After successfully launching three dermatology clinics in Washington for Silver Falls Dermatology, Lacey resident Fawn Ross proves you can go home again. The dermatology-trained nurse practitioner is now practicing in Olympia, and helping a new generation of doctors learn the art and science of dermatological diagnosis and treatment.
“In a way, I’ve come full circle,” says Ross, who served as education program manager for the Family Medicine Residency at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia for 19 years. It was that job that inspired her to return to school and become a nurse, and now she is part of the training program itself. This summer, medical residents from St. Peter Hospital will spend 1-2 days a week learning from Ross as she diagnoses and treats conditions of the skin, hair and nails.
Ross’s circuitous route back to Olympia has given her a rich and diverse medical background, as well as an enviable network of colleagues in the local medical community. Her Master’s Degree in psychological counseling led her to the program manager position at St. Peter’s, but after almost two decades she sought a different path from administration. “I decided that I wanted to do something more personally rewarding,” says Ross, who returned to school and became a nurse at age 50. “I worked nights as a neurology/stroke nurse to acquire a couple years of clinical experience, then trained to become a Nurse Practitioner.”
Ross completed her ARNP studies at Washington State University in Vancouver. Now, as a dermatology-trained nurse practitioner, Ross is specially qualified to diagnose and treat conditions of the skin, hair and nails such as acne, dermatitis, psoriasis, seborrhea, bacterial and viral infections, herpes, warts, rosacea, eczemas and alopecia. Dermatology-trained nurse practitioners also diagnose and treat benign and malignant skin lesions, including skin cancer.
“Fawn has been instrumental in the successful launch of our offices in Aberdeen, Longview and Federal Way,” says Medical Director John Young, MD. “She is also the lead for the company’s comprehensive nurse practitioner training program and has a keen ability to mold confident practitioners.”
This summer, family medicine residents from St. Peters Hospital will be rotating through Silver Falls’ Olympia office to benefit from Fawn’s experience, first-hand. “Medical doctors and doctors of osteopathy will spend 1-2 days a week with me and another day each week with a local dermatologist,” says Ross. “The focus will be general medical dermatology, particularly how to evaluate cases they might see in primary care and what sort of cases should be referred to a specialist for additional treatment.”
Ross says the connections she made while at St. Peters have proven beneficial to patient care and co-management. “I’ve maintained quite a few wonderful personal relationships with family physicians who graduated from the St. Peter family medicine residency program,” she says. “I’ve also maintained friendships with a number of specialty physicians who provided teaching for our residents.”
It’s a network of care nearly three decades in the making.
Silver Falls Dermatology is accepting consults and new patients of all ages and can be reached by phone at (866) 599-DERM. The office is located at 4250 Martin Way E, Suite 105 in Olympia.