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Patient care priority at Fairlawn Dermatology

7/30/2009 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Dr. Valerie Fuller
Kimberly Greene
FAIRLAWN — Dr. Valerie Fuller grew up in Fairlawn and now operates her own practice in the city.

Fairlawn Dermatology, located at 55 Merz Blvd., specializes in general dermatology and cosmetic dermatology, according to Office Manager Lisa Biondo.

Fuller earned a bachelor of arts degree in zoology from Miami University in 1993 and a doctor of osteopathy degree in 2001 from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens. She completed her residency and was board certified in 2005 from Michigan State University.

Returning to the Akron area in 2006, Fuller worked with Dr. Gary Lichten at his practice in Downtown Akron. She opened Fairlawn Dermatology in October 2007.

In addition to Fuller, Kimberly Greene, a certified nurse practitioner, also sees patients.

Biondo said as an osteopath, Fuller takes a more holistic approach to treating patients. She uses a mind-body-soul philosophy, Biondo added.

She said most of the practice’s patients — about 95 percent — come in for general dermatological care, such as acne, rosacea, rashes, eczema and psoriasis, as well as mole and skin tag removal.

The office also offers cosmetic procedures such as laser removal of hair, age spots and veins. Fuller offers Botox treatments as well as Laser Genesis Skin Therapy. An esthetician is on staff as well.

Biondo said Fairlawn Dermatology stands out among local practices because of its commitment to its patients.

“Dr. Fuller is fantastic,” Biondo said. “What also sets us apart is our atmosphere and our level of patient care.”

The staff keeps the waiting area calming through the use of lavender scents, she added.

The office also strives to get patients in as soon as possible for appointments, Biondo said.

“We try really hard to squeeze people in,” she said. “We work through lunch if we have to to get them in.”

Fairlawn Dermatology office staff also is good at keeping up with patients on the waiting list. Also, the staff works to make sure patients have a short wait time when they arrive in the office.

The office accepts most insurance plans, Biondo said. She added that most of the time full skin exams are covered, as is basic mole removal and treatment of most rashes and acne.

Fairlawn Dermatology is open Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call (330) 864-9000.

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