Our expert Staff is dedicated to service excellence. We partner with you to find the best solutions and strive to anticipate your needs at every visit. Part medical center, part sanctuary–you’ll know you’re in a special place from the moment you enter our doors. Our Staff educates you on the hows and whys of your treatment program and guides you through the entire process. Whatever approach you choose, it will be accomplished with a patient-first philosophy of compassion and service excellence. At Age Defy, you can always depend on a warm welcome and personalized support.
Tristen Heitz, Certified Physician Assistant
Tristen is a board-certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) and a Fellow of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants. She graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine's Physician Assistant Program in 2000. Before completing her post-graduate preceptorship in dermatology, Tristen worked in women’s health and gastroenterology, adding to her in-depth understanding of related dermatologic conditions. Tristen is passionate about and qualified to treat all aspects of dermatology and enjoys making a difference in her patients' lives. Tristen began her dermatology career in Los Gatos and is returning to the South Bay after working at a prominent dermatology practice in Marin.
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.