Clarus Physicians and Physician Assistants
Neil A. Shah, MD, FAAD
Founder & Medical Director; Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota
Dr. Shah is a board-certified dermatologist. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, in 2007. Dr. Shah completed his residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. with an internship in internal medicine.
Prior to creating Clarus Dermatology, Dr. Shah started the dermatology department for HealthEast Clinics. He graduated magna cum laude from Ursinus College with departmental honors in Biology. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, the Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society and the Sigma Xi research honor society.
Dr. Shah is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), the American Medical Association, a Diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology, a Fellow of the American Society for Mohs Surgery and a member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. He is a former director of the Twin Cities Medical Society and prior member of the Policy Council for the Minnesota Medical Association. Currently he is the Immediate Past President of the Minnesota Dermatological Society as well as President of Doctors for the Practice of Safe and Ethical Aesthetic Medicine.
Dr. Shah’s clinical practice interests include skin cancer and reconstructive surgery, medical and cosmetic dermatology. He actively teaches family medicine residents from the North Memorial Hospital. In addition he remains involved with education of his peers in practice management and cutaneous surgery.
Outside of clinical practice, Dr. Shah enjoys travel, reading, shooting and track days. Dr. Shah is an avid Twins fan, Timberwolves fan and, yes, Chicago Bears fan. On the weekends you’ll find him riding around on his tractor with his three little children.
Laura Stanz, PA-C
Laura Stanz, PA-C has been a practicing physician assistant for over 7 years. She received her Masters of Medical Science in Physician Assistant studies from Midwestern University and a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Bethel University. Laura began her career in Family Medicine where she managed a wide variety of acute and chronic illness and did wellness exams.
An interest in dermatological concerns, led Laura to transition professionally to a PA career specializing in dermatology. She sees a wide variety of skin concerns and specifically appreciates helping patients clear up their skin for conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema. Laura’s compassionate style of care with patients is demonstrated as she works together with her patients towards development of effective treatment plans. She also enjoys assisting Dr. Shah in Mohs surgery cases.
Laura is originally from Chicago and still is an avid Chicago sports fan. She and her husband love spending time with their son, Jordan and dog, Rosie. In her free time, Laura enjoys traveling, exercising, cooking and hosting gatherings at her home.
Lindsey Locken, MPAS, PA-C
Lindsey Locken, MPAS, PA-C earned her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Augsburg College. She received her B.S in Clinical Laboratory Science from the University of North Dakota. Lindsey is a member of the Society for Dermatologic Physician Assistants, the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Minnesota Academy of Physician Assistants.
For the past 12 years Lindsey has been providing comprehensive and preventive medical care to patients of all ages in Family Medicine. She really enjoys listening to and understanding her patient’s goals so that she can assist them in making an educated comprehensive treatment plan. Her love of learning, the desire to help patients in all stages of life, and interest in dermatology led her to specialized medicine. She has a special interest in the prevention and control of skin disease, treatment of acne, eczema, viral and bacterial skin infections.
Lindsey is a North Dakota native but has lived in Minneapolis since she started graduate school. She and her husband are avid DIYers and are always working on their next home project. She loves to plan parties, host gatherings, read, exercise and spend time with her husband and two young children.
Heather Guertin MPAS, PA-C
Heather Guertin MPAS, PA-C earned her Master’s degree in Physician Assistant studies from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston, Massachusetts where she graduated with honors. She also received a Bachelor’s in Biology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. After earning her Master’s degree, Heather returned home to Minnesota and started her career in emergency medicine. She met with patients with a wide variety of health conditions to determine the cause of illness and a treatment plan. During her time in emergency medicine, she realized her love of dermatology and ultimately made the switch to Dermatology to further cultivate this passion. She enjoys listening to her patients and getting to know them to help meet their treatment needs.
Heather enjoys being outdoors, biking, camping, and hiking. She also loves spending time with her husband and two daughters.