People with a wide array of skin problems now have a new option for medical care. Dr. Scott Green, a board-certified dermatologist, who has practiced in Fort Dodge since 1996, has launched a new business venture - Mid-Iowa Dermatology.
Green heads up a nine-person team that in addition to him includes a physician assistant, Katherine Blomgren; and two nurse practitioners - Barbara O'Connor and Crystal Meyer - registered nurses Kathy Hepburn, Christie Nielsen, Jennifer Dewinter and Jill Schott; and a receptionist, Joleen Green, who is Scott Green's wife.
Mid-Iowa Dermatology is headquartered in Fort Dodge at 22 N. 27th St., just north of the Crossroads Mall. In addition to seeing patients at the local site, regular clinics are held in Boone, Carroll, Clarion, Humboldt, Lake City, Pocahontas and Rockwell City. Patients will be first welcomed to the Fort Dodge office July 31, but are already being seen at the satellite locations.
-Messenger photo by Hans MadsenDr. Scott Green looks at a sample under the microscope as his wife, Joleen Green, stands by with more specimens to check. The board-certified dermatologist is opening Mid-Iowa Dermatology at 22 N. 27th St. on July 31.
"We saw an opportunity to expand into other areas to serve not only Fort Dodge, but the surrounding communities," Scott Green said, explaining his decision to found Mid-Iowa Dermatology.
"The focus will be medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology," Green said. "Some dermatologists do strictly surgery, like mole surgery where they specialize in cancer surgery. Some will focus strictly on cosmetics, cosmetic procedures. We kind of do all of it."
He said the complicated process of getting the new office ready is now virtually completed and regrets any inconvenience the transition may have caused.
"I want to apologize to my patients for the delay in getting our Fort Dodge office up and running, but we are once again happy to serve the community needs," Green said.
The mix of patients Mid-Iowa Dermatology is geared to serve is diverse.
"It's a broad spectrum," Green said. "Anywhere from infants to the elderly."
The nature of the ailments the professionals at Mid-Iowa Dermatology can address is similarly extensive.
"We have a mixture," Green said. "We have lots of things like eczema ... which are ongoing. They go through phases, remissions. We also have plenty of things that are self-limiting - viral conditions, bacterial infections, things that are fixable. Things that go away."
The variety of conditions dermatologists see is part of the specialty's appeal to Green.
"I knew from the first day of my dermatology rotation that's what I wanted to do," he said. "It's a specialty where you get to do a lot of different things. ... You can do medicine. You can do surgery, cosmetic things, diagnostic tests. It covers a lot of areas. It's always interesting. ... There's a whole mix of things. That's why it's fun to do this, because we see so many different things. We get to help people who have chronic conditions. We also help people who have things that are curable or self-remitting. That's gratifying."
Green said previous patients who wish to be seen at Mid-Iowa Dermatology will find the process of transferring very simple. He said new patients are also welcome and stressed that his office is geared to accept most payment sources.
Patient convenience will be a priority at Mid-Iowa Dermatology.
"We'll be very accessible," Green said. "We'll have fairly immediate openings, so we'll be able to cover all of their needs quickly. We'll have low wait-times; very short wait-times in the waiting room."
He emphasized that while he regularly receives patient referrals from other physicians, that is not required. People who need care can make appointments directly with his office.
An added advantage of seeking care at Mid-Iowa Dermatology is that it is adjacent to Radiant Skin & Spa, owned by Kyle and Sherry Ruge.
"They will help us with the cosmetic portion, the products," Green said, noting that his office will market a variety of high-quality skin care products.
Meet Scott Green, M.D.
Scott Green grew up in Fort Dodge. He graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High in 1977. Then it was on to the University of Iowa where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1981 and his medical degree in 1984. Green did an internship at Lutheran Hospital, LaCrosse, Wis., and returned to the University of Iowa for a dermatology residency that he completed in 1988. Green became board certified in dermatology in 1988. He practiced for eight years in Salem, Ore., before returning to Fort Dodge. He was affiliated with Physician Practice Management Corp. and its successor - Trimark Physicians Group - from 1996 until establishing Mid-Iowa Dermatology. Though no longer part of Trimark, Green remains affiliated with Trinity Regional Medical Center.
Green married Joleen Pagel, of Clare, in 1979. The Greens have three adult children. Nate Green, 30, is a lawyer who practices in Washington, D.C. BJ Green, 29, is a doctor of osteopathy who is a third-year surgical resident at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Alex Green, 26, is a financial analyst in Chicago.
Scott Green said he and his wife returned to Fort Dodge because they both have family here and thought it was a good place to raise their family.
"To raise our children in an environment like we grew up in," he said. "Good Midwestern values, you can't beat that. ... You can be a part of the community. It's small enough to know a good share of the community, but it's big enough to offer plenty of things to do."
The Greens are both active in Noon Rotary and are members of New Covenant Christian Church.