I am happy to introduce dermatologist Dr. Deborah Altemus to our dermatology practice community. This means that our practice is again open to the referrals of your family and friends who need dermatology care for their skin problems. Dr. Altemus is a seasoned and experienced clinician and dermatologist, and now a wonderful new member of our team. She is as much at home practicing in an academic type of medical center where the most complex dermatologic conditions are managed, as she is here in our intimate Sebastopol dermatology office. Dr. Altemus was raised in the Midwest. She studied medicine at Midwestern University in Chicago, IL (1978-1982), with a focus on wholistic health care. While in medical school, she accepted an Armed Forces scholarship that ultimately led to her 20-year career in the US Army medical corps. After practicing general and emergency medicine for 10 years in Germany, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, Dr. Altemus began Dermatology training at Brooke Medical Center in San Antonio Texas in 1990. Her military career in dermatology has included an appointment as the Chief of Dermatology at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI. Since leaving the military, Dr. Altemus has practiced in various private practice and academic settings. She and her family have recently settled here in Northern California and we are thrilled to have her contribute her skill and expertise to our practice. In addition to practicing with us here in Sebastopol, Dr. Altemus practices one day a week as a member of the clinical teaching faculty at UCSF Medical Center. There, she provides dermatology care to the medically under-served at the San Mateo County teaching hospital. Appointments with Dr. Altemus are available for your friends and family who are in need of general, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology care. Please have them call our office at (707) 829-5778 to schedule their appointment with dermatologist Dr. Debra Altemus.