Board Certified Dermatologists

Robert W. Benson, M.D.

Robert W. Benson, M.D. - Our Providers

Dr. Benson is a native of New Orleans, educated in the area’s Catholic schools, the University of New Orleans, and the LSU School of Medicine, from which he graduated in 1976. After an internship at Charity Hospital of Louisiana, he served his dermatology residency in the combined LSU-Tulane residency—one of the largest and most surgically-oriented residency programs in the US. After serving his third year as Chief Resident, he passed the American Board of Dermatology Certification Exam in 1980. Shortly after, he was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and a Full Fellow of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. In 1983 he was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.

After residency, Dr. Benson relocated to the northwestern shore of Lake Pontchartrain, where in 1980 he became the first dermatologist in Tangipahoa Parish, with offices next to North Oaks Hospital and in Amite. For thirteen years, he treated 30,000 residents of the area for general skin ailments, skin cancers, and cosmetic concerns. In the growing area of cosmetic surgery, Dr. Benson was among the first dermatologists in the US to perform such procedures as liposuction, fat transfers, collagen implants, breast augmentations, liposuction-assisted facelifts, and sclerotherapy.

In 1993, new frontiers beckoned. The Benson clan, consisting of Dr. Benson, his wife, their six boys, and baby daughter, moved to the skin cancer capital of the world—New Zealand. Over the next five years, Dr. Benson gained extensive experience in skin cancer surgery and introduced many New Zealand patients—sun-damaged far beyond their years—to the wonders of skin rejuvenation procedures, such as laser and peel resurfacing, laser eyelid surgery for droopy and baggy lids, neck suspension surgery for sagging neck skin, and facial and body liposuction. He also pioneered the use of rejuvenating face creams for collagen and elasticity restoration, which led to the development of his own line of products for the New Zealand market.

After five invaluable years in New Zealand, the pull of the Southern U.S. became overwhelming. In 1998, the Benson family first returned to Hattiesburg, MS, for two years, and then back home to Ponchatoula. Dr. Benson continues to enjoy the challenges of complicated skin care surgery, general dermatology, and the ever-expanding cosmetic surgery aspect of dermatology—now called “Dermasurgery.” Apart from a wealth of worldwide experience to offer in the treatment of skin ailments and growths, Dr. Benson’s repertoire of commonly-performed cosmetic surgery procedures include the following:

  • Smartlipo Laser Liposculpture for jowls, neck fullness, and unwanted body fat deposits.
  • Cellulaze for long-lasting cellulite reduction with only one treatment
  • SculpSure Non-Invasive Permant Fat Reduction
  • NeoGraft Permanent Hair Restoration
  • Upper and lower eyelid surgery
  • Neck suspension procedures
  • Skin resurfacing via fractional and CO2 laser, chemical peel, and dermabrasion
  • Facial augmentation using fillers (Bellafill, Sculptra, Voluma, Juvederm, Vobella, Vollure, Restylane, Restylane Lyft, and Radiesse) and neuromodulators (Botox Cosmetic and Dysport)
  • Kybella Permanent Fat Reduction injection treatment for a double chin
  • Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
  • Laser treatments for unwanted hair, vessels, birthmarks, and facial flushing
  • Limelight IPL treatments for sun damage, brown spots, skin redness, and tiny vessels
  • Micro Needling Collagen Induction Therapy
  • SilkPeel Dermalinfusion and crystal microdermabrasion

Dr. Benson continues to introduce to the Northshore area to innovative and cutting-edge techniques as they develop in both cosmetic surgery and dermatology.

Christel C. Malinski, M.D.

Christel C. Malinski, M.D. - Our Providers

Board certified dermatologist Dr. Christel C. Malinski was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and spent her early childhood abroad before returning home to Mandeville, Louisiana. Dr. Malinski is an alumna of St. Scholastica Academy in Covington, Louisiana. She received her undergraduate education from Louisiana State University where she graduated with honors earning a major in biological sciences and minors in both chemistry and sociology. She then received her M.D. from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. After finishing her intern year of training in internal medicine, Dr. Malinski completed a residency in dermatology with LSU.

As a specialist in disorders of the hair, skin, and nails, Dr. Malinski treats patients of all ages. Dr. Malinski provides quality and innovative services in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. “I am committed to helping every patient achieve healthy, cancer-free, beautiful skin.”

Dr. Malinski is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgeons, the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, the Women’s Dermatologic Society, and the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.

Dr. Malinski resides in Madisonville, Louisiana with her husband and three children.

Board Certified Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistant

Sandra Thornhill, APRN-FNP

Sandra Thornhill, APRN-FNP - Our Providers
  • Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • Member of the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Member of the National Academy of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners
  • Member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society
  • Over 30 years of nursing experience in various areas including Emergency Department, Post Anesthesia Recovery, Same Day Surgery, Orthopedics,
  • Neurology, Endoscopy and assumed positions, such as Unit Coordinator, educator and preceptor
  • Author of Dermatology chapter in "Clinical Guidelines for Nurse Practitioners"
  • Recipient of Great 100 nurses for State of Louisiana
  • Awarded Nurse Excellence from North Oaks Medical Center
  • Received Associate of Science in Nursing Degree from Louisiana State University, Bachelor of Science Degree from Loyola University, Masters of Science in Nursing from University of Phoenix, Post Masters from Southeastern Louisiana University and Northern Kentucky University
  • Served as President of various nursing organizations
  • Guest speaker at State and National Nursing conferences
  • Born and raised in New Orleans, LA., resident of St. Tammany Parish since 1986, and resides in Madisonville with my husband of 44 years.

“As A Nurse Practitioner, I seek to ensure that our patients who visit Benson Dermatology receive the highest level of care.”

Susan B. Smith, APRN-FNP

Susan B. Smith, APRN-FNP - Our Providers
  • 17 years of experience as a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • 7 years of experience as a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Board Certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
  • Board Certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Member of American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
  • Member of the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Master of Science in Nursing from University of Texas at Austin
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans
  • Resides with her family in Hammond, LA.

Julie P. O'Donnell, MCMS, PA-C

Julie P. O'Donnell, MCMS, PA-C - Our Providers
  • Board certified Physician Assistant by the National Commission on Certification Physician Assistants with over 13 years of clinical dermatology experience
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants since 2003
  • Fellow of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants
  • Fellow of the Louisiana Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Past Fellow of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Published in the Journal of the Academy of Physician Assistants Dermatology Digest
  • Master of Clinical Medicine Science degree from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida
  • Physician Assistant Degree from Barry University School of Graduate Medical Sciences in Miami Shores, Florida
  • Salutatorian, Barry University Physician Assistant Program
  • Program Director’s Award, Barry University Physician Assistant Program
  • Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Alumna of Saint Scholastica Academy in Covington, Louisiana
  • Near life-long resident of St. Tammany Parish, currently residing in Mandeville with her husband and son

Kimberly Bordelon, APRN-FNP

Kimberly Bordelon, APRN-FNP - Our Providers
  • Board certified Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Member of the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Obtained over four years of experience as an Intensive Care Registered Nurse
  • Received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree followed by a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans
  • Member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
  • Alumna of Saint Scholastica Academy in Covington, Louisiana
  • Born and raised on the Northshore in St. Tammany Parish and currently resides in Ponchatoula, LA with her husband

“I strive, each and every day, to instill my Christian values and provide the best possible care for my patients, as I would expect to receive for myself and my family.”

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