By Leah Williams
A regional medical office specializing in skin care has opened up a new office in Nashville.
The Nashville Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, January 20, for the latest location for Skin Care Center of Southern Illinois at 267 E. St. Louis Street.
The dermatology office of board certified dermatologist Dr. George T. Nahass, who has owned the practice since 2001. Additional offices are located in Centralia and Mt. Vernon.
Nahass said the desire to expand services to Nashville and Washington County has been in the works for a couple of years. He said “the planets had aligned” with the new location and the ability to have the personnel needed to run the office.
“The idea to extend our coverage are to Nashvile has been our radar for years,” Nahass said. “It takes a lot to bring it to reality.”
Karilyn Crook is a physician’s assistant who has worked with Dr. Nahass and Skin Care Centers of Southern Illinois for the past three years. Crook has nearly 10 years of experience in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Crook earned her masters in Physician Assistant Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and graduated magna cum laude from Western Illinois University with her bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in chemistry.
She is now taking new patients at the Nashville office.
Crook has the ability to provide annual skin checks, Botox filling injections, laser treatments and many other services.
“We are going to be offering the full scope of dermatology services, medical, surgical and cosmetic,” Crook said. “We already send patients to St. Louis for special surgeries so we are looking forward to serving clients close to their home.”
Crook lives in Nashville with her two children, Andrew, 14, and Audree, 8.She is also a member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA), the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), and the Illinois Academy of PAs (IAPA), all professional organizations which provide continuing education programs to improve patient care.
Both Nahass and Crook said their advice on whether someone should see a skincare specialist is a simple rule. If something is growing or changing, then a visit to the dermatologist may be in the patient’s best interest.