Dermatology Specialists of Georgia Welcomes Gardner Dermatology and Med Spa as Affiliate Practice

August 19, 2019 (Atlanta, GA) —- Dermatology Solutions Group, a physician-owned leading provider of management services and growth resources, is pleased to announce that Alan M. Gardner, MD, has joined their growing group of exceptional dermatologists throughout the southeastern United States and that his practice, Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa has joined the company as an affiliate practice. Effective September 1, 2019, Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa will officially be Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa an Affiliate of Dermatology Specialists of Georgia and Aqua Medical Spa.

Dr. Gardner has been in private practice for over thirty years and offers comprehensive medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatologic care to patients through offices in both Marietta and Ellijay, Georgia. He and his team of experienced professionals including Certified Physician Assistant Sarah Miller, Certified Family Nurse Practitioner Sandy Singleton and a skilled team of aestheticians will continue to provide the same level of personal, affordable, high quality dermatological care that their patients have come to expect only now as an Affiliate of Dermatology Specialists of Georgia and Aqua Medical Spa.

“I opened my private practice in 1985 and have had great success, thanks to loyal patients, over the past 30+ years,” commented Dr. Gardner. “In this ever-changing healthcare environment, I have decided to merge with a larger organization to help better manage the practice. Our team will continue to provide dermatology care as we always have, but now our new group will relieve us from the administrative burdens of the practice, so we can focus solely on what is important — patient care.” He added, “We chose Dermatology Specialists of Georgia because they share the same values we do. I also feel it will be beneficial for our patients to have access to their team of physicians and offices in close-by Dunwoody.”

“As a physician-owned company that focuses solely on dermatology, we understand that  demanding regulatory, reimbursement and reporting requirements on top of other challenges have made it increasingly difficult to operate an independent practice,” said Chris Brooks, CEO of Dermatology Solutions Group. “Our experienced administrative team can make all the difference in successful day-to-day operations and we are excited provide support for all aspects of management so Dr. Gardner and his team can deliver the optimal patient experience.”

ABOUT Alan M. Gardner, MD

Dr. Alan Gardner is board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology. He is an active member in good standing win the American Academy of Dermatology, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, American Society of Liposuction Surgery and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. He began his private practice in 1985, with a commitment to help people achieve great skin health to the best of his ability, and to achieve realistic cosmetic goals. His experience and expertise over the past 30+ years has allowed him to successfully treat many skin concerns, imperfections and diseases. Dr. Gardner realizes the importance of skin beauty and the self-confidence that comes with it. He stays abreast of the latest in dermatological care, consistently training in new technology, in order to bring the safest and most effective methods of treatment to his patients. He enjoys taking the time to give each patient individual attention, watching the progression of the surfacing of the natural beauty within.

ABOUT Dermatology Solutions Group

Dermatology Solutions Group, LLC, a healthcare management company based out of Panama City, Florida, currently manages dermatology practices: Dermatology Specialists of Georgia, Dermatology Specialists of Alabama, Dermatology Specialists of Florida and Dermatology Specialists of Mississippi. Their goal is to provide the resources and expertise necessary for dermatologists to achieve their goals, while supporting the commitment to continually improve the total patient experience. Their team of experienced business executives support practices with a comprehensive suite of professional services.  Learn more at www.DermatologySpecialistsGA.com

Posted in GA

Ribbon Cutting Event Celebrating Dunwoody Dermatology’s Change to Dermatology Specialists of Georgia

Dunwoody Dermatology is now Dermatology Specialists of GA and Aqua Medical Spa.

September 25, 2017 (Atlanta, GA) —- On Thursday, September 21, 2017, Dermatology Specialists of Georgia and Aqua Medical Spa welcomed Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber of Commerce members and other community guests to their office located at 4360 Dunwoody Chamblee Road, Suite 260 in Atlanta, Georgia for an official ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating their recent name and management change.

Attendees heard remarks from City of Dunwoody Mayor Denis Shortal, Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Stephanie Freeman and Dermatology Solutions Group CEO Chris Brooks. City of Dunwoody District Council (Post 2) Jim Riticher was in attendance along with several local media representatives, business leaders and neighbors. Refreshments were served and tours of the office were provided.

Board-Certified dermatologist Dr. Lori B. Schaen who has been practicing medicine since 2001, opened the Dunwoody practice in July 2006.  Dr. Schaen and her staff have made every effort to bring state-of-the-art therapies to the area over the last 11 years, while always striving to provide comprehensive and cost-effective dermatology care to patients of all ages. Dunwoody Dermatology joined Dermatology Solutions Group on July 1, 2017 and will continue to provide quality medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology to the Brookhaven/Dunwoody area with an experienced staff including Lori Schaen, MD, Ngozi Ohuoba, FNP-C, Licensed aesthetician Cheyann Boyer and their knowledgeable and caring support staff.

Dermatology Specialists of Georgia is open Monday through Friday and accepts most insurance. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call 770-452-5667 or visit www.DermatologySpecialistsGA.com or www.AquaMedicalSpa.com.

Posted in GA

Dunwoody Dermatology Joins Dermatology Solutions Group

Growing southeastern management group adds leading-edge dermatology practice.

June 12, 2017 (Atlanta, GA) —- Dermatology Solutions Group is pleased to announce that Dunwoody Dermatology will be joining their group. Dunwoody Dermatology has been providing medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology in the Brookhaven/Dunwoody area of Atlanta, Georgia for the last eleven years. Dermatology Solutions Group, LLC, a healthcare management company based out of Panama City, Florida, currently manages dermatology practices: Dermatology Specialists of Georgia, Dermatology Specialists of Alabama, Dermatology Specialists of Florida and Dermatology Specialists of Mississippi.

Effective July 1, 2017, Dunwoody Dermatology, located at 4360 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Suite 260 in Atlanta, Georgia will be Dermatology Specialists of Georgia and Aqua Medical Spa. Board-Certified dermatologist Dr. Lori B. Schaen who has been practicing medicine since 2001, opened the practice in July 2006.  Dr. Schaen and her staff have made every effort to bring state-of-the-art therapies to the area while always striving to provide comprehensive and cost-effective dermatology care to patients of all ages. Dr. Schaen stated, “I am so excited to be joining Dermatology Specialists of Georgia. Now I can focus all my energy and passion into what I enjoy most, which is taking care of my patients!”

Dermatology Solutions Group is committed to providing outstanding physicians, such as Dr. Schaen, the tools necessary to successfully operate an efficient and effective dermatology practice. Chris Brooks, CEO of Dermatology Solutions Group, says, “Adding top-level providers and practices to our organization is always exciting. This is our third location in Georgia (26th location total) and we are thrilled to be expanding in that market.” Brooks added, “We are confident that patients will benefit from the centralized resources and technology available under this new partnership and that Dr. Schaen will benefit from the professional practice management model. It’s truly a win-win.”

About Us

Dermatology Specialists is a physician-owned dermatology group practice that began in Panama City, FL, in 2006 and has since expanded throughout North Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia. We currently practice in 25 clinics, have 12 physicians, 14 midlevel providers and operate our own centralized dermatopathology laboratory. Dermatology Solutions Group is a management services organization, providing business and operational support to dermatology practices throughout the Southeast.  Both companies are headquartered in Panama City, FL, and have over 200 employees.

About Lori B. Schaen, MD

Dr. Lori Schaen served her residency in Dermatology at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York. Dr. Schaen earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College, in Williamstown, Massachusetts. She received her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Afterward, she completed a one year internship in pediatrics at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Dr. Schaen’s scope of practice includes comprehensive medical, surgical, cosmetic and laser dermatology. She sees patients of all ages, from infants to elderly, and all skin types.

Dr. Schaen holds memberships in many professional organizations, including: the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Contact Dermatitis Society, the National Psoriasis Foundation, the American Acne and Rosacea Society and the Atlanta Association for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery. Dr. Schaen has received multiple honors, including: the Vitals Annual Patients’ Choice Award for six years in a row, the American Contact Dermatitis Society James R. Nethercott Clinical Award, the Dr. Ernst Beutner Excellence in Immunopathy Award, the H.B. Weiss Award for Clinical Excellence, and Chief Resident of her dermatology residency program. As a recipient of the Woman’s Dermatologic Society Mentorship Grant, Dr. Schaen worked with the internationally renowned Dr. Ilona Frieden, Clinical Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Schaen is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. As a former collegiate soccer player, she stays active with her family and three children. Outside her world of dermatology, she enjoys spending time playing racquet sports, chasing her family pets and reading.

Posted in GA

Checking for and Preventing Skin Cancer

By Jon R. Ward, MD, Robert Calcote, MD, John H. Phillips III, MD, John L. Ratz, MD

Each year in the U.S. over 5.4 million cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer are treated in more than 3.3 million people. And, it is estimated that over 140,000 more will be diagnosed with melanoma in 2016. Because we know that ultraviolet radiation causes 90% of skin cancers, the key is to limit exposure, especially in those at highest risk for skin cancer. The majority of these types of skin cancers is highly curable. Basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer, and squamous cell carcinoma, the second most common form, rarely spread beyond the skin. Melanoma is the most lethal form of skin cancer and is fortunately the least common of the three main types of skin cancer. The rates of melanoma continue to rise, largely affecting young women, and it is now the most common cause of cancer death in young adults ages 25 to 29.

Who is at greatest risk for skin cancer?
The greatest risk factors for melanoma are a personal or family history of melanoma and the presence of atypical or numerous (>50) moles. Other risk factors for all forms of skin cancer include fair skin, a history of blistering sunburns (especially in childhood), excessive sun exposure, UV tanning booth usage, personal or family history of skin cancer, a weakened immune system, and advanced age.

How can you prevent skin cancer? 
The best way to prevent skin cancer is to avoid exposure to ultraviolet radiation. Ultraviolet radiation from either the sun or other sources causes DNA damage to the skin. Cells with damaged DNA are the ones that form cancer. Wear protective clothing when outdoors and consider avoiding outdoor exposure from 10 AM to 4 PM when the ultraviolet light is strongest. On exposed skin, wear a sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater. Apply it prior to sun exposure and reapply every two hours, especially if swimming or with excessive sweating. And, avoid indoor tanning beds altogether.

What are the signs of skin cancer? 
Melanoma, the most lethal form of skin cancer, either develops new or within a pre-existing mole. It is normal to develop new moles into young adulthood. Any person over age 40 who develops a new mole should be evaluated by a Board-Certified dermatologist. An existing mole that exhibits any of the ABCDE features should also be referred for expert consultation. Asymmetry, Border Irregularity, Color Change, Diameter > 6mm, and Evolution/Elevation are all signs that a previously benign mole has changed and now needs further scrutiny. Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas appear as non-healing pearly or scaly bumps that bleed easily and are sometimes tender to the touch.

How is skin cancer diagnosed? 
All three types of skin cancer are best diagnosed by biopsy. A small sample of the skin can be taken with almost no pain. A small needle is used to numb the skin and the straight blade can be used to shave a small portion of the skin for evaluation and diagnosis. This technique requires no suture and when performed properly on a small tumor leaves no perceivable scar.

How is skin cancer treated?
Early forms of basal cell and squamous cell skin cancer may be treated non-surgically using liquid nitrogen (cryosurgery), electrocautery, currettage, light-based treatments, laser treatments and topical creams. Surgical removal is also used to eliminate these cancers, by excision or by performing Mohs micrographic surgery. For patients who are poor surgical candidates, superficial radiation therapy may be recommended. If melanoma is diagnosed, and is in its earliest stages, a dermatologist may choose to surgically remove it in their office. However, if the melanoma has spread beyond the top layer of the skin, more extensive treatment will be needed. This often requires having the melanoma removed by a general surgeon or surgical oncologist, and may also include radiation, chemotherapy and/or immunotherapy treatments.

Where can you learn more about skin cancer and its prevention? 
Visit www.skincancer.org, the website of the Skin Cancer Foundation, or visit www.aad.org, the website of the American Academy of Dermatology. Or, schedule a visit with a Board-Certified dermatologist for a skin screening and more information.

Scheduling a comprehensive skin screening with Dermatology Specialists?
We encourage you to take the time, not the risk, and schedule your appointment for a comprehensive skin screening by calling us at 877-231-3376.

Popular LaGrange Georgia Dermatologist Partners with Healthcare Management Group

November 1, 2016 (LaGrange, GA) —- Dermatology Solutions Group is pleased to announce that Garin D. Barth, MD, has joined our growing group of exceptional dermatologists throughout the southeastern United States. Dr. Barth and Certified Physician Assistant, Amy Ward, practice in LaGrange, Georgia at 1605 Whitesville Road. Dermatology Solutions Group, LLC, a healthcare management company based out of Panama City, Florida, currently manages dermatology practices: Dermatology Specialists of Georgia, Dermatology Specialists of Alabama, Dermatology Specialists of Florida and Dermatology Specialists of Mississippi.

Effective December 1, 2016, West Georgia Dermatology Skin Cancer & Cosmetic Laser Center will be Dermatology Specialists of Georgia. “I am proud to be joining this group practice with physicians and offices in close-by Columbus and Auburn,” commented Dr. Barth. “I, along with my caring and knowledgeable staff will continue to provide the same friendly, affordable, high quality medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatological care that our patients have come to expect only now under the name Dermatology Specialists of Georgia .”

Board-Certified dermatologist and fellowship trained Mohs surgeon Dr. Barth has been practicing medicine since 1989 with the last 22 years in private practice. Since 1994, he has served LaGrange as the first full-time Dermatologist to reside and practice in the LaGrange community. Dr. Barth and his staff have made every effort to bring state-of-the-art therapies to the area while always striving to provide comprehensive and cost-effective dermatology care to patients of all ages. Dr. Barth stated, “I am proud to have been embraced by this community as a provider of health care here — an area characterized by excellent physicians, wonderful fine arts, beautiful lakes and gardens and some of the most enjoyable patients on the planet. I look forward to continuing to treat patients with the operational management support of my new group practice.”

Chris Brooks, CEO of Dermatology Solutions Group, says, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Dr. Barth, an outstanding physician who shares our top priority of patient care. Our company is physician-owned, so we understand the challenges that are facing Dr. Barth and other specialists today. We also know managing an efficient and effective practice demands extensive resources to successfully operate in an ever-changing healthcare environment. We are glad Dr. Barth partnered with us to better provide him with the time, technology, and tools needed to best care for his patients.”

ABOUT GARIN D. BARTH, MD

Dr. Garin Barth is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon with a special interest in cosmetic laser surgery. He graduated with honors from the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C., and received his medical degree in 1987 from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. From 1987 to 1990, Dr. Barth completed his residency in family practice at Self Memorial Hospital in Greenwood, S.C. Dr. Barth then received one year intensive specialty training at the highly acclaimed residency program in dermatology and dermatological laser surgery at the Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield, Wisconsin.

He completed an additional two years in the dermatology residency program at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, completing the program as the Chief Resident from January through June 1994. In September 1994, he attained board certification as a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology and was elected as a Fellow to the American Academy of Dermatology. He is also a Fellow of the American Society for Mohs Surgery and a member of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgeons, the Georgia Society of Dermatologists, the Atlanta Dermatological Society, the Medical Association of Georgia, and the Troup County Medical Society.

After establishing his practice in LaGrange in 1994, he brought the first cosmetic surgical laser to LaGrange and one of the first in Georgia. Since 1991, Dr. Barth and his staff have performed thousands of procedures with more than ten different cosmetic surgical lasers. Dr. Barth remains actively involved in continuing education to allow him to stay abreast of the newest techniques and technology. Dr. Barth has been recognized as an expert in his field and has lectured to and trained many practitioners. He has also enjoyed educating the public, recognizing the importance of public awareness and patient education.

Posted in GA

Healthcare Management Group Expands into the State of Georgia with New Location and Physician

Dermatology Solutions Group, LLC, a healthcare management company based out of Panama City, Florida, currently manages dermatology practices: Dermatology Specialists of Alabama, Dermatology Specialists of Florida, Dermatology Specialists of Mississippi and beginning October 2016, Dermatology Specialists of Georgia. Our Columbus Georgia practice will open October 3 at 2320 Double Churches Road, Suite B, under the physician leadership of John Louis Ratz, MD, MBA, FACP, FACMS. Plans are underway to open a second Georgia location before the end of the year in LaGrange.

Chris Brooks, CEO of Dermatology Solutions Group, says, “We are pleased to be expanding our overall reach to patients in the state of Georgia and adding new talent as we grow. Dr. Ratz is going to be an asset to our team and we are confident that he will be a great fit for our new Columbus location. I wholeheartedly encourage anyone in the local area looking for a dermatologist to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ratz.”

Dermatologists diagnose and treat more than 3,000 different diseases. These diseases include skin cancer, eczema, acne, psoriasis, and nail infections. As the rates of skin cancer continue to rise, there is a definite need for quick access to a specialist. No patient should have to wait weeks or months for a medical appointment when there is a concern about their health. We provide quick access to care with the ability to schedule patients within days of calling in most cases. If detected early, skin cancers and pre-cancerous lesions can be more easily treated and removed, reducing your risk of further complications.

Dr. Ratz is firmly committed to making sure each of his patients not only understands what they are being treated for, but also fully comprehends the instructions and care plan for their treatment, regardless of the condition. In addition, he feels it is critically important that each patient play an active role in making decisions about their care and treatment, particularly in surgical situations. Dr. Ratz will be the first to tell you he is your advocate, here to answer your questions and make sure you always have the trusted advice you need to make informed decisions when it comes to caring for your skin.

Ratz shared, “I love taking great care of my patients. For me, the most important aspect of the practice of medicine is the doctor patient relationship. I believe effective communication and including my patients in the decision making process is essential to delivering quality care. I like to solve my patient’s problems as quickly, safely and cost effectively as possible.”

Posted in GA

Meet Dr. Ratz

We’re excited to announce that Dr. John Ratz has joined Dermatology Specialists in our Columbus, GA office. John is a native of the Chicago area, where he completed his undergraduate studies at Aurora University, and then went on to complete medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. Following medical school, John completed his internship and Dermatology residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where he served as Chief Resident in his final year. He stayed on at the Cleveland Clinic to complete simultaneous fellowships in Clinical Dermatology, and Dermatologic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology (including Mohs Surgery).

Dr. Ratz’s experience includes distinguished service at the following academic institutions, where he served in a variety of educational and medical roles:

  1. University of Cincinnati – Associate Professor of Dermatology and Director of Dermatologic Surgery
  2. Cincinnati VA Medical Center – Chief of Dermatology
  3. The Cleveland Clinic – Co-Director of Dermatologic Surgery
  4. The Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans – Director of Dermatologic Surgery
  5. Louisiana State University – Associate Professor of Dermatology
  6. Tulane – Associate Professor of Dermatology
  7. Medical College of Georgia – Professor of Medicine and Director of Dermatologic Surgery
  8. Augusta VA Medical Center – Chief of Dermatology

His dedication and passion for his profession has led him to authoring, co-authoring and contributing to over 100 publications, including five textbooks on Dermatologic Surgery. John is highly respected for his surgical expertise and is considered an international authority on Mohs Surgery, Dermatologic and Cosmetic Surgery, as well as Laser Surgery. He is also credited with authoring the first textbook on the use of lasers in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery published in this country. John is currently writing a book on how and why medical care has changed over the years.

As an educator, Dr. Ratz is firmly committed to making sure each of his patients not only understands what they are being treated for, but also fully comprehends the instructions and care plan for their treatment, regardless of the condition. In addition, he feels it is critically important that each patient play an active role in making decisions about their care and treatment, particularly in surgical situations.

John will be the first to tell you he is your advocate, here to answer your questions and make sure you always have the trusted advice you need to make informed decisions when it comes to caring for your skin.

John and his wife Shirley have three grown children. John enjoys boating, cooking, outdoor activities and collecting timepieces.

Posted in GA