Bend, OR Integrative Dermatology: Helping You Achieve Beautiful Skin, Naturally
What is Integrative Dermatology?
Integrative Dermatology is a treatment therapy that combines Complementary Medicine with Dermatology for the treatment of dermatological conditions.
Our Integrative Dermatology providers have 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 the field of 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.
“I have always had a desire to treat patients with a more holistic point of view, and thus spent an additional 2 1/2 years of training, ultimately getting certified in Functional Medicine. Blending my conventional training with functional medicine training allows me to provide a mixture of both modalities to heal your skin conditions and rejuvenate the skin.” – Erin Bishop
What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine is a systems biology-based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Our Bend, Oregon practice’s focus is 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, and milia removal, as well as the treatment of other chronic skin conditions. However, surgical excisions are not offered in our practice. If skin cancer is diagnosed, we will refer you to a trusted Mohs or other qualified skin cancer specialist for treatment.
“My sister was diagnosed with Melanoma at age 15. Therefore, I take skin cancer screenings very seriously.” – Erin Bishop
What Happens During an Integrative Dermatology Appointment?
Integrative Dermatology requires a commitment to your health.
As part of the initial appointment, new patients are required to 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 giving clues 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, determine if testing is needed and what your plan of care will be. 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.