Laura Anderson, Board Certified Physician Assistant, Joins Optima Dermatology

August 2023

Our Stratham, NH Office Welcomes Its Newest Provider, Laura Anderson, PA-C, and Her Caring Approach to Patient Care

Optima Dermatology is excited to welcome Laura Anderson, PA-C, to our Stratham, NH practice. Laura has been serving patients in the Seacoast area of New Hampshire since 2017, offering treatments for a range of skin conditions, including skin cancer screenings and skin cancer treatment, acne, psoriasis, and eczema.

Laura completed her undergraduate education at Stonehill College, earning her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Healthcare Administration. She then went on to earn a Master of Science in the Physician Assistant Program at Rutgers University. While at Rutgers, she mentored and advised students and her peers, tutoring in educational services and leadership. 

In 2015, Laura earned the Pathology Award in Excellence. She is also a member of the American Academy of Physicians Assistants and the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants.

Putting Patients First

Laura delivers kind and considerate care to her patients, taking an understanding approach to make everyone feel comfortable. 

We recently had the opportunity to learn more about Laura, her approach, and the path that led her to pursue becoming a board-certified physician assistant.

Where did you go to college?

I went to Stonehill College in Easton Massachusetts for my undergraduate degree. I attended Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey for my Master of Physician Assistant.

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

I love skin! It’s the largest organ within the human body and so important to take care of. I love dermatology because you get to act like a detective, finding clues to point you to the most likely diagnosis. After graduation from PA school, I started working in a dermatology office as a medical assistant (despite being board-certified as a PA). It is hard to find a job in the dermatology field, so I worked my way up to where I am now!

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

The best advice I was ever given on my journey to become a board-certified physician assistant is to ask for help when needed. I love being part of a team that is dedicated to taking the best care of patients and when I can’t figure out a problem, I have colleagues I can turn to and brainstorm ideas.

What is your number one tip when it comes to taking care of your skin?

By far the most important tip in taking care of your skin is sun protection!

What is your favorite aspect of dermatology?

I love being able to follow my patients and track improvement in their skin. It is very gratifying when you can actually see the treatments working.

How would you describe your approach to treating patients?

I am an upbeat bubbly provider that thrives on making my patients feel comfortable in their skin. It isn’t easy to take off all your clothes in front of a stranger so my goal is always to make sure I establish a rapport with patients so they can have the best experience possible.

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

I spend most of my free time with my family and dog. Weekends are usually spent doing as many outdoor activities as possible. I also love hiking, yoga, water sports and skiing.

What to Expect From Dermatological Care From Laura and the Stratham Team

If you’re seeking dermatological care for common skin issues or more complex treatments, Laura and her team at Optima Dermatology offer a wide range of services and have advanced training and experience to ensure the highest quality of care. 

Laura is currently accepting new patients at our Stratham, NH location. Book an appointment online or give us a call at 603-942-2171.