WHAT IS THE FAVORITE PART OF YOUR JOB?
I love meeting a wide variety of people and being able to diagnose a challenging case for which effective treatment transforms a person’s life. Every day, I have the privilege of being able to help a person who may be plagued by a condition that is embarrassing, painful or itchy and which may be a presentation of something much more serious.
WHY DID YOU WANT TO BECOME A DERMATOLOGIST?
Dermatology encompasses a wide variety of disease states many of which are based on genetic and immunoregulatory abnormalities and is a specialty that is much more than skin deep. With dermatology, I am never bored and can be presented with a simple case of acne in one patient and a complex autoimmune disorder in another. More and more research on the complex interactions of the immune system at the cellular level are being conducted which makes every patient’s condition interesting and makes my job fun!!
IF YOU COULD HAVE A SECOND OCCUPATION, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
An Entomologist because insects are such beautiful and diverse creatures and are an essential part of our ecosystem. It is hard to find something more intrinsically beautiful than the fluorescent green of a dragonfly or beetle. I find observing insects endlessly fascinating. Insects are not only beneficial but also, of course, the source of many diseases which make their lives even more worthy of study.
SKIN CARE PRODUCT NO ONE SHOULD BE WITHOUT?
Sunscreen/sunblock is essential to protecting the skin from the sun’s harmful rays ----especially in a location like Texas. Not only is sunscreen important for the prevention of skin cancer but it also can prevent the sun’s damage to skin leading to wrinkles and overall aging.
I love water-related activities such as kayaking, canoeing and swimming. I’d love to learn to surf but haven’t had the opportunity yet. I also enjoy reading adventure novels and those related travel and the early exploration of our planet.
HEALTH AND BEAUTY TIP?
Protect yourself and your family’s skin from the sun starting at an early age and eat a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables for their antioxidant effects. Avoid processed sugars and tobacco since these exposures contribute to wrinkles, among other health issues.