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Cassi Smithem PA-C

Specialties: Dermatology

Board Certified: Physician Assistant

Languages: English

General Info

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science in Biology, SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, NY

Graduate: Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY

Clinical Interests:

General Dermatology, Procedural Dermatology, Skin cancer prevention and treatment, Wound Care

Year Joined: 2022

About Me

What made you want to become a health care provider or what is your earliest memory of wanting to be one?

I've always had a passion for helping others and have always been fascinated by the human body and how it works. I love to be challenged and I love learning new things. I am so grateful to be in a profession that allows me to make meaningful connections every day. 

What do you love most about your specialty? / Why did you choose your specialty?

I look at dermatology as a window into a patient's systemic well-being. You can tell so much about someone's overall health just by looking at the manifestations of their skin! I became a medical assistant in dermatology 5 years ago and I fell in love with its diversity and challenges. It is also very rewarding to be able to physically see improvements and I really enjoy being able to follow up with patients and create long-term relationships. 

How do you connect with your patients?

I look at each patient encounter as an opportunity to be truly present for that patient. I think it is so important to understand where your patient is coming from in order to better serve them and form a trusting and collaborative relationship. I really enjoy learning new things about my patients and making them feel as comfortable as possible. I understand how frustrating it can be when you don't feel heard, especially when it comes to your health, and I truly strive to connect with each patient to make sure they feel cared for and understood. 

What are your interests outside of the office (hobbies, activities)?

I really enjoy fishing, hiking, skiing, camping and spending time with family and friends. 

What is your advice for your patients?

It really does help to take things one step at a time. 


95 Crystal Run Road
Middletown, New York 10941
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1200 Route 300
Newburgh, New York 12550
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