Without the support of our physician assistant, Kim, 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
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 PA, Kim, to ensure the best care is provided. Kim genuinely enjoys meeting with our patients, and it shows in the expert care that is received. Here is a little bit more about Kim:
- 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.
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.