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Laura Collins, APN, DCNP

Laura Collins

Philosophy of Care

I believe in providing comprehensive patient care and strive to give friendly and courteous service. I enjoy helping patients understand their condition and educating them on the best possible treatment options. I think it is important to involve the patient to create a customized treatment plan to best suit their goals.



  • Dermatology

Certifications and Licensure

  • ANCC Nationally Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner
  • DNA Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner

Patients Seen

Accepts adults


  • English

Medical Interests

General dermatology, skin cancer screening and prevention, patient education, acne and isotretinoin treatment, eczema, psoriasis, photodynamic therapy, and cryosurgery.

Personal Interests

Spending time with my family, writing fiction, music, reading, and gardening.



School Northern Illinois University
Graduation Date 12/2000
Degree Bachelor of Science, Nursing

School Northern Illinois University
Graduation Date 12/2004
Degree Master of Science, Nurse Practitioner Program



  • Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Dermatology Nurses Association NP Society
  • Society for Dermatology Physician Assistants

Health Topics Posts

Dermatology Physician Assistant: Who Are They?

DMG Dermatology

Topics and Subtopics: Skin Health

Have You Ever Had A Cold Sore?

Laura Collins, APN DCNP

If you have ever had a red sore appear on or near your lips with or without blisters that sometimes forms a crust, chances are, you may have had a cold sore. Cold sores are caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), which is highly contagious and is spread by direct contact with the skin and mucous membranes.

Topics and Subtopics: Skin Health

Why Do I Have Rough Brown Spots?

Laura Collins, APN DCNP

Have you noticed an appearance of rough brown spots or bumps on your skin as you have grown older? If you have, you are not alone. As we age, we have the potential to develop benign skin tumors known as Seborrheic Keratoses (SKs).

Topics and Subtopics: Skin Health