You will then be brought into the examination room. The Nurse has been trained by Dr. Searles to collect some information about you and your skin problem. Depending on your problem, the Nurse may ask you to change into a gown. She will then give this information to Dr. Searles for review.
Dr. Searles will review with you all the information gathered. He will examine your condition using special instruments if needed. He will arrange for any testing that may be needed in order to correctly diagnose your skin condition. He will explain the diagnosis and your options for treating your condition.
This is one of the most important parts of your visit. It is also the leading reason for why there may be a delay on the day of your appointment. Dr. Searles feels it is extremely important that you understand what you have, and that you understand the choices on how to best treat your condition. You will be told what to expect, and when to expect it. If you do not understand what is being said, please let Dr. Searles know.
If a test is needed, Dr. Searles will give you any necessary forms for the lab. If a biopsy or other procedure is needed, then this will be either done at that time, or an appointment will be made if more time is needed to do the procedure.
Some conditions will require a follow up visit. Otherwise, Dr. Searles will advise you if he expects your family doctor to monitor and follow your skin condition. At the end of the appointment, you will be asked to check out at the Reception. If there is a fee for any noninsured services, you may pay at checkout. Dr. Searles accepts cash, debit, and Visa or Mastercard credit cards.