The IN caught up with dermatologist Dr. Scott McMartin with the Dermatology and Laser Center at Medical Center Clinic. He filled us in on his attraction to the dermatology specialization, his advice for those looking for the right dermatologist, the best part of his job, and his outdoor hobbies.
IN: What interested you in dermatology?
DR. MCMARTIN: A good friend of mine is a dermatologist, so I was exposed to the specialty early in my medical training. The innumerable subspecialties within dermatology—surgery, cosmetics, autoimmune disorders, infectious disorders, allergy, etc.—were the main draw and to this day keep my practice interesting.
IN: What are your specialties?
DR. MCMARTIN: General dermatology—all aspects—surgical dermatology, cosmetic dermatology—Botox, laser tattoo removal, chemical peels, pulsed dye laser treatment for facial redness and photodamage, etc.
IN: What kinds of issues do you address with your patients most often?
DR. MCMARTIN: The majority of my practice deals with the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. A lot of our patients also have common dermatological conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, acne and rosacea.
IN: What advice can you give someone looking for the right dermatologist for them?
DR. MCMARTIN: The majority of our new patients are referred to our clinic via word of mouth. Therefore, ask around. Most likely, a friend or relative has seen a local dermatologist and can give an unbiased opinion. Education, training, practice experience and board certification can also be important.
IN: What’s the best part of your job?
DR. MCMARTIN: The majority of my patients are healthy with problems that are usually solvable and treatable.
IN: You received your undergraduate, master’s, and medical degrees from the University of South Dakota, and also completed your internship there. How do you like being a Gulf Coast resident now?
DR. MCMARTIN: The warmer weather allows us to participate in numerous outdoor hobbies. It would be very difficult for us to move back to the cold and snow.
IN: What do you enjoy doing when you’re not in the office?
DR. MCMARTIN: My wife and I enjoy traveling, playing golf, walking our dogs and riding motorcycles.
Dr. Scott McMartin
Medical Center Clinic
Dermatology and Laser Center
8333 N. Davis Highway