Kate Smalley started with a background in physical education, fitness, and bodybuilding before beginning her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies at Idaho State University. There, she became the president of the Physician Assistant Student Society. Upon graduation, she moved from Idaho to Charleston to train at MUSC in dermatology with Dirk Elston, M.D. In every patient encounter, she strives to listen to the person in front of her and combine their needs with her knowledge of health and medicine to come up with the right treatment plan for each individual.
Kate enjoys treating a broad range of dermatologic conditions from skin cancers, to acne, eczema, contact dermatitis, psoriasis, hair loss, and cutaneous autoimmune conditions; as well as diagnosing and treating rashes with unknown causes. She is also trained in the excision of cysts and lipomas. She is currently a member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants where she is studying to receive her Diplomate Fellowship in Dermatology.