Avail Dermatology would like to thank the Carrollton Community and Carroll County for supporting us over the last four years. We have made a difficult decision to close our Carrollton practice. We plan to continue seeing patients through November 2021. We will work with all our patients to make sure their dermatology needs continue to be met.
Dr. Shenara Sexton Leads Full Range of Dermatology Services
Avail Dermatology, an acclaimed dermatological provider for more than 30 years, expands its practice by opening a new location in Fayetteville. With additional offices in Newnan, Peachtree City, Stockbridge, and Carrollton, patients now have additional access to conveniently experience the best-in-class service Avail Dermatology has to offer.
“Our mission is to provide exceptional treatment to the southern Atlanta metropolitan community,” says Dr. Mark Ling, senior partner and president of Avail Dermatology. “The addition of a Fayetteville location allows us to continue to share Avail’s trademark care with as many patients as possible.”
Dr. Shenara Sexton will be serving as the lead physician at the Fayetteville location. She has been in practice for 14 years and joined Avail Dermatology in 2020. She is a board-certified dermatologist, a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, and a member of the American Society of Dermatological Surgery and National Medical Association. Dr. Sexton’s focus has always been to provide patients with the most up-to-date and evidence-based treatments for dermatologic conditions. She has a specialized interest in the treatment of acne, hair, and scalp conditions, and skin cancer care.
“I’m a firm believer in the power of a healthy self-image,” Dr. Sexton explains. “I’ve committed myself to help patients become the best versions of themselves through a positive outward appearance.”
Appointments are now being accepted at the new Avail Dermatology location:
Avail Dermatology has been a respected provider of dermatological services since 1990 with locations in Newnan, Peachtree City, Carrollton, Fayetteville, and Stockbridge. Avail Dermatology utilizes the latest advances in dermatological science. Whether addressing common diseases or complex conditions, its mission is to deliver superior treatment and education. Avail Dermatology offers patients a seamless continuum of services. Surgeries and dermatopathology analyses are performed in state-of-the-art facilities. For more information, visit AvailDermatology.com.
Avail Dermatology, an acclaimed dermatological provider for more than 30 years, is expanding its practice by acquiring a new location in Stockbridge. With additional offices in Newnan, Peachtree City (Fayetteville), and Carrollton, patients now have additional access to conveniently experience the best-in-class service Avail Dermatology has to offer.
The Stockbridge location formerly operated as Tara Dermatology Center under the leadership of Dr. Vincent Peng since 1974. “I’m grateful to see Avail Dermatology carry on our time-honored legacy in the Stockbridge area,” says Dr. Peng. “This next step in Avail’s continued growth, combined with its level of expertise, will certainly further the practice’s mission to provide exceptional care.”
Dr. Wallace Nozile will be heading Avail Dermatology’s new Stockbridge location. An experienced dermatologist with a breadth of skills, including Mohs surgery, Dr. Nozile joins the Avail team after previously practicing in Gainesville, Fla.
“We’re confident Dr. Nozile and his team will uphold the history of excellence forged by Dr. Peng,” says Dr. Mark Ling, senior partner and president of Avail Dermatology. “Like Dr. Peng, Avail Dermatology has been a part of the southern Atlanta metropolitan community for many years. The addition of a Henry County location allows us to make a larger impact on a region we hold dear.”
Under the leadership of Drs. Ling and Steven Marcet, Avail Dermatology offers the full range of dermatology services. This includes general dermatology, laser treatment, superficial radiation therapy, and Mohs surgery for challenging skin cancers.
We at Avail Dermatology understand that this is a complex, uncertain time for our patients and community members. That’s why we’re committed to providing dermatology care in a manner that is safe, effective, and comforting for our patients. One of the primary methods for accomplishing this is through telemedicine, also known as “online healthcare.” This process allows us to continue communicating with and supporting our patients, while also implementing safety best practices that protect everyone, including our staff.
Curious about how these telemedicine visits work? Keep reading to learn more.
How Do Telemedicine Visits Work?
Telemedicine uses a high-quality video conferencing system designed specifically for dermatology care. It is secure and compliant with the Federal privacy guidelines (“HIPAA”) to protect your personal health information. This system allows our dermatology providers to speak with you and see your skin in real-time. It uses your personal cell phone (with a high-resolution camera—almost all phones have these now), or a laptop or PC equipped with a webcam and microphone.
Both new and existing patients can call 770-251-5111 to schedule a telemedicine appointment. Our practice uses a program called Pocket Patient; a free, secure, dynamic, and universally accessible digital health platform. Once the appointment has been scheduled, patients can expect the following process to occur:
Once your connection is established, you will be able to see your provider and ask questions. The provider will converse with you and may ask you to use your camera to “zoom in” on the areas that are a concern. After evaluation, the provider will make an assessment, discuss the diagnosis with you, and can prescribe medications for you if appropriate.
What Can We Treat Through Telemedicine?
While dermatology is an extremely hands-on medical practice, there still are many ailments we can treat through telemedicine. Such examples include:
- Rashes and skin breakouts. Both new and existing rashes need to be rechecked. These would include:
- Acne, rosacea and other breakouts
- Allergic skin rashes including Poison Ivy
- Other itchy and uncomfortable skin conditions including “athlete’s foot,” “jock itch,” “heat rashes,” etc.
- Individual skin lesions.
- While telemedicine is not suited for “full-body” and “upper-body” scans or mole checks as it is too difficult to “see” the entire body using a phone camera—it can be a useful way to evaluate one or a few worrisome skin lesions. In many cases, a diagnosis can be made, or at the least, a determination of whether the lesion is worrisome enough to require an immediate office visit, or if it can be delayed until the COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed.
The Benefits of Telemedicine
Right now, telemedicine is essential in the fight to lessen the spread of coronavirus. However, we understand that other healthcare needs don’t stop just because we’re sheltering-in-place. That’s where telemedicine comes in.
By lessening the amount of in-person contact that would take place in our offices, while also still providing access to dermatology experts, we’re able to significantly rescue the likelihood that COVID-19 is spread
Aside from preventing the spread of coronavirus, telemedicine is also fantastic for:
- Giving those who have decreased mobility an opportunity to speak with a physician.
- Supporting people who have extreme anxiety or other mental health issues by eliminating the stress of going to a physical office.
- Reducing the amount of time, money, and other resources necessary to visit the doctor, opening up the experience to others who previously couldn’t afford it.
- Working with those who have more strict schedules and aren’t able to take off time to visit the doctor.
Some Avail Dermatology Office Are Still Open
All this being said, there are certain services and treatments that must be done in person. We are committed to still seeing these patients in-person when necessary. Both our Newnan and Peachtree City officers are still open for these needs. Currently, our Carrollton office is only taking telemedicine appointments.
Conditions that will likely require an in-person visit include: skin growths that are painful, bleeding, draining, or that have suddenly and rapidly enlarged or changed in appearance
If you do need to make an in-person visit to either of our open offices, please be sure to reference our blog outlining recommended precautions you should take.
The experts at Avail Dermatology are here to assist you through these troubling times. If you have any further questions or want to speak to our staff, click here to reach out or give us a call at 770-929-9033
Avail Dermatology is pleased to announce that Mohs skin cancer surgery has been performed in Carrollton for the first time. Dr. Steven Marcet, a fellowship trained Mohs surgeon, has treated thousands of patients for challenging skin cancers using this state of the art technique.
Mohs surgery allows the surgeon to immediately examine the tissue he removes, using a technique that guarantees that the entire specimen is examined, rather than just a few sample areas, as is normally done. This gives the highest cure rates, and superior cosmetic outcomes versus other approaches. The procedure is in-office, and any needed surgical reconstruction is done at the same visit.
The availability of Mohs surgery in Carrollton will ensure that residents have the best possible option for serious skin cancer. Dr. Marcet and his partners are located at 524 Dixie St in Carrollton.