Our Staff and Practice History

Washington Square Dermatology opened its doors on August 1, 2011 with just three staff members: Dr. Dorothy J. Cunningham, owner and physician, Carol Ferrera, practice manager, and Elisabeth (Bizzie) Dow, medical assistant. Over the years, the practice has grown and we have expanded our mission to include a strong teaching component.

Our Staff


Dorothy J. Cunnnigham, MD Dorothy J. Cunningham, MD, FAAD

Dr. Cunningham specializes in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology and has been in practice for over 20 years in the Boston area.

After receiving her undergraduate degree from Stanford University, she returned to the Pacific Northwest to attend medical school at the Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine in Portland. She was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society and graduated Cum Laude. Dr. Cunningham completed her internal medicine internship and dermatology residency at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine. Before moving to New England, she practiced in Los Angeles and San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Cunningham is married to a fellow physician and has 2 sons.

  • Board Certification
    • American Board of Dermatologyabd_logo1
  • Professional Memberships
    • American Academy of Dermatology
    • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
  • Hospital Affiliation
    • New England Baptist Hospital


Whitney Morgan, Practice Manager

Whitney Morgan joined the WSD team in June of 2016.  Whitney has 10 years of experience in the medical field, with a clinical and administrative background as well as a degree in Healthcare Management from Fisher College, in Boston, M.A. Whitney thoroughly enjoys working with all of our patients and assisting them toward a positive experience, while building new relationships.  She believes it is the most important thing to make sure each patient is treated with kindness and is secure and happy with their care. She often will say “never should a patient feel like an inconvenience.” Whitney was born in Bethesda, M.D., raised in Madison, C.T., and now a passionate Bostonian since 2010. She previously worked at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, which she loved from 2010-2016. Her greatest joy is her family, friends and pug dog Edgar. Outside work, Whitney loves the beach, spin class, cooking, and spending time with loved ones. Whitney is to be married to Matt Griesbach next summer in August 2017.

carol-ferraraCarol Ferrera

Carol Ferrera, the practice manager at Washington Square Dermatology, has been working with Dr. Cunningham for almost 15 years. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College and has a lifetime of customer service and office management experience. Carol has a genuine interest in ensuring our patient’s comfort and happiness. She has extensive training in the Skin Care Products we offer and will be more than happy to help you with your skin care concerns. As of spring 2016, Carol has left the practice to pursue a career in the yoga industry.


Bizzie is a Connecticut College graduate who was our medical assistant for a year before moving to San Francisco where she is working in a medical facility and continuing her education.



emma-brettEmma Brett

Emma Brett is our newest Northeastern co-op student. She will escort you into the examination room and take your initial history. She will also be scribing, refilling prescriptions, and communicating on Dr. Cunningham’s behalf with patients about medical issues. Emma is always willing to help patients in any way she can. She has a unique interest in Dermatology and strives to take patient care to the highest level of satisfaction and quality.

Other students have included:

Abby Richman (Class of   2014), who recently obtained her nursing degree at Simmons College and has returned to Washington Square Dermatology while she completes her training to become a Nurse Practioner.

Maureen Nothnagle (Class of 2015), with her MCAT exam behind her, will be applying to medial schools.

Cynthia Cain (Class of 2015) now attends the Rutgers University Physician Assistant Program.

Colby Champagne (Class of 2016) is pursuing an interest in medical administration.

Corrie Asseo (Class of 2018) will be applying to Physician Assistant

student students

Our gap year students have included:

Diana Bartenstein, a Harvard College graduate who currently attends Tufts Medical School.

Yohannes Constable, also a Harvard Graduate, now attends Medical School at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY.

Lindsay Johnson, a Northeastern University graduate, did her Capstone project at Washington Square Dermatology, and now attends the Physician Assistant Program at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island.

Mary Kacprowicz, a graduate of Hobart and William Smith College, started a Nursing Program at Northeastern University in 2016.

Amy Zoller, a graduate of Brandeis University, spent only a few weeks with us in 2016 before receiving a sudden acceptance to the Physician Assistant Program at Emory University.

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Washington Square Dermatology’s commitment to teaching extended beyond our gap year and co-op students. Ashley Hilmes, RN spent time with Dr. Cunningham learning the cosmetic side of the practice; and we participated in two Nurse Practitioner preceptor programs in the fall of 2014, one with Kelly Nagi, RN from Boston College, and the other with Michelle Bisnaw, RN, FNP, who trained at Washington Square Dermatology and worked in the practice as Nurse Practitioner after graduating.



Other staff members have included Clara Pedley who worked part-time in both clinical and administrative capacities while obtaining her nursing degree at Simmons College. She was our first RN student that stayed with us as “our nurse.” She continued at Simmons, became a Nurse Practitioner (Class of 2015), and is now working at Children’s Hospital.