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Happy New Year!

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all of our staff, providers, friends, family and patients!

As we reflect back on 2015, there has been a lot of changes in healthcare and our office has added a lot of enhancements for our patients.  Let’s review some of the most impactful:

✓ Electronic Check-in: In January 2015, we installed and integrated iPad kiosk check-in systems for our patients, which we have now extended to all 3 locations.  The kiosks provide the following major benefits to our patients:

  1. Allows for multiple patients to be checking in at the same time, limited only by the number of kiosks, so that our patients have to wait less time in line.  
  2. Allows our patients to verify their demographic information for accuracy and update their contact information, thus reducing errors.
  3. Allows patients the option to update their insurance information and scan any new cards.
  4. Allows the staff to collect medical information upfront and confidentially to make your visit more productive.
  5. Allows you to setup your preferred pharmacy location so that your perscriptions can be sent in efficiently at the end of your visit.
  6. Allows you the option to pay any outstanding balances by swiping your credit card.

✓ Patient Portal Upgrade: The patient portal is the patient’s way to securely interact with our practice anywhere in the world there is internet access.  Some of the most impactful features are listed below:

  1. Allows the practice to send results to patients that can be accessed 24 hours a day.  Work long hours? Don’t have time to call us during the day?  You can access these results anytime.
  2. Allows the practice to release blood work results directly to the patient.  You can then print them out or keep them for your records or for your other physicians.
  3. Allows the patient to send questions to our staff 24/7.  Don’t have time to call us during the day?  Use this option and we can then answer your questions with a secure message back to you during business hours, which can then be accessed 24/7 in case you don’t have time during the day to read our response.
  4. Need a refill?  You can send a refill request to us 24/7.
  5. Want to view your statement online?  Not only can you review every statement  online (current and previous), you can now pay your statement via credit card securely and directly through the portal instead of sending it to us via snail mail.

✓ Healow App: Want to access most of the patient portal features above plus more from your smart phone?  You can download the new Healow app from the app store and connect it directly to your patient portal.  Go to our patient portal webpage for the access code needed go activate your previously downloaded Healow App (which you can get from the Apple App store or Android's App store).  You can then access many of these features secured by your 4 digit access code that you setup.

And for 2016? We have lots of new enhancements planned that are designed to enhance our patients' dermatologic care. Our first enhancement is online scheduling, which we have been piloting in 2015 and will be expanding dramatically in 2016.  Wouldn’t you rather be able to go online, see if your provider has an available appointment and book it directly online?  Our staff will then confirm your appointment during business hours.  Patients will also be able to see last minute slots that open up from last minute movement in our schedule and patients can book these as well.  Our online scheduling will allow patients to schedule appointments at any time of day or night to see us during business hours.

This is an exciting time in medicine and this is an exciting time in our practice.  Come join us by scheduling your own appointment with one of our providers.

Dr. Weisberg

Hazardous Road Conditions Thursday March 5 2015

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Please note both offices are open today to see patients.  If you feel you cannot arrive safely today, please call our office to reschedule.

Thank you,

Dr. Weisberg

Hazardous Road Conditions Saturday, Feb 28 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015

For those of you who don't know, our practice does see patients on selected Saturdays.  Unfortunately, hazardous road conditions that are expected to get worse overnight will require us to close tomorrow (Saturday, February 28th 2015).

Patients who were scheduled for tomorrow should be receiving a message via their preferred phone number listed in our practice in the next 30 minutes.  Please touch base with our office early next week to reschedule.

Thank you for understanding.

Safe travels,

Dr. Weisberg

Inclement Weather on February 24, 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Both offices are closed this morning due to significant ice still left on the roads.  Our phones are still open all day and both offices plan to open back up at 1pm today.

Thank you,

Dr. Weisberg

Inclement Weather Expected

Sunday, February 22, 2015

We are aware of the inclement weather expected in the areas surrounding our offices.  In most cases of inclement weather in the past, our offices have been open to see patients who feel it is safe to come in to see us.  If we are unable to provide services, we will attempt to contact you using the phone number that was marked on your chart as preferred.  Please make sure to check that particular phone number often.

Thank you and stay safe!

Dr. Weisberg

 

Update on 2/23/15 at 8:14am: We are open today. We have a small crew of employees, medical assistants and Dr. Weisberg (Frisco) and Leah Schiller, PA-C (Denton) at the office. Please be careful if you decide to come in. If you cannot make it safely, please call our office to reschedule. Thank you!

D Magazine Best in D 2014!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

For 7 years, our team has been working non-stop to help deliver state of the art medical and dermatologic care at our Frisco and Denton, Texas, locations.  Dr. Weisberg and the providers work tirelessly during the day with our excellent team of medical assistants, front office, billing specialists and practice manager to deliver effective and customized care to our thousands of patients who have visited us since we opened our doors.  After hours, Dr. Weisberg continues to excel and spend considerable time devising ways to improve care and efficiency, some of which are obvious to our patients, but others that happen behind to scenes to improve the way we deliver care.

It is with pride and joy that we announce that we have been selected as "Best in D" by D Magazine for 2014.  How do they come to this conclusion?  Great question!  They ask thousands of physicians the following question:

"Which doctors would you trust with the care of a loved one?"              

The physicians, who are verified, are allowed to list up to 3 physicians in each category and we are honored to be picked for Dermatology!

We don't take this lightly.  It means we have lots of physicians who trust us to provide care for their patients.  Some of these physicians have been referring patients to us for 7 years, some who may have started more recently, and others who may have already visited us for their personal care or the care of a family member.  This immense trust that has been afforded to us by physicians (and patients) is our most precious gift along with our awesome staff.

Thank you north Texas.  You can rest assured we will continue to work to find ways to improve and become even better in the future.  We plan to be part of the community for a long time to come and believe this is just the beginning of a great journey solely afforded to us by the trust of our patients and our physicians.

Thank you!

Dr. Weisberg

Inclement Weather

Friday, December 06, 2013

Please note that we are open in our Frisco location today.  We have a small crew including Dr. Weisberg available to see our patients today who believe that they can make it in safely.  The rest of our employees are safely at home.

Please call us if you have any questions about your appointment today.  Our phone lines are currently open.

Thanks,

The Staff

Are you breaking out with acne?

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States and affects 40 to 50 million Americans.  An estimated 85% of people will have acne at some point in their lives.  So what’s the cause of this highly prevalent problem?   There are 3 main factors: comedones + infection + inflammation.

Let me explain. Our face, chest, and back are covered in small hair follicles with attached oil-producing glands. Excess oil and dirt can build up and clog these hair follicle openings (or pores), forming little plugs called “comedones” which are commonly referred to as blackheads and whiteheads.  These comedones trap bacteria in the base of the hair follicles, leading to an infection.  This triggers immune cells to gather around the hair follicle to try to fight the infection and in the process creates inflammation, forming pus-filled pimples and deep painful cysts.  Squeezing a pimple can rupture the follicle, which leads to even more inflammation.  Some young women have acne that’s further driven by a 4th factor: hormones.  Clues to this include acne that flares badly with periods and acne predominantly located along the chin and jawline.

So what can you do to keep acne at bay?  Some simple steps include washing your face at least twice a day, using only “oil free” or “non-comedogenic” cosmetic products, and especially resisting the urge to pick at your skin, which can not only worsen inflammation but can lead to scarring.   Using over-the-counter products containing salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide can be helpful in clearing up mild acne.  However, for acne that becomes moderate to severe, it might be time to seek the expert help of a dermatologist.  He or she can examine your skin and prescribe medications specifically tailored to your needs that target all the causes of acne.  Comedones can be reduced and prevented by topical retinoids such as tretinoin, adapalene, or tazarotene.  Infection can be prevented with topical antibiotics such as clindamycin, erythromycin, dapsone, and benzoyl peroxideDeep inflammatory acne may require taking pills like doxycycline, and large inflamed cysts can be rapidly improved (before they cause a scar) with injections of steroid medication.  For women with hormonally-driven acne, we can often help with medicines like birth control pills and/or spironolactone.

What about people who have severe or treatment-resistant acne?  It might be time to consider isotretinoin, also known as Accutane.  This medicine is definitely a commitment: it has to be taken for several months and requires careful monitoring.  However, when it’s used properly and safely, it can be extremely effective at treating even the most severe acne.  For more information and personalized help, please call our office.

Jennifer Dharamsi, M.D.

Dr. Dharamsi is a board-certified dermatologist who received her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University and served as Chief Resident of dermatology at UT Southwestern before joining Precision Dermatology and Dermatology Consultants of Frisco.  The practice specializes in the treatment of acne, skin cancers, and all other skin care needs and can be reached at 904.312.6767 (Denton) or 972.335.2727 (Frisco).    

Did you know?

Saturday, August 25, 2012
Did you know that most adults and children still get too much sun exposure on a regular basis?  They do and it can lead to skin cancer down the road and early aging of the skin including fine lines and wrinkles.  Most of our patients know that we perform full skin checks to makes sure all of your spots and moles are not skin cancer, but did you know we do a lot more than that?

Did you know that we diagnose and treat rashes including psoriasis, eczema, allergic skin reactions, acne, warts, cysts and a lot of other conditions?  We do.

Did you know that we also help improve the look of the skin due to age and/or sun exposure?  We do.  We have techniques and treatments available that many other locations do not or cannot offer.  We can recommend preventative treatment, topical skin care lines, injectables, chemical peels, laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), Photodynamic Therapy (PDT), among others.  Come in and mention your concern and we would be happy to discuss some of our best options.

Did you know that we now have 2 locations?  We do.  Our first location opened in 2007 and is located in Frisco on the southwest corner of Eldorado Parkway and Legacy Drive.  It's easy to find and convenient.  Our second location opened in 2011 and is located in Denton on W. Oak Street, just off of I-35E and across the street from Presbyterian Denton Hospital.  Come see us at either location.

Did you know that we are now taking new patients?  We are.  Summer is coming to an end and there is no better time than the present to give us a call and schedule an appointment.

See you soon,

Dr. Weisberg

4th of July

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

As we head into the holiday, I think back on my decision to become part of the community in Frisco, Denton and the surrounding areas and know that I could not have made a better decision.  Our patients search us out from all over, coming from Oklahoma, West Texas and south all the way to Austin.  We are thankful for each and every patient that has come to see us over the years and humbled by the sheer number.

What does this have to do with July 4th?  Showing and having pride in our country, being proud of what our country has accomplished over the years, is a big part of the 4th of July.  From the fireworks, to the BBQ, to the family and friends with whom we gather.  To me, it is a day to take pride in all of this.

I started our practice in December 2007 without a single patient and only one employee.  We now have 3 full-time providers and over a dozen employees in just 4 ½ short years.  We have been voted Best in Frisco by overwhelming margins by the community and have won Best of Business in Frisco rating by an independent auditor.  We owe all of this success to our hardworking staff and you, the patient, who have chosen us, over others, to provide you with quality dermatologic care.  I believe our patients take pride in telling their friends and family that they see us for their dermatology care and we take pride in delivering this care as effectively as we possibly can. 

At Dermatology Consultants of Frisco (DCF) and Precision Dermatology, our team takes pride in taking care of our patients.  We believe in the team approach and understand it takes every member of the team to provide the highest-level of service. We believe each patient is special and we strive to provide him or her with the highest quality care possible.  Our patients are our friends, our family and our neighbors.  We are part of the community and we are proud of what our communities have accomplished over the years. Pride in our practice, our business, our patients and our community is what we offer.  Taking pride in our country is what brings us together on the 4th of July and it is also what brings together our patients and our practice.

It’s true, there are a lot of areas of society that one can be critical of, but July 4th is not the day to perseverate over the negatives. So, grab your sunblock, your friends and family, and enjoy everything you can about our country, the society we built as Americans, and our local communities.  We owe this to ourselves and those who came before us, just like our practice owes our success to our patients and our hardworking team.

 

Happy 4th of July,

 

Dr. Weisberg

Board Certified Dermatologist



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