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We are thrilled to announce the additional of Dr. Naomi S. Donnelley to our team of board-certified dermatologists.  Get to know a little about Dr. Donnelley in her WTMA interview with Tara and Dr. Schlesinger.

Be sure to tune in Wednesday mornings for Dr. Schlesinger & fellow DLCC Providers to discuss and answer your Dermatology and Skin Care questions.

If you have questions you would like answered - pop over to our Facebook page & let us know by leaving a comment on our wall!

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School’s back in session and sporting practices are in full force.  Be aware of these skin conditions that can easily be transferred amongst teammates and also a few woes for the spectators as well.

Be sure to tune in Wednesday mornings for Dr. Schlesinger & fellow DLCC Providers to discuss and answer your Dermatology and Skin Care questions.

If you have questions you would like answered - pop over to our Facebook page & let us know by leaving a comment on our wall!

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Today is Mohs Surgery day at DLCC.  A specialized type of skin cancer removal, Mohs Micrographic Surgery is shown to have a 99% five-year cure rate for new skin cancers and a 95% rate for recurrent cancers. Dr. Schlesinger sat down with Tara yesterday morning to talk a little bit more about the procedure.

Be sure to tune in Wednesday mornings for Dr. Schlesinger & fellow DLCC Providers to discuss and answer your Dermatology and Skin Care questions.

If you have questions you would like answered - pop over to our Facebook page & let us know by leaving a comment on our wall!

Safe & Healthy Skin for School Children



While the classroom environment can present a different set of possible issues as opposed to your own home, there are a few things you can do to stay a step ahead to keep your child’s skin healthy:

It starts with clean hands. We know the importance of hand washing, you know the importance of hand washing, but do your children understand why you tell them to wash their hands frequently? Even if your child is washing, be sure they are washing correctly - using warm water and lathering for at least 20 seconds - and that they are doing so regularly.
Sharing isn’t always caring. Although it may be tempting, we discourage sharing products with friends. These items such as body lotions, topical medications or even makeup brushes can carry small particles of bacteria when transferred from one person to another.
You have the right to protect your child’s skin. Most states have laws forbidding the use of sunscreen in schools without a doctor’s note as it is classified as a medication. In these states the sunscreen must also be applied by the school nurse. Prepare early for this by checking with your school’s policy regarding sunscreen usage and contact your dermatologist if necessary.
Inspect for insects. Easily spread, head lice often infect large groups at a time such as school children. If your child is found or suspected to have lice, you will be notified and your child will be sent home. Inspect your child’s scalp and use an over-the-counter lice remedy if you find any such evidence of lice. A doctor’s note stating your child is clear is required before they can return to school.

These are just a few examples of various issues which can arise during the school year. If you have any specific questions about your child’s skin safety or health, please do not hesitate to contact our office to schedule an appointment.
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Rosacea affects more than 16 million Americans - many of whom are unaware they have the condition. Learn more about this very common skin condition with Dr. Schlesinger and Tara from 1250 WTMA the Big Talker.

Be sure to tune in Wednesday mornings for Dr. Schlesinger & fellow DLCC Providers to discuss and answer your Dermatology and Skin Care questions.

If you have questions you would like answered - pop over to our Facebook page & let us know by leaving a comment on our wall!

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Have you thought about having laser resurfacing? Take a listen to Dr. Schlesinger’s chat with Tara on 1250 WTMA - The Big Talker to learn about the types of laser resurfacing we offer here at DLCC.

Be sure to tune in Wednesday mornings for Dr. Schlesinger & fellow DLCC Providers to discuss and answer your Dermatology and Skin Care questions.

If you have questions you would like answered - pop over to our Facebook page & let us know by leaving a comment on our wall!

Welcome Dr. Naomi S. Donnelley!

Introducing our newest addition to the DLCC Family: Dr. Naomi S. Donnelley!


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We continue to grow at Dermatology & Laser Center of Charleston and are thrilled to announce we have added a new board-certified dermatologist, dermasurgeon and cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Naomi S. Donnelley, to our family.

Dr. Donnelley grew up in New York City and attended The Dalton School before continuing her education at Yale University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Biology.  After graduation, she lived and worked in Glacier Park, Montana, before starting at Yale University’s School of Medicine. Upon completing her internship in Internal Medicine at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, Dr. Donnelley began her Dermatology Residency in Chicago at Northwestern University, holding the position of Chief Resident from 2003-2004.

Dr. Donnelley remained in Chicago after her residency to begin her career as a Board Certified Dermatologist with the Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group (NMPG).  During her 6+ years with NMPG she held the position of Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Dermatology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and also served on NMPG’s Quality Management Committee for 5 years. While Chicago had grown to be home, Dr. Donnelley and her family relocated to Santa Barbara, California in 2011 to escape the long Chicago winters.  She continued her career in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology with Louise Stewart, MD.

Feeling the urge to be closer to family, and having grown up visiting (and loving) the South Carolina Lowcountry, Dr. Donnelley and her family recently decided to relocate to Charleston. Her grandparents were part-time residents and full time conservationists in the area since the late 1960’s, and since birth she has spent several weeks a year in the Lowcountry. Board Certified by the American Academy of Dermatology, Dr. Donnelley is currently a member of the American Society for Dermatological Surgery (ASDS), the South Carolina Dermatology Society and the South Carolina Medical Association.  Her passion for teaching children and adults the importance of skin cancer awareness and prevention lead her to be an impeccable and much welcomed addition to the staff of Dermatologists at DLCC.

When out of the office, Dr. Donnelley enjoys reading, fine dining and traveling with her husband and 3 young children.  An avid water fan, she delights in swimming, snorkeling and fishing – all while using proper sun safety precautions, of course.  In addition to being proficient in French after having studied at The Sorbonne in Paris, she speaks some Spanish learned while briefly living and studying in Madrid.  Dr. Donnelley loves to sing, and sang with the Yale Glee Club as an undergrad, and with “The Palpitations,” an a capella group, at Yale School of Medicine.  She continues to sing with her husband and children in their family band.

Dr. Donnelley will begin seeing patients on August 19th, with appointments being scheduled Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. We are very excited and look forward to having Dr. Donnelley’s expertise, skill and warm demeanor around the office.

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Did you know you have products around your house that you can use to help your skin glow? Listen to Dr. Schlesinger’s segment from this morning’s Total Wellness Tuesday on 95SX on home remedies for skin care to learn more!

Tips for Talking Sun Safety to Teens
Dr. Schlesinger Says: How do you talk to your teens about sun safety? Here’s a few tips to get the conversation started:



Many of us made unwise choices in our past when it came to tanning or not using enough sunscreen.  Today our children face these same dangers with the rapidly growing skin cancer epidemic.  The difficulty comes when trying to relay to your teens the importance of sun safety so they don’t make the same mistakes.  How do you encourage them to take care of their skin when peer pressure runs rampant and tanned skin seems a standard for beach living?  Here are a few tips to help when you have these conversations:
 
• Encourage an open conversation with your teen. Ask if they have gone to the tanning bed; if their friends do; if any of their friends use sunscreen at the beach instead of suntan oil. Listen to their responses in a non-judgmental way and encourage them to elaborate when they feel the need to do so. Open the table of discussion to find out where they are coming from and then try to encourage adapting or continuing safe sun practices.

• Discuss both the health risks of tanning as well as cosmetic risks. Some may be affected more by skin cancer being the #1 most commonly diagnosed form of cancer while others may not be too fond of the rapid increase in the signs of aging. I’ve found images work wonders when talking sun safety to teens, children and young adults alike. Seeing proof of the sun’s damaging effects can help increase the impact of your message.

• Point out celebrities or other public personalities who prefer fair skin over tanned. More and more people in Hollywood are shunning the tanned, bronzed look to embrace their natural glows.  Think Emma Stone, Taylor Swift, or Robert Pattinson for a few examples. There are also a good number pro-athletes involved with the Skin Cancer Foundation to increase awareness.

• Be a good example, yourself! Yes, teens are surrounded by commercial advertising and peer pressure constantly, but they still look to their parents for first case examples.  Are you wearing your sunscreen?

Remember: Skin cancer is generally seen as something which does not normally affect teens. Often having an invincible frame of mind, it can be difficult for teens to grasp the need or urgency to take care of their skin at an earlier age.

Your teen will most likely make some of the same mistakes you made growing up when it comes to sun safety, but if you open the floor to discuss the importance of sunscreen, and keep repeating this message as often as necessary, you will take a big step in helping to reduce their sun exposure over time.