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, perform surgery, and, in virtually all states, can 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.
Because of the close working relationship the PAs have with physicians, PAs are educated in the medical model designed to complement physician training. Upon graduation, physician assistants take a national certification examination developed by the National Commission on Certification of PAs in conjunction with the National Board of Medical Examiners. To maintain their national certification, PAs must log 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years and sit for a recertification every ten years. Graduation from an accredited physician assistant program and passage of the national certifying exam are required for state licensure.
Vicki Roberts received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of South Florida in 1996. She obtained her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Florida in 1999. She is a nationally certified Physician Assistant.
Vicki joined Palmetto Dermatology in 2000. She is a past president of the national Society of Dermatology PAs as well as a past president of the South Carolina Society of Dermatology PAs. She holds professional memberships in the American Academy of PAs, the Society of Dermatology PAs, the SC Association of PAs and the South Carolina Medical Association. She is currently a Board of Trustee for the Dermatology PA Foundation and she is an adjunct instructor for the University of South Carolina PA Program.
Michelle Evans received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Gardner-Webb University in 2003. She obtained her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Methodist University in 2006. She is a nationally certified Physician Assistant.
Michelle joined Palmetto Dermatology in 2010 and holds professional memberships in the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, and the South Carolina Medical Association.
Benjamin Addy received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at The Citadel in 2003. He obtained his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from The Medical University of South Carolina in 2013. He is a nationally certified Physician Assistant.
Ben joined Palmetto Dermatology in 2014 and holds professional memberships in the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, the South Carolina Dermatological Association and the South Carolina Medical Association.