Published on March 26th, 2019 | by Chad T.0
The owner and operator behind the ever-expanding multi-location dermatological practice Treasure Coast Dermatology, Dr. Tim Ioannides has combined his love of medical dermatology, with the drive necessary to operate an independent practice. By continuously providing unparalleled customer service, along with a focus on the medical (versus cosmetic) aspects of dermatology, Ioannides has cemented his role as a leader within the industry, providing services for the Treasure Coast community for over fifteen years.
After garnering his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine, Dr. Ioannides completed a comprehensive medical internship at the University of Florida School of Medicine Health Science Center. Later, he went on to complete a stringent residency at the the University of Miami School of Medicine in the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital. After thriving within the dermatology realm for several years, Tim’s love for medical dermatology, as well as motivation to create the practice of his dreams, led him down the entrepreneurial path. Since he opened Treasure Coast Dermatology as a single brick-and-mortar location, he has leveraged his professional skills, innate characteristics, and vast experiences to create a thriving, successful, and growing business.
What led you to open your own practice, instead of working in an already-established dermatological practice?
Post matriculation, I began working for another physician, in a practice where cosmetic procedures were much more prevalent than medically based dermatological care. Though I enjoyed my experiences, and certainly learned many valuable lessons that would undoubtedly translate to future endeavors, my passion resonated with medical dermatology. For me, diagnosing and caring for skin conditions, implementing new skin cancer treatments, and delving into the realm of technological advancements for the betterment of medical care provided the fulfillment that I was seeking professionally.
Thus, after amassing credibility, experience, and confidence, my previously dormant entrepreneurial spirit began to strike, and I knew I wanted to branch out independently. I opened my own practice, and worked hard to generate enough profit throughout the opening stages to be able to streamline procedures, and focus on my passion of providing medically based dermatological care. I utilized the customer service hierarchies that were important to me, and aimed to maintain extensive face-to-face interaction with each client, growing the practice organically.
What’s an exciting trend in your industry?
Generally, in the medical field, the inclusion of technology in breakthrough treatments is momentous. Within the previous two decades or so, technological advancements have allowed all areas of medicine to advance in ways that were previously unheard of. Thus, technology in general, and the way it imparts new treatments, diagnosing tools, and advancements is absolutely enthralling to me. In this regard, medicine will never be stagnant, and one will never be “finished” learning.
Within the realm of dermatology specifically, we are also in a very promising time currently, with skin cancer research delving into previously unchartered territory. Within the previous five or so years, researchers have begun considering skin cancer to act like an infectious disease. Thus, the thought process continued toward treating it as an infectious disease, and working toward decreasing cancerous cells in that regard. I was fortunate enough to be involved with research for the new skin cancer vaccine. To me, this is the biggest advancement in the dermatological field.