Two Convenient Locations Serving the Desert Communities
By John Carrigan
For most of us, nothing compares with the joys of desert living. But the dry desert climate can play havoc with our skin. That’s why so many Coachella Valley residents rely on the expertise and integrity of the professionals at West Dermatology for general skin care, 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 an office in Palm Desert.
Experience and Expertise
Ronald Shiell, M.D., heads up the Palm Springs office, assisted by Eusebio Montejo, M.D., Greg Chance, PA-C, and Matthew Smith, PA-C.
A specialist in medical and surgical dermatology, as well as Mohs micrographic surgery, Dr. Shiell earned his medical degree from the 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 Mohs surgery center for the university. He is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology and is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, American Society for Mohs Surgery, and Association of Academic Dermatologic Surgery.
Dr. Eusebio Montejo received his bachelor of science degree from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. in biochemistry and cell biology, then earned his M.D. at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston Salem, N.C. He then completed an internship in general surgery at the University of Texas Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, and a residency in family medicine at the University of California Irvine Medical Center. Dr. Montejo is board eligible through the American Board of Family Medicine.
Greg Chance earned his physician assistant certification from Riverside Community College. He is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
A New Home in Rancho Mirage
For the last eight years, Pamela Broska, M.D., has provided both general and cosmetic dermatology care to the desert community in Palm Desert. She is excited to be in a new state-of-the-art facility in Rancho Mirage. Edward Rotan, M.D. assists Dr. Broska, as do physician assistants April Ethridge, PA-C and Matthew Smith, PA-C.
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. 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. Rotan earned his M.D. at Loma Linda University, completed internships in both preliminary surgery and categorical surgery, and performed family medicine residency at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is a member of the American Medical Association and American Academy of Family Physicians.
April Ethridge earned a B.S. as a physician assistant with honors at the University of Oklahoma, as well as a master’s degree in emergency management at the U.S. Air Force School of Health Care Sciences. She is an active member of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
Matthew Smith attended the Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, where he earned his master’s degree as a physician assistant. He, too, is a member of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
Skin Cancer Treatments
Skin cancer is a major concern for many desert residents, and Mohs micrographic surgery is one of the most effective methods for treating skin cancers. The Mohs technique allows the surgeon to perform an immediate and complete microscopic examination of the removed cancerous tissue so that all roots and extensions of the cancer can be eliminated.
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, tattoos, sun spots, and spider veins. Laser resurfacing is also offered for the removal of wrinkles and improved tone and texture of the skin. West Dermatology offers the latest in laser technology which promotes higher efficacy and faster healing. Also popular are chemical peels, Botox, and Restylane/Perlane injections. West Dermatology also offers a wide range of skin rejuvenation products.
West Dermatology — Palm Springs
340 S. Farrell Drive, Suite A205
Palm Springs, CA 92262
West Dermatology — Rancho Mirage
72385 Frank Sinatra Drive, Suite 100
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
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