SOURCE: Dermacare

September 20, 2006 08:30 ET

Dermacare Forms Corporate Medical Board of Directors

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 20, 2006 -- Dermacare Laser & Skin Care Clinics® announces the creation of a medical advisory board composed of physicians in multiple specialties throughout the country, to ensure that Dermacare further strengthens its role as the industry's leading physician-based laser aesthetic skin care franchisor.

"This dynamic group of distinguished physicians across multiple specialties and geographic regions will ensure the continuation of Dermacare's unequaled safety record and emphasis on safety first," states Carl Mudd, president and CEO of Dermacare. "We look forward to our physician board's diverse expertise to provide counsel on emerging issues, procedures and developments and bring new insights, perspectives and ideas as we plan for future growth."

Dermacare's Charter Board members include:

--  Phillip L. Barkley, M.D. (Gainesville, Fla.) is Board Certified in
    Internal Medicine. Dr. Barkley completed his bachelor's degree in
    psychology at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He graduated from
    Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and completed a residency
    in Internal Medicine at Michigan State University. He is past president of
    the American College Health Association. Dr. Barkley is also a member of
    the American College of Physician Executives.
--  Jefferson C. Birchall, M.D. (San Diego) is Board Certified by the
    Canadian College of Family Physicians and the American Board of Family
    Practice. He received his bachelor's degree and M.D. from the University of
    Calgary, Canada, and completed his residency at Foothill Hospital in the
    university's Family Medicine program. He was a staff physician with Palomar
    Medical Center in San Diego and is currently physician (and past medical
    director) of the Penn Elm Medical Group in Escondido, Calif.
--  Kevin B. Calhoun, M.D. (Mission Valley, Calif.) is Board Certified by
    the American Board of Emergency Medicine, and is an emergency medicine
    physician with post graduate training in radiology and anesthesia. He
    received his undergraduate degree in psychobiology at UCLA, Los Angeles and
    his medical degree from the UCLA/Drew School of Medicine. He is currently
    an emergency room physician at Sharp Chula Vista Hospital in Chula Vista,
    Calif. He is a member of the American Medical Association, American Board
    of Emergency Medicine, National Medical Society and the American College of
    Emergency Physicians.
--  Jeffrey E. Epstein, MD. (Cherry Hill, NJ) is Board Certified in
    Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. He has been in private practice in
    Internal Medicine for nearly 20 years and was a Medical Director for
    AmeriHealth of New Jersey prior to joining Dermacare.  Dr. Epstein
    completed his undergraduate degree at Swarthmore College, his medical
    degree at Rutgers Medical School and completed his Internal Medicine
    Residency at Mercy Hospital in San Diego, CA.  He is a member of the
    American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians.
--  Brent G. Greenberg, M.D. (San Diego) is a Board Certified family
    physician with the Penn Elm Medical Group in Escondido. Dr. Greenberg
    earned his BA degree in Mass Communications at UCLA and his M.D. from The
    Chicago Medical School. He has been a Medical Expert for the Medical Board
    of California, is a member of the American Academy of Family Practice and
    the National Association of Medical Communicators and has served as a
    Quality Assurance Director for Scripps Clinic. He has been published in
    Post Graduate Medicine, Medical Economics and Physician's Practice Journal
    and was also a medical commentator for Fox News in San Diego.
--  Daniel P. McDonald, M.D. (Dallas, Texas) is a Board Certified OB/GYN,
    who maintained a private practice for nearly a decade. He completed his
    undergraduate work at San Diego State University and earned his medical
    degree from the University of South Alabama, where he also completed his
    residency. He is a member of the American Medical Association, Texas
    Medical Association, American Association of Minimally Invasive Surgery,
    Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons, and multiple aesthetic societies and
--  Thomas Moffo, M.D. (Arrowhead, Ariz.) is Board Certified in internal
    medicine and has practiced emergency medicine for over 15 years. He
    graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his
    medical training in internal medicine at the Indiana University Medical
    Center. He earned his bachelor of science degree from the Indiana
    University at Bloomington.
--  Abraham Sayegh, M.D. (Scottsdale, Ariz.) is Board Certified in
    internal medicine and has practiced in the Phoenix area since 1989. He
    serves as medical director for Hospice of Arizona and as a team physician
    for the Harlem Globetrotters. He is the former chairman of the Department
    of Medicine at Paradise Valley Hospital in Paradise Valley, Ariz., and is
    Medical Director for Ridgecrest Nursing Home.
--  Sidney Smith, M.D. (Tri-Cities -- Richland, Kennewick and Pasco,
    Wash.) is Board Certified in Dermatology and has vast experience in all
    aspects of cosmetic, medical and surgical dermatology. Dr. Smith served
    over eight years in the United States Army, including a year stationed in
    Baghdad, Iraq. In the Army, he was the chief of dermatology, assistant
    chief of dermatology and was on the teaching staff for Dermatology
    residents and other residents. He also has authored over 20 dermatology
    journal articles and chapters, and is a member of the American Academy of
    Dermatology, the American Medical Association and Alpha Omega Alpha.
Dr. Leslie Marcum has been appointed as an associate board member.

The physician charter members will be on the "front line" ensuring that Dermacare is constantly reviewing technology, practices, procedures and positions commensurate with Dermacare's standards of efficacy and "safety first." Board members will be involved with training policies, new products, continuing education standards, national training courses, public relations opportunities, speaking engagements and speaking/training for CME credits.

About Dermacare

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Dermacare Laser & Skin Clinics is a physician-based medical skin care franchise business featuring a comprehensive array of treatments and services. Dermacare's core principles of safety, efficacy and service are shared by a community of franchisees committed to excellence. All Dermacare treatment procedures are conducted by highly trained clinicians in professional medical facilities. For more information, visit

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