The doctors of Rockland Medical Spa are highly experienced trained in the latest medical technology to promote aesthetic as well as inner health. Board certified, they have more than 10 years’ experience in catheter-based techniques used in a wide area of vascular health, which is the basis for an ever-expanding array of applications, such as treatment for varicose and spider veins, damaged capillaries, sun-damaged skin, body contouring and more.

They are supported by a staff of experienced clinical nurses and trained and certified aestheticians.

They take time to understand your issues and concerns and are considerate of your needs. They are members of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS).


Rex Ghassemi, M.D.

Dr. Ghassemi is a member of the American College of Phlebology, the National Society of Cosmetic Physicians and the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery. He specializes in advanced vascular procedures, which include Vascular Laser Therapy for the treatment of varicose veins; laser athrectomy and sclerotherapy. He is also certified in minimally invasive body contouring procedures and Laser SmartLipo.

Dr. Ghassemi received his M.D. from the University of Medicine and Dentistry (UMDNJ)/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Camden. His internship and residency were completed at the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia in Internal Medicine in 1991. Following this, he completed a fellowship at Hahnemann University Hospital in 1994. In 1995 he completed an Interventional Fellowship at the Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia.

He has served as a clinical instructor of Medicine on the faculty of Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia since 1991. He currently serves as a proctor and teaches the method of laser varicose vein treatment to other physicians. He is licensed in the states of New York, New Jersey and Florida.

Dr. Ghassemi has been in practice for 17 years and has vast experience with catheter based procedures involving the use of local tumescent anesthesia. He is the Medical Director of the Vein and Laser Center at Rockland Medical Spa and utilizes the most advanced laser technology in the treatment of his patients.


Donna Konlian, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Dr. Konlian is a member of the American College of Phlebology and the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery and the National Society of Cosmetic Physicians, which has certified her to perform SmartLipo treatments.

Dr. Konlian earned her M.D. from Thomas Jefferson University Medical College in 1989. Her internship and residency were completed at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in Internal Medicine. She completed a fellowship at Atlanta’s Emory University in 1995. Her undergraduate degree was earned at Johns Hopkins University, where she earned a BA in Biology with general honors in 1984. She has served as an Instructor of Medicine at Emory University.

Dr. Konlian is certified and licensed to perform SmartLipo body contouring procedures and is certified to perform laser facial rejuvenation procedures as well as Botox, Juvederm and Restylane fillers.

She has been awarded several honors over her professional career, including Fellow of the American College of Cardiology; the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society; the Hare Medical Honor Society; she is the recipient of the Janet Glasgow American Medical Women’s Association Award of Outstanding Achievement; and she had graduated magna cum laude from Jefferson Medical College. She is licensed in New York and New Jersey.


Sal A Farruggio, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Farruggio is a board-certified surgeon, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. A graduate of the New York Medical College, he completed his general surgery training at Westchester County Medical Center and his plastic surgery training at the University of Oklahoma, which included cosmetic surgery training at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

Dr. Farruggio is part of an elite group of physicians, board certified by the American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Extensively trained with 20 years of experience, he specializes in facial plastic surgery, as well as body contouring using the latest techniques and is recognized as an expert in his field.

His style of patient care is compassionate, competent, and direct, offering you the full range of options for desired results.


Kathy Vulaj BSN, RN

Kathy Vulaj BSN, RN serves as director and cofounder of Skincerely Med Spa in West Nyack, N.Y. Rockland’s Premier Medical Spa. Kathy started her nursing career in 1996 working in the field of Dermatology. In 2007, Kathy refocused her education and experience to pursue her passion as a Medical Aesthetic Nurse Specialist and started Skincerely Med Spa.

She was trained by and worked closely with several top NYC Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons. She has extensive experience and advanced training in state of the art lasers and non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as, IPL Photo Rejuvenation, Laser Hair Reduction, Laser and Non-Laser Skin Resurfacing, Dermapen, Skin Tightening, and Body Contouring. She is also well educated in Anti- Aging products.

Kathy attends advanced training courses and seminars and believes that on- going education is important to mastering up to date procedures in advanced skincare and aesthetics. Kathy takes time with each client, gives them and through consultation and believes in educating them on each service so she can help guide them on deciding what treatments are best for them. Kathy has a natural compassion and ability to listen to her patients’ needs and treats everyone exactly the way she would expect to be treated.


Peter C. Friedman, M.D.

Dr. Peter C. Friedman received his MD from Semmelweis Medical School in Budapest, Hungary in 1991. He completed his first Dermatology residency at the same institution in 1995. He completed his second Dermatology residency at Columbia University – New York Presbyterian Hospital in 2005. Dr. Friedman is the author of over forty research and clinical articles published in the most renowned peer-reviewed dermatological and general scientific journals. His clinical and research work is cited in top dermatology textbooks. Dr. Friedman is in private practice since 2005 while also continuing to work as an Instructor in Clinical Dermatology at the Department of Dermatology, Columbia University – New York Presbyterian Hospital. He is also a member of the Columbia Affiliated Physicians network.

Dr. Friedman sees general dermatology patients of all ages in his medical dermatology practice and also provides specialized services, such as computer assisted full body photography and mole monitoring, digital dermoscopy, allergy testing and state-of-the-art, comprehensive acne management.

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Nicole De Vincentis, PA

A highly Specialized Dermatology PA, with over 20 years in clinical practice, Nicole blends art and science to create the non-surgical signature techniques for which she is known. Helping her patients elevate their self-confidence in the process is her greatest reward.

Nicole was born an artist, and choosing Medicine was a tough decision for her. “It actually turned out perfect”, she says of her medical education in lieu of art school, “because here I am practicing medicine in the art of beauty.”

After focusing solely on the aesthetic side of dermatology since 2007, Nicole was recruited to be a full time trainer for Merz North America and spent 5 years teaching the top plastic surgeons and dermatologists on the east coast. It was there where she realized her second love of teaching. “When you teach, not only are you constantly learning, but you empower people”. Nicole credits that position to be largely responsible for her current skill set.

Outside of the office, Nicole lives for exploring the world with her daughter who she feels is her greatest teacher of all.


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