Skin Care Doctors, P.A. Welcomes Joanne Ostman to Their Edina & Burnsville, MN Offices

Skin Care Doctors, P.A. is excited to announce the expansion of their team with Joanne Ostman, P.A. joining their practice.

Joanne Ostman is a graduate of the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University (Class of 1992) and completed her Physician Assistant Studies at Augsburg College in 2002. Joanne is Board Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Initially, she worked in family medicine from 2002-2004 and specialized in dermatology starting in 2004.

Joanne’s clinical interests include seeing patients of:

  • All ages
  • Medical Dermatology
  • Surgical Dermatology

When not working with patients she enjoys spending time with family, volunteering at school functions, swimming, hiking, rollerblading, cross-country skiing, sewing, and cooking.

Skin Care Doctors, P.A. is Minnesota’s premiere dermatologic clinic offering state-of-the-art cosmetic procedures as well as medical and surgical dermatology and vein therapy. With 4 convenient locations in the Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area (Burnsville, Edina, Orono, and St. Cloud) their board-certified providers are ready to serve you and all of your skincare needs.

We Are On Instagram!

We are excited to announce that we are now on Instagram for Skin Care Doctors, P.A. (@skincaredrs), and Vein Associates. Follow us on Instagram for patient education, information about our offices, and skincare tips from our team of providers.

Please feel free to like, message, and share with us in this new way. We truly have the best patients and want to make sure that you feel supported during this time and moving forward. We look forward to engaging with you.

Just a reminder that we are also on Facebook as well.

https://www.facebook.com/skincaredrs/

 

4/3 Practice Updates during COVID-19 From Skin Care Doctors

To Our Patients & Community,

Skin Care Doctors, P.A. and Vein Associates are grateful for the support of our community during this crisis. We want to make certain you know that we are here for you.

OUR CLINICS ARE STILL OPEN

In-office appointments are limited to more critical issues and cases where discomfort is a factor. Every precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is being taken for the safety of our team and patients.

For everyone else, WE HAVE IMPLEMENTED TELEMEDICINE. It is easy, covered by most insurances and allows you to meet with your doctor as early as today. Please call the office to schedule a telemedicine appointment.

If you have an upcoming appointment, we will be in contact with you individually to discuss your options, or feel free to contact us directly if you have any questions about your currently scheduled appointment.

Have Questions? Give Us A Call at 952-898-1600 or Email Us at info@skincaredrs.com

 

3/20 Update For Our Patients Regarding COVID-19

To our patients,

We are committed to supporting our community and our patients during the emergence of the COVID-19 strain of coronavirus. We wanted to announce upcoming schedule changes to better accommodate our patients and our staff during this time.

Our offices will be providing limited services next week, March 23rd through March 27th.

  • Our offices will be closed to the public
  • We will only be seeing patients if there is an emergency
  • Our offices will have staff providing phone support during business hours for rescheduling, refills, and patient inquiries
  • Should patients have questions about an emergency situation, our nurses will be available by phone to address inquires

 

We apologize for any inconvenience. Our staff will reach out via phone to reschedule patients with appointments next week.

We hope you understand that this is a fluid situation and we continue to monitor the situation to ensure the health and safety of patients and staff.

If you need to reach us please call 952-898-1600.

A Note To Our Patients Regarding COVID-19

To our patients,

We are committed to supporting our community and our patients during the emergence of the COVID-19 strain of coronavirus. We wanted to share with our community the actions we at Skin Care Doctors, P.A. are taking to continue to provide outstanding patient care while limiting the continued spread of COVID-19. In order to help minimize the chance of exposure we are implementing some additional procedures before patient arrival, upon arrival, throughout the duration of the patient’s visit, and until the patient’s room is cleaned and disinfected.

  1. Prior to arrival for an appointment, while doing reminder calls, our staff will check with each patient to see if he/she has developed any symptoms of a respiratory infection (e.g.,cough, sore throat, shortness of breath and fever). If a patient has symptoms or recent possible exposures or recent travel to areas affected by COVID-19, we will ask the patient to reschedule their visit and instruct them to contact their primary care provider.
  2. We will ask patients on arrival if they have had a cough, fever, AND shortness of breath in the last 14 days and if they say “yes” to all (or just to fever), we will give them a mask, reschedule their appointment, and instruct them to contact their primary care provider.
  3. If a patient has had any of the COVID-19 resembling symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) but these symptoms are related to seasonal allergies or baseline health issue (i.e. COPD, emphysema, CHF) and  have not recently gotten  worse we will give them a mask to wear during their appt. If they have had a FEVER we will give them a mask, reschedule their appointment, and instruct them to contact their primary care provider.
  4. We are waiving cancellation fees for patients who need to cancel their appointments due to illness or social distancing practices, which has been our policy in the past too. If patients think they might be sick with a cold, flu, or seasonal allergies, we ask that they please stay home.
  5. Be reassured any Skin Care Doctors staff member exhibiting signs of illness similar to cold, flu, or seasonal allergies, we are asking them not to come to work and have them stay at home.
  6. All surfaces at Skin Care Doctors, P.A. offices are and will continue to be cleaned using products recommended by the World Health Organization before and after each use by patients or staff members. These areas include but are not limited to: exam tabletops, clipboards, pens, countertops, exam beds/tables, doorknobs, and exam light buttons/handles.
  7. We are trying to maintain social distancing within all of our waiting rooms and exam rooms.

This is a fluid situation and we are monitoring the World Health Organization www.who.int and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov to ensure our prevention measures are up to date with the best available scientific knowledge. Therefore policies and procedures may change or adapt on a daily basis. We will continue to update our staff and community if there are changes to this.

As one additional step to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 we are also including the current best practices from the CDC to slow the spread of the virus.

Take steps to protect yourself

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

Take steps to protect others

Stay home if you’re sick

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol.

Wear a face mask if you are sick

  • If you are sick:  You should wear a face mask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a face mask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a face mask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a face mask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a face mask). Face masks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

To disinfect:
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

Options include:

  • Diluting your household bleach.
    To make a bleach solution, mix:

    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
      OR
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

Skin Care Doctors Voted Reader’s Choice as Best Dermatologist

2020 Reader's Choice WinnerWe just received word from Laker Pioneer that Dr. Michael Ebertz and Skin Care Doctors, PA have been named a “Readers’ Choice” as the BEST DERMATOLOGIST!

The Laker Pioneer published a Readers’ Choice survey earlier this year. Their readers were asked to vote for their best choices in many different categories. After tallying the results, Dr. Michael Ebertz and Skin Care Doctors were voted the Best Dermatologist for 2020! We want to thank our wonderful patients and the community for voting for us. We’re honored to have been recognized for this award. Our staff looks forward to continuing to serve our community for years to come.

We’re also excited to announce our expansion into Vein Therapy offering medical and cosmetic vein treatments with Dr. Carl Dando joining our practice.

Dr. Dando has over 15 years of experience treating varicose veins exclusively with modern, office-based procedures. He has performed over 17,000 laser vein surgeries and over 30,000 sclerotherapy sessions.

• Office-based procedures
• Local anesthesia only – no sedation.
• Drive in/drive out!
• Most insurances accepted
• Complimentary vein screenings
• Evening hours
• Also offering cosmetic treatments for spider veins

Dr. Dando is a Diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. This is the national organization of physician vein specialists—doctors who focus on the diagnosis and treatment of venous and lymphatic problems—not other vascular issues. Certification in this organization is available to physicians only.

Dr. Dando is also certified by the Alliance for Physician Certification and Advancement (APCA) as a Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) and a Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI). In addition, he is also certified by Cardiovascular Credentialing International as a Registered Phelobology Sonographer (RPhS). He is one of the few physicians in the country to hold all these credentials.

Dr. Dando’s background as a Board-Certified Internist allows him to provide exceptional diagnostic capabilities to his patients. With his fifteen years of experience in primary care medicine, Dr. Dando brings a personal, patient-centered approach to the practice.

2019 Toys For Tots Twin Cities Fundraiser

Skin Care Doctors, PA  is participating in the Toys for Toys holiday fundraiser at their clinic. The fundraiser begins this week and will continue through the holiday season.  Each of their four office locations (Burnsville, Edina, Orono, and St Could MN) will have large “Toys for Toys” drop-off boxes for their patients, doctors, staff and families to donate new toys for children in need.

Skin Care Doctors has also been selected by TV Station Kare11 (an NBC afflilate) to appear on their 6pm news broadcast on Friday, December 6th to talk about their participation in this fundraiser.

This is their second year participating in this program, although  Dr. Michael Ebertz and Skin Care Doctors have supported Toys for Tots for many years.

The doctors and staff are excited about this opportunity to help others in need during the holidays and support such a great cause.

IN 2018, TWIN CITIES TOYS FOR TOTS DONATED 168,775 TOYS TO 150,326 CHILDREN. THIS WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE HELP AND ASSISTANCE FROM THIS AWESOME COMMUNITY. THANK EVERYONE WHO HELPED US ACHIEVE THIS GOAL.

Since beginning the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program in 1947, Marines have distributed more than 512 million toys to more than 237 million needy children. This charitable endeavor has made U.S. Marines the unchallenged leader in looking after less fortunate children at Christmas. Over its life span, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation has supplemented local toy collections with more than 98 million toys valued at more than $694 million; plus provided promotion and support materials valued at over $8.5 million.

Watch last years broadcast!

Join Dr. Carl Dando in Fargo for our Open House October 30th!

Dr. Carl Dando is pleased to announce the opening of his new practice offering medical and cosmetic vein treatments.

SPOTme® Skin Cancer Screening Highlights Importance of Early Detection

On May 30th Skin Care Doctors, P.A. helped serve the community by offering free skin cancer screenings during a SPOTme® skin cancer awareness event in their Burnsville office. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Current estimates are that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, and one person dies from melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – every hour. Yet when caught early, skin cancer is highly treatable.

“Skin cancer is one of the only cancers that can be seen on the surface of the skin,” said Michael Ebertz, M.D. “Yet many people don’t know how to spot skin cancer, including what to look for on their skin or when they should see a dermatologist.”

To increase people’s chances of spotting skin cancer early, when it’s most treatable, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends everyone learn the ABCDEs of melanoma, which outline the warning signs of this disease:

  • A – is for Asymmetry: One half of the spot is unlike the other half.
  • B – is for Border: The spot has an irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border.
  • C – is for Color: The spot has varying colors from one area to the next, such as shades of tan, brown or black, or areas of white, red or blue.
  • D – is for Diameter: While melanomas are usually greater than 6mm (or about the size of a pencil eraser) when diagnosed, they can be smaller.
  • E – is for Evolving: A mole or spot on your skin looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color.

“It only takes a few minutes to check your skin, and it could save your life,” said Dr. Ebertz. “If you notice anything changing, itching or bleeding on your skin, make an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist, as these are often early warning signs of skin cancer.”

It’s estimated that more than 1,640 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in Minnesota this year. Although skin cancer is more common among people with light or fair skin tones, everyone is at risk for this life-threatening disease.

For more information about how to prevent and detect skin cancer, including instructions on how to perform a skin self-exam, visit SPOTme.org. There, you can download a body mole map for tracking changes in your skin and find free SPOTme® skin cancer screenings in your area.

The SPOTme® skin cancer screening program is part of the American Academy of Dermatology’s SPOT Skin Cancer™ initiative, a campaign to create a world without skin cancer through public awareness, community outreach programs and services, and advocacy that promote the prevention, detection and care of skin cancer.

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About SPOTme®

The SPOTme® skin cancer screening program, supported by a grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb, is part of the Academy’s larger SPOT Skin Cancer initiative, a campaign to create a world without skin cancer through public awareness, community outreach programs and services, and advocacy that promote the prevention, detection and care of skin cancer. Since 1985, Academy dermatologists have conducted more than 2.4 million free skin cancer screenings and have detected nearly 248,000 suspicious lesions, including more than 27,500 suspected melanomas. To learn more about the SPOTme® campaign and to find free skin cancer screenings near you, visit SPOTme.org.

American Academy of Dermatology

Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology, founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 19,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. For more information, contact the AAD at 1-888-462-DERM (3376) or aad.org. Follow the AAD on Facebook (American Academy of Dermatology), Twitter (@AADskin) or YouTube (AcademyofDermatology).

Skin Care Doctors, P.A. physicians provide the finest leading-edge dermatologic care in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro area. They offer diagnosis and treatment for patients of all ages, from newborns to the elderly whether for concerns and problems of the skin, hair and nails.