • Samantha Sommer, PA-C

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