What Is A Physician Assistant?
Physician Assistants are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and write prescriptions. Within the physician-PA relationship, physician assistants exercise autonomy in medical decision making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. PAs are trained in intensive accredited education programs. Because of the close working relationship the PA has with her physician, PAs are educated in the medical model designed to complement physician training. Upon graduation, physician assistants take a national certification examination. To maintain this certification, PAs must log 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years and sit for a re-certification every six years.
Lauren Hirsch, PA-C
Lauren received her B.S. from the University of Central Florida and recently moved to California from Florida. She is a Fellow of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants and has extensive training in both medical and cosmetic dermatology. A highly trained practitioner, Lauren is skilled in all aspects of general dermatologic care including skin cancer detection and treatment, acne, mole screenings and psoriasis. Her strong cosmetic clinical skills include wrinkle fillers and relaxers, intense pulsed light, radiofrequency, and ablative and non-ablative laser treatments.