DermSurgery is proud to announce the return of Denise Hixon, PA-C to the DermSurgery Associates team at Pearland Dermatology. She brings 11 years of valuable experience in medical, cosmetic and surgical dermatology to the talented staff serving our patients at this location.
Originally from Troy, South Dakota, Denise is one of six siblings. She began her career as a medical specialist in the US Air Force with the intention of studying business and accounting. It was a deployment at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba, working with hundreds of ill Haitian refugees, that solidified her interest in medicine.
After discharge from the Air Force, Denise moved to California where she began working for a local dermatologist. By the time she entered Physician Assistant school in 2004, she was convinced that dermatology was her calling.
Denise earned her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Houston and her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies from University of North Texas, Health Science Center. A licensed and certified Physician Assistant, she is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants. Denise is board certified through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
With a special interest in general and medical dermatology, surgical dermatology and cosmetics measures like injectables and laser procedures, Denise is passionate about getting results for her patients. She describes herself as “adamant” about seeing a patient through to clearer skin. Denise has deep empathy for frustrated patients who struggle with accepting their skin condition, making the choice to diagnose and treat it, and working through the inevitable ups and downs of treatment to finally achieve clearer skin they can be comfortable in.
In addition to Denise’s impressive training credentials, she has also made important contributions in industry research and literature. She supported multiple research projects alongside doctors at DermSurgery Associates, getting to participate in what she calls the “soul of medicine.” In this role, she collaborated with colleagues to evaluate procedural safety and efficacy and to explore additional treatment options. She has also authored articles in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, Dermatologic Surgery, Dermatology Online and Journal of American Academy of Dermatology.
Denise is excited to be in Houston where it is warm (South Dakota was just way too cold!) and where the diversity of food and activities is endless. When she’s not working, she spends her time with her active three-year-old daughter who lives for swimming and dancing. Or, you’re likely to find her outdoors – hiking, visiting the zoo with her daughter or traveling. Denise is also committed to supporting local Food Insecurity outreach projects and mission work in Haiti.
Come on in and meet Denise and the rest of the friendly DermSurgery staff! You’ll find her at Pearland Dermatology, 10970 Shadow Creek Parkway, Suite 340, Pearland, TX 713-340-0030 or click here to set an appointment today.