Pariser Dermatology was recently featured in Towne Bank’s TowneToday 20th Anniversary Commemorative Edition newsletter, Spring 2019. Click the link below to read the article.
The month of May brings warmer weather and inspires many of us to spend more time outdoors and prepare for wearing shorts, swimsuits and prom dresses. It’s also the beginning of Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Pariser Dermatology is committed to promoting healthy skin all year ’round and will be making extra-special efforts during this season. Stay tuned for a series of articles, videos and social media posts full of information on how you can live a healthier, happier life while taking steps to avoid skin cancer.
To kick off Skin Cancer Awareness Month, Pariser Dermatology’s Melissa Alcox, PA-C talks about the top 5 reasons why you should avoid tanning beds.
One of the first questions I was asked when I became the Administrator at Pariser Dermatology almost 2 years ago was “Will you allow us to dress up for Halloween?” Of course my answer was “Yes! Who doesn’t like Halloween?!” Well, little did I know that Halloween is a big deal at Pariser – and I mean a BIG deal!
You see, almost everyone participates and plans their costumes and decorations for months in advance in “top secret” meetings. These meetings result in some of the best costumes and props I have ever seen, especially in the workplace. And of course, we make it all the more fun with a friendly competition.
You might wonder if this interferes with workplace productivity and the answer is Yes – it does. But I believe it is for the greater cause of team building. Work can be boring, stressful and sometimes no fun at all. Therefore, I believe it’s important to allow employees to have a little fun, explore their creative side and engage with their coworkers in a playful and positive way.
So if you come see us on Halloween, be prepared to be greeted by a team of fun, creative and highly dedicated employees. Our costumes will amaze you!
Carol Seymour, Administrator
We are so proud that four of our dermatologists have won Coastal Virginia Magazine’s 2017 Top Docs! The magazine sent a survey to the medical community to ask for peer recommendations. Not only is Pariser Dermatology listed in the “Best Of” Dermatology section, but the following dermatologists won this distinguished honor (as pictured from left to right): Dr. Robert Pariser, Dr. Kelly Dehart, Dr. David Pariser, and Dr. Larry Chang.
Shelly Carpenter began her career with Pariser Dermatology in 1984 as a Dermatology Technician where she gained firsthand knowledge through hands-on experience with patients. Through her outreach speaking program, Shelly has educated over 30,000 people on ways to minimize the chances of getting skin cancer and how to perform a monthly self-examination. People who have attended her events walk away with vital information they need in order to protect their skin from the damaging effects of sun exposure. Hearing her message has actually saved lives!
One of the the many take-a-ways from Shelly’s lectures is that you’ll know what to look for when you examine the moles and “spots” on your skin. We call them the “ABCDEs of Melanoma”. You can identify spots that need to be checked by a dermatologist by looking at the following:
- Asymmetry: Melanoma lesions are often irregular – one half looks different than the other half.
- Border: Typically, non-cancerous moles have smooth, even borders. Melanoma lesions usually have irregular borders that are difficult to define.
- Color: The presence of more than one color or the uneven distribution of color can sometimes be a warning sign of melanoma.
- Diameter: Melanoma lesions are often greater than 6 millimeters in diameter – about the size of a pencil eraser.
- Evolution: If a mole has gone through recent changes in color and/or size, bring it to the attention of a dermatologist right away.
If you are part of a group, business or organization and would like to schedule a skin care presentation by Shelly, please call 757-461-7755 or email Shelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.