The skin is the largest organ of the body. It serves as a barrier to germs and helps to protect internal organs. Cells in the skin communicate with the brain and allow temperature, touch, and pain sensations.
“Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. It accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States,” says the American Cancer Society.
A Dermatologist is a doctor who specialists in treating and improving the appearance of a patient’s skin, hair and nails.
“Dermatologists diagnose and treat more than 3,000 different diseases. These diseases include skin cancer, eczema, acne, psoriasis, and nail infections,” according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
Dr. Ryan J. Matherne is a board-certified Dermatologist and Dermatopathologist. He treats thousands of patients each year with skin-related health issues at his practice, Matherne Dermatology.
As of January 1, 2015 Matherne Dermatology will be housed in Dr. Gary Birdsall’s Medical Clinic, located at 102 West 112th Street in Cut Off. Currently, Dr. Matherne sees patients in the former office of Dr. Jay Vega (160 Hwy. 3161 in Cut Off).
“It is an amazing opportunity to take care of patients in the parish in which I was raised. Having a doctor-patient relationship with hometown people is something I knew I always wanted,” says Dr. Matherne.
A unique aspect of Matherne Dermatology is that by being both a certified Dermatologist as well as a Dermapathologist, Dr. Matherne is able to examine a rash or lesion and take a sample of it [a skin biopsy] and then personally interpret that biopsy.There is a follow-up of any questionable rash or skin growth. The process is much quicker since he doesn’t have to send the samples out of area to be processed.
“My practice involves seeing patients from infancy on up to geriatric age. We see patients for medical, surgical and cosmetic Dermatology needs,” says Dr. Matherne.
Patient care and satisfaction tops the list at Matherne Dermatology Clinic. All employees have prior experience in the medical field. Dr. Matherne has a licensed practicing nurse [LPN], Rebel Callais, as well as a registered nurse [RN], Judy Cheramie, working alongside him in the clinic.His receptionist, Adrienne Ingram, previously worked with him at his office in Metairie.
“People have been very responsive since I opened my clinic in the area. Before, a person would have to drive to Houma or Thibodaux to be seen by a dermatologist and then often follow up in the next few weeks driving out of town again. Now, with a local physician, more people are able to be treated for skin issues which they may have ignored in the past,” says Dr. Matherne.
Matherne Dermatology provides services including skin cancer detection and treatment, acne and spider vein treatment, Botox injections, fillers, chemical peels and more.
Dr. Matherne is certified by the American Board of Dermatology and Dermatopathology. He is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society of Dermatopathology, the Louisiana Dermatological Society and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at LSU.
You can visit his website at mathernedermatology.com and follow him on Facebook at facebook.com/MatherneDermatology. To schedule an appointment, call 985-306-9966.
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Posted on Tue, December 16, 2014
by The Lafourche Gazette