The Edmond Sun

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May 9, 2012

Edmond doctors lead new dermatology center

EDMOND — Edmond residents will find the treatment of skin conditions more accessible with the development of the Saints Dermatology Center of Excellence. The dermatology center will specialize in skin cancer, cosmetic and medical dermatology treatment of all skin conditions.

Plans are for the 9,000-square-foot facility to open in December on the Broadway Extension, just north of Britton Road, said Dr. Renee Grau, board certified dermatologist and medical director. Patients will be seen there beginning Jan. 13.

“We chose that location so that no matter where you’re coming from in the state, you’re coming down a major highway artery,” said Grau, an Edmond resident. “Citizens of Edmond can get there in 7 to 10 minutes.”

Through its affiliation with St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, the Saints Dermatology COE will house a teledermatology suite to enhance skin cancer awareness and early detection throughout the state. The link will be a resource for primary care physicians at rural hospitals and clinics in diagnosing and treating patients, Grau said.

“The array of comprehensive services they will offer will be unrivaled in the region, and the use of new technology such as teledermatology will result in earlier detection of skin disorders and more convenient access to needed medical expertise for residents outside the metropolitan area,” said Steve Powell, vice president, Healthfirst Physician Management Services.

There are 65 dermatologists in Oklahoma, most of whom have offices in Oklahoma City or Tulsa, Grau said. The average current wait time to see a dermatologist in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area is 60 days, she said.

“We’re hoping to become the major dermatology center in the region,” Grau said. “We’re going to offer services that currently aren’t offered in Oklahoma.”

A light therapy will be used for psoriasis, eczema, morphea and lymphoma of the skin. Comprehensive cosmetic procedures will include laser therapy and Ultherapy, two Mohs surgery suites, one for treating skin cancer and the other dedicated to general and medical dermatology.

A new non-surgical procedure, Ultherapy is a non-invasive ultrasound procedure for the face that uses the body’s own natural healing process to tighten loose skin.

Grau is partnering with Dr. Tiffany Brazeal of Edmond. Amy Hughes will work as Grau’s physician assistant. Edmond native, Dr. Emily Archbald, is a cosmetic dermatologist. Dr. Roy Rindler and Dr. Lenny Henderson of Edmond, will serve as skin cancer directors and specialists.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, said Grau, who diagnoses an average of five Basal cell skin cancers a day. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in more than two million people are diagnosed annually.

“Most of the time patients don’t know they are there,” she said. “… We’re trying to do more early detection.”

Saints Dermatology already has a satellite clinic in Enid. Another satellite clinic will be opened in Midwest City with Saints Dermatology COE serving as the hub or referral center.

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