Staff

All our professionals maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our staff's experience and training.

THOMAS CASEY GALLAGHER, MD

THOMAS CASEY GALLAGHER, MD

BOARD CERTIFIED DERMATOLOGIST

Dr. Gallagher is board certified in dermatology. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Contact Dermatitis Society and a member of the American Medical Association.

Dr. Gallagher graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Harvard University. Dr. Gallagher completed medical school and his internship at the University of California, San Francisco, where he received the UCSF-Reiner International Health Research Fellowship, and a fellowship from the American Medical Student Association for a research project in Kenya. While in medical school, he organized and led a medical outreach trip to the Bolivian Andes.

Dr. Gallagher then completed his dermatology residency at New York University (NYU), where he received extensive training in medical, surgical, pediatric and cosmetic dermatology.

After his residency, Dr. Gallagher was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology at NYU. His duties included training dermatology residents and serving as Director of the Residency Selection Committee. Additionally, Dr. Gallagher maintained a busy private practice with NYU’s Dermatology Faculty Practice. He also co-founded the only free clinic for uninsured patients in Manhattan and received university recognition for this contribution to community health.

Dr. Gallagher relocated to Colorado to co-found Boulder Valley Center for Dermatology. He has published work in peer-reviewed medical journals and a dermatology textbook. He has appeared on local radio and in the local press to speak about medical and cosmetic dermatology. He also serves as the dermatology contributor on the Medical Review Board of About.com.

Dr. Gallagher has served on the Board of Directors for many local organizations, including the Boulder Valley Independent Practice Association, the Boulder County Medical Society, and the Colorado Medical Society.

Dr. Gallagher has completed his board certification in MOHs surgery as established by the ABD and includes residency training in an accredited program and successful completion of the certifying examination.

Dr. Gallagher is married with two sons. He enjoys community service, hiking, running and playing bridge. He is fluent in Spanish.

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RYAN BIRD, PA-C, MPAS

RYAN BIRD, PA-C, MPAS

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT

Ryan previously served on the BV Derm team as a Medical Assistant, and he has rejoined our practice as a Physician Assistant. Ryan graduated from the University of Colorado with a BA in integrative physiology. He earned a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) from Marquette University’s Physician Assistant Program in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Ryan shares our values of patient-centered care in all aspects of our medical practice. We are delighted to have him here and we know you will appreciate the care he brings.


ZOEY THOMPSON, PA-C, MSPAS

ZOEY THOMPSON, PA-C, MPAS

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT

Zoey is a graduate of the University of Colorado’s School of Medicine, where she received her Master of Physician Assistant Studies. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Virginia, where she majored in biology, with a minor in bioethics. Zoey worked at a dermatology practice in Virginia following graduation. Zoey grew up living in Guatemala and El Salvador with her family, and she is a fluent Spanish speaker.  Zoey loves Colorado and is excited to expand her professional career here at BV Derm.


ERIKA TOKUYAMA, PA-C, MSPAS

ERIKA TOKUYAMA, PA-C, MPAS

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT

Erika is a graduate of the University of Colorado’s School of Medicine where she completed her Master of Physician Assistant Studies. Erika completed her undergrad at Colorado State University, where she graduated with her B.S. in Nutrition Sciences. Erika was originally born in Japan and immigrated to Colorado at an early age. Erika is passionate about providing high quality dermatologic care to every patient, regardless of socioeconomic status. Erika is working to become more involved in healthcare advocacy in underserved communities and in the PA profession. While not practicing medicine, Erika enjoys being outdoors with friends. You may see Erika around hiking, biking, or walking her two rescue dogs Henry and Rosie.






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SAMITA SHAH, PA-C, MPAS

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT

Healthcare has been the focus of Samita's efforts since she began working as a hospital volunteer. She has a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, in human biology, specializing in health promotion, where she remained on the Dean's List. Samita received her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI. She is fellowship trained in dermatology and is certified by the National Commission of Certified Physician Assistants. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants. Born and raised in Southwest Michigan, Samita enjoys swimming, skiing, dancing, hiking, and improv.







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ELENA CANO

Cosmetic Supervisor
Laser Certified Aesthetician

Elena’s past leadership roles throughout her 20-year work history have well prepared Elena for the current Cosmetic Supervisor position. Elena prides herself in being a true leader and helping her team learn and grow. Taking care of patients and working with them on their skincare journey is important to Elena. She tailors patient treatment plans based off patient’s skin concerns, lifestyle, compliance and budget.

Elena is a Denver native and knows how the high-altitude and weather changes can affect one’s skin from personal knowledge. She also has ethnic skin and knows how darker skin types can be more sensitive and treated more cautiously. She is very comfortable working with all skin types. Elena continuously furthers her professional expertise and job knowledge through continuing education and staying in the know with aesthetic technology. Elena then passes her knowledge onto her patients so they are well informed and affianced throughout their entire process. Elena enjoys doing skincare procedures and using professional/medical grade products on herself so she can speak from a personal standpoint. Elena takes pride in caring for her skin and tending to her overall health and appearance. She leads by example for all!

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