Dermatologists have the most training and experience in treating psoriasis. When choosing a dermatologist to treat your psoriasis, make sure that they are board-certified.
A dermatologist is a doctor with many years of advanced training in correctly identifying conditions that affect the hair, skin, and nails. They are the true experts in diagnosing and treating over 3,000 different skin-related diseases and conditions. A patient would commonly see a dermatologist for issues including, but certainly not limited to: acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, rashes, skin cancer, and wrinkles. They also have advanced training in skin surgeries and cosmetic injections and treatments.
Dermatologists endure a long road of education and intense training to be able to provide the highest level of care. They began with a 4-year degree at an accredited college, often performing at the top of their class. From there, the budding dermatologist completed 4 years of medical school to become a medical doctor (MD) or a doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO). After earning their medical degree, they then completed a year-long internship in medicine, pediatrics, or surgery.
A board-certified dermatologist has completed all of the education requirements listed above, has a state-issued license to practice medicine, and has passed the difficult exams given by the American Board of Dermatology or American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology. Meeting all of these specifications ensures that your dermatologist has the training and expertise to accurately diagnose conditions of the skin, hair, and nails and provide the best possible treatment plan for each patient. Look for the words “board-certified” or the credentials “FAAD” or “FAOCD” to ensure that you are getting the care you deserve.
Dr. Kristi Hawley
If you are located in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area, you’re in luck! No need to search far and wide for an award winning board-certified dermatologist to treat you, because Dr. Kristi Hawley has been serving the Grand Rapids community since 2016. She was awarded the Grand Rapids Top Doc and Face of Dermatology 2020 awards, in addition to being nationally recognized for her expertise in the treatment of psoriasis and eczema, and her work with the National Psoriasis Foundation. Dr. Kristi Hawley treats every patient like family by taking the time to understand their skin story and creating a personalized treatment plan.