Rachel Houston, CMA (AAMA)
Program Chair and Instructor
Ms. Houston joined the Medical Assistant Program in January 2012. She is an alumni of Cabarrus College of Health Sciences with an Associate of Science degree in Medical Assisting. Ms. Houston then graduated from Montreat College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Human Services and is currently working towards a Master of Science degree.
She is currently an active member of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) and sits on the Leaders in Education and Practice (LEAP) committee. She is also active in the state and local chapters of the AAMA.
Prior to Cabarrus College, Ms. Houston worked as a CMA in Orthopedic Surgery for two years and as a Medical Office Assistant in Obstetrics/Gynecology. She has also worked in the home health setting as a Certified Nursing Assistant.
She enjoys traveling, sports, and spending time with her two young daughters.
Kassi Raffaldt, CMA
Ms. Raffaldt joined the Medical Assistant program in the summer of 2016. She is a graduate of Cabarrus College of Health Sciences with a diploma in Medical Assisting and is currently finishing her Associates degree. She plans to continue her education at the baccalaureate level. Prior to Cabarrus College, Ms. Raffaldt worked in a clinical setting for three years as a CMA.
She enjoys spending time with her family, beach trips, and cruising.
Karsen Dyer, RMA, AAS
Ms. Dyer joined the Medical Assistant Program as an instructor in July 2016. She is a graduate of the Medical Institute at ECPI University with an associate degree in Applied Sciences-Medical Assisting. She is currently an active member of the American Medical Technologist State Society.
Ms. Dyer has 4 years of clinical experience in the fields of Plastic Surgery, Family and Geriatric Medicine and Sports medicine and Injury care. She has experience with training and teaching new employees and CMA students in the clinic and is now excited to do the same in the classroom. Her love for her patients and the clinic is most important to her and she hopes to portray that to her students.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and dog and volunteering with local animal rescues. She also enjoys line and shag dancing and watching the Panthers play football in the fall!