A physician assistant is a healthcare provider that has been trained in a model similar to that used in training physicians. By law, a physician assistant is required to work under the direction of a supervising physician. In order for a PA to practice medicine, he/she must have a bachelor’s degree, complete physician assistant school, pass the national certifying exam and become licensed in the state in which he/she plans to practice. Most PA schools are a three-year Master’s Program, including both academic and clinical rotations in different specialties of healthcare.
Our physician assistants are trained to perform physical exams, order and read diagnostic tests, diagnose and treat diseases, educate patients on preventative medicine and write prescriptions. In addition, PA’s are trained to assist in surgery and perform minor surgical procedures. The emerging role of PA’s is the result of the benefits they offer to both the physicians that employ them and the patients they serve. Because a PA can see patients without the supervising physician present, they have improved access to care by allowing busy physician offices to see more patients. Also, many times a PA is able to spend more time with a patient at their visit, as the doctor may be unavailable. The physician and physician assistant work together as a medical team to provide efficient and quality healthcare for their patients.
Caroline Buehler, MMS, PA-C
Caroline Buehler is a certified physician assistant who graduated from Thomas Jefferson University with a Master’s of Science degree. Caroline’s primary education was undertaken at Loyola University New Orleans where she studied graphic design and communications. Shortly thereafter, a personal experience with melanoma provoked a compelling interest in dermatology. Accordingly, she completed a Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Program where she excelled in science courses at Virginia Commonwealth University. She then went on to pursue her education as a physician assistant where her clinical rotations focused on dermatology and surgery.
Caroline’s innate artistic abilities combined with her background in the art field have made her transition into dermatology seamless. Her artistic and visual skills are invaluable in dermatology, notably in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. Caroline worked in dermatology in Annapolis, MD prior to moving to Charleston.
Caroline is nationally certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Professional memberships include The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA).
Caroline joined the practice and Dr. Rosen in 2018.
Melissa Loeffler, MPAS, PA-C
Melissa Loeffler, originally from Daytona Beach, Florida is a board certified physician assistant who holds licenses to practice in the states of Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina. Melissa received her Bachelor Science degree in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Florida where she graduated with honors. She also attended the University of Florida for her graduate education at the College of Medicine and received a Master’s of Physician Assistant Studies in 2005.
Following graduation, Melissa moved to Raleigh, NC where she trained and held a position as a physician assistant at Wake Dermatology. After a year of training, she decided to relocate to Charleston, SC. Melissa has over 10 years of extensive medical and cosmetic dermatology experience including IPL, laser resurfacing, neurotoxins, Botox, and fillers. She is a member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA) and is currently the treasurer of South Carolina Association of Physician Assistants in Dermatology (SCSDPA).
Melissa has worked at Cosmetic & Surgical Dermatology, MUSC’s – North Clinic, Charleston Medical Spa, and currently at Davidson Dermatology. She joined Dr. Rosen’s practice in 2018.