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West Dermatology and Surgery

Map340 S Farrell Dr # A205
Palm Springs, CA 92262-7931
  • Dermatology


Providing patients with quality dermatological care at two convenient desert locations

By John Carrigan

For most of us, nothing compares wiht the joys of desert living. But the dry desert climate can wreak havoc on our skin.

That’s why so many Coachella Valley residents rely on the expertise and integrity of the professionals at West Dermatology for skincare, surgical/cosmetic dermatology, and state-of-the-art laser treatments. Founded in 1962 by J. Robert West, M.D., in Redlands, West Dermatology opened its first desert office in Palm Springs more than 20 years ago, followed in 1998 by a Palm Desert location.

For the last 14 years, Pamela Broska, M.D., has provided both general and cosmetic dermatology care to the desert community. She is excited to be in her, state-of-the-art facility in Rancho Mirage. Michael J. Messina, M.D., assists Dr. Broska, as do physician assistants April Ethridge, MPAS, and Matthew Smith, MPAC.

Experience and Expertise

Dr. Broska earned her M.D. at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She completed internal medicine training at St. Mary’s UCLA and dermatologic training at the University of California, Irvine, where she trained in the Mohs method of skin cancer surgery, laser treatments, and cosmetic dermatology. Dr. Broska performs over 1,000 Mohs surgeries in Rancho Mirage each year. She also earned a master’s degree in genetics from George Washington University and worked as a researcher at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Broska is a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology, as well as a member of the American Society for Mohs Surgery, American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, American Academy of Dermatology, and American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.

Dr. Broska welcomed Michael J. Messina, M.D. to the Rancho Mirage offi ce on July 21, 2011. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology as well as a member of American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery, Society of Pediatric Dermatology, American Medical Association.

Dr. Messina brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to the practice. After obtaining his medical degree, Dr. Messina completed an internship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance and a dermatology residency at Loma Linda University. He has worked closely with dermatology experts and is close to the new and emerging medicines, treatments, and technologies available for treating common and not-so-common dermatology conditions. He has authored several journal articles related to his research in dermatology and presented at numerous dermatology society meetings. He wrote the “Evidence Based Medicine” chapter in the textbook, Therapeutic Evidence in Dermatology (2nd edition).

April Ethridge earned a B.S. degree as a physician assistant with honors at the University of Oklahoma, as well as a master’s degree in emergency management at U.S. Air Force School of Health Care Sciences. She is an active member of the National Commission on Certifi cation of Physician Assistants.

Matthew Smith attended Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, where he earned his master’s degree in physician assistant studies. He, too, is a member of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Ronald Shiell, M.D., heads up the Palm Springs office, assisted by Matthew Smith, MPAC and Terry Santiago, FNP-BC.

Dr. Shiell is a specialist in medical and surgical dermatology, as well as Mohs micrographic surgery. He performs more than 2,000 Mohs surgeries per year within the West Dermatology network. Dr. Shiell earned his medical degree from University of California, San Francisco. In 1999, while serving as chief of dermatology at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y., he was appointed director of Mohs micrographic surgery, establishing a Mohs surgery center for the university. He is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology and a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, American Society for Mohs Surgery, and Association of Academic Dermatologic Surgery.

Terry Santiago is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and holds a Master of Science in Nursing. Her experience ranges from Nephrology and Neuroscience, to Women’s Health, Clinical Research, and Family Practice. Although she has 10 years of dermatology experience, Mrs. Santiago continues to be fascinated by dermatology. She believes, “the skin reveals so much about the health and well being of our bodies.”

Precise Removal of Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is a major concern for many desert residents. A person’s risk of melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns at any age. Each year, there are more new cases of skin cancer than the incidence of lung, colon, prostate and breast cancers combined. The survival rate for patients, whose melanoma is detected early, before the tumor has invaded beyond the skin, is about 90 percent. Our elite team specializes in the treatment of skin cancers using Mohs micrographic surgery. Mohs is a unique process for the precise removal of skin cancer that utilizes micrographic control. This type of surgery has the highest cure rates (98-99%) and preserves the greatest amount of healthy tissue leaving patients with minimal scarring and optimal cosmetic outcomes.

*All “Skin Facts” statistics provided by The Skin Cancer Foundation.

Skin Rejuvenation and Renewal

More and more desert residents choose the professionals at West Dermatology for a wide range of cosmetic services, including laser treatments for the removal of hair, sun spots, and spider veins. Laser resurfacing is also off ered to improve tone and texture of the skin. West Dermatology off ers the latest in laser technology, which promotes higher efficacy and faster healing. Also popular are chemical peels, Botox®, Restylane®, and Juvederm® injections. West Dermatology off ers a variety of skin rejuvenation products.

• 72785 Frank Sinatra Drive, Suite 101, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

• 340 S. Farrell Drive, Suite A205, Palm Spring, CA 92262