Dermatologist’s Goal is to Have Patients Who Thrive
Lucas resident, Dr. Anna Vawter, chose to be a dermatologist when she was a second year medical student. She realized that dermatology was a broad field that would allow her to see patients of all ages and treat a wide variety of conditions. These reasons continue to serve as her favorite elements of being a dermatologist. She also said she likes taking time to get to know her patients and their families.
She opened Thrive Family Dermatology (788 South Watters Road, Suite 120 in Allen) on April 23, 2018. Dr. Vawter selected this location because it is convenient for her patients. She describes the office, “It a single-story office inside a quiet medical park and Thrive patients are able to conveniently park in designated spaces near the entrance. The new patient registration process utilizes the latest technology to minimize the amount of time spent in the waiting room.”
She explains how she chose her business name, “Dermatologic health can impact many facets of patients’ lives. My hope is to partner with my patients to optimize their ability to fully enjoy, and thrive, in other aspects of their lives.” She cites a few success stories as examples, “A teen that projected more self-confidence as their acne improved, a mom who was able to heal from a rare skin condition and finally take hikes with her son, and a grandfather who found relief from the symptoms of his rash and renewed energy to enjoy his grandchildren.” She laughs when she said, “One patient asked if I could also be their primary care doctor.”
When she meets with patients for the first time they discuss priorities and create a treatment plan that is unique to that individual. She said the top three reasons patients come to see her are skin cancer screening, acne and rashes.
At Thrive Family Dermatology, patients will enjoy the benefits to a small practice such as same day and next day appointments and the fact that they will always see Dr. Vawter, which allows for continuity of care. Dr. Vawter holds a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (FADD). She said, “Many people don’t pay attention to the letters after a dermatologist’s name, but they say a lot about the training and qualifications of the person making important decisions about your health. I believe that patients deserve to be seen by an M.D., who is a board-certified FAAD.” She added, “These letters mean that the dermatologist has had a minimum of 12 years of higher education, has passed rigorous exams on diseases of the hair, skin and nails, and maintains continuing medical education.”
When asked about her move to Lucas almost two years ago, Dr. Vawter said, “My family and I rolled out a map of the U.S. and searched for the best place for us to live. After considering a few different towns, we decided to settle here after touring Lovejoy High School. It’s easy to take our community for granted. People here retain the polite niceties of life that have been lost in many parts of the country. I feel lucky to live in a place where people still hold doors open for strangers at the post office. When I saw my first sunrise on Lake Lavon, I knew that I found the right place to call home.”
Thrive Family Dermatology is open Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm. The clinic also offers Saturday hours. To learn more about Thrive Family Dermatology visit their website thrivedermatology.com or call 972-649-6999.