Patti graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1988. She received her Masters’ of Science in Nursing as an Adult Nurse Practitioner with honors in 2000 and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing upon graduation. As a previous Oncology Nurse Navigator and Administrator, she assisted patients through the Oncology care continuum using a holistic model; to include screening, diagnosis, treatment with chemotherapy and radiation therapy and into cancer survivorship. Patti is also trained as an Oncology Genetics educator.
Nurse Practitioners have been practicing with dermatologists for more than 20 years, providing a wide array of services. The level of training and supervision of a Nurse Practitioner can vary widely from practice to practice depending on the supervising physician. Dr. Rausch expects a high level of competency and thoroughness from a Nurse Practitioner in her practice. Patti's training at SSCVA started with a full year of extensive hands-on training directly supervised by Dr. Rausch. After the first full year, Patti began to see patients on her own while continuing to rotate with Dr. Rausch, on a monthly basis, to gain additional knowledge and experience. Currently, Patti maintains her own schedule, working directly with patients from their initial consult, through treatment and post-surgical care. She continues to collaborate with Dr. Rausch whenever needed. For the past three years, the two have reviewed every pathology report together to create personalized treatment plans for each patient.
Patti's scope of practice has been specialized and focused on the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers. Her areas of expertise include cutaneous oncology as well as Mohs and surgical dermatology. Patti works very closely under the direct and indirect supervision of Dr. Rausch, who is available, on site, for any questions or concerns.
Mrs. Aldredge is a skin cancer survivor herself. Battling melanoma has given her a personal understanding of the diagnosis, treatment and recovery process. Because of this, Mrs. Aldredge is committed to the early detection of skin cancer to minimize the negative impact in terms of the morbidity and mortality associated with skin cancers.Get in touch