Olympic Dermatology is Celebrating our 20th Anniversary!
To all our valued patients & friends:
What a long, strange trip it has been. In 1991 I finished residency and moved to Olympia on a 5-year plan. Twenty-nine years later I’m still here, and so glad I am. For the first nine years I practiced at the Memorial Clinic when it was still an independent multispecialty group. Those were good years, and the physicians I worked with there were terrific. But I needed more freedom to design my practice in a way that best fit my personality and interests, so I left in 2000 and formed Olympic Dermatology. We started small, with just one receptionist, one LPN for patient care, one billing staff, one cosmetic service provider, a Practice Administrator, and me. There were some early growing pains, but I trusted my staff to work hard and do the right thing, and we grew steadily.
The biggest change was the addition of Physician Assistants (PA) in 2005; my 6-month waiting list was able to be brought back to a more reasonable 2-3 months and I have really enjoyed the comradery and teaching opportunities gained by working with our three amazing PAs, Larry, Suzanne & Emma. Our team approach means lots of opportunity for me to teach and supervise, and our patients have benefited from easier access and excellent medical and surgical care.
The cosmetic services department has grown to our RN Sharon, LPN Lin and Master Aesthetician Lindsay, and they are terrific. Between the three of them they have been with me over 50 years, which is quite amazing. I have also enjoyed the opportunity to bring an extraordinary amount of technology to Olympia for skin rejuvenation, body contouring, hair removal, tattoo removal, and leg vein treatments. One person could never provide the broad spectrum of services we are able to offer, the acquisition costs and maintenance costs of the laser technology would be overwhelming. Between the four of us we provide more services then anyone in our service area.
Now there are 21 staff members at Olympic Dermatology, and everyone still works hard and does the right thing for our patients. I’m truly blessed by them all including our caring, professional back office staff and front desk employees.
None of this would of course be possible without the patients who we have been honored to take care of over these many years. Seeing my pediatric-age patients grow up and bring their children to me for care has been sobering in a way, but also so much fun! Similarly, seeing my adult patients age and eventually pass on has been doubly sobering; I love all these patients and they have taught me so much about life. The joy they bring to their final years has been inspirational and I hope to do as much for my family, community and nation as they have.
This 20-year celebration of Olympic Dermatology was supposed to be a big community party, but the Covid-19 pandemic has prevented that. We will celebrate our success and happiness with you in other ways, and wish all of you good health and safety as we move forward. This is an opportunity for us to work together for the common good, and while this pandemic is heart-breaking and frustrating, the path forward is clear to those who are public health experts. Please, ignore the politics and follow the medical advice given you; it is no different than coming to me for care of your skin cancer or psoriasis. Trust an expert. A Google search or consultation with a lay person is no substitute for a well-trained medical provider, and the same holds true for public health. Our economy cannot recover if the pandemic is raging, so let’s keep it under control.
Again, thank you all so much for allowing me to be part of your lives. You are all amazing and unique, and I look forward to seeing you for years to come.
Wear a mask!
PS…we are offering some amazing cosmetic specials as a Thank you for being a part of our Olympic Dermatology Family! These are our BEST-EVER SAVINGS:
- Infini Skin Tightening Series – 20% OFF
- IPL Rejuvenation full face Treatment – 20% OFF (or include hands for FREE)
- Kybella non-surgical fat reduction Treatment beneath the chin – 20% OFF
- Tattoo Removal Treatments – 20% OFF
- Microdermabrasion or Chemical Peel Facial Treatment – $20 off
- 20% off your favorite Olympic Dermatology Skin Care Product
Offers can’t be combined with other discounts or maintenance-priced treatments, valid through 09/30/2020.