Our Doctors and Providers

Hendrik Uyttendaele, M.D. Ph.D.

Dr. Uyttendaele is a board-certified dermatologist and is the owner of Hudson Dermatology, P.C. He has been named one of the Hudson Valley’s best doctors by Hudson Valley magazine for seven years in a row.

Dr. Uyttendaele completed his residency in dermatology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. He is a graduate of the University of Leuven, Belgium, and Columbia University in New York City.

Jeffrey S. Kezis, M.D.

Dr. Kezis is a board-certified dermatologist and has been in private practice of dermatology for over 30 years. Dr Kezis is the founder of our dermatology practice.

Dr. Kezis is a graduate of the Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and completed his residency in dermatology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is a lifetime member of the American Academy of Dermatology and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Dermatology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City.

Vincent S. Beltrani, M.D.

Dr. Beltrani has been in practice for over 38 years, specializing in dermatology and allergy. He received his medical degree from Columbia University. He is board certified by both the American Board of Dermatology and the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.

Dr. Beltrani continues to serve the medical community in many capacities. He is on staff at Vassar Brothers Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center. He is a frequent lecturer and enjoys his teaching appointment at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Beltrani has published numerous articles on both dermatology and allergy.

Lasha Jaiani, M.D.

Dr. Jaiani is board certified in internal medicine and specializes in dermatology. He completed his training in medicine at the Yale University affiliated Hospital of St. Raphael in New Haven, Conn., and trained in dermatology at the Institute for Family Health in Kingston, N.Y.

Dr. Jaiani has completed extensive research training in dermatology in fellowships at Emory University in Atlanta and at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., near Chicago. He is a graduate of Tbilisi State Medical University in Tbilisi, Georgia. He has published several scientific articles in peer reviewed journals.

Mays Al-Shaer, M.D.

Dr. Al-Shaer is board certified in internal medicine and specializes in dermatology. She completed her training in medicine at the University of Missouri–Columbia School of Medicine, and received further training in dermatology at the Institute for Family Health in Kingston, N.Y.

She is highly trained in using lasers for medical and esthetic treatments and is certified by the National Laser Institute for a wide range of laser procedures.

Dr. Al-Shaer received extensive research experience in dermatology at the University of Missouri and has published several scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals. She is a graduate of the University of Jordan.

Kristina Heitzman Carr, P.A.-C.

Kristina Carr is a certified physician assistant with over 27 years of clinical experience. She received her bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and trained as a Physician Assistant at Northeastern University in Boston.

Ms. Carr worked in primary care and various surgical specialties in New England before moving to the Hudson Valley in 1985. She trained in dermatology and dermatologic surgery with Dr. Herbert Goodheart, who retired from the practice in 2010, and worked with him for 11 years while at Kaiser.

Suellen Nelson, P.A.-C.

Suellen Nelson is a certified physician assistant with over 31 years of clinical experience. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Boston College School of Nursing and her physician assistant training at the Yale University School of Medicine’ Physician Associate Program in New Haven, Conn.

Mrs. Nelson trained in dermatology and dermatologic surgery with Dr. Herbert Goodheart, who retired from Hudson Dermatology in 2010. She has worked as a physician assistant in various surgical and medical specialties, most recently at the Danbury Office of Physician Services in Danbury, Conn.

Rebecca E. Zalesny, C.P.N.P.

Rebecca E. Zalesny is a board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner. She specializes in pediatric dermatology and sees some of our younger patients. (Pediatric patients are those up to 26 years old if a child is on a parent's insurance plan, or otherwise through the age of 21.)

Mrs. Zalesny came to Hudson Dermatology from the Children’s Medical Group in April 2012. She received her masters degree from Columbia University in 2011. She is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and the national honor society of nursing, Sigma Theta Tau. She is also certified in pediatric advanced life support.

Ross Zeltser, M.D.

Dr. Zeltser is a board-certified dermatologist specializing in Mohs micrographic surgery. He graduated and obtained his M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, New York. He did his residency at the Boston University/Tufts University Dermatology Residency Program, where he was chosen chief resident.

He received his board certification in dermatology in August 2006, and trained as a Mohs surgical fellow under the direction of Gary S. Rogers, M.D., at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston from July 2006 through July 2007.

Dr. Zeltser has had numerous articles published in medical journals and has presented his work before the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.

Dr. Zeltser is currently a clinical instructor at Columbia University's Department of Dermatology.

Nicole Valastro, L.E.

Nicole Valastro is a licensed esthetician and cosmetologist. She provides a range of esthetic services including chemical peels, microdermabrasion, facials, and laser hair removal.

Ms. Valastro received her esthetician license at the Hudson Valley School of Advanced Aesthetic Skincare in 1999. She supervised and instructed students and prepared them for State Board Exams at the school from 2000-2002. She also owned and operated Nicole Valastro Skincare.

In 2002, Ms. Valastro joined Allergy and Dermatololgy Associates of the Hudson Valley as a licensed medical assistant, complimenting her experience in aesthetics with medical experience in dermatology. She now works alongside Dr. Uyttendaele at Hudson Dermatology providing laser treatments, Botox, Radiesse, Restylane and sclerotherapy.

Laurie Agunzo, L.E.

Laurie Agunzo is a licensed esthetician and offers a wide range of esthetic services in our Kingston office.

She was trained at the the Middletown Beauty School for Aesthetics and at the International Dermal Institute in New York City, where she received training in advanced skin analysis, acne treatments and exfoliation techniques.

Before coming to Hudson Dermatology, Laurie spent five years with a medi spa team, educating clients and finding solutions to their skin care concerns. She has an extensive background as a medical assistant and has worked with orthopedics, gastroenterology and plastic surgery practices. She also is a certified phlebotomist.