War­ren­ton Der­ma­tol­ogy mark­ing 20 years of der­ma­to­logic ser­vice

Rappahannock News - - BIZ BIO • COM­MENT - By Jeff Say

War­ren­ton Der­ma­tol­ogy will be mark­ing 20 years of help­ing the com­mu­nity with der­ma­tol­ogy and cos­metic care next year.

Founded in 1998 by Lisa Sher­man, the busi­ness has been op­er­ated by Dr. Juan Carlos

Ca­ballero for the last 10 years, pro­vid­ing high-qual­ity der­ma­tol­ogy care to Fauquier County.

Ca­ballero, a board cer­ti­fied der­ma­tol­o­gist, has ex­panded his staff from eight to 15 in the past sev­eral years, adding an­other physi­cian’s as­sis­tant and an­other es­theti­cian.

In ad­di­tion to Ca­ballero, Physi­cian’s As­sis­tants Audrey Bunch and Heather Cal­la­han and Tammy Golden li­censed mas­ter es­theti­cian and Nada Romero, li­censed Es­theti­cian, help meet the needs of the com­mu­nity.

Ca­ballero said his staff is highly trained and have a sim­i­lar style.

“They’ve worked with me, trained with me, so they pretty much have the same prac­tice style that I have,” Ca­ballero said.

Ca­ballero re­ferred to the “epi­demic” of skin cancer and how that has driven res­i­dents into his fa­cil­ity.

“We’ve def­i­nitely ex­panded our ser­vices,” Ca­ballero said. “We’ve es­sen­tially just been try­ing to keep up with the de­mand. There is an epi­demic of skin cancer in this coun­try. We are just ba­si­cally try­ing to ac­com­mo­date the needs of our pa­tients in our com­mu­nity. We do serve a very large medi­care pop­u­la­tion.

“The fo­cus of the prac­tice has al­ways been serv­ing this par­tic­u­lar seg­ment of the pop­u­la­tion and as skin cancer con­tin­ues to be a sig­nif­i­cant prob­lem in our com­mu­ni­ties, our ef­forts have been geared to­ward mak­ing sure we pro­vide care on a timely fash­ion for our pa­tients. Our ef­forts have been geared to re­duc­ing wait times, mak­ing sure pro­ce­dures are done in a timely mat­ter. We’ve added more providers to be able to help me meet the needs of our pa­tients.”

Rais­ing aware­ness of melanoma and non­melanoma skin can­cers is paramount to keep­ing the com­mu­nity safe and healthy, he said.

“Most of what we do is skin cancer pre­ven­tion, de­tec­tion and man­age­ment,” Ca­ballero said. “So part of the main things we do as part of our rou­tine skin cancer screen­ings is ed­u­ca­tion. As we in­crease aware­ness of this epi­demic, we feel peo­ple are com­ing to see their der­ma­tol­o­gist ear­lier. That gives us the op­por­tu­nity to ed­u­cate our pa­tients much ear­lier and hope­fully pre­vent a lot of the be­hav­iors that lead to prob­lems down the road.”

About 80 per­cent of the doc­tor’s pa­tients have come to the cen­ter for med­i­cal der­ma­tol­ogy whether a pre-cancer screen­ing, case of acne, eczema, pso­ri­a­sis or skin al­ler­gies. With life­spans in­creas­ing, ad­vances in cos­metic tech­nol­ogy have now given qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced der­ma­tol­o­gists a num­ber of non­in­va­sive prod­ucts to com­bat sag­ging skin, dou­ble chins and wrin­kles.

“As the in­ter­est in cos­metic pro­ce­dures and de­vel­op­ments in the cos­metic world, we also try to keep up with that,” Ca­ballero said. “The de­mand has been there, our pa­tients are liv­ing longer, peo­ple re­main in the work­force longer and peo­ple want to look the way they feel.”

The of­fice has met the de­mand of the ex­pand­ing skin ther­apy cen­ter with a sec­ond es­theti­cian and have helped steer pa­tients in the right di­rec­tion for their skin care needs.

“So that way they are able to age bet­ter and more grace­fully,” Ca­ballero said.

In 20 years, Ca­ballero has said there have been mul­ti­ple ad­vance­ments, in­clud­ing the treat­ment of ad­vanced melanoma.

“We are al­most get­ting to the point where if these can­cers are de­tected early, the cure rates are sig­nif­i­cantly higher,” he said.

Some of the breakthrough treat­ments in­clude MOHS surgery, a tech­nique that al­lows re­moval of non-melanoma skin can­cers in a cos­metic pleas­ing way. War­ren­ton Der­ma­tol­ogy does not per­form MOHS, but he said the prac­tice will re­fer pa­tients to a sur­geon who will.

War­ren­ton Der­ma­tol­ogy will be host­ing an open house Nov. 9 to help spread aware­ness of their cos­metic of­fer­ings.

“The open houses are geared to­ward the cos­metic base of the prac­tice,” Ca­ballero said. “We do have a pretty large ex­ist­ing med­i­cal der­ma­tol­ogy base, but a lot of these pa­tients also are in­ter­ested in safe cos­metic pro­ce­dures that are of­fered through the prac­tice. It’s a real in­for­mal and fun way for pa­tients to learn about the lat­est cos­metic pro­ce­dures avail­able.”

War­ren­ton Der­ma­tol­ogy and Skin Care Ther­apy Cen­ter is lo­cated at 28 Black­well Park Lane, #302. Phone 540-341-1900.

COURTESY PHOTO

Dr. Juan Carlos Ca­ballero and his team at War­ren­ton Der­ma­tol­ogy.

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