By Cynthia Washicko

cwashicko@crbizjournal.com

A previous version of this article listed the opening date for the dermatology office as March 8. The opening date has since been pushed back to March 24. This article has also been updated to include corrections.

A dermatology office will be opening an office in Astoria in early March.

Silver Falls Dermatology & Allergy will be open to patients as of March 24, and the practice has already started scheduling appointments. The office will offer a full range of medical dermatology services and a limited allergy testing to start, said Margaret ‘Fawn’ Ross, NP-C, the nurse practitioner who will be running the clinic.

Ross will be joined by LaDessa Christensen, NP-C as well as two medical assistants to help run the office. Christensen is still in training, Ross said, but will eventually take over the practice.

Ross was a neuroscience and stroke nurse before becoming a family nurse practitioner. She completed a dermatology training program offered by Silver Falls, and has worked for the company for three years, she said.

The initial focus for the clinic will be on medical dermatology over cosmetic services, Ross said. As a family nurse practitioner, she can take appointments to treat infants up through geriatric patients, she said.

Initially the office will offer limited allergy testing, but those services will expand as Ross receives more training, she said.

The main Silver Falls office in Salem offers a laboratory and dermatopathologist — a doctor specializing in diseases of the skin, hair and nails, according to the release. Some biopsies will be done in the office, Ross said, and the Salem lab will let the clinic to see results quickly, she said.

The network of Silver Falls clinics allows practitioners at one clinic to consult with anyone else in the network, which is a benefit to patients, Ross said.

“People are actually getting the expertise of all the providers within Silver Falls dermatology,” she said. Ross has previously opened clinics in Longview and Aberdeen, Washington, areas which she said were similar to Astoria in that they lacked a dedicated dermatology clinic. She enjoys bringing specialty services to areas that need them, she said.

“It saves (patients) having to commute to larger areas to get treatment,” Ross said. “It brings the care to them so they can get care

sooner.”

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