Melissa Miao, PA-C

Melissa Miao is the newest addition to Bergen Dermatology. She is a Physician Assistant who has worked in the field of Dermatology since 2000. Melissa graduated from Seton Hall University with a degree in Biology, and obtained her Masters of Science from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey's Physician Assistant program. 

Melissa is affiliated with the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants. She is also a Health and Wellness Coach where she helps patients reach their health goals and discover the best within themselves. At Bergen Dermatology, Melissa will be able to utilize her wealth of knowledge when treating various medical conditions, and when performing surgical and cosmetic procedures. Melissa finds it truly rewarding to work with patients to improve their skin and understands that healthy skin has a great impact on a person's self esteem and quality of life. She finds it extremely satisfying to significantly affect a person's outlook on life and watch as a person blossoms while their skin condition improves. Patient education is also very important to Melissa. She enjoys spending time getting to know her patients and implementing skin care regimens that will keep a patient healthy throughout their lifetime.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Physician Assistants:


1. Is she a doctor? No, she is what is referred to as a mid- level practitioner, similar to a nurse practitioner. She is able to see patients, write prescriptions and order tests.

2. Will she be a doctor?  No, she has completed her formal training and passed national certification boards for physician assistants. 

3. How much experience does she have? She has over 10 years of experience in the field of dermatology and is highly competent in treating medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatological conditions.

4. Is she a nurse or medical assistant? No, she has a bachelors degree in biology, and completed post-graduate training in a physician assistant program. She is board certified as a physician assistant.

5. What is the difference between a physician and a physician assistant? The main difference between a physician and physician assistant is the amount of time spent in training. Physicians spend more time in school and also have to go through internships and residencies. Physicians can practice independently while PAs work with physicians and are ultimately under the physicians supervision.

6. Do I have to see the PA? No.

7. What does PA-C mean? It means physician assistant-certified. It means the person has graduated from an accredited program and has passed testing by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

8. Can she prescribe medications? Yes, she is able to write and prescribe prescriptions.