Physician Assistants, or PA's, are healthcare professionals licensed to practice medicine as directed by a supervising physician. These professionals are trained similarly to physicians, and often attend many of the same medical classes throughout training, with the primary difference being time spent in formal training, such as residency and internship.
The term PA-C stands for Physician Assistant-Certified. These members of our team have passed a rigorous certification process and testing by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Certification is maintained through continuing education and recertification that takes place every six years.
PA's practice a wide range of services, both medical and surgical, that would traditionally be carried out by physicians. These services include physical examination, diagnosis and treatment of illness, order and evaluate lab tests, perform suturing of lacerations, and prescribe necessary medication.
Hope Thibodeaux, MPAS, PA-C
Hope spent her childhood in Southern Louisiana and earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University. Upon graduating and subsequent acceptance into the Physician Assistant program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, she moved to Texas. Hope earned her Master of Medical degree in Physician Assistant Studies, and is licensed in the state of Texas. She also holds national certification as a Physician Assistant (PA-C). Hope holds professional memberships with the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Ami Bhattacharya, MPAS, PA-C
Ami is a PA-C with a dermatology specialty. Although she was born in India, she grew up in Houston, and earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in MIS/Business Honors in 1997, graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, after which she worked as a management and technology consultant in the healthcare field.
Ami completed her Master of Medicine in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Her license is in the state of Texas, while she is also nationally certified as a PA-C.
Ami maintains membership with the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, and the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Married with two young daughters who keep her very busy, Ami enjoys the flexibility within Dermatology to treat various conditions effectively, and the ability to provide personalized care to our patients.
Lauren Hughes MPAS, PA-C
After growing up in Flower Mound, Lauren attended North Central Texas College on a softball scholarship. After attending this school, and playing on their team for two years, Lauren went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from Texas A&M University, graduating with honors. She then returned to Dallas and obtained her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She is licensed by the state of Texas and also holds national certification as a PA-C. Lauren holds memberships with the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Brittany Schupbach, MPAS, PA-C
Brittany Schupbach has lived in Plano, Texas most of her life. She attended Plano Senior High and enjoyed being an officer of the Planoette drill team her senior year. She misses the school spirit and traditions of the school, but occasionally makes it back to some of the wildcat football games. She went on to Texas Tech University where she studied nutritional sciences and graduated summa cum laude in 2009.
After graduation she came back to Plano where she worked as a senior medical assistant for Dr. Selkin while applying for PA school. She has since returned as one of our Physician Assistants and was personally trained in dermatology by Dr. Selkin himself. She enjoys the variety that dermatology has to offer including medical, surgical and cosmetic concerns.
She holds a certification from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and is licensed with the Texas Medical Board. Her professional affiliations include Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.