I am a certified Physician Assistant living in Southern California with my husband, Ryan, 3 children Elle, Drew and Dane. I have had a passion for medicine for as long as I can remember! After graduating from the USC Keck School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program I pursued my passion for Dermatology, since it was a field close to my heart. I spent a lot of time in the sun as a girl, I loved the beach, was on my High School swim team and spent years working as a lifeguard. My visits to the dermatologist started in High School and that was when I learned the importance of skin protection, thanks to the removal of many suspicious moles.
I practice both medical and cosmetic dermatology, and I have a special interest in Botox, Fillers and Laser Treatments to create natural results. I also really enjoy treating patients with acne. Acne is an extremely frustrating condition with hundreds of treatment options. It is so gratifying to see a patient’s personality blossom when their complexion starts to clear. I started The White Coat Treatment to share my passion about everything skin, beauty, motherhood, being a Physician Assistant and everything in-between.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
What was your major in college? I obtained my Bachelors of Science in Biology from Loyola Marymount University
Where did you go to PA school? Keck School of Medicine at The University of Southern California
What did you do for hands-on paid experience prior to PA school?
I obtained my Certified Nursing Assistant certificate the summer after my freshman year and work for a few months during school as a nursing assistant at a nursing home and then as a private home care nursing assistant. The job just wasn’t for me. I nannied through college to “pay the bills” then after graduation I worked as a cast tech for an Orthopedic Surgeon. He was willing to hire me with out a medical assistant certificate. Being a cast tech was one of my most favorite jobs. I learned so much at the job. It was fast paced and overwhelming at times. There I learned I really liked working with my hands and a speciality with procedures was my calling.
What kind of volunteer work did you do?
I started volunteering at a local hospital in high school. When I was in college I volunteered for 2 years at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica. I really wanted to work in the ER but the only shifts available were on Friday nights. I decided to sacrifice my social life for this coveted shift. I was nice because I worked hand and hand with PAs and was able to observe first hand what they do.
What PA programs did you apply to?
I knew I wanted to stay in Southern California and I wanted to attend a masters program. I applied to Western University of Health Sciences, Loma Linda and USC.
What special things did you do to prepare for PA school?
I tell this to most people. Narrow down 10 PA programs you are going to apply to and work backwards from there. You can then see what pre-reqs you need for each program, necessary medical hours, etc… You don’t have to apply to all those programs but it will be a good guide on where to start. I printed out USC application guide my freshman year and had it in the top desk of my drawer so every time I opened it, it reminded me of my ultimate goal.
Did you take time off between undergrad and PA school?
Yes- I took one off in-between to work on gaining more hands-on paid medical hours.
How did you get into Dermatology?
I was always interested in aestetics. Initially I had my advanced rotation set up in Plastic Surgery. While I was in PA school my mom said she had an appointment with our Dermatologist, Dr. Sandra Lee. I tagged along and mentioned to Sandra that I was in PA school and interested in cosmetics/dermatology. She invited me to do my advanced rotation with her and her husband and the rest is history. They offered me a job right after PA school and I’ve been with the practice ever since.