Trillium Creek Dermatology & Surgery Provider Bios
Helen M. Torok, MD, is the Medical Director for the Dermatology & Surgery Center at Trillium Creek. Dr. Torok, a nationally noted, board-certified dermatologist, has been practicing medicine for over 35 years. She is considered an expert both in medical and cosmetic Dermatology, earning an excellent reputation in her specialty: diagnosing and treating disorders of the skin, hair, and nails. She is also known for her expertise in fillers, especially lip enhancement, providing volume replacement in cheeks, lips and chin.
Dr. Torok earned her doctorate at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed her residency in dermatology at Case Western Reserve University. She has authored numerous articles in skin disorders and has been published in many respected medical journals. She also has served on many boards and publications.
Leonard J. Torok, MD, is the medical director of the Laser and Surgery Center and the Ohio Holistic Medicine Center He is board-certified in holistic and homeopathic medicine, as well as in orthopedic surgery. He is also certified in Botox / Dysport treatments. His extensive training benefits our patients for in-office surgical procedures, including removal of moles, cysts and growths.
After many years spent studying Holistic Medicine and Homeopathy, Dr. Torok gave up his successful Orthopedic practice to devote himself full-time to helping patients with natural and holistic therapies.
Dr. Torok’s background in Holistic Medicine is extensive, having completed training in traditional Chinese medicine, sound therapy, neurotherapy, hypnosis, behavioral medicine, electrodermal screening, craniosacral therapy, somatoemotional release and advanced homeopathy.
His interest in natural healing began at Wadsworth Rittman Hospital. As an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Torok saw many patients with severe pain. When traditional therapies failed, Dr. Torok sent them to Dr. Pat Mok, an Anesthesiologist on staff who also happened to be trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine. When acupuncture produced remarkable results, Dr. Torok became interested in discovering other non-traditional therapies that could truly help patients.
In addition to his extensive studies, Dr. Torok has presented numerous lectures both to physicians and the public. Among his topics are The Philosophy of Homeopathic Medicine, Homeopathy in the Continuum of Subtle Energy, The Diagnosis and Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Introduction to Holistic Medicine, Losing Weight Naturally, Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy, Chinese Medicine: Ear Acupuncture and Gua Sha Therapy, The Tones of Tinnitus, and many more.
Dr. Torok’s unique standing as a traditional M.D. and a board-certified homeopathic practitioner enable him to expertly recommend the correct homeopathic and holistic treatments to complement a patient’s dermatologic medical therapy. While traditional therapies seek to ease suffering caused by symptoms, natural healing works on a slower and steady basis to eventually eliminate the cause of the problem itself.
Patrick M. Killian, MD, is the Mohs cancer surgeon and board-certified dermatologist skilled in all aspects of skin surgery and Mohs skin cancer surgery at Trillium Creek Dermatology & Surgery Center.
As a forward-thinking scholar, Dr. Killian began developing an interest in Mohs surgery early in his medical career. After obtaining his Doctorate from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1999, Dr. Killian quickly joined the American Academy of Dermatology, the Ohio Dermatological Association and the Central Ohio Dermatological Society.
Dr. Killian completed his internship in 2000 in the Department of Internal Medicine at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. From 2000-2003 he served as a resident in the Division of Dermatology at Ohio State University and completed a fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery in 2004 at the Skin Cancer Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
A noted authority on Mohs Surgery, Dr. Killian has authored several publications and lectures to colleagues on a variety of dermatology topics. He has received many honors including Salutatorian at University of Notre Dame where he received his undergraduate degree, and honors standing throughout medical school.
His volunteer experience is significant and includes skin cancer screenings for many groups and organizations as well as campaigning to students on the hazards of smoking.
Dr. Killian was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. He is married to Dr. Valerie Killian and they have three daughters. Dr. Killian’s personal interests are family, cooking, golf, tennis and travel.
Meghan Crute, MD is our new dermatologist joining Trillium Creek Dermatology & Surgery. She graduated with honors from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 2010. She completed her residency at University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Dr. Crute has been in dermatology for over 7 years.
Robert Marsico Sr., MD, received his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 30 year. His education and medical training also included his residency at Henry Ford Hospital – Wayne State University, and internship at St. Elizabeth Health Center. Dr. Marsico will specialize in general dermatology and pediatric dermatology.
Francine Johns, PA-C, has been a Certified Physician Assistant for more than 30 years. She obtained her degree from St. John’s University in 1984. She worked as a Certified Physician Assistant for the VA in Connecticut.
Francine began working with Dr. Helen Torok in 2000 when she moved to Ohio with her husband. She performs a wide range of procedures, and is an expert in skin cancer screenings. She utilizes the latest Dermoscopy device to assist in her skin screenings.
Francine is married to Larry Johns and has two daughters, Tessa and Brittany. She said being a “people person” by nature makes it easy for patients to open up to her, helping her do the best job possible in providing outstanding care and service.
Suzanne Dade, CNP, a Certified Nurse Practitioner, received her Master’s degree in Nursing from the Medical College of Ohio and has practiced in a variety of clinical settings. From 2004-2013, she specialized in dermatology at the University of Toledo Medical Center Division of Dermatology as an Assistant Professor. She is a retired Major from the US Army Nurse Corps with 22 years of service.
At the University of Toledo, Suzanne was involved in several roles, including caring for patients with a variety of dermatologic conditions while precepting and teaching Resident Physicians, Medical Students, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistant students in the clinical setting. She was involved in clinical research, consulting to other providers, and taught several dermatology classes at the graduate level, primarily for the Nurse Practitioner program at the University.
Suzanne’s specialty is psoriasis and she has extensive experience and training in the use of multiple treatment modalities and therapies for its treatment. Suzanne is acutely aware that psoriasis is a multi system disease affecting the skin, joints and heart.
Given her experience, expertise, and passion in the field of dermatology, Suzanne is a featured speaker in dermatology topics at professional conferences. She is an active participant in multiple dermatologic and Nurse Practitioner societies and organizations. Suzanne’s many hobbies include boating, camping and antiquing.
Dana Pilz, PA-C, received her Masters of Science degree in physician assistant studies of from Marietta College in 2004. She has worked in the emergency field for 12 years prior to starting her career in dermatology and has taught both PA students and residents in a clinical setting. She is constantly keeping up with the latest dermatology trends by attending both local and national conferences and is a member of multiple PA organizations. She truly enjoys treating all of her patient’s dermatology concerns and has a passion for the art of injecting fillers. Dana considers herself to be outgoing and personable and will continue to strive for excellence for her patients.
Jordan Goad, PA-C, attended Cleveland State University where she earned her undergraduate degree in Health Sciences (pre-med), along with a certification in Biomedical Ethics. During her time there, she was also a four-year starter for the varsity volleyball team. She then went on to become a Physician Assistant through the Tri-C/CSU PA program, while earning her Master’s degree in Health Sciences.
Jordan’s interest in skin care began with performing natural face-lifts with platelet-rich plasma (PRP), which she also used to treat nonhealing wounds. She learned that the aesthetic side to providing care was very rewarding! Always aspiring to be better, Jordan decided to pursue a career in dermatology, as it is one of the most complex and ever-growing fields.
Jordan considers herself to be an energetic, driven and compassionate person, which will make her a great provider to each individual patient, as well as an asset to the team at Trillium Creek. In her free time, she loves to crossfit, splurge on a large buttered popcorn at the movies, and anything that allows her to be outside.
Farah Edds, PA-C, attended Eastern Michigan University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She then went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Northern Arizona University where she was a 5-time scholarship award recipient, graduating with high honors.
She practiced general and surgical dermatology in Arizona before relocating to Ohio. Farah brings with her a passion for skin care and dedication to providing compassionate care with a positive attitude to all patients. She enjoys helping people to feel and look their best, and to reach their skin health goals. Farah is a member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, and American Academy of Physician Assistants. In her free time she enjoys many hobbies, including spending time with her husband and daughter, traveling, yoga, and outdoor activities.
Jessica Wilson, PA-C, achieved her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Biology at Kettering College. She remained at Kettering College as a graduate student and received her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies.
Jessica spent two years in Family Practice before transitioning into Dermatology, her true passion. As a member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, Jessica is always looking for ways to help her patients with their dermatology needs. She is an intrinsically motivated person that utilizes her energy, passion for health care, and desire to help others as her drive to be a great healthcare provider.
In her spare time, Jessica Wilson enjoys hiking, playing with her dog, and playing the piano.
Sarah Michalak, PA-C, completed her Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Exercise Physiology and a minor in Phycology from the University of Dayton, where she continued to obtain her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies. After completion of her program, she began caring for patients in Internal Medicine in the West Cleveland area before taking an opportunity to follow her passion and use her skills in a Dermatology role. With student experience in skin health roles and an Internal Medicine background, Sarah always highlights a strong focus on quality of care, ensuring to provide the best possible care to her patients to make sure they look, feel, and live their best.
In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband, volunteering in local communities, spending time outdoors, and playing board games with her family.
Michelle Coffee, RN, has been with our practice since 2011 and is our Cosmetic Registered Nurse. She has been in the medical field since 2008 when she began her career as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She then received her Associates Degree in Nursing from Stark State College in 2015.
Michelle developed an interest in cosmetic dermatology because she found that when her patients look better, they feel better. It is always her ultimate goal to make her patients feel better about themselves. She performs the majority of our aesthetic procedures at Trillium Creek – hair laser, chemical peels, body shaping, and various treatments for veins and brown spots. In her free time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and Cleveland sports.
Michelle Koenig, RN, has been working in the Dermatology field for over 4 years and aesthetic field for 7 years. Michelle is also a licensed cosmetologist and makeup artist. She attended Bryant & Stratton College to receive her Associate’s Degree in Nursing where she was on the Dean’s and Honor’s list. She is also a member of the Dermatology Nurses’ Association. She plans on continuing her education in the medical field to further her career in Dermatology.
Michelle takes extra pride in her career because it allows her to make patients look and feel their absolute best. She performs aesthetic procedures which include laser hair removal, facials, chemical peels, body shaping, and various treatments for veins and brown spots. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, working out, and boating in the summer.