Feature Story and Photos By Larry H. Oskin

The Florida Dermatology & Skin Cancer Centers has successfully grown by offering premier quality professional and cosmetic dermatology with skin cancer treatments here in Central Florida. These comprehensive dermatology centers are growing daily as they promise to keep, protect and return you to healthy, beautiful skin.

Anyone who has ever had a dermatological procedure can tell you; it requires absolute trust in the physician performing your procedures. The capable physicians and medical team at Florida Dermatology & Skin Cancer Centers perform hundreds of professional procedures each year.

Personalized Florida Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center Services: They offer complimentary skin cancer screenings to new first-time patients with very detailed head-to-toe examinations. Together, you can explore your first potential dermatology and skin cancer treatments as a regular patient. Their team of highly-specialized physicians, APRNs and PAs provide beneficial professional treatments for eczema, rosacea, dry skin conditions, acne, pre-cancerous lesions, warts, rashes, extreme sunburns and skin cancer. Procedures such as these are performed professionally and conveniently; with the assistance of onsite pathologists in the center’s Mohs Surgery Lab. They proudly offer you extra special professional patient care with personalized services.

Florida Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center patients receive direct telephone links to their skincare specialists. FLDSCC is a small local family-focused set of dermatology centers. They are not part of a large conglomerate. Uses the most advanced equipment and technologies while the staff goes through advanced training updates each year. They regularly showcase their work at local community health fairs. They offer an array of free community workshop talks. Their comfy Clermont office shares complimentary coffee, and refreshments in the waiting room.

Clermont’s Advanced Nurse Practitioner Jared Simmons notes, “Our top priority at Florida Dermatology & Skin Cancer Centers is to provide preventative skincare screenings, exceptional patient care and quality services with the most effective treatment options. Our primary focus is on skin cancer! We personally work with each of our clients to catch skincare challenges before they become a problem. Most dermatologic concerns can be easily treated if detected early. I treat every patient as if they were a member of my family in order to give them the best services available.”

FLDSCC is a small, local family-focused organization and not part of a large conglomerate. Because of this, FLDSCC has invested in world-class equipment and their team goes through advanced training updates annually, becoming experts in diagnosing and treating skin cancers with the latest technological options.

With more than 9,500 people in the U.S. given a new skin cancer diagnosis every day, Florida Dermatology & Skin Cancer Centers takes every opportunity to further its mission and provide much-needed dermatology services in the Central Florida area and beyond. This also includes offering an array of free community workshops, talks, and educational seminars on skincare, a much-needed service in Central Florida.

Jared Simmons received his Master of Science degree in nursing from Florida Southern College — graduating with a concentration in adult-gerontology primary care and he began his professional nursing career at Lakeland Regional Medical Center’s surgical and trauma intensive care units. Today, as an advanced practice nurse practitioner, he leads the team at FLDSCC’s Clermont location. He is a member of several professional associations, including the Polk County Advanced Practice Nurses Association, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the International Nursing Honor Society.

 Dr. K. Wade Foster: Founder of FLDSCC, Dr. Foster earned his M.D. and Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Alabama Birmingham.  He completed both his internship and residency at UAB and his procedural dermatology fellowship in Mohs surgery at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Foster’s decision to specialize in dermatology was made while he was conducting doctoral research on squamous cell cancer. He adds, “I quickly became interested in all different types of dermatology. I was also able to study dermatopathology, surgery and general dermatology for all ages, all of which I proudly incorporate into my practice today.”

With extensive experience in Mohs surgery, Dr. Foster is able to remove and biopsy each layer of tissue as it is removed, thereby ensuring that no healthy tissue is excised. By doing so, he is able to achieve better cosmetic results. As Dr. Foster describes it, “All dermatologists get some exposure to Mohs surgery as residents. Fellowship training, though, gives far more exposure in all aspects of surgery.”

Dr. Foster started his practice in Winter Haven in 2008 and today remains the owner and medical director for all Florida Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center offices. His wife, Chrisjonna, serves as Chief Operating Officer, as well as surgical assistant. The Fosters have four children and enjoy being part of the community. They are active members of the South Lake Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis.

Florida Dermatology & Skin Cancer Centers: The South Lake office is located at 3725 South Highway 27, Suite 105, Clermont, FL 34711, just south of Citrus Tower Boulevard. Call: 352-717-0644. Visit: https://FLDSCC.com/ to sign up for their free newsletter and visit: https://www.facebook.com/FloridaDermatologyandSkinCancerCenters/ for more information. The Clermont office is open Monday-Thursday 8 AM to 4:30 PM and Friday 8 AM to noon. Make an appointment with them to be ensured that you are going to be in highly qualified, and caring, hands.

Trusted Physicians & Practitioners: Several convenient locations serve patients throughout Florida — Apollo Beach: 855.353.7546, Belleair: 727.446.6217, Bonita Springs: 239.495.1234, Clermont: 855.353.7546, Davenport: 863.547.9670, Inverness: 352.637.1310, Lady Lake: 352.750.4614, Lake Wales: 863.676.3411, Pinellas Park: 727.548.9196, Sebring: 855.353.7546, Wauchula: 863.767.0625and Winter Haven:8 63.293.2147. The nearby Winter Haven location offers a full range of medical spa services and hair restoration treatment.



EDITORIAL NOTE: Larry Oskin is a writer and photographer for the South Lake Tablet. He is the owner of Marketing Solutions / Art Beautique, offering creative marketing, media relations and professional fine art photography services. He is a Board Member of the Clermont Downtown Partnership, the Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra and the Clermont Historic Society. For more information, contact Oskin at 703-508-6800 or at LOskin@MktgSols.com.