Introducing the New Dermatologist in Our Sonoma County Practice

New Dermatologist in Santa Rosa area Dr. AltemusI am happy to introduce dermatologist Dr. Deborah Altemus to our dermatology practice community. This means that our practice is again open to the referrals of your family and friends who need dermatology care for their skin problems.

Dr. Altemus is a seasoned and experienced clinician and dermatologist, and now a wonderful new member of our team. She is as much at home practicing in an academic type of medical center where the most complex dermatologic conditions are managed, as she is here in our intimate Sebastopol dermatology office.

Dr. Altemus was raised in the Midwest. She studied medicine at Midwestern University in Chicago, IL (1978-1982), with a focus on wholistic health care. While in medical school, she accepted an Armed Forces scholarship that ultimately led to her 20-year career in the US Army medical corps. After practicing general and emergency medicine for 10 years in Germany, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, Dr. Altemus began Dermatology training at Brooke Medical Center in San Antonio Texas in 1990.

Her military career in dermatology has included an appointment as the Chief of Dermatology at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI. Since leaving the military, Dr. Altemus has practiced in various private practice and academic settings. She and her family have recently settled here in Northern California and we are thrilled to have her contribute her skill and expertise to our practice.

In addition to practicing with us here in Sebastopol, Dr. Altemus practices one day a week as a member of the clinical teaching faculty at UCSF Medical Center. There, she provides dermatology care to the medically under-served at the San Mateo County teaching hospital.

Appointments with Dr. Altemus are available for your friends and family who are in need of general, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology care. Please have them call our office at (707) 829-5778 to schedule their appointment with dermatologist Dr. Debra Altemus.

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4 Responses to “Introducing the New Dermatologist in Our Sonoma County Practice”

  1. Kim April 12, 2013 at 9:19 pm #

    Hello Doctor
    I have melasma. How do I treat this concern?
    Thank you

  2. Cynthia Bailey MD April 13, 2013 at 9:31 am #

    That’s a big topic and the answer is relative to so many fine points of a person’s skin type. Start exploring the information I have written in my blog. Type the word melasma in the search field. Or, google Dr Cynthia Bailey melasma and see what interests you.

  3. Terry April 14, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    Welcome to Dr Altimus and Hi Dr Bailey,

    I have been following this blog for some time and I have found success with your products. However, I just found out I was pregnant. I heard some skincare ingredients should be avoided while pregnant. Could you help me identify what I should avoid?
    This is what I am currently using:
    -a few nights a week I cleanse with the oatmeal soap with zinc in it
    -I alternate that with the toleraine cleanser
    -I use the glycolic acid wash and lotion for my KP on my arms
    -I use amlactin as a moisturizer

  4. Cynthia Bailey MD April 14, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    Hello Terry,
    Congratulations on your pregnancy! I’m glad that my products and information have helped your complexion. Yes there are ingredients that need to be avoided in skin care products during pregnancy and lactation. I always tell my patients to bring their products into their treating obstetrician and have them guide their choices. Safety during pregnancy for many skin care ingredients have not been studied for ethical reasons making advice difficult. For that reason the pros and cons need to be weighed individually by each patient and their treating doctor.