Today we’d like to introduce you to Caroline Wells, PA-C.
Caroline, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I always knew I wanted to be in the medical field, even as a young child if someone asked what I was going to be when I grew up I always said a doctor. I started college on a science track towards getting a job in healthcare. That’s when I learned about physician assistants. It sounded like the perfect fit for me – it would allow me to practice medicine and still have a family some day. I graduated college with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and began to work as a medical assistant for the dermatology practice I currently work for now. It started as just a job to help me get clinical hours to apply for PA school and has since turned into a lifelong career.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
When I initially applied to PA school, I didn’t even get an interview. So, I re-grouped and while I was working as medical assistant to get clinical hours I re-took some science classes at a local college to improve my science GPA. When I re-applied, I was granted an interview and was accepted! It was definitely a testament to the adage: “if at first you don’t succeed- try, try again.” I ultimately graduated with honors and as member of the Pi Alpha honor society.
Please tell us about Georgia Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center.
Georgia Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center is a large, privately owned dermatology practice. We have 20 clinics throughout the state and our own dermatopathology lab. We specialize in all skin care needs and offer Mohs surgery; a specialized skin cancer treatment. What makes us different as practice is even though we are a large practice we have a local “mom and pop” feel to all of our clinics. Each clinic is staffed by highly trained doctors, mid-level providers, medical assistants and administrative staff. All of us truly care about our patients and doing the best we can for them. Georgia Dermatology is not just another job- it’s a family. I’ve been with the practice for ten years now and that’s a really short amount of time compared to a lot of our staff. We have employees that have been with the Georgia Dermatology team since I was in elementary school. I think that says a lot about a company to have that kind of loyalty in a world where everyone is always looking for the next best thing. I absolutely love my job and my patients. I can’t imagine doing anything else. We strive every day to give our patients quality dermatological care with a smile on our faces.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I don’t have one single favorite memory from childhood. I was very blessed to grow-up in a close knit family and my favorite memories are of our family vacations. My parents, my younger brother and I would set out on an adventure together. Most kids couldn’t wait to get away from their parents and siblings but I loved going on vacation with them. It was an opportunity for us to get away from every day distractions and really bond as family. Even now that my brother and I have our own families, we still love going on vacations together. Now, there are just more people to share the adventure with.
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2283 Wrightsboro Rd.
Augusta, GA 30904
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