Rhea Douglas, PA-C grew up in Richmond, VA. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Virginia (UVA). After working in the pharmaceutical industry for Pfizer, she moved to Atlanta and earned her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University. She then decided to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant after working as a mental health counselor in order to broaden her medical knowledge and clinical training. In 2008, she graduated with honors from Emory University’s Physician Assistant Program and earned her Master’s degree in Medical Science.
After completing multiple rotations in general medicine with two preceptorships in dermatology, she joined Dermatology Associates of Georgia where she worked continuously for 12 years. With over a decade of dermatology experience, she has mentored and trained PA students and newly graduated PA’s in the field of dermatology. She has given lectures in the Physician Assistant programs at Emory University and Mercer University. She practices general Dermatology and Dermatologic surgery. Rhea has a special interest in skin cancer, acne, rosacea, and atopic dermatitis.
Rhea is licensed by the Georgia Composite Board of Medical Examiners and maintains certification with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, and the Georgia Dermatology Physician Assistants organization.
Rhea loves the outdoors and lives an active lifestyle. She enjoys hiking, tennis, and yoga. She also loves to read, cook, and spend time with family. She currently resides in Atlanta with her husband, two children, and two dogs.
What is a Physician Assistant (PA)?
Physician Assistants (PA’s) are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. PA’s are educated and trained in the medical model, which is designed to complement physician training, at nationally accredited Physician Assistant programs. Following graduation from an accredited program, a PA must pass a national examination in order to become certified by the NCCPA (National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants) and in order to receive a state license to practice. PA’s conduct physical examinations, order and interpret tests, and provide a broad range of both diagnostic and therapeutic services that include writing prescriptions and performing procedures.