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Our Mission

Here at Blue Ocean Dermatology we are committed to providing comprehensive and unparalleled dermatologic care in a welcoming and engaging environment. We strive to make each patient experience unique by combining superior patient safety and privacy standards in treating dermatologic and cosmetic concerns. We combine the best of the art of medicine with the latest advances in research and technology in formulating individualized treatment plans to achieve a unique, desired and aesthetically-pleasing result. Placing the patient first at all times in all aspects.

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As a patient of ours, you’ll have a close, personal relationship with your community dermatology providers, who have the training, experience, and expertise necessary to meet all your skincare needs, whether you need relief from a medical condition or are looking into cosmetic dermatology. In rare cases where additional expertise may be necessary, you’ll also be able to take advantage of your providers’ access to a wide network of nationally-recognized dermatologists to provide you with the specialized care you deserve.

Our Story

Jason Welch, APRN/ Founder

Jason Welch is a nationally board certified dermatological nurse practitioner and is board certified in Family Medicine. Jason’s passion for dermatology began with his experiences as a combat medic hospital corpsman in the United States Navy. Unselfishly devoting himself to a higher cause, Jason spent 5 years as a hospital corpsman in the United States Navy. He was a combat medic during Desert Storm. After receiving his honorable discharge from the Navy, Jason pursued his education at Florida State University where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in nursing. Upon completion, Jason was accepted to the highly competitive and elite group of intensive care nurses at Orlando’s Premier Florida Hospital Critical Care Program. Jason completed his master’s program at the University of Central Florida where he obtained his nurse practitioner degree and subsequently became nationally certified in both dermatology and family practice. Following this, he completed an intensive two-year training in dermatology and surgery with one of Central Florida’s Premier dermatologist and plastic surgeons. Jason Welch has been practicing Dermatology in Volusia County since 2004.
With experience in facial and general surgery, Jason is a skilled dermatological surgeon. He is an adaptable and knowledgeable clinician with the desire to fully resolve his patient’s skin care concerns with compassion and state-of-the-art treatment. His character and practice are both founded on valor and a commitment to his patients and the field of dermatological care.

Nitra Welch, APRN/ Founder

Nitra Welch began her medical career upon graduating from Troy State University where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in nursing. She, too, was accepted into the elite group of intensive care nurses at the Florida Hospital program where she met Jason Welch as a fellow ICU nurse. In 1998, Nitra received the distinction of being charge nurse for the progressive care and medical/surgical units as part of the Critical Care Nurse Internship Program (CCNP). After devoting 9 years to the Intensive Care needs of Florida Hospital, Nitra pursued and completed her Master’s degree in nursing at the University of Central Florida. She is both nationally certified in dermatology and family practice as a nurse practitioner. Nitra has been practicing dermatology since 2006. With training in intensive care and dermatology, Nitra also received accolades as Nurse Preceptor of the Year for three consecutive years. Having worked closely with skilled and experienced dermatologists and surgeons, Nitra is uniquely poised to handle all aspects of patient care with knowledge and compassion. She specializes in dermatological surgery and cosmetic surgery. Nitra possesses a high level of leadership and devotion to her practice and her patients.

Dr. Michael Murchland

Dr. Murchland is dual board certified in dermatology and dermatopathology. He was raised in South Florida. With  a passion for medicine and a pride in serving his country, Dr. Murchland attended the United States Air Force Academy followed by the Uniformed Services University  School of Medicine.  After a tour as flight surgeon,  he trained in dermatology at  Wilford Hall Airforce Medical Center. Dr. Murchland then attended  the world renowned fellowship in skin pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.  He spent half a decade as staff dermatologist and dermatopathologist at Wilford Hall Airforce Medical Center. After a full career in military medicine, he spent eight years as a dermatologist and dermatopathologist with a respected private group practice in Dayton, OH.  He returns home to Florida eager to team with Blue Ocean Dermatology to meet your skin care needs with expertise and compassion.  When not working, he enjoys time with his wife of 30 years, restoring old cars and boats, and any activity on or around the water. Dr Murchland will work in our Port Orange and Winter Park offices.

Dr. P. Dudley Giles

Dr. Giles is a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgical procedures of the breast and body. He graduated from Temple University with honors and was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Following this, he continued his education with a two-year plastic surgery fellowship at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. For several years, Dr. Giles lead a successful practice in Erie, Pennsylvania, and was named Chief of Plastic Surgery at St. Vincent’s Hospital.
In 2002, Dr. Giles relocated to Florida, where he now serves patients in the Stuart area. Dr. Giles is known for providing patients with honest, accurate information on all aspects of their care and recovery. He founds his practice on honesty, integrity, and safe, discrete care. Patients in the Stuart area can expect exceptional results from procedures including breast augmentations, breast reductions, breast lifts, corrections, tummy tucks, arm lifts, thigh lifts, liposuction, and full body lifts.

Dr. DeMercurio

Dr. DeMercurio is a plastic surgeon with advanced training and expertise in body, facial, and breast surgery. He graduated from Miami University with honors and went on to receive his master’s degree and Doctor of Medicine from Wayne State University. During this time, Dr. DeMercurio performed in one of the nation’s most active trauma centers, Detroit Medical Center, and completed a comprehensive five-year general surgery residency. He pursued and completed advanced training through the Plastic Surgery Fellowship at Detroit Medical Center and further refined his surgical techniques in the prestigious Hand Surgery/Microsurgery Fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine.
Dr. DeMercurio is a member of both the American Medical Society and the Volusia County Medical Society. He is also a candidate for membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons as well as the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. He has delivered numerous presentations among his colleagues relating to breast reconstruction and augmentation, body contouring after weight loss and both surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation of the face. He performs these procedures and more, including arm reductions, brow lifts, eyelid surgery, laser resurfacing, and rhinoplasty.

Dr. Stanley Norman Katz

Dr. Katz obtained his medical degree from New Jersey Medical School (UMDNJ) in 1974. He has since played vital roles in a broad range of medical disciplines; his specialization being achieved in dermatology. With a diverse background and over 44 years of experience, Dr. Katz is an eminently qualified to care for even the most complicated dermatological cases.

Currently serving patients in our Winter Park location, Dr. Katz is committed to working closely with the other doctors on our team. Patients appreciate his thorough care and professionalism. Outside of the office, Dr. Katz is an avid fisherman and enjoys nothing more than the strike of a bass.

Amanda Hulce, APRN

Amanda is a certified nurse practitioner, certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).  She graduated with High Honors from South University where she obtained her Masters of Science in Nursing after she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing as a Burnett’s Honors College graduate, completing an undergraduate thesis, from the University of Central Florida.

Amanda worked as an emergency room registered nurse at one of Central Florida’s leading hospitals for several years while continuing her education. After she completed the rigorous program in becoming an advance practice registered nurse, she continued her pursuit to work in dermatology and is now skilled in medical dermatology, surgical procedures; including the removal of malignant moles and skin cancers.  She is dedicated and passionate in helping her patients treat both acute and chronic dermatologic conditions and empowering them in the process.