MEGAN KERA, M.S., PA-C
Megan Kera (nee Steel) attended Seton Hall University and achieved her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant degree in 2013, and received her Bachelors of Science Degree from Fairfield University in 2008.
While in undergraduate school she worked for Thermo-Fisher Scientific Inc. as a Quality Chemist Intern and after graduation worked for NicePak/PDI Inc. in the Research and Development Department as a Laboratory Technician for hygiene and personal care products. During her work in R&D she learned the basic chemical make-up of consumer health products, was trained in basic cosmetic chemistry, and joined the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. This unique knowledge has only further helped her understand the intricacies of the products we use over the counter and by prescription in a way that few Physician Assistants at her level could ever know.
At Seton Hall, Megan acted as Class Representative and participated in “Leaders in Healthcare – Disaster Simulation” as Incident Commander. Her dedication to service and health sciences were recognized by her receiving the Nicholas DeProspo Award for outstanding service to her classmates and community. She completed her Master’s thesis on dermatologic conditions and the ability of her fellow Physician Assistants to address them in the medical setting.
Her post-graduate work began in plastic surgery where she learned excellent suturing, incision, and aesthetic skills from her surgeon colleagues. As the surgical assistant, she worked side-by-side with highly trained, veteran surgeons for up to 14 hours at a time honing her technical skills and stamina. Beyond those abilities, she learned the powerful impact that appearance had on a patient’s psyche and outcome. Whether she was assisting in a typical Breast Augmentation case or in the repair of mentally exhausting scarring from Breast Cancer, the goal was always very singular – do all you can to help the patient feel better.
After plastic surgery, Megan returned to the roots of her graduate school training by joining family practice. She broadened her diagnostic abilities, learned to manage chronic and acute conditions from Diabetes to Cellulitis, and worked with specialists to manage complex conditions long-term. While in family practice, Megan showed her commitment to education and service by acting as Preceptor to many Seton Hall University Physician Assistant students. Despite all the knowledge she amassed over her years in family medicine, she always knew that one day she would return to a hands-on job that made patients look and feel good, and that opportunity came to fruition by means of one of the most prominent and well-known groups in the area: image Dermatology ® P.C.
She is presently a member of the Society for Dermatology Physician Assistants and the New Jersey State Society for Physician Assistants. She is also the acting Treasurer of the New Jersey Physician Assistant Foundation that supports an annual scholarship to NJ Physician Assistant students and provides services to local shelters and food/toy drives.
Megan is the 2nd of 3 girls in her family, and almost every Sunday night is spent enjoying dinner with her parents and grandparents. She likes to spend her free time with her husband and chatting with her younger sister who lives in Georgia with her brother-in-law and adorable nephews.
Listen to what our Happy Patients say about Megan!
“ Hi, I’m a patient of Megan’s and I just wanted to call and state that I was there to see her yesterday, I suffer with rosacea and hair loss and she had prescribed a new medication for me. She gave me some samples and I just want to let you know my skin hasn’t looked this good in about fifteen years. And I just want to thank her and Dr. Downie for employing such a dedicated young lady. Thank you. ”
“ Yes, I was seen by Megan about two weeks ago for the first time. And I was very comfortable with her, she was very informative, didn’t seem hurried and all my questions were answered. And I am looking forward to seeing her again. I made an appointment, a follow-up appointment, in a few weeks. ”
“ Hi Megan! This is Mrs. Candace Williams. I came to you last Thursday, today’s date is the 26th of March 2019. I am overwhelmingly happy about the results from the medication that you did prescribe for my rash. And I thank the Lord even more because they didn’t hurt, thank the Lord. They start to itch but as I stand in the mirror and look, they are almost gone! I am so pleased with that! They are not as red, and you know it is definitely just a big difference from the day I came in to you. So, like you said, that 24 hour time period of me discovering it. “