Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner Jamie Piacentini Joins Optima’s Scarborough, ME Practice

October 2023

Jamie Brings Exceptional Skill in a Range of Medical and Surgical Dermatology

Our newest board-certified nurse practitioner, Jamie Piacentini, NP-C, APRN, DNP, is joining our Scarborough, ME practice after years of experience serving patients in southern Maine and New Hampshire. Jamie has been caring for patients since 2017 and was trained under world-renowned dermatologist Thomas P. Habif, MD. 

Jamie earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of New Hampshire and went on to complete her Master of Science in Nursing at Simmons School of Nursing Health & Health Sciences, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She has been named an Advanced Nurse Injector for cosmetics, as well as becoming a member of the Society of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners, the Dermatology Nurses Association, and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. 

In Maine, as part of her final Doctor of Nursing Practice project, Jamie worked with the state’s legislature to pass a law restricting indoor tanning for minors under the age of 18. Such a law had been attempted multiple times, but following Piacentini’s involvement, it passed in 2019. 

At our Scarborough, ME practice, Jamie offers a range of medical and surgical dermatology treatments for patients of all ages, including skin cancer screenings, and treatments for skin cancer, acne, psoriasis, eczema, and more. 

Caring for Patients with an Expert, Skilled, Personalized Approach

With years of experience working with patients, Jamie is continuing her personalized and comprehensive care at our Scarborough, MA practice. She is committed to providing the best possible experience to patients, ensuring they receive the treatment that is most appropriate for their particular situation.  

We recently had the opportunity to learn more about Jamie, her approach, and the path that led her to become a board-certified nurse practitioner in dermatology.

Where did you go to college?

I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Southern Maine in Portland, and my Master of Science in Nursing from Simmons College in Boston, Mass. I attended the University of New Hampshire in Durham for my Doctor of Nursing Practice.

What made you decide to pursue a career in dermatology? What did the path to get there look like?

I worked as a nurse in the intensive care unit at Maine Medical Center and Central Maine Medical Center. I always had an interest in wound care and surgical procedures. While I was a master’s student at Simmons College, I obtained my Advanced Injectors Certificate from Aesthetics Medical Educators Training in New York City. I went on to be the lead injector at Maine Laser Clinic & Spa in Portland, Maine. When I graduated with my nurse practitioner license I was hired straight into a Medical/Surgical Dermatology practice in New Hampshire and trained under world-renowned dermatologist Thomas Habif, author of Clinical Dermatology: A Color Guide to Diagnosis and Therapy.

What is your favorite aspect of dermatology?

I love treating moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis and acne. Treatment for these conditions is life changing and when you are able to clear a patient of their acne or psoriasis, you know you’ve made a difference in that patient’s life and served your purpose as a dermatological provider. I also enjoy performing surgical procedures for skin cancer and other lesions. It has brought a sense of creativity and higher acuity care into my practice. 

Working in dermatology has allowed me to build wonderful relationships with my patients, due in large part to the close follow-up that some patients require. 

On your journey to become a board-certified nurse practitioner, what was the best advice you were given?

The best advice I’ve ever been given was to trust your instincts and work comprehensively with your team to provide the highest level of care. 

What is your number one tip when it comes to taking care of your skin?

Please wear your sunblock and UPF clothing and please avoid tanning beds! Protect your skin in your youngest years to prevent skin cancer, as well as signs of aging. 

How would you describe your approach to treating patients?

I strive to deliver the best evidence-based practice while providing kind, compassionate care. 

What do you like to do when you are not in the office?

My husband and I have two young boys – 2 and 9 months old. We are very busy chasing them around and are enjoying watching them grow and learn! We love to travel, and spend much of our time on the water or near the ocean. We hope to get our oldest son on a pair of skis soon!

What to Expect From Dermatological Care From Jamie and Her Team 

If you’re seeking dermatological care for common skin issues or more complex treatments, including skin cancers, Jamie Piacentini and her team at Optima Dermatology offer a wide range of services and have advanced training and experience to ensure the highest quality of care. 

Jamie Piacentini is currently accepting new patients at our Scarborough, ME location. Request an appointment online or give us a call at (855) 277 – 9689.