Editor’s Note: We spoke with Elizabeth Reisinger, DO about her dermatology practice supporting patients throughout Venice and North Port. Dr. Reisinger is a Board-Certified Dermatologist with 20 plus years of experience in medical and cosmetic dermatology. Please call 941-926-6553. Learn more at LuminaryDermatology.com.
Dr. Reisinger, please introduce your practice and areas of expertise.
I’m part of the clinical team at Luminary Dermatology. As a Board-Certified Dermatologist, I’m trained to support patients dealing with skin conditions and disorders including skin cancer. I attended Washington and Jefferson College where I earned a B.A. in Biology. I completed medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. The most important thing I can share is that I love helping our patients.
What would you like to share about Luminary Dermatology?
Our company was founded in Sarasota by Cary Dunn, MD, a Board-Certified Dermatologist and Fellowship Trained Mohs Micrographic Surgeon. Our mission is to provide patient-centered care to local and visiting patients. We have offices in Venice, North Port, Sarasota, Bradenton, and Longboat Key. Our primary services include Mohs Surgery, the detection and treatment of skin cancers, acne treatment, diagnosis and treatment of complex skin disorders, and cosmetic services such as Botox and dermal fillers.
What are the main types of skin cancer?The three major types include Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and Melanoma. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. with more than a million new cases each year. The treatment depends on the type, size, and location of the cancer cells or tumor. The clinical response can include freezing, excision (removal), laser therapy, and Mohs surgery.
What are a few tips for reducing the risk of skin cancer?
The most important prevention is to protect the skin from too much direct sun. Wearing sunscreen helps along with wearing a hat when exposed to the intense Florida sunshine. It’s also important to do regular self-exams as we age to check for spot skin changes. We also do a full-body screening on a regular basis to help our patients identify early potential issues.
Where are you from originally and what brought you to this part of Florida?
I was born and raised in Southwestern Pennsylvania. I completed my residency in Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at Broward General Medical Center / Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale. I used to visit my grandparents in North Port when I was a teenager. Hattie and Ed Reisinger were founding residents of the Harbor Isle Association. Ken and I are happy to be raising our children here. Jake is 10 and Elizabeth is 8.