Posts for category: Physicians Assistant

By Dr. Roger Moore
April 07, 2015
Tags: PA   Skincare   skin   dermatology   providers  

Meet DermacenterMD’s PA

Dr. Moore has chosen to include a PA as an integral part of his practice. DermacenterMD is currently home to one of the finest PAs in the area, Mariah Lefforge. Mariah works hand in hand with Dr. Moore to provide the best possible care for all patients seen at DermacenterMD.

Meet Mariah Lefforge PA-C

Mariah has been a part of the DermacenterMD team since 2007. She grew up in Bluffton, Indiana were she graduated valedictorian of her high school class. She was awarded a full-tuition Presidential Scholarship to the University of Indianapolis where she majored in chemistry. While at the University of Indianapolis, she volunteered at St. Francis Hospital and worked as a chemistry tutor and lab assistant, as well as a home health care CNA. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and was in the top 10% of her class. She earned a Master’s of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of St. Francis where she served as vice president of her class. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the Indiana Academy of Physician Assistants (IAPA) and the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA).

In her spare time, Mariah enjoys playing tennis, volleyball and is an active member at her local church. She is the resident office comedian and enjoys making everyone smile and laugh.

If you are interested in recieving quality, professional care from our dermatology PA, please feel free to give our office a call at 574-522-0265 to schedule an appointment today.

By Dr. Roger Moore
March 18, 2015
Tags: PA   skin care   doctor   patient  

So, what exactly is a Physician Assistant (PA) and what can they do for you? Find out what a PA is and the benefits of seeing a highly trained PA at DermacetnerMD.


Physician Assistants are also termed Mid-Level Providers. They are health care providers who are trained to administer medical care in coordination with a ‘Supervising Physician.’ They are trained to deliver a wide range of medical services through an advanced training program accredited by the American Academy of Physician Assistants.   Similar to a Nurse Practitioner, they have a master’s degree and are certified and licensed to see patients, perform procedures and write prescriptions. Their work is directly supervised by the head medical doctor of the practice, which at DermacenterMD, is Dr. Roger Moore, a board certified dermatologist.   


Dr. Moore’s physician assistants maintain good standing and are members of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants. They are required to be certified and licensed as physician assistants (PA-C) and are medical providers formally trained in primary care and graduating from an accredited academic training program in the U.S. The average PA student is age 33, has over 4 years of health-care experience and a college degree before entering a PA program.  Typical backgrounds of PA students include nursing, EMT, paramedic or other medical backgrounds. Most Physician Assistant Programs last 24-27 continuous months and use the medical school model. To remain nationally certified, PAs must complete 100 hours of Continuing Medical Education (CME) every 2 years and pass a national re-certification exam every 6 years. While over half of all PAs remain in primary care, the rest can be found in every medical and surgical specialty, including dermatology.


Dr. Moore has chosen, like many dermatology providers, to have PAs because it allows his valued patients to have more rapid access to highly trained dermatology providers. DermacenterMD’s PAs are required to train under Dr. Moore years before they are able to function in a more independent manner. In addition, Dr. Moore has them participate in his rigorous training program that requires reading, lectures and examinations. In fact, Dr. Moore’s work with PAs has been integral in spurning Dr. Moore to develop an advanced online training program for mid-level providers across the nation. The new training program is termed Dermwise and has already been used by the former president of Chicago Dermatologic Society, with rave reviews. 


The benefit for our patients is having access to PAs who are focused individuals, competent and able to treat them in an efficient and professional manner. Our PAs have dedicated themselves to the field of dermatology and are surpassing the time devoted to dermatology by any other specialties. 

Learn more about Dr. Roger Moore and his PAs at our website  If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Moore or his PAs please call us at 574-522-0265.