Kelly Johnston, PAC

Kelly Johnston is a native of Union City, Tennessee.  As a 2011 graduate of Bethel University, she received her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. Kelly is a 2007 graduate of Mississippi State University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  Prior to joining our practice, Kelly worked with a with a board certified dermatologist in Kentucky. 

As a Physician Assistant who has received specialized training in dermatology, Kelly is licensed and qualified to perform a comprehensive dermatological examination, diagnose, treat, and prescribe appropriate medical therapy for your dermatologic needs. Her love of medicine, her surgical experience and her commitment to patients makes her a vital part of our team.

Kelly is licensed by the state of Tennessee and is certified by the National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants.  She is a member of Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants, American Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants.  

Currently residing in Milan, Tennessee, Kelly and her husband, Hunter, have one daughter, Ellen and a goldendoodle, Henry.  She enjoys spending time with her family, CrossFit, and traveling.

What is a Physician Assistant?

A Physician Assistant (PA) is a medical professional who works as part of a team with a doctor. A PA is a graduate of an accredited Physician Assistant educational program. They are nationally certified and state-licensed to practice medicine with the supervision and guidance of a physician> PA’s perform physical examinations, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret laboratory tests, perform procedures, assist in general surgery, provide patient education and counseling, and make rounds in hospitals and nursing homes. All 50 states and the District of Columbia allow Physician Assistants to practice and prescribe medication.

The PA educational Program is modeled after the medical school curriculum. The program is a combination of both didactic and clinical training. The PA course study is rigorous and intense. The average length of a PA education is 27 months. PA education includes instruction in core sciences including anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, physical diagnosis, pathophysiology, microbiology, clinical laboratory science, behavioral science, and medical ethics.

Physicians entrust duties to PAs. Within those range of duties, PAs use independent-decision-making for patient care. This team model is an efficient way to provide high-quality patient care. By design, physicians and PAs work together as a team. All PAs practice medicine with physician supervision. Dr. Carranza communicates with their PAs daily. All Dermatology and Skin Cancer Consultants Physician Assistants undergo intensive training prior to seeing their own patients.

Work Experience:

Dermatology and Skin Cancer Consultants, Humboldt, Tennessee
Physician Assistant, Certified, 07/2014 – Present

J. David Outland Dermatology, Murray, Kentucky
Physician Assistant, Certified, 08/2011-10/2013

Training:

Bethel University, Physician Assistant Program, McKenzie, Tennessee
– Extensive didactic and clinical training in family and internal medicine, emergency medicine, general surgery, pediatrics, geriatrics, psychiatry, and obstetrics and gynecology.
– Elective clinical rotations in general surgery at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City and pediatric hematology and oncology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Education:

Master of Science, Physician Assistant Studies, Bethel University, 2011
Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Mississippi State University, 2007