New Dermatology Group establishes IM clinic
IRON MOUNTAIN — A sleek new dermatology clinic has opened at 1606 S. Stephenson Ave. in Iron Mountain.
The New Dermatology Group, which began offering services locally in 2013 at its leased space at Bellin Health, first opened its doors at the new location in late January.
The Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed the business with a ribbon-cutting ceremony as part of its grand opening.
“As the practice has grown and our need for additional space has increased, we decided that we wanted to make a larger commitment to the community of Iron Mountain and surrounding areas,” said Dr. Kevan Lewis, who formed The New Dermatology Group in 2012. “That is what led us to build our stand-alone facility.”
This move has allowed the independent practice to extend its services to a larger number of patients, as well as reduce wait times for an appointment.
“Patients will be able to receive the same high-quality care much closer to home,” Lewis said.
Since relocating to the new space, Lewis said they have had great response from the community.
“People are excited to step into the space,” he said. “We want them to feel comfortable and trust us with their dermatology-related concerns.”
The construction process and design took couple years from start to finish. They now are working on the final touches on the exterior and landscaping. “The pandemic did extend our build time for construction,” Lewis said. “But thankfully the supply chain interruptions have been resolved.”
Lewis is board-certified and fellowship-trained in dermatology, dermatopathology and Mohs micrographic surgery. He is a specialized, extensively trained dermatologist with a unique combination of clinic experience and surgical expertise.
The New Dermatology Group offers a wide range of medical and cosmetic dermatology services, providing treatment for all ages, from infants to the elderly.
With the new equipment available at the clinic, they now can offer the same services they do in their Green Bay and Appleton, Wis., locations. This includes the Mohs micrographic surgery, which is the most effective technique for treating malignant skin cancers; Superficial Radiation Therapy, or SRT, a non-surgical treatment option for some types of skin cancers; Botox injections; skin screenings; and consultations for acne, rashes, moles and other types of skin conditions.
The dermatology field has grown due to a rise in skin problems related to a lifetime of accumulating sun exposure, Lewis explained. “For that reason, a large percentage of the population is at risk for skin cancer,” he said.
He recommends annual skin checks by a dermatologist, which is also the stance of the American Academy of Dermatology.
“Early detection and prompt treatment for skin cancer is what leads to good outcome,” he said.
In addition to Lewis, the New Dermatology Group has 12 physician assistants, including U.P. residents Joshua and Ramona Hulkonen, who see patients on a regular basis at the new clinic.
Other staff rotate from the Wisconsin base practice, including Lewis.
“We wanted to bring our services into the community to try to address that shortage and access to care in a way that was meaningful and long term,” Lewis said.
The new facility is designed to accommodate future growth as well. However, their current goal for the balance of the year is to establish procedures and the work flow staff in terms of training and efficiency. This allows them to dedicate as much attention as possible to patients.
The New Dermatology Group believes their patient-focused care is what helps them stand out in the industry, Lewis said.
Those interested in possible treatment at the New Dermatology group can contact the office for assistance on insurance questions and if authorizations are needed before treatment.
The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, call 920-965-0345
For more information on The New Dermatology Group, go to www.newdermgroup.com.