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Patients of all ages can visit TPMG Hampton Roads Center for Dermatology to receive exceptional dermatologic care. Dermatology is the field of medicine that specializes in diagnosing, treating, and managing disorders of the skin, hair, and nails. The skin is the largest, most visible organ in the body. It serves as a window into the health of the body and acts as a barrier against infections, injuries, and the enviornment (sunlight and pollution). A board certified dermatologist is the expert.
To become a dermatologist, one must commit to the rigorous years of basic science and clinical training. This pathway typically involves earning a bachelor’s degree, a medical degree, completing a one-year medical or surgical internship, and completing a three-year dermatology residency. These years of education are accompanied by rigorous hours of patient care and culiminate with the receipt of specialty board certification.
Valerie Harvey, MD, MPH, is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Harvey utilizes her skills and expertise to deliver individualized and compassionate care to her patients.
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FAQ – Dermatology and Your First Visit
What is a dermatologist?
A dermatologist is a trained physician who specializes in the diagnosis and management of disorders of the skin, hair, and nails.
What training does a dermatologist have?
Before they can begin practicing, dermatologists receive more than a decade of training, including:
- Four years of college to earn a bachelor’s degree
- Four years of medical school to become a medical doctor
- A one-year internship
- Three years of residency, working alongside experienced doctors and completing 12,000 to 16,000 hours of treating patients
When should I see a dermatologist?
Here are a few reasons to schedule a visit with a board certified dermatologist:
- A new or changing mole – If a mole has changed in color, size, shape, or symptom, you better visit a dermatologist. Changes like those are often signs of skin cancer, such as melanoma.
- Stubborn acne that does not improve with over the counter acne medications – Severe acne can result in hyperpigmentation in permanent scarring. Treat acne early.
- Dark spots or hyperpigmentation that don’t clear with over the counter lightening or brightening creams – Sometimes prescription strength lightening creams are necessary to resolve the discoloration.
- Persistent hair loss, bald patches (aka alopecia) – Thinning and bald spots can be a sign of an underlying scalp condition. Early treatment is important since some scalp disorders can lead to permanent scarring.
At what age is it safe to visit a dermatologist?
Dermatologists see patients of all ages, from infants to adults.
What should I expect during my first visit?
During your first visit to the Hampton Roads Center for Dermatology, you will be seen and evaluated by the dermatologist, Dr. Harvey or the physician assistant who will carefully examine your skin and determine your diagnosis.
What are common conditions treated by dermatologists?
The most common conditions treated by dermatologists include: acne, atopic dermatitis (also known as eczema), hair loss, benign skin tumors, psoriasis, rosacea and skin cancers.
Do I need a referral?
Check with your insurance provider to see if you require a referral for the office visit.
Will my insurance cover a visit to the dermatologist?
If you are uncertain about insurance coverage, call your insurance provider. Your insurance provider is the best source for learning whether a dermatologist is in your network, if the visit is covered, and whether treatment for a particular condition is covered.