Looking Back at 2013
Every year we look back and marvel at how far we’ve come as a practice. 2013 marked our 8th year as Dermatology and Laser Center of Charleston and we are filled with immense gratitude for everyone who has helped us make those 8 really great. To commemorate 2013, we wanted to take a moment to share with you a few highlights from the year:
January – To kick off the year we began a special blog series titled the Best Fit For You. With this series we broke down the basic skin care regimen by age group to let you know your options and tips to change up your personal regimen to fit your skin’s needs.
February – On February 26th we opened our doors to host an Open House for all Lowcountry Physicians, inviting local media outlets and elected officials as well, to celebrate the opening of our new location. It was a wonderful evening which offered us the opportunity to reconnect with many individuals throughout the Tri-County area.
March – The beginning of March sent Dr. Schlesinger and Dr. Warrick to Miami, Florida for the American Academy of Dermatology’s Annual meeting. Here they were able to network with fellow dermatologists from across the country, learn about the latest advances and breakthroughs in the field and how to further improve upon our patient experience. With such a great wealth of knowledge made available, all three of our board-certified dermatologists are greatly looking forward to the 2014 Annual Meeting this year in Denver.
April – April brought the arrival of one of our newest cosmetic treatments –
We’ve had a great response adding this fat-freezing technology to our list of cosmetic services and could not be more pleased working with parent company, Zeltiq. Are you ready to say goodbye to unwanted fat cells for good?
May – During Skin Cancer and Melanoma Awareness Month we participated in the American Academy of Dermatology’s SPOT Orange campaign on Melanoma Monday, May 6th, with a SPOT Orange photo booth for both staff and patients to enjoy. It was a great experience connecting with patients and spreading skin cancer and melanoma awareness on this day and though out the month of May!
June – Earlier in 2013 we were contacted by Dr. Adam Allie of Family Practice Associates Of Holly Hill about sponsoring the inaugural Awendaw Passage 14K Trail Run benefiting The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center. As long-time supporters of The DNLCC and avid wellness advocates, we were honored to be a part of such an exciting event. The race was held on June 22nd with a great turnout of runners from all over the state.
We are looking forward to the race in 2014 and seeing how it will grow over the upcoming years.
July – July 16, 2013 marked our 1 year anniversary at our 2180 Henry Tecklenburg Drive location. We could not be more pleased with our new building and look forward to future expansions!
August – This was a big month for DLCC as we not only released our newly upgraded website, but Dr. Naomi S. Donnelley joined our staff of board-certified dermatologists! A highly valued asset to our team, Dr. Donnelley joins us after completing her education at Yale University’s School of Medicine, a dermatology residency and work term at Northwestern, and a few years working in a private practice in Santa Barbara. Both our patients and the medical community have enthusiastically embraced Dr. Donnelley and we could not be more pleased to have her here at DLCC.
September – September 23, 2013 was the new HIPAA Omnibus Rule compliance date. This new ruling, which was made final in early January of 2013, offers an upgraded level of protection to the privacy of patients, clearly defines the extended rights of patients and strengthens the enforcement of it all. DLCC was kept well aware of the new measures to be taken for the Omnibus rule and successfully implemented these new measures into our practice with the assistance of our compliance partner, Total Medical Compliance.
October – The most common inflammatory skin disease, eczema is the general title given to the various forms of dermatitis or itchy, rash-like skin conditions. Often chronic, eczema is usually caused by specific triggers present in our surroundings. According to the National Eczema Association, an estimated 35 million Americans are affected by Eczema at any given moment. This very common skin condition is brought to center stage as we highlight it during the month of October.
November – Giving back to the community is one of the things we enjoy most at DLCC. Our staff members spent the early part of November gathering goods and donations for Orange Grove Elementary Charter School‘s BackPack Buddies. The BackPack Buddies program at Orange Grove provides weekend meals during the school year for children in need. Pictured here with Mr. Steve Schonveld, Assistant Principal at OGECS, Jennie and Jennifer dropped off the staff’s donations. Thank you to all of our staff members for their donations and to OGECS for allowing us to help in your mission!
December – December brought great joy with the establishment of The Healing Hands Scholarship sponsored by Dermatology and Laser Center of Charleston and administered by The SCMA Foundation! A long time goal of Dr. Schlesinger, the scholarship was established to foster DLCC’s efforts to help educate the medical professionals of tomorrow. This scholarship will be awarded to a current medical school student from Charleston County through The SCMA Foundation application process, with the first scholarship being granted in Spring of 2015.
As you can tell there was a lot happening at DLCC over the past year. While changes in the medical field are imminent in the year to come, we look forward to 2014 with excitement and anticipation, ready to further embrace our position in the Lowcountry’s medical community. We look to you, our patrons and patients, as family and we hope you will do the same. Thank you for trusting us to be your medical and cosmetic dermatology providers. Here’s to another great year in 2014!