Medical Dermatology Services
Medical Dermatology services treat acne, rosacea, rashes, skin cancer…virtually any skin condition. These and other skin disorders, many of which used to require extensive and invasive surgery or were simply resistant to treatment, are successfully addressed with Age Defy’s advanced technologies.
Why See A Board-Certified Dermatologist?
Medical Director Dr. Rick Noodleman is a board-certified dermatologist, a physician who specializes in skin care. Dr. Noodleman’s extensive training, experience, and passion to keep your skin, hair, and nails healthy and healthy-looking are evident at every visit. After earning his medical degree and completing an internship at the University of Minnesota Medical School, he received three more years of specialty training at Stanford University Medical Center to become an expert who is dedicated to skin, hair, and nails. Dr. Noodleman gained additional training and expertise in dermatologic surgery at Duke University Medical Center. He is board-certified, which means that he completed his three-year residency in dermatology and passed a rigorous two-part test administered by the American Board of Dermatology.
Why See A Dermatology Mid-Level Practitioner?
A mid-level practitioner refers most often to Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners. They have been involved in the delivery of health care for years and allow Age Defy to provide greater accessibility and prompt care, greatly benefiting our patients. Mid-level practitioners are trained to:
- Diagnose and treat common illnesses and injuries
- Prescribe and manage medication therapy
- Order and interpret lab tests
- Treat a wide variety of dermatologic conditions including continued follow-up and coordinated care
- Provide cosmetic dermatology services
What is a Physician Assistant (PA)?
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.
Age Defy’s Mid-Level Practitioner:
Tristen Heitz 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.