What is a dermatologist?
A dermatologist is a doctor that specializes in treating the skin, hair and nails. Dermatologists diagnose and treat more than 3,000 different diseases. These diseases include skin cancer, eczema, acne, psoriasis, and nail infections. Dermatologists also improve the appearance of patients’ skin, hair and nails. Dermatologists can help patients diminish signs of aging such as wrinkles and age spots. Dermatologists see patients of all ages–from newborns to elderly people.
What is a Board Certified Dermatologist?
To be a board-certified dermatologist in the United States requires many years of education. One must successfully complete:
1. College, earning a bachelor’s degree.
2. Medical school, becoming a medical doctor (MD) or doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO).
3. Internship, 1 year of required medical training.
4. An accredited dermatology residency program, at least 3 years.
After successfully completing the residency program, one can become a board-certified dermatologist by:
- Having a license to practice medicine.
- Passing the exams given by the American Board of Dermatology, the American Osteopathic Association, or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
- Meeting other requirements.
The board exams test the doctor’s knowledge, experience and skills. All of the above are essential to provide quality patient care in dermatology.
How do I learn more about your cosmetic services?
We offer many different cosmetic services designed to meet the specific need of each individual. We encourage patients to schedule and appointment for a complimentary cosmetic consult such that we can provide you the time and education you deserve to make a decision that is right for you.
How do I know what skin care products to use?
Because everyone’s skin is different, the best way to learn about our skin care products is to schedule a complimentary skin care consultation to learn more about the products. We are happy to provide you with samples of our products before you decide to purchase.
What is an out of network provider?
An out-of-network provider is one which has not contracted with your insurance company for reimbursement at a negotiated rate. Health plans generally offer coverage for out-of-network providers, but your patient responsibility can sometimes be higher than it would be if you were seeing an in-network provider. We encourage all of our patients to contact your insurance company prior to your visit such that you fully understand your insurance policy as it pertains to out of network care.
How do I submit my insurance claim?
While we ask for payment in full at the time of service, we will provide you with a copy of your bill to submit to your insurance company for direct reimbursement to you. Contact information for your insurance provider may be found on the Patient Information Portal.
If I have Medicare can I see an out of network provider?
Yes. However, as a Medicare patient, you will need to pay at the time of service and, according to Medicare rules, will not be able to receive reimbursement from Medicare.