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Our Team

Together with a coordinated burn care team, we offer the best burn care available today. From adults to children to burn victims with severe burns to people who need outpatient care for minor burns, the Kessler Burn Center accepts and treats all patients with the same high level of care.

Meet Our Specialists


  • Derek Bell MD, Director - Kessler Burn Center and Urgent Burn Clinic
  • Nicole Stassen MD, FACS, FCCM, Director - Kessler Family Burn Trauma Intensive Care Unit

Advanced Practice Providers

  • Heidi Fitzgerald NP
  • Alicia Kelleher, NP
  • Shauna Cole, PA

Burn Center Program Manager

Adult Burn Care Coordinator

  • Aubrey Way, RN

Intensive Care Unit Care Coordinator

  • Scott Vanhoover, RN

Pediatric Burn Care Coordinator

  • Kate Ostrander, RN


  • RoseMarie Szymkowiak, RD, CNSC - Adult Intensive Care Unit
  • Christine Patterson, RD - Adult Floor
  • April Walton, RD - Pediatric Floor
  • Lauren Teugeman, RD - Pediatric ICU

Rehabilitation Staff

  • Caitlin DiRaimo, OTR/L - Inpatient adult and pediatrics
  • Dana Emery, OTD - Outpatient
  • Kristine Lohr, PT - Pediatrics
  • Nicolette Standera, PT, DTP PICU
  • Breanna Munier, PT, DPT-Pediatics

Social Worker

  • David Gafford, LMSW Adult Social Work
  • Leanne Acker, LMSW, Pediatric Social Work

Support Staff

  • Elena Sullivan, Data Analyst
  • Nicolas Smiraldo, Physician Support Specialist