Medical Dermatology Services
Rainier Dermatology provides medical dermatology services such as mole checks and skin cancer exams. We diagnosis and treat acne, warts, psoriasis, rashes, eczema, rosacea, and other common skin conditions.
Call us at (360) 612-9510.
Aesthetic Dermatology Services
Rainier Laser & Aesthetics Center provides aesthetic dermatology services such as Botox, fillers, Kybella, PRP, microneedling, facials, dermaplaning, laser hair reduction, vaginal rejuvenation, bio-identical hormone replacement pellets for both men and women and laser skin rejuvenation.
Debbie Friant, PA-C (Certified Physician Assistant)
Debbie Friant, PA-C (certified physician assistant) has been practicing in dermatology and plastic surgery for the past 21 years in a variety of settings. Debbie is particularly passionate about anti-aging technologies and treatments and is very experienced in a variety of cosmetic procedures such as Botox, fillers, Kybella, PRP, and laser procedures. Whatever your concern is to “turn back the hands of time,” she can assist you in reaching your goals for the best you. She has trained medical practitioners in cosmetic procedures and treatments including laser physics, technology, and injectable techniques.
Having grown up in the San Francisco Bay Area Debbie later graduated cum laude from California State University, Fresno with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, emphasis in Physiology, and a minor in Chemistry. She obtained a master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Debbie is happily married and has two grown sons, (one living in California and one in Soddo, Ethiopia) and six grandchildren that are the love of her life. For fun, Debbie enjoys boating, shopping, gardening, and travel.
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WHAT IS A DERMATOLOGY PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT (PA-C)?
A dermatology physician assistant (PA) is a licensed health care professional authorized to examine, test, and treat patients under the supervision of a dermatologist as part of your health care team. PAs practice in every medical and surgical specialty and have been working with dermatologists for over 40 years.
As with all PAs, dermatology PAs practice in partnership with a supervising physician and exercise autonomy in their medical decision making. The relationship between a PA and their supervising physician is one of mutual trust and respect.
The scope of the PA’s responsibilities corresponds directly to the supervising physician’s scope of practice. In general, a PA will see many of the same types of patients as the physician. Referral to the physician, or close consultation between the PA and the physician, is based on the dynamic relationship between the physician and the PA.
In general, the average length of a PA program is about 27 months. Upon completion of their formal medical education, PAs take a national certification examination. In order to maintain their national certification, PAs must earn 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years and complete a recertification exam every six years. Educated in the same medical model as physicians, PAs provide a broad range of health care services that are often the same as those you might receive from your physician.
WHAT ARE THE DUTIES OF A DERMATOLOGY PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT?
Dermatology PAs are medically trained to:
- Obtain medical histories
- Conduct physical exams
- Diagnose and treat illnesses
- Order and interpret tests
- Develop treatment plans
- Counsel on preventative health care
- Perform general, cosmetic and surgical procedures
WHY WE NEED DERMATOLOGY PAs
The delay in diagnosis of urgent dermatologic conditions and skin cancer is concerning and highlights the need for assistance from mid-level providers. By utilizing physician assistants, there is a significant reduction in patient waiting time and increase in access to dermatologic care.
WILL MY INSURANCE PAY TO SEE A PA?
Generally speaking, insurance companies will reimburse you for a visit to a PA. Medical and surgical services delivered by PAs are covered by Medicare, Tricare and nearly all private payers. Check with your insurance company for the best information.
WHAT ABOUT COSMETIC PROCEDURES?
If you are interested in cosmetic and aesthetic procedures such as facials, laser treatments, injectables – Botox, Kybella, PRP and fillers, along with much more, please visit our Medispa, Rainier Laser & Aesthetics Center.
Our Wonderful Providers Are Ready to Help You!
Our goal is to provide individualized care, addressing and improving our client’s skin concerns while enhancing self-image and self-esteem. We provide clients with exceptional service and quality care so they can reflect their true beauty from within.