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We sat down with leading dermatologist and dermatopathologist Dr. Amy Spizuco, of Bobby Buka MD in New York, to learn more about her background as a skincare expert. Dr. Spizuoco earned her medical degree at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and went onto develop her training in Arizona alongside other bright practitioners. She has been a resident of a number of esteemed institutions, such as the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale and the Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology. Dr. Spizuco has now been with Bobby Buka MD for over five years and is currently the head lab director alongside her work as a full-time Dermatologist.
Q: Why did you become a dermatologist?
A: My interest in dermatology all started with an avid scientific curiosity for the many kinds of rashes that affect the human body and the underlying cause for them. It was fascinating to learn about the manifestation of certain skin conditions and to decipher which rooted from inside the body or out. In other words, I wanted to know whether the rash was due to something going on internally or if the cause was due to something environmental. I see every rash as a puzzle to be solved that will give us a further understanding of the human body.
Q: What do you like most about being a dermatologist?
A: The practice of dermatology is such a varied field, with every case being a unique one. It offers some of the greatest challenges alongside some of the straightforward cases and can benefit patients in more ways than one. From treating skin cancer to acne and psoriasis, I have the opportunity to help patients maintain their physical health and significantly improve chronic genetic conditions. When it comes to the skin, most conditions are visibly notable which can seriously affect our mental state. Cases such as hair loss and skin disfigurements can often cause feelings of embarrassment. As a dermatologist, I perform a number of cosmetic treatments and laser surgeries to help people look and feel great about themselves – It truly is a rewarding moment when patients leave with a brighter smile and full of confidence.
Q: What are the biggest trends in dermatology at the moment?
A: The field of dermatology is constantly evolving. With research being conducted every day, doctors are learning more about skin diseases and discovering new ways to treat people. The most recent advances in the field are in monoclonal antibody medications that are used to treat chronic diseases, such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. As far as surgery, the technological advancements with lasers are helping to establish superior ways of targeting specific conditions both medically and aesthetically.
Q: What are five things you like to do in your free time?
A: Living in New York, I’m spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out. There’s an endless number of excellent restaurants to choose from, so I often enjoy going out to dinner and sampling new cuisine in my free time. I also love long jogs outdoors and attend weekly yoga classes to keep my mind and body healthy. When I’m at home, I like to kick back with my two chihuahuas, Zanobi and Lexi!