Ally Schmerge Delivers Exceptional Medical and Surgical Dermatology Treatments

March 2024

Meet Board-Certified Physician Assistant Ally Schmerge

Optima Dermatology is excited to introduce Ally Schmerge, PA-C, who provides medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology services for patients in Bloomington, IN. Ally offers treatments to patients of all ages for a wide range of skin conditions.

Ally has been serving patients since 2021 and has had many years of education and training in the dermatology field.

Ally earned her Doctor of Medical Science and Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Butler University, where she was a member of the Order of Omega Honor Society and an ambassador of the Physician Assistant Student Ambassadors program. She also co-authored numerous publications.

Throughout her education and training, Ally completed multiple clinical rotations, including dermatology, women’s health, family medicine, emergency medicine, and more.

Before completing her DMS and Masters, Ally graduated Cum Laude from DePauw University with a bachelor’s degree in Cellular & Molecular Biology and a minor in Chemistry.

Ally is a certified NCCPA Physician Assistant and is a member of the Indiana Academy of Physician Assistants, and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Ally is committed to helping patients learn about and practice skin cancer prevention, and in her Doctor of Medical Science program, she constructed a research proposal focused on the early detection of malignant melanoma in rural U.S. counties.

A Passionate, Patient-Centered Approach

With a passion for all things skin care, Ally’s approach to her patients mirrors Optima Dermatology’s overall mission: to treat every patient like they are our family. She takes the time to listen to each patient and will develop a personalized skin care plan to treat your unique needs.

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

Where did you go to college?

I completed my undergraduate degree in Cellular & Molecular Biology, with a minor in Chemistry, at DePauw University. I then attended Butler University for my Master of Physician Assistant Studies and Doctor of Medical Science.

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

I have been passionate about dermatology from a young age. My own acne journey allowed me to understand how much skin health can affect confidence. I kept an open mind in PA school as I completed rotations in various specialties, but my elective rotation in dermatology reinforced my enthusiasm for helping patients take care of their largest organ, the skin!

What is your favorite aspect of dermatology?

My favorite aspect of dermatology is the ability to have continuity of care and develop relationships with my patients. The years of studying are so worth it when I can contribute to my patients attaining healthier skin, boosting not only their physical well-being but also enhancing their self-confidence.

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

Even before starting PA school, I recognized that healthcare is a multidisciplinary field. During my rotations, however, the teams I worked with allowed me to develop an even deeper understanding of how this impacts patient care. Each member of the team brings unique expertise and skills to the table. I witnessed that leveraging this collective knowledge can accomplish greater outcomes for our patients than what any single individual can achieve alone. Implementing this practice ensures a comprehensive and well-rounded approach to healthcare, addressing the diverse needs of my patients.

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

Skin care isn’t a “one size fits all” thing! Take the time to learn about your skin type — normal, oily, combination, dry, or sensitive — and what kinds of products are best suited for your skin type.

How would you describe your approach to treating patients?

I am an active listener. As providers, it can be tempting on busy clinic days to go into the patient room with a predetermined treatment plan. When I walk into the room, I want to hear about what has or hasn’t worked, and what my patient is willing or not willing to try. Then, together, we create a personalized treatment plan.

What do you like to do when you are not seeing patients?

When I am not in the office, I love to spend quality time with my family and friends. I also enjoy being outside, especially taking walks or hiking, traveling to new places, and reading a good book. My husband, Taylor, and I recently moved to Bloomington, so we are looking forward to exploring our new city and trying new restaurants.

What to Expect From Dermatological Care Delivered by Ally and Her Team

If you’re seeking dermatological care, no matter how routine or complex, Ally and her team at Optima Dermatology offer exceptional services and have the advanced training and experience to ensure the highest quality of care.

Ally is currently accepting new patients at our Bloomington, IN location. Request an appointment online or give us a call at 812-200-2458.