Jayson Keener, Board Certified Physician Assistant, Joins Optima Dermatology in Ohio

December 2023

Optima Dermatology Welcomes Jayson Keener, PA-C, to Our Industry-Leading Care Team in Milford, OH

Optima Dermatology is excited to welcome Jayson Keener, PA-C, to our Milford, OH practice. Jayson has been serving patients around Cincinnati since 2018, treating patients of all ages from newborns to adults for a range of skin conditions. 

Jayson served as an EMT and firefighter for more than 10 years before following a new path to a dermatology career. He earned his Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of New England Physician Assistant Program and went on to complete a six-month APP Dermatology Fellowship at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. 

Jayson is currently a member of the Ohio Association of Physician Assistants, as well as the Veterans Caucus of AAPA.

Emulating Our Commitment to Care

Jayson provides industry-leading dermatology care to patients, and his personalized approach to each patient reflects Optima Dermatology’s mission of treating each patient like we would treat our family. 

We recently had the opportunity to learn more about Jayson, his approach, and the path that led him to pursue a career in dermatology.

Where did you go to college?

I received my undergraduate degree from Columbia College in Orlando, Florida. I attended the University of New England in Portland, Maine for my Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies.

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

While serving on a mission trip in Guatemala I was asked to create a clinic from the ground up and perform medical assessments. With the help of two young women who lived in the shelter, we designed an examination room and organized the available medical equipment and supplies. After training the women in how to take medical history and vitals we opened the clinic. It was a slow start, but it wasn’t long before I realized the majority of the complaints were dermatology-related. Up until that point in my medical career, I had very little dermatology experience or knowledge, and as a result, I was unprepared to help those in need at a critical time. That experience both humbled and motivated me to further my knowledge with the end goal of practicing dermatology.

What are your favorite aspects of dermatology?

Treating those suffering from acne, eczema, and psoriasis, changing my patients’ lives, and seeing their self-confidence grow.

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

Be the thing you loved the most about the people in your life who are now gone.

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

Ensure you have a regular skin care routine you know you’re able to maintain consistently throughout your life. This routine includes both daily care like cleansing and the application of moisturizer and sunscreen to yearly care, especially annual full-body skin checks. This consistency can keep your skin healthy and beautiful while also allowing for early skin cancer detection.

How would you describe your approach to treating patients?

I always start by thinking, “If this was a member of my family, how would I want someone to take care of them?” This perspective allows me to build relationships with the patient and their family, which I believe most often leads to better outcomes. 

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

I enjoy hiking and taking walks on local trails, cooking, traveling, and exploring new locales with my wife. Most importantly, I enjoy spending time with family and friends.

What to Expect From Dermatological Care From Jayson and the Milford, OH Team

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

Jayson is currently accepting new patients at our Milford, OH location. Request an appointment online or give us a call at (513) 327-9244.