Fellows’ Anniversary tribute for SkinCare Physicians
2020 marks the 20th anniversary of SkinCare Physicians. We were planning to celebrate this milestone with our team, but things took a different toll with the pandemic. Our team members, Beth, Daniel and Maureen, were still able to collect testimonials from our past fellows who shared how they view our practice.
SkinCare Physicians has a unique fellowship program that has brought the best and brightest minds through our practice over the years and helped shape the “care” they are now giving to their patients, staff and colleagues across the country.
We invite you to watch their tribute video and enjoy the 24 minutes of great memories!
Meet our new Fellows, Drs. J. Watchmaker and C. Gwinn
SkinCare Physicians recently extended a warm welcome to two new Fellows, Drs. Jacqueline Watchmaker and Courtney Gwinn. Both board-certified, they will be working with our team for a year to gain further hands-on experience in all aspects of cosmetic and dermatologic surgery, as well as laser medicine.
Jacqueline Watchmaker, MD is our Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Fellow. She grew up in Milwaukee, WI with her four siblings. She attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where she completed a double major in Dance and Movement Studies and Biology. She then received her MD from Medical College where she graduated AOA. She completed her dermatology residency at Boston Medical Center where she served as chief resident during her final year. At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, Jacqueline quickly responded to the call for residents in her specialty to join the front lines and spent the end of her dermatology residency practicing inpatient medicine. In her free time Jacqueline enjoys spending time with friends and family, going to barre class, playing tennis and cooking. She is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to join the SkinCare Physicians family and is looking forward to an amazing year.
Courtney Gwinn, MD is our Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology Fellow. She grew up in Pocatello, Idaho with her 3 brothers. She completed her undergraduate degree in biochemistry with a minor in music (harp performance) at the University of Utah graduating with honors. She went on to medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine receiving AOA designation and the Gold Humanism award. During medical school, Courtney served on the Idaho Medical Association Board of Trustees as a liaison for the WWAMI program and medical education. She completed her internship in Internal Medicine and Dermatology residency at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. She is passionate about dermatologic surgery, high risk non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancer, cosmetic and procedural dermatology, and has volunteered throughout her studies to provide care to underserved populations. In her spare time, Courtney enjoys backcountry skiing, playing the harp, attempting to make the perfect macaron, hiking, water-skiing, running, and spending time with her loving family. Courtney is looking forward to learning from the incredible providers, staff, and patients at SkinCare Physicians this year.
Dr. Sikora on rejuvenating skin care routine with hyaluronic acid and injectable fillers
Dr. Brooke Sikora tests a rejuvenating skincare routine with hyaluronic acid and injectable fillers on her husband Lars Gehre and recommends a post-procedure at-home skin care regimen to maintain the results.
Dr. Michael Kaminer led a promising study on tattoo removal that was published in the October issue of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. When Rapid Acoustic Pulse (RAP) technology is applied for one minute after each Q-switched (QS) laser tattoo removal pass, it clears the whitening caused by the previous QS laser pass. This allows physicians to perform additional effective laser passes immediately. According to this study, a tattoo that might take 10 office visits to remove under the current standard of care could be done in as little as two to three office visits using RAP.
The top photo in the article is the original tattoo. The bottom photo shows the three zones after treatment. The left side of the tattoo was treated with current standard of care, the middle control zone was left untreated, and the right side applied the RAP technology after laser.
Read more about this study!
Welcome to our new fellows, Drs. Hoverson, Moustafa and Spring
SkinCare Physicians is extending an enthusiastic welcome to this year’s new fellows! Drs. Kara Hoverson, Farah Moustafa and Leah Spring will be working with us to gain hands-on experience in all aspects of cosmetic and dermatologic surgery, as well as laser medicine.
Kara Hoverson, MD
Dr. Hoverson grew up Cooperstown, ND. She graduated magna cum laude from North Dakota State University with a BS in Microbiology then continued at NDSU doing graduate work in Virology. She graduated AOA from the Chicago Medical School. She completed her Intern year at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii and dermatology residency at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Kara enjoys trying new restaurants, running, traveling with friends and spending time with her retired racing greyhound, Kenny. She looks forward to an amazing year with SkinCare Physicians!
Farah Moustafa, MD
Dr. Moustafa grew up in Bamberg, South Carolina with her younger sister. She graduated summa cum laude from College of Charleston where she earned a B.S. degree in Biology with a minor in political science. She received her M.D. from Wake Forest University where she graduated AOA. She completed her intern year at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and her dermatology residency at Brown University where she served as co-chief resident during her final year. Farah enjoys stand-up comedy, tennis, hip hop music, traveling, and spending quality time with friends and family. She is excited to join SkinCare Physicians and looks forward a productive and enjoyable year.
Leah Spring, DO, FAAD
Dr. Spring graduated with honors from Albion College, MI with a B.A. in Chemistry, and received her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. After completing internship at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, she was accepted into the flight surgery training program at the U.S. Naval Aerospace Medicine Institute and served two tours as a Navy Flight Surgeon, during which time she participated in both operational and medical relief missions throughout the Pacific. Dr. Spring completed her dermatology residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego where she served as the program’s first female Chief Resident, and since then has served as the Chair of Project C.A.R.E (Comprehensive Advanced Restorative Effort) for wounded warriors, and deployed as the sole dermatologist on a humanitarian mission to Central America. She enjoys dancing in the kitchen with her two young children and trying to beat her husband’s Peloton output. Dr. Spring remarked “I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to join the SkinCare Physicians family and excited to learn from the nation’s leaders in Mohs and laser surgery.
Dr. Kaminer published five articles in scientific journals this month alone
In addition to being renowned dermatologists, many of our physicians are authors, or co-authors, of hundredths of articles in scientific publications. This month alone, Dr. Michael Kaminer had five articles published in scientific journals, four in the August issue of Dermatologic Surgery, and one in the Highlights Of Skin Disease Education Foundation compiled at the Hawaii Dermatology Seminar. Amazing work Dr. Kaminer!
SkinCare Physicians’ Dr. Kenneth Arndt was the first to introduce and coin the term prejuvenation. Hear him explain what is prejuvenation and how he came up with the term.
Christopher Zachary: I want to ask you Ken about this new concept of prejuvenation. What is it? And how come you came up with this concept? Dr. Kenneth Arndt: Well Chris, I’ve been seeing patients for a long time, and often people would come in and they say, “Is it too early to do something” or maybe a toxin or laser hair removal, or one thing or another. And I came to the conclusion that, there’s no “too early” to start, with some exceptions. But in any case, it became evident to me that if you do start some of these procedures earlier in life, then you don’t have to do them later. So a lot of what we see is rejuvenation… photo rejuvenation, laser rejuvenation, this rejuvenation, and they’re all kinds of products that are rejuvenating. So the thought came to me, “well, if you prejuvenate, that is to say you start early, then you don’t have to rejuvenate when you get older.” So if you start these things in your 20s, or 30s, with toxins, you don’t develop lines and wrinkles. Christopher Zachary: Right. Dr. Kenneth Arndt: So when you come in, in your 50s, and 60s, say “oh, I want to get rid of these things”; or if you start with a lot of these very benign non-invasive procedures, such as some of the lasers or fillers or mild things, even peels, that doesn’t matter. Most of the things we do, induce changes which last or bring about changes within the skin that are long lasting, even though the product itself may be gone.
Donating part of SkinCeuticals sunscreen’s proceeds to charity during Jul-Aug
As part of our philanthropy goals at SkinCare Physicians, we will be highlighting a product in our boutique a few times a year and donating a percent of the proceeds to a staff member’s favorite charitable organization.
The July/August featured product is SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 and we will give part of our proceeds to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. If you need to stock up on sunscreens, now is the time. You can shop in person at our SkinCare Boutique inside our practice in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, or head to our website to order online!
Fellow Dr. Sara Hogan won the 2019 ACGME David C. Leach award
SkinCare Physicians congratulates Dr. Sara Hogan, one of our current fellows, who won the 2019 David C. Leach award from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The award honors residents and fellows “who have fostered innovation and improvement in their residency programs, advanced humanism in medicine, and increased efficiency and emphasis on educational outcomes.” Sara completed her project while a dermatology resident at the Cleveland Clinic.
From left to right: ACGME President Thomas J Nasca, MD, MACP, DeLonda Dowling who coordinates the awards, Dr. Hogan, and ACGME Award Committee Chair Diane Hartmann, MD.
Dr. Kaminer co-leads clinical trial for new cellulite treatment
Soliton, Inc. announced it has completed its first proof of concept clinical trial for the treatment of cellulite. SkinCare Physicians’ Dr. Michael Kaminer is leading the study in collaboration with Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi of Capital Laser and Skin Care (with technology licensed from The University of Texas on behalf of the MD Anderson Cancer Center). The goal of the trial is to assess the safety and efficacy of Soliton’s new acoustic shockwave treatment in reducing the appearance of cellulite. The study is designed to evaluate results at both the 12-week and 26-week time-points following initial treatment. Stay tuned for more updates as the trial progresses!
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