Carrie Baxter, PA-C

carrie-baxterCarrie Baxter, PA-C joined Deschutes Dermatology in 2008 after graduating from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.  She works very closely with Dr. Carter and is committed to promoting a lifetime of healthier skin by providing patient education, promoting sun protection, and providing comprehensive skin examinations.  Carrie diagnoses and treats all conditions involving the hair, skin and nails.

“As a dermatology PA, there are many challenges and equally rewarding opportunities to make a positive difference for patients. It is always a great feeling to identify and treat an early melanoma skin cancer before it has the chance to become much more dangerous. Helping patients improve the health and appearance of their skin is very gratifying. I also enjoy spending time educating patients about their condition, and formulating a treatment plan tailored to meet their specific needs.”

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Oregon Board of Medical Examiners

Oregon Medical Association
American Academy of Physician Assistants
Oregon Society of Physician Assistants

Master’s of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, 2008
Pacific University
Forest Grove, Oregon

Bachelor of Science, 2001
Exercise Science and Health Promotion
Southern Oregon University
Ashland, Oregon

Physical Therapy Aid, 2001-2004
Therapeutic Associates
Bend, Oregon

Volunteers in Medicine, since 2004
Bend, Oregon

What is a Physician Assistant?

Physician Assistants are certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) – a mark of professional accomplishment – and state-licensed. They are health professionals who practice medicine as members of a team with their supervising physicians. PAs deliver a broad range of medical and surgical services to diverse populations in rural and urban settings. 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 prescribe medications.

Because of the close working relationship that 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 six years. Graduation from an accredited physician assistant program and passage of the national certifying exam are required for state licensure.

Source: American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)