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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

Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Laura Collins, APN DCNP

Basal Cell Carcinoma is cancer of the skin that arises in the epidermis (most superficial layer of the skin). This is the most common cancer in humans, as well as the most common type of skin cancer.

Topics and Subtopics: Men's Health,Skin & Beauty,Women's Health

Actinic Keratoses: Pre-Malignant Skin Tumors

Laura Collins, APN DCNP

Actinic Keratosis (Solar Keratosis), is sun-related skin damage thought to be a precursor to skin cancer, such as squamous cell carcinoma.

Topics and Subtopics: Men's Health,Skin & Beauty,Women's Health

Malignant Melanoma: Warning Signs

Laura Collins, APN DCNP

Melanoma is a cancer of the melanocytes, which are the pigment producing cells of the skin. Melanoma most commonly occurs in the skin, however may also be found in the eyes, ears, GI tract, Central Nervous System and in the oral and genital mucous membranes.

Topics and Subtopics: Men's Health,Skin & Beauty,Women's Health

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