Meet Brennen Barnett, MS, MSPAS, PA-C!

February 2023

Brennen Barnett Joins Optima Dermatology as a Board-Certified Physician Assistant

Board-Certified Physician Assistant Brennen Barnett, MS, MSPAS, PA-C has joined Optima Dermatology’s Macedonia, OH practice, offering a wide range of medical dermatology services to patients of all ages. 

Brennen has been serving patients in the greater Cleveland area since 2019 and is committed to delivering an exceptional patient experience.

After graduating from Bethel College in Indiana with a Bachelor of Science degree in Cell and Molecular Biology, Brennen earned a Master of Science in Medical and Experimental Pathology from Case Western Reserve University and a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Mount Union.

Providing the High Level of Care Patients Expect and Deserve

Brennen’s approach to patient care reflects Optima Dermatology’s commitment to treating every patient the way we would want our friends and family to be treated. She is dedicated to providing a comprehensive and personalized experience for each patient. 

Brennen provides expert medical dermatology services for patients of all ages, including general dermatology and skin cancer treatment.

We recently had the opportunity to learn more about Brennen, her approach, and the path that led her to pursue a career as a board-certified dermatologist.

Where did you go to college?

I attended Bethel College (now University) in Indiana for my undergraduate degrees, then went to Case Western Reserve University for my first master’s, and finally, I attended the University of Mount Union’s PA program. 

What made you decide to pursue a career in dermatology? What did the path to get there look like?

In dermatology, you need to be able to play detective and investigate the problem with the patient, which I really enjoy. I also enjoy the hands-on component of dermatological procedures such as biopsies and excisions. My dermatology training after school took place at Cleveland Clinic where I worked with amazing PAs and physicians who helped me develop a deeper understanding of the specialty. 

On your journey to becoming a board-certified physician assistant, what was the best advice you were given?

Going into PA school, I was pretty confident I wanted to work in dermatology, but my professors were vocal about the importance of being open to working in any specialty. Learning about many of the specialties made me realize there are a lot of crossovers between them and it’s important to know medicine outside of your own specialty to better help your patients.

What is your number one tip for taking care of your skin?

Always prioritize sun protection.

What is your favorite aspect of dermatology?

I enjoy the relationship I develop with my patients. It’s great to see someone long-term and see how they improve.

How would you describe your approach to treating patients?

I like the visit to feel like a conversation rather than a one size fits all approach. It’s important to consider things like a patient’s lifestyle and accessibility, and you can only find that information out through a conversation. I also think education is very important – I find it’s easier to continue a treatment plan if everyone is on the same page as to why it’s important. 

If there is one thing you want your patients to know about you, what would it be?

I want my patients to feel like they are contributing to their health during our appointments.  If you feel like something isn’t working for you, let me know and we’ll figure it out together! 

What do you like to do when you are not in the office?

I enjoy spending time with my family and being outside. I also really enjoy traveling, reading, and baking.

What to Expect From Dermatology Care From Brennen and Her Team

If you’re seeking medical dermatology care, Brennen and the rest of the team at Optima Dermatology’s Macedonia practice offer a wide range of services and have advanced training and experience to ensure the highest quality of care. 

View a complete list of our dermatology services, and come in for a visit to learn more about our approach to patient care. Brennen is accepting new patients at our Macedonia, OH location. Give us a call at 330-944-3851 to schedule an appointment today!