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.
Meghan Brant, MPAS, PA-C
Meghan Brant, MPAS, PA-C earned her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Augsburg College. She most recently graduated from a 12-month Dermatology fellowship program through the Medical College of Wisconsin. She received her B.A. in Psychology at Gustavus Adolphus College where she was a captain of the Women’s tennis team. Meghan practiced in Primary Care for several years after graduation and enjoyed the relationships she formed with patients of all ages. She then became involved in academia as an Assistant Professor at the St. Catherine Physician Assistant program. For the next 6 years she spent time in the classroom and practiced clinically at the on-campus Health and Wellness Center.
She has precepted many students over the years and continues to teach in the classroom when able. She enjoys being able to give back to her profession in small but impactful ways. She has had a love for Dermatology since her first elective rotation in PA school. It continued throughout her time in Primary care and academia. Her students would agree that she was most excited when teaching about the skin! She understands the importance of protecting our skin as well as the emotional impact skin conditions can have on individuals of all ages. Her Dermatology fellowship solidified her desire to embark on a career in this specialty. Meghan enjoys traveling, visiting her parent’s lake cabin in Northern MN, sports, being outdoors and spending time with her extended family, friends, husband and 3 young children. She can’t wait to get a big dog someday!