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Meet Dr. Murphy

Jill M. Murphy, MD, PhD graduated from the highly competitive MD/PhD Scholars Program in the College of Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where she earned both her medical and doctoral degrees. Her PhD work focused on the genetic causes of breast cancer. Following graduation from medical school, Dr. Murphy completed a 6-year plastic surgery residency program at the University of Kansas where she gained broad research and clinical experience in both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.

Before joining UPMC Altoona, Dr. Murphy worked in South Dakota where she was part of a busy group practice treating patients from South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska. At UPMC Altoona's plastic surgery department, she joins a multispecialty group, which provides opportunity for increased collaboration with other doctors.

Dr. Murphy specializes in a wide range of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures, including breast reduction and cosmetic breast surgery, breast reconstruction after mastectomy or lumpectomy, body contouring after massive weight loss, eyelid surgery, skin cancer excision, labiaplasty, BOTOX® for migraines and excessive sweating, scar revision, complex wound care and closure, nonsurgical facial rejuvenation, and cosmetic procedures.

Rachel McClain - Physician Assistant

Rachel McClain is a nationally certified physician assistant specializing in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery. She completed her Bachelor degree in Exercise Science from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. She then earned her Master of Physician Assistant studies from Chatham University as well. Rachel is a member of American Academy of Physician Assistants as well as Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants.

In her time with UPMC Altoona Plastic surgery, Rachel has worked closely with Dr. Murphy in surgery, as well as in the outpatient setting. She has been Dr. Murphy's first-assist in a variety of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. In the office, Rachel performs the vast majority of lesion biopsies, skin cancer excisions, cyst excisions, and lipoma excisions, as well as seeing consult visits and post-operative follow ups. She also accompanies Dr. Murphy treating patients at UPMC Altoona's wound clinic.

Nadine Gwizdak - Surgical Technician

A certified surgical technician, Nadine is Dr. Murphy's private scrub assistant. She works closely with Dr. Murphy and her nursing staff to provide you outstanding care from the pre-operative consultation through the post-operative process.

Nadine is a graduate of Lock Haven University with more than 6 years of experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery and dermatology. She enjoys being part of the UPMC Altoona Plastic surgery team, and takes pride in improving the overall patient experience.

When she's not a work, Nadine enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, family, and friends. She loves the outdoors and relishes hobbies such as baking, crafts, and oil painting.

Denise Young, RN

Denise, who earned her associate degree in nursing from Mount Aloysius College, has 12 years of nursing experience in plastic surgery. She enjoys exercise and spending quality time with her family.

Sandy Young, RN

A graduate of the Community College of Allegheny County with an associate degree in nursing, Sandy has spent the last 9 years of her career in plastic surgery. Spending time with grandchildren and travel are Sandy's favorite ways to spend her leisure time.

Denise and Sandy have specialized training and experience in the following non-surgical procedures:
  • Advanced skin care treatments with Sciton Joule Laser
  • Foto facials and broad band light (BBL) treatment for fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, and roasacea. These procedures stimulate collagen,to provide a smoother texture to skin and diminish the causes of skin aging.
  • Microlaser peel (skin rejuvenation)
  • Profractional (advanced scar treatment)
  • HALO, thelatest anti -aging treatment for melisma and scars. Also reduces pore size and treats fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Cool Sculpting®
Denise and Sandy also are certified nurse injectors for the following treatments:
  • BOTOX®
  • Xeomin®
  • Juvederm®
  • Radiesse®
  • Voluma
  • Volbella
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