What is a Physician Assistant?

Physician Assistant (PA) is a healthcare professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. There are currently more than 130 accredited PA programs across the United States. Because of the close working relationships PA’s have with physicians, PA’s are educated in a medical model designed to complement physician training.

To maintain national certification, known as, PA-C or Physician Assistant Certified, each PA must complete 100 hours of continuing medical education (CME) every 2 years and pass a re-certification exam every 6 years. Physician Assistants have been practicing with dermatologists for over 30 years.

Given their comprehensive responsibilities, PA’s in dermatology possess a wide variety of general dermatology and surgical skills. They conduct general skin exams,diagnose and treat skin conditions, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventative health care, assist in surgery and can write prescriptions.

Stephanie S. Tracey, MSPAS, PA-C

Stephanie Tracey joined Dr. Beaird in the fall of 2014. As a board certified and licensed Physician Assistant, She treats general dermatology conditions in both adults and children.  She encourages skin cancer prevention with all of her patients and is trained in performing both surgical and cosmetic dermatology. She has been trained in advanced techniques with hylauronic fillers, from some of the most experienced providers in the profession. An experienced Physician Assistant, she has been in practice since 1998.  She was extensively trained in emergency medicine before she found her true passion in dermatology.

Stephanie received her Physician Assistant Degree from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from University of Nebraska in Omaha, and she also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.

Stephanie’s professional memberships include, the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants and the Illinois Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants.  Stephanie is known for her warm, caring, and personable approach in providing excellent care to her patients.

Stephanie enjoys teaching PA students and has been a clinical preceptor for Midwestern University for 15 years. She also has maintained adjunct faculty status at the university, teaching procedural skills to first and second year students.

In her free time, she loves spending time with her family. She enjoys watching her boys’ baseball games and cross country meets. She loves to be active and has run several marathons.