What is Integrative Dermatology?
Integrative Dermatology is a treatment therapy that combines Complementary Medicine with Dermatology to treat dermatological conditions.
Our Integrative Dermatologist has additional training in Functional Medicine. This training is essential to our mission of providing both conventional and functional medicine to treat chronic skin conditions naturally.
About Erin Bishop, FNP-C, DCNP, IFMCP
Erin has worked in Dermatology as a Nurse Practitioner since 2007. She holds DCNP (Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner) status and has extensive experience in both medical and aesthetic skin concerns.
What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine is a systems biology-based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Our integrative dermatology practice in Bend, OR specializes in the skin. Therefore when treating patients, understanding microbiome (gut) health, detoxification systems, hormonal status including thyroid and adrenal glands, immune status, and genetics is essential for correcting imbalances.
What is Conventional Dermatology?
In addition to offering functional medicine services, we are pleased to provide the dermatological services found in traditional practices. These services include skin cancer screenings, biopsies, mole, wart, skin tag, milia removal, and the treatment of other chronic skin conditions. However, surgical excisions are not offered in our practice. We will refer you to a trusted Mohs or other qualified skin cancer specialist for treatment if skin cancer is diagnosed.
What Happens During an Integrative Dermatology Appointment?
Integrative Dermatology requires a commitment to your health.
As part of the initial appointment, new dermatology patients must complete a detailed medical history and symptom review at least 24 hours before the appointment. The information requested is lengthy. However, it provides a comprehensive understanding of your medical history and skincare goals. Also, the information provided is crucial to identifying the root cause of whatever skin concerns you have.
During your appointment, we will review and clarify any questions, perform a physical exam, and determine if testing is needed and your plan of care. A nutrition and movement plan will be discussed.
It is essential to be aware that healing a body that has been out of balance for years will take time to correct. You can expect to have appointments approximately every month until you are stable, then we will start to space them out as you continue to progress.
Our integrative dermatologist in Bend, OR invites you to schedule an appointment if you want to take control of your health.