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          Poblete Dermatology believes in the importance of education and training in the treatment of our patients.  

           We regularly attend dermatological conferences and other scientific meetings to stay up to date with the latest in general and cosmetic dermatology.

          We take pride in the competence, efficiency and friendliness of our physician and staff members.

Maria Veronica R. Abello-Poblete, MD, FAAD


Dr. Abello-Poblete is a Board-Certified Dermatologist who has a broad experience in treating skin conditions that she brings in from her extensive training in Medicine and Dermatology.  She completed her Dermatology Residency in Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ and was the chief resident during her final year. She is currently a volunteer Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology in Rutgers University. She also completed 2 years of post doctoral fellowship in Rockefeller University, NYC where was part of multiple publications on psoriasis. She also completed Family Medicine residency in UMDNJ at Capital Health Systems. 


Dr. Poblete also teaches family medicine and dermatology residents from RWJUH. She has given CME talks and workshops for their conferences and continuously trains them in her office.

Claudia K. Van Saders, RN



Claudia is our Registered Nurse who has extensive experience and knowledge in caring for dermatology patients.  She has worked in the field of dermatology for more than 20 years, working as a  research nurse, where she was part of multiple publications in psoriasis and later on appointed as Manager of Clinical Operations in the department of Dermatology in Rutgers, New Brunswick. She enjoys interacting with patients and takes pride in being able to assist them whether in getting their phototherapy treatment, injections, non invasive body contouring, microdermabrasion or getting registered for iPledge. We are very fortunate to have her in our team.


Emily K. Smith, PA-C


Emily Smith is one of our certified Physician Assistants.  She completed her Bachelor's degree in Biology from Loyola University Maryland and then earned her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Keiser University.  She began her career as a Physician Assistant working in Urgent Care where she encountered many dermatological conditions in various age groups. Emily brought that experience with her to our practice where she was additionally trained in performing procedures such as laser hair removal, KTP, and microneedling/PRP.  She is certified by the National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants.  

Rashida Hassanali, PA-C


Rashida Hassanali is a nationally certified Physician Assistant specializing in Pain Management and Dermatology. She completed her Bachelor's degree at the University of Florida and then earned her Master of Science at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. She is a member of the New Jersey State Society of Physician Assistants and American Academy of Physician Assistants. She is also competent in cosmetic dermatology, combining medicine and artistry for treatments such as laser hair removal, KTP, microneedling and PRP. She continues taking courses and attending seminars by the industries top leaders to provide her patients with the utmost care. She is certified by the National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants.  


Ashwini Swamy, MD

Dr. Ashwini Swamy  is a dermatologist from India who is currently assisting us in taking care of general and cosmetic dermatology patients. She is currently working as a Medical Assistant, taking detailed histories and assisting our dermatologist in surgical procedures as well. Her strong work ethics, knowledge, experience, determination, focus and discipline are her strong points which makes her an excellent addition to our practice.

Laura Knight, MA

Laura is our energetic, very competent and well trained Certified Medical Assistant who  works on both the front desk and clinical part of the office. She enjoys interacting with people, have an eye for detail, and has strong interpersonal skills.  She assists our doctor in rooming in patients,  reviews patients medical history in advance of a procedure, assists in surgeries, iPledge, phototherapy  and  prepare specimens for lab work. 

Yesenia Pena, MA-C


Jessy completed her training as a Medical Assistant in  Fortis Institute with strong recommendations from her mentors due to her consistent professionalism, competence and compassion during her time of training. She has proven to be an invaluable member to our practice, not only because of her competence but also because of her ability to speak fluent English and Spanish which helps a lot of our patients express themselves better.

Jenna Diaz, MA

Jenna completed her Medical Assistant training in Harris School of Business and has worked in various specialties of Medicine which contributes to her experience in patient care.  She is very focused and enjoys new challenges. Besides assisting the dermatologist and our physician assistant with procedures and extensive medical documentation, she has the ability to cross train to assist with appointment scheduling. Due to her versatility and ambition, she is an excellent new addition to our practice. 

Lisa Valenzuela

Lisa is a competent and knowledgeable addition to our administrative staff.  With years of medical billing experience and customer service, she is an excellent resource for patient regarding administrative, billing and insurance questions.  She is also a great resource for the clinical staff in being able to communicate any questions or answers that patients may have.  She is an excellent patient liaison between the patient and clinical staff.

Ria Almanzor

Ria is our Clinical Service Representative who will work with you to get the appointment that you need.  She also helps in getting prior authorizations for your medications as well as providing you with medical records if needed. 


She finished college with a Bachelor in Arts and Science, major in Mass Communication. She also worked as one of the top flight attendants in Philippine Airlines from 1997-2003, worked as a medical biller and practice manager for at least 13 years.  Her broad experience in various fields makes her very comfortable and confident in dealing with patients.