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VOL. 7 | NO. 33 | Saturday, August 9, 2014

Levy Dermatology Celebrates Five Years in Memphis

By Andy Meek

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Dr. Alan Levy owns a 5-year-old dermatology practice in Memphis, and to understand why business is booming for him right now, it helps to consider how medical advances are making it possible for people to live longer lives these days.

Dr. Alan Levy of Levy Dermatology says medical advances are making it possible for people to live longer.

(Memphis News/Andrew J. Breig)

One byproduct of that reality is that as people live longer, they can end up feeling younger than they look. And when a person looks 60, even though they feel 40, that’s something, Levy says, that can eventually wear on a person mentally.

Helping address that conundrum is something the owner of Levy Dermatology says he especially enjoys, giving clients a kind of physical rejuvenation that naturally also spills over into their emotional well-being. It’s one aspect of his multi-dimensional practice, which also includes medical and surgical aspects to the work of his full-service dermatology clinic.

The East Memphis practice started in 2009 and is open Monday through Friday. It has three board-certified dermatologists on staff and they specialize in general, medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatological work.

Levy Dermatology is led by a trio of doctors including Levy, a Duke University graduate who got his medical degree from the University of Tennessee. He’s also board certified by the American Board of Dermatology.

Dr. Goil Compoginis, also a Duke graduate, got her medical degree from the University of Southern California, and she too is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology. She completed her dermatology residency at the busy Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, serving as chief resident during her final year.

Rounding out the doctors on hand is Dr. Suparna Mullick, a graduate of Vanderbilt University, who got her medical degree from the University of Chicago. A former pediatrician, Mullick completed her dermatology residency at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and is now board certified by the American Board of Dermatology.

During her residency, she got extensive training in skin cancer treatment and prevention in adults.

“Dermatology is unique, in that there are so many facets to it,” Levy said. “There are considerations about youth, the elderly, male, female and the lightest of products to make you look younger all the way to the most serious melanoma. Lots of people will go in and find their niche, and we have a range of people here who are good at those different aspects.”

His field is a specialized one and involves the diagnosis and treatment of diseases related to skin, hair and nails. Affecting the skin are everything from rashes to tumors to infections and cancers, and treatment can be medical or surgical.

There’s also an aesthetic component to Levy’s practice that includes correcting the effects of the environment and aging through things like wrinkle reduction and eliminating the appearance of spider veins.

Levy attributes the career path he chose to the mentors and teachers he encountered throughout his education.

“I had really enthusiastic teachers,” he said. “It’s like when you have a good history teacher, and all of a sudden the student is interested in history. I had great teachers when I was rotating in medical school, and actually the residents too. They were just happy people who enjoyed their job.

“There’s such a variety in dermatology, and I picked up on that and started to show some interest, so they let me do some minor procedures. I wrote a paper, did some clinical research with them and then said yeah, I could see myself doing this.”

Levy says he preaches a “patient-first atmosphere” to employees, which manifests itself in things like his reminders that patients are the ones who ultimately pay their salary. He also tells his staff that they’re there to do whatever the patient needs or wants and to present them with quality physicians to help solve their medical problems.

His practice also includes lots of what he describes as hand-holding and making himself as available as possible through things like giving out his mobile number.

“It’s also through little things like the culture,” Levy said. “What we used to call the waiting room is now the reception area, and it looks more like a living room than a waiting room. Waiting room implies you’re going to wait, and we really try to stay on time as much as possible. Things like that are helping us grow quickly, and all the doctors here are busy, which is great.”

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