SOURCE: Dermacare

October 10, 2006 08:00 ET

Dermacare Awards Northwestern Franchises to Drs. Kenneth Egli and Sidney B. Smith

Last Available Dermacare Master Regional Franchise

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 10, 2006 --Dermacare Laser & Skin Care Clinics®, the only physician-based laser aesthetic skin-care franchisor in the nation, has signed a Master Regional Franchise agreement with Kenneth Egli, M.D., and Sidney B. Smith, M.D., to open multiple clinics in Eastern Washington, Idaho and Utah. The first clinic is scheduled to open in January in the Tri-Cities, Wash. (Richland, Kennewick and Pasco). Clinic openings in other locations will be announced later. The agreement signals Dermacare's final Master Regional Franchise award.

Dr. Smith is a board certified dermatologist with vast experience in all aspects of cosmetic, medical and surgical dermatology. During his eight years of service in the United States Army, including a year as a field surgeon and as the military dermatologist in Iraq, Dr. Smith has served as chief and assistant chief of dermatology and on the teaching staff for dermatology residents and other residents at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Darnall Army Community Hospital, Fort Hood, Texas; and Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, Wash. He has also 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 Honor Medical Society.

Dr. Egli is a board certified emergency physician from Richland, Wash., a partner of Kennewick Emergency Physicians, and is the Kennewick Fire Department Emergency Medical Services Director. Additionally, he is Medical Director and owner of Mid Columbia Ambulance in Tri-Cities, Wash. Dr. Egli completed his family practice internship at UT Southwestern and Parkland Hospital in Dallas. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at Hermann Hospital in Houston, and is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians and Washington College of Emergency Medicine.

All Dermacare clinics offer 3D Skin Perfection, which includes FotoFacial™ for tone (reducing brown spots and sun damage); Laser Genesis to improve texture (mitigating redness, enlarged pores and other problems); and Laser Collagen Acceleration Titan™ (to firm up sagging skin and fine lines and improve related conditions).

Other services include BOTOX Cosmetics®, dermal fillers Restylane® and Radiesse™, laser hair and vein removal, laser wrinkle and acne scar reduction, microdermabrasion, BLU-U acne light treatment and laser tattoo removal. Dermacare has expertise with ethnic skin, which is at higher risk for adverse occurrences.

Dermacare franchises also are located in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. Each clinic has exclusive geographic operating rights, enabling physicians to invest in single or multiple clinics. Physicians in multiple specialties including emergency medicine; family practice; internal medicine; OB/GYN; ophthalmology; osteopathic; plastic surgery; dermatology and others are taking advantage of Dermacare franchise opportunities. For additional information on Dermacare franchise opportunities, call (877) 700-0788. Physician video testimonials and doctor profiles are available at www.dermacareusa.com/franchise/doctorsofdermacare.html.

About Dermacare

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Dermacare Laser & Skin Clinics (www.dermacareusa.com) is the nation's only physician-based medical skin care franchise business featuring a comprehensive array of proven treatments and services with physician oversight. 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.

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