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Lisa C. Kates, MD

Sep 29, 2011 10:17PM, Published by Anonymous, Categories: In Print

As founder of the Center for Dermatology & Skin Care of Maryland, Dr. Lisa C. Kates set out to create a full-service medical and cosmetic dermatology practice in an intimate and relaxing setting. Dr Kates, a Board Certified dermatologist for 10 years, has a mission: She wants to make life better for all her patients. She keeps abreast of medical advances and state-of-the-art technology and techniques, and has the talent to help patients look their best—whether it’s reversing the eff ects of sun damage or treating the trauma of acne.

A graduate of Hahnemann University School of Medicine, Dr. Kates’ special interests involve dermatologic surgery and laser procedures, Restylane/Juvéderm and Botox/ Dysport injections. Dr. Kates served as the Director of Laser Surgery at a busy Chicago hospital before relocating to Maryland six years ago. She strongly believes in educating patients about ‘sun safety’, especially with melanoma on the rise, and advocates an annual total body skin exam. “Early detection is key.”


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Plastic Surgery Specialists

The shroud of mystery surrounding plastic surgery is becoming more and more transparent as patients learn about the many possibilities open to them. In light of increasing interest in plastic surgery, Christopher Spittler, M.D., of Plastic Surgery Specialists, emphasizes the importance of choosing a plastic surgeon that has completed an accredited residency program in plastic surgery and is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. “It’s also important to look for experience,” says Dr. Spittler. “I am never offended when a patient asks about my training and background. That conversation should flow freely between the surgeon and the patient.” The Plastic Surgery Specialists team is comprised of David Lowe, M.D., Paul Buhrer, M.D., Daniel Laughlin, M.D., and Dr. Spittler. All four are board certified plastic surgeons and members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. Their 70 years of combined experience make the group somewhat unique. “You’re not going to find many four-man plastic surgery groups with this experience,” Dr. Lowe says. “Our corporate memory goes back to 1984 and brings a continuity that greatly enhances the effectiveness of the practice. When you have that many years of experience, there’s not much the practice as a whole has not seen.” Plastic Surgery Specialists features its own outpatient surgery facility where all cosmetic procedures are performed in privacy and comfort. Reconstructive procedures, such as breast reconstruction after surgery for breast cancer, are performed at Anne Arundel Medical Center. (Plastic Surgery Specialists is affiliated with the Breast Center there.) The reconstruction of defects following skin cancer removal, usually on the face, is performed at all of the PSS facilities. Each plastic surgeon has his own nurse who sees patients from the first pre-op visit all the way through surgery and beyond. “Our patients appreciate that level of personal interaction and continuity with the nurse,” says Dr. Laughlin. The trend today in cosmetic plastic surgery is more toward maintenance. Patients are visiting the plastic surgeon younger or earlier, before they find themselves in a situation where they’ll need something dramatic. “Our range of services goes from the lowest rung of the ladder, which is skin care, to the highest rung of the ladder—surgery—and includes everything in between,” Dr. Buhrer says. “Most people have seen the different procedures on television or the Internet, and they know what they want: breast reduction or augmentation; face lift; ear, chin or nose reshaping; tummy tuck; liposuction. The fact that we are a large practice means we have the resources to keep up with the latest technologies and procedures in every area of plastic surgery.” In addition to the Annapolis facility, Plastic Surgery Specialists provides consultations at three satellite locations in Easton, Severna Park and Prince Frederick. The Annapolis, Easton and Severna Park offices feature a medispa staffed with skin care specialists who are backed by the surgeons of Plastic Surgery Specialists. While cosmetic and reconstructive procedures are very different, the goal of Plastic Surgery Specialists is to provide highly personalized, compassionate care and excellent outcomes for every patient. Q: My face has begun to sag and show my age. How can I tell if a mini face lift would work for me or if I need the “real thing?” A: A face lift is a procedure designed to improve the most visible signs of aging by removing excess skin, tightening underlying muscles and re-draping the skin to create a more youthful appearance. If you are a candidate for a full face lift then the mini lift may only provide you with a result that does not last as long as you would expect. A real face lift should last you a lifetime. You will continue to age but you should look ten to fifteen years younger than you would had you not had the face lift. The result is a younger and more rested-looking appearance. — David H. Lowe, MD, Surgeon, Plastic Surgery Specialists

Dr. John Serino

About Serino Orthodontics With a unique blend of experience, technical expertise and a warm, compassionate approach, Dr. John W. Serino has emerged as one of the finest orthodontic specialists in the area. He has been voted a top orthodontist in both 2008 and 2010 by dental peers in What’s Up Eastern Shore magazine. Dr. Serino has treated the children, spouses, family members and staff of many of the areas dentists and dental hygienists. His personal concern for each patient has brought accolades from patients, parents, and his dental colleagues. Dr. Neil Brayton of Chestertown, Maryland, in a recent interview stated, “I have been in practice for over 35 years and have had the opportunity to work with many orthodontists. Dr. Serino is an exceptional orthodontist delivering exceptional results. He understands people and their needs, he never pressures people and is outstanding with children; I would highly recommend him to anyone needing orthodontic care.” Serino Orthodontics has been perfecting smiles on the Upper Eastern Shore for over 15 years. Dr. Serino has completed nearly 3,000 orthodontic cases and is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. He is also a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University Of Maryland College Of Dental Surgery and has been a featured speaker on the topic of orthodontics. Dr. Serino is originally from Easton and attended Saints Peter and Paul. “Dr. Serino is an exceptional orthodontist delivering exceptional results. He understands people and their needs, he never pressures people and is outstanding with children; I would highly recommend him to anyone needing orthodontic care.” — Dr. Neil Brayton of Chestertown, Maryland Serino Orthodontics exclusively uses the advanced technology Damon System which is proven to significantly reduce treatment times, and discomfort is minimal with this system. Damon Braces are available in a totally clear version so they cannot be seen on the front of teeth. Dr. Serino is also an Invisalign Preferred Provider, a designation given only to a limited number of doctors who exhibit advanced proficiency using Invisalign. Other areas of focus for Dr. Serino are Lingual braces also known as hidden braces behind the teeth, and the treatment of TMJ (the jaw joint) for joint and jaw pain. Dr. Serino’s treatment philosophy is to treat as conservatively as possible, without the removal of permanent teeth, while still delivering exceptional results. Q: What options are there for those who do not want others to know they are undergoing orthodontic treatment? A: Of course, Invisalign is a great option, but other outstanding options that are an area of focus for me are Lingual Braces, also known as invisible braces behind the teeth, and crystal clear brackets that can be placed on the front of teeth. The crystal clear brackets are also available in the Damon System.

Dr. Lawrence S. Schieken

Dr. Lawrence Schieken and his staff are committed to providing personalized care to allergy and asthma patients and to helping them lead full and healthy lives. He is the director of the Chesapeake Asthma and Allergy Center in Easton and the Comprehensive Asthma and Allergy Center in Annapolis, Columbia, and Owings Mills (collectively called CAAC). At all of his centers, adults and children with asthma or allergies will receive the kind of personalized care that reflects an old-fashioned commitment to treating people as individuals, not just a list of symptoms. Dr. Schieken and his staff spend substantial time asking questions to understand the patient’s experience and to discover the root cause of their symptoms. An expert in exercise-induced asthma, he takes a comprehensive approach to diagnosing and treating patients with the full spectrum of asthma and allergic conditions. For 23 years, Dr. Schieken and his staff have been helping to improve the lives of patients who come to them with everything from asthma and hay fever to chronic cough, sinusitis, bee sting allergies, hives, and food and drug allergies. All CAAC offices are equipped with the specialty tools needed to identify the sources of chronic respiratory and allergic conditions. Their expertise also helps them to recognize conditions that may mimic allergy or asthma and to then channel patients to the appropriate specialist. Dr. Schieken’s inspiration to pursue a specialty in allergy and asthma came during his residency in pediatrics. By offering follow-up care to a young boy who had been hospitalized for asthma 33 times in eight years, Dr. Schieken was able to keep him out of the hospital for the two years he managed his care. That experience motivated him to complete a joint fellowship in adult and pediatric allergy and immunology at both the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Maryland Hospital and serves as a constant reminder to him of the value of ongoing medical care and continuity. As chronic conditions, allergies and asthma require long-term management. Forming lasting partnerships with patients, CAAC staff helps them to understand and manage their conditions so they can lead active, healthy lives. Dr. Schieken’s dedication to continuity is reflected in the way he runs his practice. The CAAC medical staff has been together since Dr. Schieken opened his first center 23 years ago. When a patient comes to one of the centers, they will feel as if they are visiting trusted partners who can confidently guide them through their medical care. Dr. Schieken personally calls each patient from the waiting room so that he can spend a moment greeting them and touching base with patients who have come for regular allergy shots. It’s that personal connection that he learned a long time ago and has never forgotten. Q: Why is it important to recognize exercise-induced asthma and why is it often misdiagnosed? A: People who tend to be sedentary during winter months often attribute difficulty exercising in the spring to being out of shape. However, breathing discomfort associated with exercise may be due to asthma that is triggered by physical activity. Seasonal allergies can also exacerbate the condition. Both recreational and elite athletes may be affected. Proper diagnosis and treatment can ensure that all patients with exercise-induced asthma maintain healthy levels of activity. Elite athletes, because of their elevated baseline respiratory function, don’t always recognize symptoms until they are really compromised. Misinterpreting the symptoms can cause coaches and athletes alike to push harder, potentially endangering the athlete.


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