What is an Integrative Dermatologist?

An Integrative Dermatologist is a board-certified dermatologist who has had formal training in both Dermatology and Integrative Medicine.

Integrative Dermatology is a unique approach to skin issues that blends together traditional medicine and natural medicine. It does not favor one modality of medicine over another, but rather brings them together in combination to best address skin conditions from a holistic perspective.

Typically, an Integrative Dermatologist will customize their evaluation and treatment of health issues to the individual within their context at that time. They understand that context and health issues change and they provide flexibility in their treatment plan to allow for personal evolution and change.

What is Integrative Medicine?

Integrative medicine brings together traditional medicine and natural medicine rather than just implementing only one of these modalities/perspectives.

There are several fellowship programs available for health care providers interested in Integrative Medicine. Integrative Medicine practitioners appreciate that each branch of medicine has something to offer and there are times when a blend is appropriate and other times when one modality may fit more than another.

Additionally, they view the relationship between patient and physician as a partnership and seek to evaluate and treat the whole person (mind/body/spirit).

What is a Board-Certified Dermatologist?

A board-certified dermatologist is a physician who specialize in treating health issues related to the skin, hair and nails.

They have completed college, 4 years of allopathic (MD) or osteopathic (DO) medical school, an internship year, a 3-year dermatology residency program and passed the rigorous dermatology board examination.

Some dermatologists subspecialize within the field of dermatology and complete further training in fellowships such as Pediatric Dermatology, Micrographic Surgery & Dermatologic Oncology, Dermatopathology and Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery.

When and Why You Should See a Board Certified Dermatologist

​American Academy of Dermatology Association ​