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SkinSpeaks | Charity of the Month

Susan G. Komen® Minnesota Charity of the Month Program, November 2017

SkinSpeaks is proud to support Susan G. Komen® Minnesota, a non-profit organization working to better the lives of those in our community facing breast cancer. Susan G. Komen Minnesota joins more than 100,000 breast cancer survivors and activists around the globe as part of the world’s largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting breast cancer. Up to 75 percent of donation net proceeds stay right here in Minnesota and help the organization work toward keeping its promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.

About Susan G. Komen: Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other non-profit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $950 million in research and provided more than $2 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 60 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life.

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National Psoriasis Foundation Charity of the Month Program, September 2017

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to show on the skin. It typically appears on the outside of the elbows, knees or scalp, though it can develop on any location. Some people report that psoriasis is itchy, burns and stings. Psoriasis is associated with other serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and depression.

National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is the leader in promoting psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis research. In addition to giving millions of dollars in grants to fund innovative projects, the foundation serves as the hub for psoriatic disease research activities by teaming up with scientists, medical professionals, industry and the federal government. Donations support the NPF’s goal of finding better treatments and a cure for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

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Spot Skin Cancer - The American Acadmey of Dermatology Charity of the Month Program, June 2017

The American Academy of Dermatology was founded in 1938. It is the largest, most influential and representative dermatology group in the United States. The Academy’s mission is to promote leadership in dermatology and excellence in patient care through education, research and advocacy. From exceptional education and practice management expertise to free skin cancer screenings and Camp Discovery, the Academy is working hard to strengthen the specialty, increase the visibility of dermatologists, educate the public, and ensure the best care for patients.

Joining forces with our family of 18,000 members, as well as individual and corporate supporters, the Academy’s SPOT Skin Cancer initiative is leading the fight against skin cancer. Support through donations helps provide access to shade structures, free skin cancer screenings, valuable public education and awareness campaigns, online resources, advocacy efforts, and supporting research.

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Make-A-Wish® Charity of the Month Program, March 2017

SkinSpeaks is proud to support Make-A-Wish Minnesota, which plays a unique and vital role in helping strengthen and empower children battling life-threatening medical conditions. Kids who have a wish granted gain far more than an experience. Studies show wish kids fight harder against their illnesses and comply more readily with their treatments. Community volunteers who grant wishes say the process is life changing, as they enrich the lives of children and their families with hope, strength and joy.

Make-A-Wish Minnesota wish granting takes place at the grassroots level, serving the local community and making the most of every dollar.

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The National Rosacea SocietyCharity of the Month Program, February 2017

Rosacea (pronounced "roh-ZAY-sha") is a chronic and sometimes life-disruptive disorder primarily of the facial skin, often characterized by flare-ups and remissions. Many have observed that it typically begins any time after age 30 as a redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead that may come and go. In some cases, rosacea may also occur on the neck, chest, scalp or ears. Over time, the redness tends to become ruddier and more persistent, and visible blood vessels may appear. An estimated 16 million Americans have rosacea, yet only a small fraction is being treated.

The National Rosacea Society is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of people with rosacea by raising awareness, providing public health information and supporting medical research on this widespread but little-known disorder. The organization provides information to help rosacea patients better understand their disorder and more effectively manage its signs and symptoms. Donations support education, grants, public awareness and medical research on potential causes and other key aspects of rosacea that may lead to advances in its treatment and a potential cure.

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Second Harvest HeartlandCharity of the Month Program, December 2016

Hunger affects approximately 1 in 10 people in our area every year. Hungry people are everywhere – in rural, urban and suburban areas, of every age and background. Hungry children, working adults and seniors are living all around us – and they need our help. There is more than enough food available to feed everyone. Second Harvest Heartland is constantly looking for new ways to collect, store and distribute millions of pounds each year. The organization’s services and programs get food safely and efficiently to the people who most need it. Second Harvest Heartland's work feeds hundreds of thousands of people every year, and its work with new partners brings innovative ideas to the way our community solves hunger.

Financial donations are the most efficient way to bring food to our hungry neighbors. Every $5 raised allows Second Harvest Heartland to deliver 18 meals to those who need it most.

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American Lung AssociationCharity of the Month Program, November 2016

The American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest is committed to saving lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through research, education and advocacy. Lung disease is responsible for one in seven deaths in the U.S., and close to 34 million Americans are living with chronic lung disease such as asthma, lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Medical research holds the promise of a better future for people with lung disease and their loved ones. Donations to the American Lung Association’s Upper Midwest chapter support the mission of saving lives of those suffering from lung diseases, with contributions to research, development of programs, directing public policy, sharing up-to-date information on respiratory illnesses, treatment and management.

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Susan G. Komen® Minnesota Charity of the Month Program, October 2016

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and SkinSpeaks is proud to support Susan G. Komen® Minnesota, a non-profit organization working to better the lives of those in our community facing breast cancer. Susan G. Komen Minnesota joins more than 100,000 breast cancer survivors and activists around the globe as part of the world’s largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting breast cancer. Up to 75 percent of donation net proceeds stay right here in Minnesota and help the organization work toward keeping its promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.

About Susan G. Komen: Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other non-profit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $920 million in research and provided more than $2 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life.

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Alzheimer’s Association of MN and North Dakota Charity of the Month Program, September 2016

Alzheimer’s is a disease that attacks the brain, affecting thoughts, memory and language. It is the most common form of dementia, a general term for a decline in mental ability that is severe enough to interfere with daily life. The Alzheimer’s Association of Minnesota-North Dakota has been providing services, information, and advocacy for more than 30 years to people with dementia, their families and health care providers. The Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter is one of seven founding chapters of the National Alzheimer's Association. It was started by family caregivers who came together around a common need of getting support and help for their loved ones with dementia.

Since 1979, the donor-supported, nonprofit Alzheimer’s Association has provided reliable information and care consultation, created supportive services for families, increased funding for dementia research, and influenced public policy changes.

The Alzheimer’s Association mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

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Jennifer K. Jeansson successfully completes advanced aesthetic training certification.

Edina, MN – Skin Speaks: Advancements in Dermatology announces that Jennifer K. Jeansson, RN, CANS has successfully completed certification of The Aesthetic BluePrint™, an elite training course for advanced aesthetic practitioners.

The Aesthetic BluePrint is an intense 2.5-day training seminar focusing on the advanced use of injectable products for facial rejuvenation and beauty restoration.

“Graduates of The Aesthetic Blueprint are well equipped to restore facial balance, create a refreshed look and optimize beauty,” said Arthur Swift, MD of Montreal and seminar co-chair.

“We believe that beauty restoration requires a comprehensive clinical approach,” added Kent Remington, MD of Calgary and seminar co-chair.

The Aesthetic BluePrint agenda covers a variety of clinical topics including facial anatomy, advanced injection techniques, Phi proportions, and clinical photography, as well as business strategies like branding, web design, marketing, and referrals.

“Our participants are immersed in an in-depth curriculum that examines not only the clinical aspects of aesthetics but the all important business strategies required to achieve geometric practice growth,“ said Robert Rullo, CEO and Co-founder. “Our focus goes beyond creating results to optimizing the total patient experience.”

Attending The Aesthetic BluePrint™ training is part of my on-going commitment to continually improve the quality of care I offer my clients. It was like no other seminar I have ever attended. Learning directly from these thought leaders only serves to improve my ability to meet the needs of my clients in a natural and meaningful approach”, said Jennifer Jeansson.

For maximum results, clients are encouraged to select a practice that is certified via The Aesthetic BluePrint™.

About The Aesthetic BluePrint

The Aesthetic BluePrint has quickly emerged as the premier training course in aesthetic medicine, offering programs focused on the very best clinical and business strategies available today. Cofounded by renowned aesthetic expert, Dr. B. Kent Remington and business entrepreneur and trainer, Robert Rullo, The Aesthetic BluePrint provides participants with the blueprint needed to create a flourishing and profitable aesthetic practice.

Follow the Aesthetic BluePrint on Facebook or visit www.aestheticblueprint.com.

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August "New to You" Angela Ciliberto

Angela Ciliberto, RN, DNC joined SkinSpeaks: Advancements in Dermatology and Spa M.D. as an injection specialist in 2016. For more than a decade she has helped restore and enhance her client's natural vitality.

Angela started her career as a registered nurse in 2004. Soon thereafter, she became a lead nurse of a dermatology clinic. During this time, she continued her education and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Augsburg College with a Bachelor's degree in Nursing in 2010. Angela then earned her certification as a Dermatology Nurse (DNC) in 2014.

She continues to stay up-to-date on the latest dermatological research and treatments through advanced training, local and national conferences, and as an active member of the Dermatology Nurses Association.

Angela performs aesthetic consultations to develop customized skin care plans that help revitalize the skin, which may also include aesthetic injections such as Botox, dermal fillers and Kybella.

"I'm committed to my clients. I want them to look in the mirror and feel refreshed when they see their own natural beauty reflected back."






SkinSpeaks | Charity of the Month

National Psoriasis Foundation Charity of the Month Program, August 2016

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. It typically affects the outside of the elbows, knees or scalp, though it can appear on any location. Some people report that psoriasis is itchy, burns and stings. Psoriasis is associated with other serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and depression.

National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is the leader in promoting psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis research. In addition to giving millions of dollars in grants to fund innovative projects, the foundation serves as the hub for psoriatic disease research activities by teaming up with scientists, medical professionals, industry and the federal government. Donations support the NPF’s goal of finding better treatments and a cure for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

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Minnesota Veterans Medical Research and Education Foundation Charity of the Month Program, July 2016

Skin Speaks is proud to support Minnesota Veterans Medical Research & Education Foundation (MN VETS), an organization that works to provide outstanding medical care to local veterans*. As its mission states, the foundation is dedicated to advancing the health and well-being of our country's veterans through cutting-edge medical research and education leading to prevention, diagnosis, and management of disease and disability.

MN VETS is a private, state-chartered nonprofit organization that does not receive any direct government funding for its operations. Only through the generosity of research sponsors and donors is it able to achieve critical medical advancements for our veterans and the community as a whole.

*Did you know that SkinSpeaks is happy to always offer a 10% military discount to current and former military members? Discount is valid on regularly priced cosmetic services and products.

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The Prostate Cancer Foundation Charity of the Month Program, June 2016

In honor of Father’s Day, SkinSpeaks is proud to support The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) during the month of June. PCF’s mission is to accelerate the world’s most promising prostate cancer research for better treatments and cures. The leading philanthropic organization for funding and accelerating prostate cancer research, PCF has raised nearly $660 million and provides funding to more than 2,000 research programs at nearly 200 cancer centers and universities. PCF advocates for greater awareness of prostate cancer and more efficient investment of governmental research funds for transformational cancer research. Many important discoveries in the fight against prostate cancer since the foundation’s 1993 beginning resulted from PCF funding or coordination—including the development of new medications, gene therapy approaches and the development of vaccines that may soon work with the body’s immune system to kill prostate cancer cells. Thanks to these and other victories, the U.S. death rate from prostate cancer has dropped nearly 40% from what was once projected.

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Skin Cancer Foundation Charity of the Month Program, May 2016

The Skin Cancer Foundation is the only international organization devoted solely to combating the world’s most common cancer, now occurring at epidemic levels. Since its founding in 1979, The Skin Cancer Foundation has set the standard for educating the public and the medical profession about skin cancer, its prevention by means of sun protection, the need for early detection, and prompt, effective treatment.

The Foundation has always recommended following a complete sun protection regimen that includes seeking shade and covering up with clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses, in addition to daily use of sunscreen. Skin cancer is primarily a lifestyle disease, which is why the Skin Cancer Foundation emphasizes public awareness and education campaigns. Donations to The Skin Cancer Foundation go toward funding public education and early detection programs, medical seminars, and groundbreaking research.

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Action for Healthy Kids Charity of the Month Program, April 2016

Action for Healthy Kids is the nation's leading not for profit organization committed to reversing childhood obesity and ensuring all children are well nourished, physically active, healthy and ready to learn. The organization partners with schools, families, and the community to create a culture of health and wellbeing where the healthy choice is easy and valued. Action for Healthy Kids believes that all children should be healthy and ready to learn. Currently, one in three of our nation’s kids is overweight or obese, putting these children at risk for a variety of health complications and chronic diseases, including heart disease, gallbladder disease, asthma, type 2 diabetes and cancer. At Action for Healthy Kids, the goal is to empower children and youth to be active every day, have access to, and choose to consume healthy foods, and as a result, reach their full potential for a long, healthy future.

Funds support the organization’s goals to: engage and empower parents to support wellness at home, at school and in the community; equip school and community wellness programs to take action; promote the health and learning link to school leaders to build policies that support these outcomes.

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Make-A-Wish Minnesota Charity of the Month Program, March 2016

SkinSpeaks is proud to support Make-A-Wish Minnesota, which plays a unique and vital role in helping strengthen and empower children battling life-threatening medical conditions. Kids who have a wish granted gain far more than an experience. Studies show wish kids fight harder against their illnesses and comply more readily with their treatments. And community volunteers who grant wishes say the process is life changing, as they enrich the lives of children and their families with hope, strength and joy.

Make-A-Wish Minnesota wish granting takes place at the grassroots level, serving the local community and making the most of every dollar.

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Camp Discovery by the American Academy of Dermatology Charity of the Month Program, February 2016

Camp Discovery offers kids living with chronic skin conditions a summer camp experience like no other. Every summer, the American Academy of Dermatology sponsors six weeks of camp in five locations where kids can experience activities such as fishing, swimming, archery, horseback riding, nature trails, and more. Under the expert care of dermatologists and nurses, Camp Discovery gives campers the opportunity to spend a week among other young people who have similar skin conditions. Many of the counselors have chronic skin conditions as well, and can provide support and advice to campers.

There is no fee for Camp Discovery. All costs, including transportation, are provided by the American Academy of Dermatology through generous donations from its members, other organizations, and individuals. The American Academy of Dermatology is proud to offer this experience to about 380 children each year.

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Second Harvest Heartland Charity of the Month Program, January 2016

Hunger affects approximately 1 in 10 people in our area every year. Hungry people are everywhere - in rural, urban and suburban areas, of every age and background. Hungry children, working adults and seniors are living all around us – and they need our help. There is more than enough food available to feed everyone. Second Harvest Heartland is constantly looking for new ways to collect, store and distribute millions of pounds each year. The organization’s services and programs get food safely and efficiently to the people who most need it. Second Harvest Heartland's work feeds hundreds of thousands of people every year, and its work with new partners brings innovative ideas to the way our community solves hunger.

Financial donations are the most efficient way to bring food to our hungry neighbors. Every $5 raised allows Second Harvest Heartland to deliver 18 meals to those who need it most.

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American Lung Association Charity of the Month Program, October 2015

Since its launch in 1947, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program has distributed more than 494 million toys to more than 230 million needy children. This charitable endeavor has made U.S. Marines the unchallenged leader in looking after less fortunate children during the holiday season. The Twin Cities Toys for Tots campaign is among the highest in the nation in distribution of toys, books and stocking stuffers to help brighten the holidays for children in our community. The campaign couldn’t be successful without the community volunteers who donate their time, services or goods to help support the Toys For Tots local operation.

Toys for Tots is a top rated charity, with 97% of your donation going directly to the mission of providing toys, books and other gifts to local children. Please consider donating to Toys for Tots by bringing in a new, unwrapped gift to any of our SkinSpeaks clinics, or by making a cash donation online through the local Toys for Tots site.

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American Lung Association Charity of the Month Program, October 2015

The American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest is committed to saving lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through research, education and advocacy. Lung disease is responsible for one in seven deaths in the U.S., and close to 34 million Americans are living with chronic lung disease such as asthma, lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Medical research holds the promise of a better future for people with lung disease and their loved ones. Donations to the American Lung Association’s Upper Midwest chapter support the mission of saving lives of those suffering from lung diseases, with contributions to research, development of programs, directing public policy, sharing up-to-date information on respiratory illnesses, treatment and management.

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Susan G. Komen® MinnesotaCharity of the Month Program, October 2015

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and SkinSpeaks is proud to support Susan G. Komen® Minnesota, a non-profit organization working to better the lives of those in our community facing breast cancer. Susan G. Komen Minnesota joins more than 100,000 breast cancer survivors and activists around the globe as part of the world's largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting breast cancer. Up to 75 percent of donation net proceeds stay right here in Minnesota and help the organization work toward keeping its promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.

About Susan G. Komen: Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other non-profit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $800 million in research and provided more than $1.7 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy's life.

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Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota ChapterCharity of the Month Program, September 2015

Alzheimer’s is a disease that attacks the brain, affecting thoughts, memory and language. It is the most common form of dementia, a general term for a decline in mental ability that is severe enough to interfere with daily life. The Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota has been providing services, information, and advocacy for more than 30 years to people with dementia, their families and health care providers. The Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter is one of seven founding chapters of the National Alzheimer's Association. It was started by family caregivers who came together around a common need of getting support and help for their loved ones with dementia.

Since 1979, the donor-supported, nonprofit Alzheimer’s Association has provided reliable information and care consultation, created supportive services for families, increased funding for dementia research, and influenced public policy changes.

The Alzheimer’s Association mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

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Action for Healthy KidsCharity of the Month Program, August 2015

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin condition that causes itching and often an accompanying rash. The rash commonly develops on the face, back of the knees, wrists, hands and feet. Affected areas usually appear very dry, thickened, or scaly. In fair-skinned people, these areas may initially appear reddish and then turn brown. Among darker-skinned people, eczema can influence pigmentation, making the affected area lighter or darker. In the United States, eczema impacts over 31 million people and requires proper diagnosis and treatment from an experienced dermatology provider.

The National Eczema Association works to improve the quality of life for individuals with eczema through research, support and education. Donations to the National Eczema Association go toward changing and improving lives. Gifts provide education, advocacy, research and public awareness.

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National Eczema AssociationCharity of the Month Program, July 2015

Action for Healthy Kids is the nation's leading not for profit organization committed to reversing childhood obesity and ensuring all children are well nourished, physically active, healthy and ready to learn. The organization partners with schools, families, and the community to create a culture of health and wellbeing where the healthy choice is easy and valued. Action for Healthy Kids believes that all children should be healthy and ready to learn. Currently, one in three of our nation’s kids is overweight or obese, putting them at risk for a variety of health complications and chronic diseases, including heart disease, gallbladder disease, asthma, type 2 diabetes and cancer. At Action for Healthy Kids, the goal is to empower children and youth to be active every day, have access to, and choose to consume healthy foods, and as a result, reach their full potential for a long, healthy future.

Funds support the organization’s goals to: engage and empower parents to support wellness at home, at school and in the community; equip school and community wellness programs to take action; promote the health and learning link to school leaders to build policies that support these outcomes.

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Scleroderma FoundationCharity of the Month Program, June 2015

June is National Scleroderma month. Scleroderma, or systemic sclerosis, is a chronic connective tissue disease generally classified as one of the autoimmune rheumatic diseases. The word “scleroderma” comes from two Greek words: “sclero” meaning hard, and “derma” meaning skin. Hardening of the skin is one of the most visible manifestations of the disease.

The Scleroderma Foundation is a national organization developed for people with scleroderma, and their families and friends. The Foundation’s three-fold mission is of support to help patients and their families cope with scleroderma through programs, peer counseling, physician referrals and educational information; education to promote public awareness through patient and health professional seminars, literature and publicity campaigns; and research to stimulate and support studies to improve treatment and ultimately find the cause of and cure for scleroderma and related diseases.

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Skin Cancer FoundationCharity of the Month Program, May 2015

The Skin Cancer Foundation is the only international organization devoted solely to combating the world’s most common cancer, now occurring at epidemic levels. Since its founding in 1979, The Skin Cancer Foundation has set the standard for educating the public and the medical profession about skin cancer, its prevention by means of sun protection, the need for early detection, and prompt, effective treatment.

The Foundation has always recommended following a complete sun protection regimen that includes seeking shade and covering up with clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses, in addition to daily use of sunscreen. Skin cancer is primarily a lifestyle disease, which is why the Skin Cancer Foundation emphasized public awareness and education campaigns. Donations to The Skin Cancer Foundation go toward funding public education and early detection programs, medical seminars, and groundbreaking research.

Learn More






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Memorial Blood CentersCharity of the Month Program, April 2015

Memorial Blood Centers has been saving and sustaining lives for over 60 years. A Minnesota-based, independent nonprofit, Memorial Blood Centers supply life-saving blood, state-of-the-art laboratory services, and biomedical expertise to area hospital and clinic partners, national blood centers, biotechnology companies, research institutions, and international clients from Australia to Switzerland.

Dedicated to the values of integrity, respect, synergy, service, and excellence, the organization is proud to be Minnesota’s largest community blood center. Community involvement, worldwide partnerships, and industry leadership puts this mission-driven organization at the forefront in the field of transfusion medicine and blood banking. Just as the community depends on Memorial Blood Centers to ensure a safe and readily available blood supply, the organization relies on the generosity of individuals, corporations, grantors, and foundations that join in the mission to save lives.

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Camp Discovery by the American Academy of Dermatology Charity of the Month Program, March 2015

Camp Discovery offers kids living with chronic skin conditions a summer camp experience like no other. Every summer, the American Academy of Dermatology sponsors six weeks of camp in five locations where kids can experience activities such as fishing, swimming, archery, horseback riding, nature trails, and more. Under the expert care of dermatologists and nurses, Camp Discovery gives campers the opportunity to spend a week among other young people who have similar skin conditions. Many of the counselors have chronic skin conditions as well, and can provide support and advice to campers.

There is no fee for Camp Discovery. All costs, including transportation, are provided by the American Academy of Dermatology through generous donations from its members, other organizations, and individuals. The American Academy of Dermatology is proud to offer this experience to about 380 children each year.

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American Heart Association - Minnesota Charity of the Month Program, February 2015

The American Heart Association, Minnesota is working to build healthier lives where we live and work — in the community, within health care and through education and research. The American Heart Association is the nation's oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, the organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters working tirelessly to eliminate these diseases. The American Heart Association funds innovative research, fights for stronger public health policies and provides critical tools and information to save and improve lives.

Donations to the American Heart Association aid in the fight against our nation's No. 1 and No. 4 killers — heart disease and stroke. Donations support life-saving efforts including research, education, advocating for better health, improving patient care and reaching populations at risk.

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Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest Charity of the Month Program, January 2015

Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest is a non-profit organization that provides a home away from home to keep families together during a child’s health crisis, when the support of family matters most. Families are assisted through three core programs: 1) The Ronald McDonald House, Oak Street, 2) The Ronald McDonald House, Children’s Minneapolis, and 3) The Ronald McDonald Family Room, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. The Ronald McDonald house strives to create a loving and sympathetic community for families by acknowledging and respecting every individual, anticipating needs and exceeding expectations, and focusing on excellence in all they do.

Donations from the community allow the Ronald McDonald House Charities to continue their mission to create, find and support programs that provide a caring community for families with seriously ill children, while increasing children's access to health care services.

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Toys for TotsCharity of the Month Program, December 2014

Since its launch in 1947, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program has distributed more than 452 million toys to more than 209 million needy children. This charitable endeavor has made U.S. Marines the unchallenged leader in looking after less fortunate children during the holiday season. The Twin Cities Toys for Tots campaign is among the highest in the nation in distribution of toys, books and stocking stuffers to help brighten the holidays for children in our community. The campaign couldn’t be successful without the community volunteers who donate their time, services or goods to help support the Toys For Tots local operation.

Toys for Tots is a top rated charity, with 97% of your donation going directly to the mission of providing toys, books and other gifts to local children. Please consider donating to Toys for Tots by bringing in a new, unwrapped gift to any of our SkinSpeaks clinics, or by making a cash donation online through the local Toys for Tots site.

Learn More






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American Lung AssociationCharity of the Month Program, November 2014

The American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest is committed to saving lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through research, education and advocacy. Lung disease is responsible for one in seven deaths in the U.S., and close to 34 million Americans are living with chronic lung disease such as asthma, lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Medical research holds the promise of a better future for people with lung disease and their loved ones. Donations to the American Lung Association's Upper Midwest chapter support the mission of saving lives of those suffering from lung diseases, with contributions to research, development of programs, directing public policy, sharing up-to-date information on respiratory illnesses, treatment and management.

Learn More






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Susan G. Komen® MinnesotaCharity of the Month Program, October 2014

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and SkinSpeaks is proud to support Susan G. Komen® Minnesota, a non-profit organization working to better the lives of those in our community facing breast cancer. Susan G. Komen Minnesota joins more than 100,000 breast cancer survivors and activists around the globe as part of the world’s largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting breast cancer. Up to 75 percent of donation net proceeds stay right here in Minnesota and help the organization work toward keeping its promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.

About Susan G. Komen: Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other non-profit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $800 million in research and provided more than $1.7 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life.

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SkinSpeaks | Charity of the Month

No Kid Hungry CampaignCharity of the Month Program, September 2014

SkinSpeaks is proud to support the Share our Strength No Kid Hungry Campaign, a national organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger in the United States. 1 in 5 kids in America struggles with hunger. This campaign works to ensure that all children have access to nutritious food where they live, learn and play.

No Kid Hungry campaign donations go toward implementing and improving school breakfast programs, educating families on how to shop for and prepare nutritious meals on a budget, and providing healthy summer meals.

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National Psoriasis FoundationCharity of the Month Program, August 2014

SkinSpeaks is proud to support the National Psoriasis Foundation, an organization dedicated to drive efforts to cure psoriatic disease and improve the lives of those affected. Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune disease that appears on the skin. As many as 7.5 million Americans suffer from psoriasis, a disease that has been linked to other serious health conditions such as cardiovascular disease and depression.

The National Psoriasis Foundation’s priority is giving people the information and services they need to gain control of their psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis, while increasing research to find a cure.

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Minnesota Veterans Medical Research & Education FoundationCharity of the Month Program, July 2014

SkinSpeaks is proud to support Minnesota Veterans Medical Research & Education Foundation (MN VETS), an organization that works to provide outstanding medical care to local veterans. As its mission states, the foundation is dedicated to advancing the health and well-being of our country's veterans through cutting-edge medical research and education leading to prevention, diagnosis, and management of disease and disability.

MN VETS is a private, state-chartered nonprofit organization that does not receive any direct government funding for its operations. Only through the generosity of research sponsors and donors is it able to achieve critical medical advancements for our veterans and the community as a whole.

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Make-A-Wish MinnesotaCharity of the Month Program, June 2014

SkinSpeaks is proud to support Make-A-Wish Minnesota, which plays a unique and vital role in helping strengthen and empower children battling life-threatening medical conditions. Kids who have a wish granted gain far more than an experience. Studies show wish kids fight harder against their illnesses and comply more readily with their treatments. And community volunteers who grant wishes say the process is life changing, as they enrich the lives of children and their families with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish Minnesota wish granting takes place at the grassroots level, serving the local community and making the most of every dollar.

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SPOT Skin CancerCharity of the Month Program, May 2014

SkinSpeaks is proud to support the American Academy of Dermatology’s SPOT Skin Cancer™ initiative, which aims to educate the public about skin cancer and motivate individuals to make positive behavior changes to prevent and detect skin cancer. Despite being the most preventable type of cancer, 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer of some form. Melanoma is the deadliest form, taking 9,180 lives a year. SPOT’s mission is to build awareness and ultimately save lives, because caught early, skin cancer has a 98% cure rate.

Contributions support SPOT Skin Cancer’s efforts to create a world free of skin cancer through its Prevent, Detect and Live campaign.

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Autism Society of MinnesotaCharity of the Month Program, April 2014

April is Autism Awareness Month and SkinSpeaks is proud to support the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM), a nonprofit organization committed to education, support and advocacy to enhance the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. AuSM strives to inform and educate families, professionals and the community about autism spectrum disorders and promising interventions. AuSM is devoted to advocate for appropriate services and rights for people with autism spectrum disorders and their families.

Supporters of AuSM sustain the work that has helped so many—100% of donations stay in the Minnesota autism community, and every dollar counts.

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Williams syndromeCharity of the Month Program, March 2014

Williams syndrome is a rare, genetic condition that is present at birth and can affect anyone. It is characterized by medical problems, including cardiovascular disease, developmental delays, and learning disabilities.  These occur side by side with striking verbal abilities, highly social personalities and an affinity for music.

Those with Williams syndrome need costly and ongoing medical care, and early interventions (such as speech or occupational therapy) that may not be covered by insurance or state funding. SkinSpeaks is dedicated to supporting the Williams Syndrome Association, which works to enrich the lives of individuals and families affected by Williams syndrome.

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SkinSpeaks | Charity of the Month

Giving Back

SkinSpeaks is happy to announce that every month, our staff will pick a new charitable organization for our Charity of the Month Program.

Dr. Carney will match every donation (up to $200 per month). We are proud of our employees for their compassion and generosity to a community in need.






From Dr. Carney

To my valued patients,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your continued support of Advancements in Dermatology. I have worked very hard over the last 25 years to build a practice that provides not only top of the line skin care, but also a place where you know that your concerns will be heard. Often times in medical care today, patients are ushered in and out of appointments so quickly that you begin to wonder if the provider heard your concerns at all. I do not want that to be your experience with our practice. We are here to listen to you, and care for you in the best way that we can.

As you can see, we have updated our look! Our logo has changed, but the same quality of care that you have come to expect from us will remain the same. Our new website contains pictures and experiences from real patients, just like you. The stories and quotes that are used were given to us voluntarily, and I cannot put in to words how much they mean to me.

I sincerely appreciate the opportunity I have had to meet and form relationships with not only my patients, but those who have chosen to see my mid-level providers as well. I am so proud of my entire team and the care they provide.

Thank you and God bless,