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An Important Part of the Medical Team

 

Helen M. Torok, M.D.
Medical Director, Trillium Creek Dermatology & Surgery

Four of the more familiar faces at Trillium Creek are Francine John, Suzanne Dade, Dana Pilz and Jordan Goad. They are the practice’s four certified physician assistants. They are the “second set of hands” for Drs. Helen and Leonard Torok.

Physician assistants have undergone two years of formal training and are licensed to practice medicine under the supervision of a licensed physician. During their training, physician assistants attend many of the same classes as medical students. To earn their certification, they must beet a defined course of study and tested by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

At Trillium Creek, training doesn’t stop, however. All PA-C’s continue to undergo intensive post-certification medical training under Dr. Helen Torok and homeopathic training under Dr. Leonard Torok.

“Drs. Helen and Leonard are always making sure we know the latest techniques, drugs and conditions occurring in dermatology and homeopathy,” Mrs. Johns says. “We are in an environment where learning is continuous.”

All physician assistants perform full body exams, examine toenail fungus, treat acne, rosacea, contact allergies, hair loss, warts, eczema, psoriasis and other skin problems.

They also perform diagnostic, therapeutic and preventative health care services, take medical histories, order and interpret laboratory tests and X-rays and make diagnoses under physician supervision. They also see patients on follow-up visits from the physicians.

“We can assess how well a treatment plan is working and make any adjustments if necessary,’ Mrs. Johns says.

Anytime the physician assistants need help interpreting the significance of a patient’s findings or symptoms, the physicians are readily available to assist and educate them.

“Our physician assistants are an important part of our medical team and help us provide our patients with the best care possible,” says Dr. Helen Torok.