Meet Melissa Bouffard
Office Locations: Linden
Q&A with Melissa Bouffard
- Q: Tell us about your background as a physician assistant.A: I earned a BS/PA from Medical College of Georgia and since have worked in General Surgery, ENT, Orthopedic, Internal Medicine while working in a drug study, Family Practice and Dermatology.
- Q: Why did you choose to become a physician assistant?A: In high school and college, I always geared my studies toward the sciences. I initially thought I wanted to be a veterinarian due to my love for animals, but once I learned about PA’s, I knew that was the perfect career for me. I wanted a challenging, lucrative career in the medical field that would also allow time to raise a family. I have never regretted my decision and have found taking care of my own kind just as rewarding as taking care of our furry, feathery friends.
- Q: Why did you choose to practice in an open access primary care practice?A: I chose Dermatology because it gave me the autonomy of diagnosing and treating my own patients, as well as, performing surgical procedures such as biopsies and excisions. It also gives me a great satisfaction to make people as pretty on the outside as they are on the inside.
- Q: What unique skills do you possess?A: I think one of my best assets as a caregiver is just that… I do care about my patients. we have all sought the help from a clinician for health problems at some time or another and when we do, we want to know that we are in the hands of someone who will listen and understand our concerns. The brain and heart are the most important systems of the body and when we make them happy, the rest will follow.
- Q: Describe your day to day activities, priorities and tasks. What do you like best?A: My daily tasks involve not only taking care of patients, but following up on labs and path reports, calling patients back regarding concerns, etc. What do I like best? Talking to my patients, of course
- Q: What accomplishments are you most proud of?A: When I started out as a physician assistant, it was at a time when our role in healthcare was unfamiliar to some. This included patients, as well as those within the medical field. Now you see PA’s everywhere and the number of applicants to PA schools is growing every year. I am proud of my 30 years as a PA and am very proud to be a part of this growing, and now what I believe to be, a valued medical profession.
- Q: What are the key challenges of this field of medicine? How is it changing?A: There are too many to name, but from my own experience one of the biggest challenges is that doctors and healthcare workers are no longer in charge of deciding how to take care of their patients. Whether it be the insurance companies telling us what medicines to use and procedures to perform, or it being the big conglomerates taking over the small practices and dictating the same, in addition to increasing the number of patients seen per day thus decreasing patient “care”.
- Q: If you couldn’t be a physician assistant, what would you be doing?A: I would be an Interior Designer. I like taking care of homes and making them pretty, too.
- Q: What makes working at Care Station special?A: Care Station is special because it is privately owned which makes for a more family oriented working environment. There is much better communication among the staff, which, in turn, provides a more conscientious, caring environment for patients.
- Q: Why should patients choose Care Station for their primary care?A: Because Care Station Medical Group delivers quality health care by employing a very efficient, knowledgeable staff that communicates well with each other, as well as its patients to ensure the best possible service.
- Q: Tell us a little something about yourself.A: I was raised in Lynchburg, VA and have lived most of my life in the south until about 13 years ago when my family moved here for my husband’s job.
- Q: How do you like to spend your free time?A: I like running, decorating and singing in my band, The Raritan River Rats.