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We Love Our Physician Assistants!

Without the support of our physician assistants, Kim and Erica, our practice wouldn’t be what it is today. A physician assistant (PA) works under the supervision of a doctor and acts as their extension to keep up with patient demand. PAs are medically trained professionals who diagnose illnesses, develop treatment plans, and prescribe needed treatments. PAs help to improve the quality and access to healthcare and can be found in virtually all medical and surgical specialties.

PA Role in Dermatology

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Although the word assistant is in their title, dermatological PAs can evaluate and treat common skin disorders such as acne, rosacea, atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, psoriasis, and warts after an initial training period with their physicians. A PA will only provide care that is within the scope of their supervising physician. They can also perform excisions, minor repairs, and prescribe medications where it is deemed necessary.

Alamo Heights Dermatology Physician Assistants

Dr. Kelso and Dr. Fridlington have extensively trained our PAs, Kim and Erica, to ensure the best care is provided. Both our PAs genuinely enjoy meeting with our patients, and it shows in the expert care that is received. Here is a little bit more about Kim and Erica:

  • Kimberley Totman, P.A.
    • Kim is a physician assistant with career-focused experience in the field of dermatology. Before she pursued a career as a PA, she worked as a medical assistant at a dermatology clinic. It was there that she discovered her passion for skincare and decided to enroll in the PA program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. While she was working on her medical studies, Kim was able to do clinical rotations with state-of-the-art dermatology clinicians and even transcribed for oculoplastic and Mohs surgeons. She is also a member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, where she recently achieved Diplomate status as a result of additional dermatology training.
  • Erica Ramos, P.A.
    • Erica entered the medical field in 1998 as a Medic in the Montana Army National Guard. In 2000, she graduated from Montana State University with her first bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Simultaneously, she completed officer candidate school in the military and became a Medical Service Corp Officer. She was accepted into the Interservice Physician Assistant Program at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. This program is accredited through the University of Nebraska Medical Center for which she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in 2004. After that, in 2006, she went on to get her master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies through the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She has since completed the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants’ Diplomate program.

Because Alamo Heights Dermatology utilizes trained PAs, we’re able to continuously provide our patients access to the dermatological care they deserve. We may be biased, but It’s true that our PAs are wonderful. But don’t just take our word for it, see for yourself! To set up your consultation, you can call us at (210) 255-8447 or click here.

Reference:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2989822/

https://www.aapa.org/what-is-a-pa/

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