Blog

Clear Choice Dermatology partners with American Red Cross to host community blood drive

Sandy, OR (12/2/22) -- Sandy Clear Choice Dermatology will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on 12/21/22 from 9 am - 2 pm at 37587 US-26, Sandy, OR.

To make an appointment sign up online at https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=clearchoice

"Clear Choice Dermatology is committed to strengthening our community and helping meet hospital and patients' needs through blood donations," Collin Blattner, DO. This blood drive is our way of giving staff, colleagues, and neighbors an opportunity to help save lives."

As an incentive, Clear Choice Dermatology is offering Free Skin Cancer Screenings to all donors. The screening is a superficial skin check of sun-exposed areas to determine if you have skin cancer that may require further treatment. 

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends annual skin exams. When was the last time you had you had your skin checked? Schedule yours online or call (503) 905-9006.

Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors. With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, blood products must be constantly replenished, according to the Red Cross.

"We urge community members to donate blood and help ensure that patients in local hospitals have a supply of blood ready and waiting before an emergency occurs. There's no better feeling than knowing that your blood donation may give someone a second chance at life."

According to the Red Cross, donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative, and B negative.

Disclaimer: Free skin cancer screenings are for new patients and sun-exposed areas only. Screenings provided by Kristofer McAllister, PA-C. Supervising physician Dr. Collin Blattner, DO-FAAD. The screening does not replace a complete annual exam that will determine if you have skin cancer that may require further evaluation and treatment.


continue reading


How to Celebrate National Healthy Skin Month

You may not realize it, but your skin reveals a lot about your overall health. This month is dedicated to sharing what it takes to keep your skin healthy.

The skin has vital job functions like protecting against trauma, regulating body temperature, keeping crucial nutrients in the body, and helping to prevent dangerous substances from entering the body. So, it is only fitting that there is a whole month to keep it healthy. Here are a few ways you can celebrate this month:

TREAT YOURSELF TO COSMETIC SERVICES

Cosmetic dermatology can do more for your skin than boost its appearance. Treatments like chemical peels, dermabrasions, and dermaplaning can improve your skin’s health by stimulating collagen production and removing dead skin cells, helping you better manage acne, diminish wrinkles, reverse sun damage, and more. Healthier skin is better-looking skin, so cosmetic treatments deliver dual benefits. Working with a specialist can also help you better understand your skin and what’s necessary to take proper care of it. Schedule a cosmetic consultation to learn more about achieving the clear skin you’ve always dreamed of!  

INVEST IN THE RIGHT SKIN CARE PRODUCTS FOR YOU

National Healthy Skin Month is a great time to take stock of your current routine and make key adjustments. Perhaps you’ve been using a moisturizer that’s not right for your skin type, or maybe you need to increase how often your active ingredients. People with different skin types require different products and routines. Work with one of our providers to develop an optimal, personalized skincare routine.

ALWAYS WEAR SUNSCREEN

A considerable portion of National Healthy Skin Month is dedicated to skin cancer awareness, so celebrate accordingly by shielding your skin from the sun’s rays this month and every month. Prolonged, excessive sun exposure can cause your skin to age prematurely and increase your chances of developing skin cancer. 

SCHEDULE A SKIN CANCER SCREENING

Approximately 1 out of 5 Americans will develop some form of skin cancer in their lifetime.* Finding skin cancer at an early stage is crucial, and early detection can vastly increase your chances of a cure. The good news is that this condition is highly treatable when caught early on. Therefore, it’s imperative to keep tabs on your skin and remain aware of the signs of skin cancer. In addition to inspecting your skin on your own on a regular basis, it’s a good idea to receive a thorough inspection from a professional about once a year. If it’s been a while since your last examination, schedule your full skin exam or free skin cancer screening today.  

IMPROVE YOUR OVERALL HEALTH

To achieve healthy skin, you must maintain a healthy body. One way to celebrate Healthy Skin Month this year is to find ways to improve your overall well-being. You might commit to getting regular exercise, try out de-stressing techniques like meditation or yoga, develop a better sleep schedule, take vitamins, stay hydrated, and so on. You will feel better making these lifestyle changes, and your skin will look better and become healthier. 

If you need encouragement, advice, or professional care regarding your skin’s health and appearance, the experts at Clear Choice Dermatology are here to help. Let’s celebrate National Healthy Skin Month together! Contact us today to schedule this appointment or learn more about our providers and all our services.


*Source: American Academy of Dermatology https://www.aad.org/


continue reading


7 Summer Skincare Tips

While a perfect skincare routine is important year round, here are eight fundamental skincare steps you should keep in mind as the weather gets warmer. 

Wear Sunscreen

Our most important tip for the summer is to wear your sunscreen. Sun exposure causes fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, premature signs of aging and puts you at a higher risk of developing skin cancer. Our team of physicians recommends mineral-based sunscreens that are SPF 30 or higher. EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 is one we recommend in the office. This Oil-free SPF helps calm and protect sensitive skin and fits all skin types, even acne prone skin. It is lightweight and silky and may be worn with makeup or alone. You can purchase this product at any of our clinic locations. It’s also important to note that sunscreen needs to be reapplied about every 2 hours. So, pack extra sunscreen in your bags when spending long summer days outdoors. 

Use a Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin C helps treat and prevent hyperpigmentation from sun damage. It is also known to improve the appearance of fine lines and can help with collagen production.Our team of physicians recommends the ZO Skin Health’s Daily Power Defense. This advanced serum is clinically proven to strengthen the skin’s protective barrier while defending against environmental stressors and premature signs of aging. ZO Daily Power Defense can be purchased at our Lake Oswego location. We recommend layering a few drops on your skin in the morning after cleansing, followed by moisturizer and SPF. 

Schedule a Summertime Facials

Consider treating yourself this summer with hydrating, non-invasive facial treatments. A Hydrafacial is one of the most effective, non-invasive skin resurfacing treatments available today. It combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration, and antioxidant protection that removes dead skin cells and impurities while simultaneously delivering moisturizing serums into the skin. The best part is there is no downtime. You can expect to leave our office with a clean, radiant glow. Schedule your hydrafacial at our Lake Oswego location here.

Lighten up on the Makeup Application

In the hot summer months, try to wear makeup that is not going to occlude your skin. The combination of makeup and sweat can be clogging your pores. Take a close look at your makeup product labels and only keep those that are not formulated with non pore clogging ingredients. Consider purchasing a tinted moisturizer with at least SPF 30. Tinted moisturizers give your skin a beautiful glow coverage while also keeping it protected. We like to recommend the Tinted EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46. You can purchase this product at any of our locations. 

Exfoliate

All that sunscreen, makeup, and sweat can cause your pores to clog. Exfoliation is a great technique to remove dead skin cells, unclog pores and reduce blemishes. Try the ZO Skin Health Exfoliating polish or the Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser. Both products gently remove dead skin cells to instantly reveal smoother, softer, and glowing skin. You can purchase these products at our Lake Oswego location. Be careful not to over exfoliate. Consider exfoliating once a week. Too much exfoliation can damage the skin and cause more irritation. 

Fake Tan > Real Tan

In the summertime, it’s tempting to want that sun-kissed glow. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a healthy tan. Being tan is a result of sun damage. The darkening of the skin is actually a response to UV radiation causing damage to your skin cells. Consider using a sunless self-tanner to give you that bronzed summer look. 

Wear Sun Protective Clothing

Another effective form of protecting yourself from the sun is wearing sun-protective clothing. The more skin your outfit covers, the better your protection. Choose hats, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants/skirts whenever possible. Sun-protective clothing is the simplest way to stay safe; unlike sunscreen, you never need to reapply!




continue reading


How To Treat Different Types of Acne

Blackheads. This type of blemish appears when excess oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells build up in an open pore. When the pore fills with debris and stays open, you'll see a blackhead. To treat this kind of acne, our dermatologist recommends using a retinoid. Adapalene is a common retinoid that can be bought over the counter.

Whiteheads. This blemish appears when excess oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells build up in a closed pore. To treat this acne, we recommend OTC benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid products. Retinoids can also be an effective treatment for preventing this kind of acne. Resist the urge to pop, as this can make your acne worse. 

Papules. This early pimple is when excess oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells build deeper into the skin, causing many red bumps and rough texture. Using OTC benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid treatments can be beneficial. A retinoid can also be a good treatment for this kind of acne. If you have many stubborn bumps, we recommend you come to see us. 

IMPORTANT If you see little improvement after 6-8 weeks on an at-home skincare routine, we suggest you schedule and appointment with one of our physicians for prescription-strength medications and other procedures such as our acne facials and chemical peels.

Acne Nodules and Cysts. Also known as cystic acne, this type causes painful pus-filled pimples deep in the skin. This is the most severe acne and is likely to cause scarring. This kind of acne is difficult to keep under control with over-the-counter treatment. If you have acne-like them, you'll want to see a dermatologist immediately for treatment. The sooner you start treatment, the fewer permanent scars you will have.

Other Effective Tips for Treating Acne

  • Be gentle to your skin. Use a gentle cleanser, and don't overdo it. Excessive washing and scrubbing can cause more inflammation and worsen acne.
  • Avoid picking and popping as this will likely make the acne worse.
  • Maintaining a healthy diet with less sugary and high-sodium food or drinks.
  • Be patient. Treating acne with acne products takes time and patience. It may take two or three months of daily use of an acne product to see results. And acne may look worse before it gets better.
  • Use non-comedogenic products. Avoid oily cosmetics, sunscreens, and hair products. Use an oil-free, water-based moisturizer. 
  • Watch what touches your face. Keep your hair clean and off your face. Also, avoid resting your hand or phone against the side of your face. And wash your pillowcases regularly.

If your acne doesn't improve after two or three months of home treatment, schedule an appointment with our dermatologist. We have many prescription medications and routines to treat your acne. In addition, we will help determine your acne triggers and put you on the best treatment plan suited for your skin type. At Clear Choice Dermatology, we find that getting the care you need for your acne can not only ease your physical symptoms but bring a great deal of emotional ease as well. 

To learn more about acne or get the treatment you need, call our office or schedule an appointment through our website. We would love to help you return to a complexion you feel confident about.


continue reading


Clear Choice Dermatology partners with American Red Cross to host community blood drive

Salem, OR., May 16th, 2022 –  Clear Choice Dermatology will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on June 1st, 2022, from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM at 1610 12th S SE Salem OR, 97302.

Free skin cancer screenings will be offered to all new patient donors by our physician assistant Mark Davis PA-C. 

To make an appointment to donate, sign up here. Click here to schedule your free skin cancer screening. If you need assistance, please call (503)-905-9006. 

“Clear Choice Dermatology is committed to strengthening our community and helping meet hospital and patient needs through blood donations,” said Dr. Collin Blattner, DO. “This blood drive is our way of giving staff, colleagues and neighbors an opportunity to help save lives.” 

Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors. With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, blood products must be constantly replenished, according to the Red Cross.

 “We urge community members to donate blood and help ensure that patients in local hospitals have a supply of blood ready and waiting before an emergency occurs. There’s no better feeling than knowing that your blood donation may give someone a second chance at life.” 

According to the Red Cross, donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative.


continue reading


Clear Choice Dermatology Announces Opening of New Clinic in Sandy, Oregon.

Sandy, OR., May 3rd, 2022 – To meet the needs of an ever-increasing number of patients seeking dermatology services, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Collin Blattner is pleased to announce the addition of a new Clear Choice Dermatology Clinic in Sandy, Oregon. The clinic will be opening its doors for the first time on June 1st, 2022, located at 37587 HWY 26, Sandy, OR, 97055. 

The demand for dermatology services in Oregon far outweighs the number of providers, with patients often waiting months to get an appointment. Clear Choice Dermatology has the philosophy of prioritizing patients first, making this expansion the perfect fit for the community.

Board-Certified Dermatologist and Fellowship Trained Mohs Surgeon Dr. Collin Blattner says, "Patients having to wait months for a dermatology appointment is unacceptable. By expanding our practice and using the latest scheduling technologies, we can ensure that patients can get in to see us in a timely manner."

Clear Choice Dermatology in Sandy will be staffed by dermatology physician assistant Kristofer McAllister, PA-C, and a team of highly trained medical assistants to provide patients with a full spectrum of medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatologic care. "It's a joy to serve the people in Sandy and the greater Sandy area," says physician assistant Kristofer McAllister. "I feel connected to Sandy because it's where I've practiced the past two years. I'm grateful to be extending Clear Choice Dermatology to this area and look forward to seeing new and familiar faces." 

Kristofer McAllister's PA-C, sixteen years of clinical experience, equips him with the knowledge and latest techniques available to treat all skin conditions. "We are very excited about expanding our clinic to Sandy," said practice administrator Nadia Vizza. "Our experienced staff and advanced technologies will give our patients in Sandy and the surrounding areas unmatched care." 

About Clear Choice Dermatology– Clear Choice Dermatology is a dermatology clinic whose goal is to provide effective and modern medical and surgical dermatologic care with a holistic focus. In an era of corporate and private equity influenced medical ownership and care, Clear Choice Dermatology brings back the individualized and personalized medical care of the 20th century with the modern advances of the 21st century. Clear Choice Dermatology providers diagnose and treat every disorder and lesion encountered on the skin. We love taking care of people of every age, race, and gender. We treat each person like family and take this approach when making treatment plans. By employing pharmacologic, surgical, and holistic techniques, we seek to free patients of pain, stress, and anxiety related to skin disorders. We believe that the skin is the most vital system in the body, and we focus on making patients feel great about their skin.

About Dr. Collin M. Blattner, D.O., FAAD – Dr. Collin M. Blattner is a double board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs Micrographic Skin Cancer Surgeon. Dr. Blattner has a passion for surgical, pediatric, and medical dermatology. He has authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications in highly regarded journals. He has also written six dermatology textbook chapters and serves as a reviewer for the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. He serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Women's Dermatology and has completed numerous lectures and professional presentations at the national level. He is an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, American Society of Dermatopathology, Women's Dermatology Society, and the Medical Dermatology Society. He also serves as Dermatology Faculty for the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners and teaches part of the Dermatology Course at Western University of Health Sciences in Lebanon, Oregon. He has had the opportunity to work with and learn from many leaders in the field of dermatology and enjoys all the daily challenges of dermatology.

About Kristofer McAllister, PA-C–Kristofer McAllister, a Certified Physician Assistant, was raised in Eastern Oregon and brings 16 years of clinical experience to Clear Choice Dermatology. He graduated from Pacific University, receiving a Master's of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in 2005. Before his Physician Assistant studies, he graduated with distinction from Western Oregon University with a focus on biology and chemistry. Kristofer prides himself in serving all patients with compassion, concern, and attention. He welcomes all dermatologic conditions but has a special interest in diagnosing and managing skin cancer. He looks forward to providing a great solution to his patient's skin issues. Kristofer is a member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants. On his days off, Kristofer enjoys spending time with his wife and children, watching their sporting events, fly fishing, and working on his farm. 

For more information about our services or to schedule an appointment, visit our website at clearchoicederm.com or call 503-506-0474.


continue reading


Meet the Aesthetics Expert with Dr. Will Kirby: Collin M. Blattner, DO, FAAD

Check out this month’s “Meet the Aesthetic Expert” column, where Will Kirby, DO, FAOCD, talks with Collin M. Blattner, DO, FAAD, about perspective-changing complications, the future of aesthetic conferences, and the importance of allied health care providers. https://www.dermatologytimes.com/view/meet-the-aesthetics-expert-with-dr-will-kirby-collin-m-blattner-do-faad

continue reading


Multimedia’s Influence on Dermatology Education

Read The Dermatologist latest article about Multimedia’s Influence on Dermatology Education. The article mentions our very own Dr. Collin M. Blattner, DO:

https://www.hmpgloballearningnetwork.com/site/thederm/article/multimedias-influence-dermatology-education


continue reading


Dr. Collin Blattner, DO. Des Moines University 2015

Collin Blattner, D.O.’15, is a double board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs micrographic skin cancer surgeon at Clear Choice Dermatology, which has several clinic locations in Oregon. He is the only fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon in the Columbia Gorge. He has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications, written six dermatology textbook chapters and serves as a reviewer for the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and as a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Women’s Dermatology. Blattner also serves as dermatology faculty for the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners and teaches part of the dermatology course at Western University of Health Sciences in Lebanon, OR (Boose, 2022).


Posted in Alumni, Class Notes, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Boose, B. (2022, February 28). Collin Blattner, D.O.'15: News: Des Moines University. Des Moines University - Medicine & Health Sciences. Retrieved March 2, 2022, from https://www.dmu.edu/blog/2022/02/collin-blattner-d-o-15/


continue reading


Clear Choice Dermatology partners with American Red Cross to host a community blood drive

Lake Oswego, OR., February 8th, 2022 — Amid the national blood shortage crisis, Clear Choice Dermatology will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on Thursday, February 24th, from 10 AM to 3 PM at 123 C Ave Lake Oswego, OR 97034. 

Free skin cancer screenings and free cosmetic consultations will be offered to all new patient donors. Screenings and consultations will be provided by our physician assistants Mark Davis PA-C and Taylor Pottatz PA-C. 

For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood, call (503) 905-9006 or sign up online at redcrossblood.org with sponsor code clearchoicederm. To schedule your free skin cancer screening or free cosmetic consultation, visit our website here or call (503) 905-9006.

 “Clear Choice Dermatology is committed to strengthening our community and helping meet hospital and patient needs through blood donations,” said Clear Choice Dermatology’s Dr. Collin Blattner, D.O. “This blood drive is our way of giving staff, colleagues, and neighbors an opportunity to help save lives.” 

Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors. With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, blood products must be constantly replenished, according to the Red Cross. “

The nation is experiencing a blood shortage. We urge community members to donate blood and help ensure that patients in local hospitals have enough to supply. There’s no better feeling than knowing that your blood donation may give someone a second chance at life.” According to the Red Cross, donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative, and B negative.

About Clear Choice Dermatology– Clear Choice Dermatology is a dermatology clinic whose goal is to provide effective and modern medical and surgical dermatologic care with a holistic focus. In an era of corporate and private equity influenced medical ownership and maintenance, Clear Choice Dermatology brings back the individualized and personalized medical care of the 20th century with the modern advances of the 21st century. Clear Choice Dermatology providers diagnose and treat every disorder and lesion encountered on the skin. We love taking care of people of every age, race, and gender. We treat each person like family and take this approach when making treatment plans. By employing pharmacologic, surgical, and holistic techniques, we seek to free patients of pain, stress, and anxiety related to skin disorders. We believe that the skin is the most vital system in the body, and we focus on making patients feel great about their skin.


continue reading


Salem Grand Opening Event

Salem, OR., January 11th, 2022 – Clear Choice Dermatology will be opening its doors for the first time on January 18th, 2022. The public is invited to celebrate the occasion on Friday, February 4th, 2022. The event will start at 1PM PST at 1610 12th St. SE Salem.

The Grand Opening will be a family-friendly event with free raffles for concert tickets, Botox injections, and other great prizes. Enjoy warm drinks, food, and free product samples. Our physician assistants Taylor Pottratz PA-C and Mark Davis PA-C, will also be offering free skin cancer screenings and cosmetic consults for all new patients.  

Clear Choice Dermatology is a dermatology clinic that offers general, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology, including Mohs surgery. The physician, Dr. Collin Blattner, D.O., is a double board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skincare using the Mohs procedure.  

"I am honored to serve the community of Salem," says Dr. Collin Blattner, DO. "I feel personally connected to this place because it's where I completed my residency and fellowship. It is wonderful to come back and serve the community again."  

Dr. Blattner's years of medical experience equips him with both the latest techniques and prescription medications available to treat all types of skin conditions. His teams of physician assistants, medical assistants, and estheticians provide you with a full spectrum of dermatologic care from medical, surgical to cosmetic.  

"We are very excited about expanding our clinic to Salem," said practice administrator Nadia Vizza. "Our experienced staff and advanced technologies will give our patients in Salem and the surrounding areas unmatched care."  

About Clear Choice Dermatology– Clear Choice Dermatology
continue reading


2022 Blood Drive

Clear Choice Dermatology is hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday 2/24/2022 from 10AM-3PM.

Free skin cancer screenings will be offered to all new patient donors. Visit link to schedule your time slot: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=ClearChoiceDerm


continue reading


Benefits of Chemical Peels

When your skin becomes textured and discolored, it can make you look dull, tired and older than you really are. To get your youthful look back, you might need to give your complexion a pick-me-up with a chemical peel. This exfoliation technique treats many skin concerns, such as rough texture, sun damage, acne and enlarged pores. Here are the top five major benefits of chemical peels:

  1. Minimizing Fine Lines and Wrinkles: Wrinkles form on the face due to facial expressions, sun damage, and collagen loss. Chemical peels can improve the appearance of these wrinkles by triggering the production of collagen and elastin. 
  2. Clearing Up Discoloration: Chemical peels work well for reducing most types of pigmentation irregularities. The treatments lighten hyperpigmentation that takes the form of sun damage, acne, melasma, scars, “age spots,” freckles, and other blemishes. The result is a more even and healthier skin tone.
  3. Controlling Acne: The mild acid solutions used in peels can help improve acne by unblocking pores, decreasing oil production, destroying bacteria, and improving inflammation. 
  4. Making Skin Products More Effective: When dirt, oils, and dead, dry skin are blocking your pores, the products you’ve been using might not work as well. By removing the dull, damaged top layer on the surface, your skin can absorb these skincare products and improve their efficacy. 
  5. Enhancing the Skin Texture: When chemical peels cause the outer part of the skin to shed, the new skin that grows in is much softer and smoother in comparison. This improves light scarring, bumps, and roughness.

Peels give the skin a youthful, more refreshed, and glowing appearance overall. Want to enhance the look and feel of your skin? Call us at (503) 905-9006 or schedule an appointment online.


continue reading


Are Facial Steamers Good for Your Skin?

Check out this article by Life&Style where Dr. Blattner and other dermatologist give their thoughts on facial steamers.

https://www.lifeandstylemag.com/posts/are-facial-steamers-good-for-your-skin-dermatologists-weigh-in/


continue reading


How to Combat Dry Skin

Check out this Life&Style article where Dr. Blattner and other skincare experts discuss ways to manage your dry skin!

https://www.lifeandstylemag.com/posts/how-to-prevent-and-heal-dry-skin-according-to-skincare-experts/


continue reading


The ABCDE's of Melanoma and When to See a Dermatologist

Finding melanoma at an early stage is crucial, and early detection can vastly increase your chances for cure. Therefore, it is important that you can identify any growths on your skin that may be harmful and worth getting checked by your dermatologist. For melanoma specifically, a simple way to remember the warning signs is to memorize the A-B-C-D-E's of melanoma. This is an acronym designed to help the public and clinicians identify features in a skin lesion that may suggest an early melanoma.

A is for Asymmetry: One half of the spot is unlike the other half.

B is for Border: The spot has an irregular, scalloped, or poorly defined border.

C is for Color: The spot has varying colors from one area to the next, such as shades of tan, brown or black, or areas of white, red, or blue.

D is for Diameter: While melanomas are usually greater than 6 millimeters, or about the size of a pencil eraser, they can be smaller when diagnosed.

E is for Evolving: The spot looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape, or color.

Schedule an appointment with your dermatologist if you notice changes in your skin, such as a new growth, a sore that doesn't heal, a change in an old-growth, or any of the A-B-C-D-Es of melanoma. It is highly recommended that you receive a full-body exam at least once a year with your dermatologist. Visit our website at www.clearchoicederm.com or call (503) 905-9006 to schedule an appointment with us!



Sources:

American Academy of Dermatology https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/skin-cancer/find/at-risk/abcdes


continue reading


Clear Choice Dermatology Welcomes New PA-C to the Practice

Clear Choice Dermatology, LLC is proud to announce the newest addition to their experienced team— Taylor Pottratz, PA-C.

Taylor Pottratz will be accepting patient appointments starting October 24th at The Dalles, Lake Oswego and Salem locations. She will be offering free skin cancer screenings for new patients during her first few months at each location.

“We are thrilled to welcome Taylor to our experienced team," said dermatologist and Fellow Mohs Surgeon, Collin Blattner, DO. "She joins us with a strong focus on general dermatology, to provide additional compassionate and quality care and be part of providing effective and modern medical and surgical dermatologic care with a holistic focus to our patients.

Taylor Pottratz is a nationally board-certified physician assistant and brings multiple years of dermatology experience with her to Clear Choice Dermatology. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR. She then earned her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree at A.T Still University in Mesa, AZ. Taylor worked in a dermatology practice in Portland, OR prior to completing her PA education. After her clinical year, she completed an extended elective in dermatology in Portland, OR.

She loves all aspects of medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Taylor’s goal is to ensure that her patients leave their visits with their questions addressed and feeling knowledgeable about their skin conditions. She is compassionate and committed to providing optimal quality of care and creating individual treatment plans for her patients to best suit their dermatological needs. She is excited to have the opportunity to positively impact the health of her patients. Taylor is an active member of several dermatology societies.

“I am very excited to be a part of the Clear Choice Dermatology team! My goal is to educate patients about their dermatological conditions, leaving the office with all their questions addressed. I am excited to work in the community to provide optimal patient care."

To schedule an appointment with Taylor Pottratz, patients are encouraged to schedule online or call the office at (503) 905-9006.


continue reading


Sunscreen: What SPF do you need?

The number one question we get in the summer time is what SPF sunscreen you need to use and how often should you reapply. Today, we will answer these questions and also make some general recommendations.
continue reading