What inspired you to pursue a career in Dermatology?
I’ve always worked in the medical field and had an interest in science and in helping people. From the time, I began my career in nursing as a novice nurse in the Neurotrauma Intensive Care Unit in Detroit Michigan, I have always been looking for new opportunities and challenges. I continued my career in Nursing obtaining a Master Degree in Science in Nursing with a Master Degree in the Biologic Sciences. My intention was to ultimately work as a Nurse Practitioner. However, my determination and quest for knowledge of the sciences and care for the humanities would not let me stop there. It was then I made an agonizing decision to pursue medicine in its entirety, beginning again from ground zero. While completing my clinical rotations at Michigan State University medical school, I had the opportunity to participate in a medical mission to South America. Serving in an underprivileged population with limited access to health care and enormous pathology opened the door to Dermatology for me. Exploring an area of medicine for which I had no knowledge or experience with in all the years working in the hospitals, from critical care to cardiac rehab; I knew at that moment I had found my niche.
You have many advanced treatments that set you apart from other Doctors in your field, could you explain a few?
We practice Adult and Pediatric Dermatology offering the most standardized treatment regimens for skin diseases from acne and psoriasis to mole and cyst removal to name a few. Our surgical services include Mohs micrographic surgery, excision for benign and malignant lesions including Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinoma, electrodessication curettage for skin cancer, as well as photodynamic therapy and topical immune modulators for treatment of skin cancer. In addition, we have a thriving Laser and Cosmetic practice where we offer the latest neuromodulators, including botox, dysport, and xeomin. Patients can count on the most popular facial volumizers including sculptra, voluma, juvederm, restylane, and restylane lift. We are now offering kybella for fat removal for the so called “turkey neck”. We utilize the innovative Lumenis M22 laser offering Fraxel laser for laser resurfacing and treatment of photodamaged skin. The Intense Pulse Light laser is used in the treatment of hair and pigment, and vascular lesion removal. We soon will be adding noninvasive devices for fat removal and contouring to complement the above procedures.
The popular and noninvasive tissue tightening procedure, Ultherapy, as seen on CNN and the Today show, is available as an alternative to surgery for the neck, jawline, brows, and décolletage area.
Cosmetic procedures have become more popular and widespread. What procedures are the most popular or get the most positive feedback?
The most common procedures still remain the neuromodulators and the skin volumizers. It seems everyone wants botox and juvederm. Once a patient presents for these products, we evaluate the patient and determine what is the best treatment regimen for what they are presenting for. We listen and then create a care package that best suits their needs. We then may offer alternative laser procedures along with tightening procedures to tailor to their particular needs. We like to do this collaboratively with the patient to get the most optimum results.
Your website, DrCarrollDerm.com explains that you have combined over 20 years of holistic health care experience with modern technology. Could you further explain this and what it means to you to combine a holistic approach with state-of-the-art technology?
Prior to obtaining my degree from Michigan State Osteopathic school of medicine, I practiced nursing for nearly 20 years. I strive to see the patient in totality, body, mind, soul, and spirit. It is all interconnected. Physical illness may manifest clinically on the skin in a variety of ways including but not limited to a rash, an itch, eczema, etc. When patients are experiencing psychological distress, likewise, you may see flare ups of acne, rosacea, and psoriasis to name a few. In my practice, I embrace the totality of the person. When I treat skin disease, I am also addressing what’s going on under the surface if you will. This is where I feel my nursing experience and time spent practicing Internal Medicine has helped me become a better clinician and ultimately a better doctor. The goal is to always treat the whole person, physically, mentally, and spiritually with kindness and compassion.
People often want to find the fountain of youth. At what age do you recommend starting a skincare regimen?
The fountain of youth begins as an infant and continues until our last breath. A healthy lifestyle begins with our first breath and never ends. Taking care of ourselves physically, with diet and exercise, to moisturizing our skin, to nourishing our mental health with reading, meditation, and prayer all preserve the fountain of youth. At any age, we can add to the most fundamental concepts of care, ranging from topical creams to cosmetic surgery. This is individualized for each person. No two persons are the same.
What skincare regimen do you recommend?
The most basic skin care regimen I recommend is a good moisturizer that provides hydration with antioxidant. Everyone should remember their sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more. It is the most important thing you can do to not only remain youthful but to prevent melanoma and other types of skin cancer. As we age as men and women we can talk about adding additional products from retinoids to vitamin rich skin products to the latest cosmetic product lines on the market including the neuromodulators, facial fillers, laser and body contouring. I try not to endorse one company line over another. Again this is tailored individually to the patient. We work collaboratively with the patient to create a regimen that is best for them and their needs.
What do you find to be the most rewarding about your job? What are you most proud of?
I’m most proud that I’m able to get up every morning and do what I love to do. Dermatology is not a job to me. It is my passion. To be able to be a part of a vibrant growing community and to give back as a physician and healer is second to none. Much of what we do in medicine is years of preparation, delayed gratification and an investment in an ever growing and changing environment. I cannot remember a day when watching the 24-hour news cycle, that I have not heard endless discussions and debates regarding health care or Obama care. To be able to navigate through all the never-ending changes, challenges, and endless demands in health care, yet still pursue my dreams with dignity and grace, is a blessing and something I will always be grateful for and will forever cherish.
Tell us more about your involvement with non-profit organizations.
I try to be involved locally in my community as well as on the national level. Locally I belong to the chamber of commerce, the downtown neighborhood association for which we support various charitable events and promote local businesses. Nationally, through the American Academy of Dermatology, we do monthly free skin cancer screening in the office. We also work with local churches including St. Anne’s Catholic Church and St. Anne’s Place providing for those who are homeless and unemployed who would not have access to dermatology care. Other charitable nonprofit organizations include Kid Sanctuary, Catholic Services Appeal, and Catholic charities. Most recently we have worked with Women of Grace with Bethesda Health System to promote and assist women and children at their Women and Health Center.
These are all wonderful things! Thank you for serving the community. Could you please give us some last words of wisdoms, favorite quote or words you live by?
The Golden Rule. “Do unto others as you would have done unto you.”
Thank you Dr. Carroll for taking the time to educate Banzai Wellness Magazine on Dermatology. It was pleasure speaking to you. How can new patients find you?