Northeast Wisconsin
  • Northeast Wisconsin
  • October 2015
Written by  Grace Olson

Your skin health specialists: Forefront Dermatology provides state-of-the-art, compassionate care

There are a few well-known realities about skin: it’s certainly one of the first things noticed about another person, it’s the largest organ of your body and it protects your internal structure from outside elements. It has a big job to do, and affects our well-being — both emotionally and physically — more than we may realize.

We sometimes take it for granted, but our skin deserves a prominent place on the list of habits to follow for a balanced and healthy life. That’s where Forefront Dermatology comes in. Formerly known as Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, the team of skin health specialists has been serving Wisconsin for over 40 years.

“(We’re) dedicated to the health and care of the skin as well as general medical conditions that involve the skin,” Dr. Lisa Campbell says. “Our group of professionals specializes in all aspects of dermatology.”

“That includes newborn pediatrics to adult geriatric services,” Dr. David Bertler adds. “We provide the full range.”

Forefront Dermatology holds a commitment to see patients the same or next day in many of their clinic locations where they expertly address a wide spectrum of conditions, including those more commonly known like acne, eczema, rashes, warts, psoriasis and rosacea, and also cosmetic concerns by providing patients with compassionate care, and providing education and personalized care programs throughout the patient’s journey.

Experts in skin cancer care

Forefront Dermatology has become an industry expert on treating basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and less common skin cancers through a highly specialized procedure: Mohs micrographic surgery, a skin cancer-removing technique with a 99 percent cure rate in most cases. Used primarily on skin cancers affecting the face, hands and feet, Mohs surgery’s clinical effectiveness paired with minimal scarring has made it an industry standard.

*Mohs surgery is unique and so effective because of the way the removed tissue is microscopically examined, evaluating 100 percent of the surgical margins. The pathologic interpretation of the tissue margins is done on site by the Mohs surgeon, who is specially trained in the reading of these slides and is best able to correlate any microscopic findings with the surgical site on the patient.

The Mohs micrographic surgeons at Forefront Dermatology make up the largest group of Mohs surgeons in the state of Wisconsin, and hold the experience and offer a level of knowledge and expertise that can’t be beat. Trained specifically for Mohs surgery and equipped with the knowhow to provide you the best care, they’re all board certified and have completed fellowships through the American College of Mohs Surgery.

Meet the Mohs surgeons of Forefront Dermatology

Get to know some of Forefront Dermatology’s most experienced and respected Mohs surgeons:

David E. Bertler, MD

Time with Forefront Dermatology: 10 years.

Where did you complete your Mohs fellowship training? University of Louisville.

Why did you get into dermatology? I did a rotation during my senior year of medical school in dermatology… and I just loved it. Between me and the patient, I could come to a relatively quick diagnosis and treatment plan without having to involve a lot of imaging or specialty referrals.

What does a typical day for you at Forefront Dermatology entail? Every day is different because every patient I treat is different. I’m doing the same procedure (Mohs micrographic surgery), but it’s always a unique experience between me and the patient.

What is your favorite part of your day? The end of the day when I know I’ve worked well with my team and we’ve made a positive impact on our patient.

What do you recommend people do to try and prevent skin cancer? I always tell patients that a lot of it is just making healthy choices. You put your seatbelt on when you hop in a car, so you should put on a broad-spectrum sunscreen at least from April to October, wear hats with brims and avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Lisa B. Campbell, MD

Time with Forefront Dermatology: 6.5 years.

Where did you complete your Mohs fellowship training? Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania.

Why did you get into dermatology? Of all areas of medicine, I found dermatology to be the most fascinating. I chose the subspecialty of procedural dermatology and Mohs surgery because I enjoy detailed, hands-on work.

What lessons has your work life taught you? Treat others as you would like to be treated. Smile — a lot.

If readers could walk away knowing one thing about Forefront Dermatology, what would it be? We are real people, working hard to help others.

What is your favorite part of your day? My favorite part of the day is meeting my patients prior to surgery — learning about them, their activities and passions, their family and work life, their worries, and being able to connect with each person to put them at ease. Many times I can turn a stressful situation into a positive experience.

How does Forefront Dermatology differ from other dermatology practices? We have a busy practice, as most physicians do, but our physicians and staff will make every attempt to see that the experience in the office is pleasant and focused on the person.

Sean F. Pattee, MD

Time with Forefront Dermatology: 10 years.

Where did you complete your Mohs fellowship training? University of Massachusetts.

Why did you get into dermatology, specifically Mohs micrographic surgery? When I was studying dermatology in my residency and I learned about Mohs surgery, I fell in love with it. I fell in love with the fact that when a patient came to me and had those concerns — and had skin cancer — that I could present to them a treatment that could offer them a 99 percent cure rate in most cases.

What makes Forefront Dermatology unique? We do probably 98 percent of the reconstructive surgery here in our clinic. I’m talking to (patients) and having a conversation, which is something I enjoy. I get to know my patients as I’m doing the surgery.

What is your favorite part of your day? My greatest satisfaction comes from seeing my patients happy and well.

If readers could walk away knowing one thing about you and the care you provide, what would it be? Even though I’ve seen thousands of skin cancers, I understand that when a patient comes to me, this is probably their first experience with skin cancer. I take that seriously… I understand that they’re scared and that they don’t know what to expect. I want them to be educated and then feel empowered.

John Starling, III, MD

Time with Forefront Dermatology: 5 years.

Where did you complete your Mohs fellowship training? I performed a one-year fellowship at The Skin Cancer Center in Cincinnati with Brett Coldiron, MD, the past president of both the American College of Mohs Surgery and the American Academy of Dermatology.

Why did you get into dermatology? Dermatology has a very descriptive, rich vocabulary that arises from many Greek and Latin roots, and so this specialty helped me combine a professional interest in medicine with a previous academic interest in ancient languages.

What is your favorite part of your day? My favorite parts of the day include sharing stories with my patients while I get to know them during their time here for Mohs surgery… I am eternally thankful for those who have contributed to my development: family members, patients, professors, colleagues and coaches. Therefore, I try my hardest to practice in a first class way as I represent them all.

What makes Forefront Dermatology unique? I feel fortunate to be part of a large team of physicians who are board certified in dermatology and fellowship trained in dermatopathology, pediatric dermatology and Mohs surgery. Our team presents a wealth of training and expertise. While we are a larger organization, we strive to provide personalized care and individualized treatment plans for our patients.

Forefront Dermatology has an array of locations to provide patients quality care for all dermatological needs. For more information and to find the location nearest you, call 855-535-7175 or visit

Stay tuned!

To learn even more about Forefront Dermatology and how they provide you with state-of-the art, compassionate care, be sure to check out their upcoming feature in our December 2015 issue!

*Reference: “Overview of Mohs Micrographic Surgery.”

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