Brienne Cressey Brings Mohs Micrographic Surgery Expertise to Optima Dermatology

December 2023

We welcome Double Board-Certified and Fellowship-Trained Mohs Surgeon Dr. Brienne Cressey to Our Stratham, NH Practice

Optima Dermatology is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Brienne Cressey MD, MBA, FAAD, FACMS, to our Stratham, NH practice. Dr. Cressey will offer expert Mohs Micrographic Surgery and medical aesthetics treatments to the Seacoast region.

Dr. Cressey has been serving patients in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire since 2017, and has performed more than 8,000 Mohs Micrographic procedures. She has also provided medical aesthetics treatments, including VBeam ®, Fraxel®, and Halo® Hybrid Fractional Laser.

After receiving her MBA with a focus on healthcare management from Brandeis University, Dr. Cressey continued on an educational path aimed at dermatological studies. She graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine with highest honors, and completed her residency in dermatology at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell, where she was named Chief Resident and received multiple awards, including the Derm Mentor Resident of Distinction award. 

As a Dermatologic Oncology Fellow at Dermatology Professionals in Rhode Island, Dr. Cressey worked under Dr. Nathaniel Jellinek to complete her Fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery, facial reconstruction, and lasers and cosmetics. 

Dr. Cressey is currently a member of the American College of Mohs Surgery, the American Academy of Dermatology, and the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery. She has authored more than 25 peer-reviewed articles in major academic journals, including the Journal of Surgical Education and the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. 

A Perfect Combination of Expertise and Care

Dr. Cressey brings well-earned knowledge and expertise in Mohs Micrographic surgery and a range of dermatological services, and delivers these skills with the highest level of care and compassion. 

Her approach to patient care is perfectly aligned with Optima Dermatology’s overall mission: to treat every patient like we would our family. 

We recently had the opportunity to learn more about Dr. Cressey, her approach, and the path that led her to become a double board-certified Mohs Surgeon and Dermatologist.

Where did you go to college?

University of Maine, where I studied Biochemistry and Chemistry. I then went to Tufts University for medical school.

What made you decide to pursue a career in dermatology and Mohs surgery specifically?

I always enjoyed the complexity of dermatology and the procedural portion of the field. I’m able to combine Mohs surgery with my favorite aspects of medicine.

What can patients expect from Mohs surgery treatment? What advice would you share with a nervous patient?

Mohs surgery provides the best clearance rate for skin cancer. I aim to keep my patients informed and comfortable during the procedure. My team and I want to make it as positive of an experience as possible.

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

Sunscreen and sun-protective clothing!

If there is one thing you want your patients to know about you, what would it be?

I am originally from Maine and love being able to provide Mohs surgery and reconstruction for my patients in New England. I’m happy to offer great care close to home.

What is your favorite aspect of being a micrographic dermatologic surgeon?

I love getting to know my patients and hearing their life stories. I have many repeat patients whom I’ve gotten to know well over the years and whom I love to see.

What is your approach to treating your patients?

I treat my patients how I would want my family and friends to be treated. I want all my patients to have a good experience and be happy with their care.

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

I like to spend time with my husband and daughter. We love the New Hampshire outdoors and spend time swimming, fishing, or cross-country skiing at the lake whenever possible.

What to Expect From Medical and Surgical Care From Dr. Cressey and the Stratham Team

If you’re seeking dermatological care, no matter how routine or complex, Dr. Cressey and her team at Optima Dermatology offer exceptional services and have the advanced training and experience to ensure the highest quality of care. 

Dr. Cressey is currently accepting new patients at our Stratham, NH practice.. For Mohs referrals, email referral@optimadirect.md or call (603) 699-9001. For all other services, you can request an appointment online or give us a call at (603) 942-2171.