Meet Siobhan Arey, PA-C

April 2024

Siobhan Arey, PA-C, Joins Optima Dermatology in Scarborough, ME

Optima Dermatology is excited to introduce Siobhan Arey, PA-C, a board-certified physician assistant who provides dermatology services in our Scarborough, ME practice. Siobhan has been caring for patients since 2017, and treats a wide range of skin conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, and acne. Siobhan also provides screenings and treatments for skin cancer. Siobhan earned her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Le Moyne College. She earned her Master of Public Health from Syracuse University, and received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology and neuroscience from the University of Maine. Following her undergraduate work, Siobhan spent two years contributing full-time service to the AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), an anti-poverty program. Siobhan is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Maine Association of Physician Assistants, and the Pi Alpha National Physician Assistant Honor Society. She also co-authored survey research regarding telemedicine in dermatology practice during the pandemic, which was published in JAAD and Cutis.

Putting Patients at the Center of Care

Originally from Gorham, ME, Siobhan has been treating patients in the state since 2021. Her approach to dermatology services is thoughtful and caring, and Siobhan embodies Optima’s stated commitment to treating all patients the way we would want our family and friends to be treated.  Siobhan involves her patients in their skin care, ensuring you understand and are part of decisions around diagnosis and treatment. Education and trust are core to her approach to patient care. We recently had the opportunity to learn more about Siobhan, her approach, and the path that led her to become a board-certified nurse practitioner.

Where did you go to college?

I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Maine. I then attended Syracuse University and Upstate Medical University’s joint program for my masters in public health. I completed my physician assistant training at LeMoyne College. What made you decide to pursue a career in dermatology? What did the path to get there look like? Dermatology wasn’t on my radar, but it was my first unit in PA school and after that I was hooked. I was very fortunate that my professor from that unit acted as a mentor. I did my electives in dermatology during school and received an offer for a dermatology position immediately after graduating. I worked at Upstate Medical University until I moved back to Maine. I have had excellent physician and PA mentors for whom I am very grateful, and I continue to keep in touch with them. The dermatology community is an amazing collaborative group.

What are your favorite aspects of dermatology?

I love the hands-on nature of dermatology, as well as the concentration and attention to detail needed to be an excellent dermatology provider.

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

The thing that unites us is that we will all be patients one day, so treat every patient the way you would want to be treated if you or your family members were seeking care.

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

Sunscreen always! And take inventory every month for new or changing spots. Reach out to a dermatology clinic for skin cancer screening appointments yearly or as recommended by your provider.

How would you describe your approach to treating patients?

I like my patients to actively participate in their care. I do my best to explain everything and offer education and encourage self awareness to prevent skin cancers and treat skin conditions.

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

Being on the water at the lake or at the beach and hiking! Maine is such a beautiful place and I love enjoying the outdoors with my family.

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

Siobhan and her team at Optima Dermatology offer exceptional services and have the advanced training and experience to ensure the highest quality of care.

She is currently accepting new patients at our Scarborough, ME location. Request an appointment online or give us a call at 207-770-5621.