Why Choose Us 

Dr. Shipp has training in screening for and treatment of skin cancers. She offers both surgical and nonsurgical approaches for removal. Also, we are proud to partner with local Mohs surgeons when appropriate.

Types of Skin Cancer  

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC):

    Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer, typically appearing on sun-exposed areas such as the face, scalp, ears, and neck. BCC often presents as a pearly or waxy bump, or a flat, flesh-colored or brown lesion with visible blood vessels. While BCC rarely spreads to other parts of the body, early detection and treatment are essential to prevent local tissue destruction and disfigurement.

  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC):

    Squamous cell carcinoma arises from the squamous cells in the outermost layer of the skin and is commonly found on sun-exposed areas, including the face, ears, lips, and hands. SCC may appear as a firm, red nodule, a scaly patch, or a sore that fails to heal. Although SCC is less common than BCC, it has the potential to metastasize to other parts of the body if left untreated, making early diagnosis and treatment crucial.

  • Melanoma:

    Melanoma is a less common but more aggressive form of skin cancer that originates in the melanocytes, the pigment-producing cells of the skin. Melanomas can develop anywhere on the body, including areas not exposed to the sun, and may present as an unusual mole or a new pigmented lesion. Early signs of melanoma include asymmetry, irregular borders, uneven coloration, and a diameter larger than a pencil eraser. If detected early, melanoma is highly curable, but advanced melanomas can spread rapidly to other organs, posing a significant risk to health and survival.

  • Merkel Cell Carcinoma (MCC):

    Merkel cell carcinoma is a rare and aggressive type of skin cancer that develops in the Merkel cells, which are found in the deepest layer of the epidermis. MCC typically appears as a painless, firm, red or purple nodule on sun-exposed areas, such as the face, neck, and scalp, and is often mistaken for a cyst or benign growth. Despite its rarity, MCC has a high risk of metastasis and recurrence, necessitating prompt diagnosis and aggressive treatment.

  • Cutaneous Lymphoma:

    Cutaneous lymphoma is a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that primarily affects the skin. It can manifest in various forms, including mycosis fungoides and Sézary syndrome, and typically presents as red, scaly patches or plaques that may resemble eczema or psoriasis. Cutaneous lymphomas are rare and often challenging to diagnose, requiring specialized expertise and multidisciplinary care for optimal management.

  • Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans (DFSP):

    Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans is a rare type of skin cancer that arises from the fibrous tissue in the skin's deeper layers. DFSP usually presents as a firm, flesh-colored or purplish nodule or plaque that grows slowly over time. While DFSP tends to be locally aggressive, with a low risk of metastasis, it can invade surrounding tissues if left untreated, necessitating complete surgical excision and close monitoring for recurrence.

Patient Testimonials

Katie T.

I definitely recommend Dermatology Associates! There was no long wait like at most places. The waiting room and exam room were clean and comfortable, and the staff was super nice. I had to call multiple times after having trouble with the patient portal, and each time I called, they were nice and helpful. Katie made me feel so comfortable. She didn’t try to rush through my appointment to get to the next patient like in some places. She answered all my questions and made me feel so at ease, even with my terrible anxiety. Seriously can’t say enough good things about this place!

Betty T. 

Great experiences on every visit. Short wait in both the waiting room and the exam room. Dr Shipp is generous with samples and advice on saving money on scripts. Everybody from the front office, nurse and check out was kind, friendly and efficient.

MaryCates W. 

Love DAO and everyone that works there! They are the very best!

Olivia M.

I LOVED this place! I loved how quickly I got in and how friendly the staff was. Katie and Dr. Shipp both made me feel at ease and talked me through everything. I also loved how warm and friendly the environment was. I highly recommend this place.

Jenna L.

Dr. Shipp goes above and beyond for her patients. Her physician assistant, Katie, is just as caring and professional. There is no better Dermatology practice in the surrounding area!!!! A++


BCC and SCC are primarily caused by cumulative exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and indoor tanning devices. Risk factors include prolonged sun exposure, a history of sunburns, fair skin, and a weakened immune system.*

While excessive sun exposure is a significant risk factor for melanoma, genetics also play a role in its development. Some melanomas occur in areas of the body not typically exposed to the sun, suggesting that genetic factors may contribute to their onset.*

Not all moles are signs of melanoma, but changes in the size, shape, color, or texture of existing moles or the development of new moles should be evaluated by a dermatologist. The ABCDEs of melanoma (asymmetry, border irregularity, color variation, diameter larger than a pencil eraser, and evolving) can help identify suspicious moles.*

While basal cell carcinoma rarely spreads (metastasizes) to other parts of the body, squamous cell carcinoma has the potential to metastasize if left untreated. Early detection and treatment of both types of skin cancer are crucial to prevent complications.*

Yes, several preventive measures can reduce the risk of skin cancer, including wearing sunscreen with a high SPF, seeking shade during peak sun hours, wearing protective clothing, avoiding indoor tanning devices, and regularly performing skin self-examinations to detect any changes or abnormalities.*

The diagnosis of Merkel cell carcinoma typically involves a skin biopsy, where a sample of the suspicious lesion is removed and examined under a microscope by a pathologist. Additional tests, such as imaging studies and lymph node biopsies, may be performed to determine the extent of the disease.*

Treatment options for melanoma may include surgical excision, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy, depending on the stage and characteristics of the cancer. Treatment plans are tailored to each patient's individual needs and may involve a combination of therapies.*

DFSP has a tendency to recur if not completely removed during surgery. Close follow-up with a dermatologist or oncologist is essential to monitor for recurrence and ensure prompt intervention if necessary.*

While some individuals may have a genetic predisposition to skin cancer, such as those with a family history of the disease or certain genetic syndromes, the majority of skin cancers are caused by environmental factors such as UV radiation exposure.*

Patients with a history of skin cancer or other risk factors should undergo regular skin cancer screenings as recommended by their dermatologist. The frequency of screenings may vary depending on individual risk factors and medical history.*


Please note that beginning October 23, 2023 in order to keep our office running smoothly, we will require all Dermatology & MedSpa patients to have a card on file. We will require a 24-hour notice when rescheduling, anything after 24 hours is considered a NO SHOW and your card will be charged.

Any NO SHOW appointments for a Dermatology visit will be charged a $50.00 fee. Any NO SHOW appointments for the MedSpa will be charged half of the scheduled service.

Thank you for your understanding.