14 to Watch in 2014: Kelly Miller

January 5, 2014 

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Kelly Miller

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  • Kelly Miller
    Age: 31
    City of residence: Centerville
    Occupation: Family nurse practitioner
    Hobbies: Exercising, making scrapbooks
    Favorite thing about Houston County: “It’s very family orientated, I would say. It’s been a really good place for us to raise kids. We’ve met a lot of really good friends here.”

Kelly Miller diagnoses and helps treat people with skin cancer.

Six months ago, she examined a man and had to tell him the large red mass on his chest was melanoma.

“I let him know that it was a very dangerous one,” Miller said. “He was crying. It was definitely a death sentence.”

Some days, Miller sees 50 to 60 patients a day as a general dermatology family nurse practitioner at Georgia Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center locations in Warner Robins, Tifton and Forsyth. She spends other days assisting doctors on cancer surgeries.

Georgia Dermatology specializes in Mohs surgery, where the surgeon uses a microscope to cut cancer tissue on the skin while attempting to do as little damage to healthy tissue as possible. When the doctor is finished removing tissue, Miller is in charge of treating the wound and applying grafts and stitches.

Michael Sharkey is the medical director and one of the main surgeons at Georgia Dermatology. He has 24 years experience in the field and has been working with Miller since she was a teenager.

“She has good hands and real good common sense,” he said.

Miller is a valuable asset because she combines “talent, friendliness, beauty, ability and determination to succeed,” Sharkey said. “She is just going to continue to do more and more.”

In 2014, Miller said she will start running her own surgeries for patients with straight-forward cancers, such as those on their arms or backs. Further down the road, she may be asked to oversee laser treatments and Botox injections for cosmetic dermatology procedures, Sharkey said.

“I want to do everything I can in my field,” Miller said.

-- Andres David Lopez

Click on the links below to read of 14 to Watch in 2014 stories:

Rorie Bradley, 30, Warner Robins, athletics director of Central Georgia Technical College

Stacy Campbell, 33, Perry, president and CEO of the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce until April 30; will become director of communications of the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter on May 1

Jay Flesher, 45, Warner Robins, director of economic development at Flint Energies

Carmen Foskey, 17, Warner Robins, student at Warner Robins High School

Bill Goggin, 49, Bonaire, manager of Houston County Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore

Heather Hall, 39, Warner Robins, marketing manager for Cox Communications

Mark Ivory, 44, Warner Robins, athletics director at Thomson Middle School

Sonya P. Jenkins, 44, Warner Robins, CEO of Vision Inscribed, a business solutions company

Joe Molyson, 66, Bonaire, retired colonel and assistant director of operations for intelligence, Air Force Reserve Command at Robins Air Force Base; also retired Houston County High School astronomy teacher

Kellye C. Moore, 45, Warner Robins, attorney

Melissa Phagan, 36, Warner Robins, director of administrative and volunteer services, and executive administrative assistant to CEO Cary Martin at Houston Healthcare

Mark Strandburg, 37, Kathleen, general dentist

Larry Walker III, 48, Kathleen, insurance agent

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