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Physician Assistant

Melissa Trachtenberg

Physician Assistant

Melissa Trachtenberg

  • Education
  • Experience
  • Certifications
  • Affiliations

Master of Clinical Medical Science-Physician Assistant with honors-12/1999
Barry University, Miami, Fl
Bachelor of Science in Biology with honors-08/1997
Florida International University, Miami, Fl
Associate in Arts in Medical Science-12/1993
Miami Dade Community College, Miami, Fl

EXTERNSHIPS: (more than 2000 hours clinical experience)



Mount Sinai Medical Center/ Dr. J. Ruiz, M.D.
Private Practice/ Dr. Susan Fox, D.O.
Mount Sinai Medical Center/ Dr. Ratsen, M.D.
Helen Bentley Clinic/ Dr. A. Amofah, M.D.
Helen Bentley Clinic/ Dr. Hernandez, M.D.
Jackson Memorial Hospital/ Dr. H. Oster, M.D.
Mount Sinai Medical Center/ Dr. Amjad, M.D.
Mount Sinai Medical Center/ Dr. Tolentino, M.D.
Mount Sinai Medical Center/ Ted Braunsten, PA-C
South County Mental Health Center/ Dr. Calobrisi, M.D.
Orthopedic Associates/ Dr. Kelman, M.D.


Comprehensive history taking, performing comprehensive physical exams, formulating differential diagnosis, ordering and interpreting appropriate laboratory and diagnostic tests, implementing treatment plans, interpretation of chest x-rays, complete comprehensive cardiac assessment, EKG interpretation, cardiac arrhythmia management, and pacemaker and AICD interrogation.

6/2000 to current
Cardiac Arrhythmia Service
Ft. Lauderdale, Fl / Boca Raton, FL

NCCPA -Physician Assistant National Recertifying Examination – 04/2006

NCCPA -Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam-10/1999

State of Florida Physician Assistant Licensure – since 01/2000

Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support

American Academy of Physician Assistants – member since 1997

Florida Academy of Physician Assistants – member since 1997

Cardiac Arrhythmia Services

We are sometimes referred to as the electricians of the heart. We treat all types of heart rhythm disorders: hearts that beat slowly, quickly or erratically. We evaluate patients with palpitations to help diagnose the etiology of palpitations and then cure the underlying problem. In addition to palpitations, shortness of breath, fatigue, anxiety, dizziness (syncope) are some other manifestations of arrhythmia.

Common arrhythmias that we deal with are atrial fibrillation, supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) and ventricular tachycardia (VT). We usually try medication to treat arrhythmias but when medications are insufficient we may recommend an ablation procedure.

There are different types of ablation but they all aim at eliminating the source of the arrhythmia. Our practice is at the forefront of technology and we use the newest techniques and equipment available to provide the safest and most effective therapy to our patients. We implant and manage all types of pacemakers and defibrillators. We have one of the largest and most efficient remote monitoring programs in the state of Florida. Remote monitoring allows us to watch over and treat our patients in between their office visits. At Cardiac Arrhythmia Services we have 3 cardiac electrophysiologists, 2 physician assistants, 2 remote monitoring technicians, 3 nurses and a staff of 19 people who all work together on daily basis to ensure that our patients get the best care possible.

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