BEST OF HEALTH Talking Skin with Dr Neil Fernandes and Beth Lopez of Skin and Cancer Center of Arizona
The importance of skin evals, sunscreens and there’s so much more hope for those diagnoses with melanoma. Skin Cancer is about sun and UV exposure but you can get it anywhere so genetics is another huge variable with who gets it and who does not.
We hear from 2 amazing providers. Their combined knowledge concerning skin disorders and cancers as well as truly understanding the ins and outs of pathology prognosis and treatment options will help the listener whether a skin cancer patient or not be able to understand path reports, importance of genetic
testing and the amazing treatments available that are setting the stage for much longer lives and hope especially with those of us fighting Melanoma.
Skin and Cancer Center of Arizona (SCC of AZ) was established by Dr. Burrell H. Wolk, M.D. in October 1987. As the premier dermatology center in Chandler, Arizona, SCC of AZ has the cutting edge technology and the expert medical staff to meet patients’ medical and surgical skin care needs. The practice offers treatments for common skin conditions such as skin cancer, acne, actinic keratosis, eczema, psoriasis, moles, alopecia, female hair loss, nail disorders, skin rashes, skin discoloration and much more. SCC of AZ also provides skin cancer screening and performs a variety of dermatologic treatments and procedures including Mohs micrographic surgery, curettage-electrodessication and laser skin resurfacing. In addition, the office provides the latest advances to achieve the best cosmetic results.
The staff of medical providers have advanced training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer as well as all other skin conditions. SCC of AZ also offers a variety of aesthetic and cosmetic treatments designed to make you look and feel your very best. These treatments are effective and offer dramatic results when used in conjunction with the medical treatment of many skin conditions.
Neil Fernandes, M.D. is board-certified in both dermatology and dermatopathology and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. He graduated cum laude from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and concentration in Biology. Dr. Fernandes received a full scholarship to New Jersey Medical School as a Humanism Scholar, where he was also elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha and Gold Humanism honor societies.
Dr. Fernandes completed his medical internship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and dermatology residency at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, serving as chief resident during his final year of dermatology training. He subsequently completed his fellowship in dermatopathology at the University of Cincinnati.
Dr. Fernandes is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology and American Society of Dermatopathology. He has published numerous journal articles within various areas of both dermatology and dermatopathology, and he has given presentations at several national and international conferences. He also enjoys community service (he is an avid volunteer at Junior Achievement of Arizona) and has participated in activities such as Free the Children, a medical mission trip to Kenya.
Beth Lopez PA-C began her healthcare career as a candy striper, then a nurse’s aide, a registered nurse and finally a physician assistant. She has currently been practicing dermatology at the Skin and Cancer Center of Arizona for 17 years, and has been adjunct faculty with three universities.
WHY BEST OF HEALTH?
I am a Physician Assistant who has been caring for patients for over 20 years and Family Practice (cradle to grave) is my specialty.
Following the footsteps of three generations of family practice physicians (my father, grandfather and great grandfather) this was a natural and genetic calling that I do not regret.
Given this, I have a unique perspective and it’s time to share that perspective through Ask the PA. As a health care provider, teacher, business owner, patient, and advocate for my family and friends throughout the years, it has been painfully apparent there are disconnects within the current state of health care in the US and throughout the world. It can be confusing and frankly very scary.
It is my goal though this series, Best of Health, to bring people together that are passionate about their roles in the business of health care… and yes, whether or not you want to hear that it’s a business, it is — and that’s the fact. I will introduce to you great, dedicated practitioners and people with a passion for getting the word out about their personal journeys and causes. I will provide information about navigating through a confusing system, asking the right questions and share ways for saving money and time along the way.
It’s time to create change by partnering, empowering, and focusing on the patient, their families and their providers of care. It’s time for you to take the driver’s seat rather than leave your health care solely in the hands of entities such as insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry.
Stay tuned. Here’s to your Best of Health.
Prior to becoming a Physician Assistant (PA), Barb was an accomplished musician and teacher. She holds dual Bachelors degrees from Arizona State University in Education and Music Performance with her main instrument being the Euphonium. She performed locally and taught Band to students at Madison Meadows School upon graduation.
In 1992, Barb made the conscious decision to leave teaching and her musical career in pursuit of a career in medicine. She worked for two years at Maricopa Medical Center assigned to the burn center, where she developed a new level of understanding for patient care and teamwork. At that time she attended ASU and Grand Canyon University obtaining her prerequisites for furthering her education.
She was accepted into AT Still University’s first PA class in 1995 and graduated in 1997 with a Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. Since graduation, she has worked in family practice. She spent her first five years working at several Maricopa County outpatient clinics in the Phoenix area. She then had the opportunity to become a partner in Renaissance Medical Group and Renaissance Medical Properties in Chandler and Maricopa, Arizona. For the next 14 years, she had a dual role of Chief Operations Officer and practicing PA.
As a result of being in charge of day-to-day operations and human resources at Renaissance, she has gained a significant knowledge concerning the business side of medicine. During that time she also gained hands-on experience working with architects and contractors designing and opening up 3 new offices.
She also has been adjunct professor for Northern Arizona University PA program and has precepted PA students as well as third and fourth year medical students through the years.
After leaving Renaissance she worked for One Medical Group as a PA but also on-boarded providers and practices locally and nationally with the Practice Integration Team based in San Francisco.
She is currently working for Premise Health at Insight Enterprises in Tempe, Arizona as a solo practitioner providing primary care to employees and families on campus.
She is certified by the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants and is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
In her spare time, she loves to travel, maintaining an active lifestyle that includes running, biking, swimming. She loves to spend time outdoors with her family and friends, whether it’s walking on the beach or hiking in the desert.
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