Since opening its doors in 2006, Affiliated Laboratories® understands the clinical impact of a microscopic diagnosis and has processed over a half-million skin biopsies. We offer diagnostic expertise and unparalleled service in the evaluation of dermatologic disorders ranging from routine to the most difficult cases. Accredited by the College of American Pathologists, our carefully designed system is focused on serving the dermatopathology needs of all providers who perform skin biopsies.
Affiliated Laboratories® was ranked 8th in the country (source: Laboratory Economics), for private dermatopathology laboratories. As one of a few private CAP-accredited dermatopathology labs in the nation, we have several fellowship-trained dermatopathologists who are experts in skin disease and specializing in skin cancer, particularly melanoma. We have a quick turnaround time and will express diagnoses however, the clinician prefers.
Our dermatopathologists work with our providers through difficult diagnoses to render the most accurate treatment plans for their patients. We are committed to quality patient care, personalized service and efficient turnaround time.
Laboratory Director & Dermatopathologist
Dr. Estrada is a full-time dermatopathologist. Dr. Estrada received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine where she graduated as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She completed an Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency and served as Chief Resident at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. She completed a Dermatopathology Fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.
Dr. Estrada is board certified in Dermatopathology, Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Pathology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Clinical Education at Midwestern University. She also acts as a consultant pathologist for companies involved with pharmaceutical clinical trials as well as melanoma gene expression profiling. Her professional memberships include the American Medical Association, the American Society of Dermatopathology, the International Society of Dermatopathology, the College of American Pathologists and Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.
Dr. Casey was born and raised in St. Louis, MO where his mother was unfortunately diagnosed with breast cancer which inspired him to consider a career in medicine. He graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, majoring in biomedical engineering with a minor in biology. He went on to earn his MD from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he developed an interest in pathology. Having been fortunate enough to complete an elective rotation in Dermatopathology as a medical student, he decided to work towards sub-specialization in skin pathology. It was the visual nature of pathology combined with the ability to play a role in fighting cancer which attracted Dr. Casey to pathology.
Following the residency match, Dr. Casey moved to New York City to join the anatomic and clinical pathology residency program at NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital. He then accepted a dermatopathology fellowship position at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx where he trained at Montefiore Medical Center, Jacobi Hospital, and Dermpath Diagnostics – New York. Dr. Casey is board-certified in anatomic and clinical pathology and in dermatopathology.
Dr. Casey is excited to live in a climate where pools stay open all year long and is looking forward to exploring the hiking and natural beauty that we are blessed to be surrounded by here in the desert!