Dr. Taub’s Summer 2019 Letter

Dear Patients, colleagues, and friends,

Fall and winter are coming and unfortunately, we didn’t have much of a spring and summer… but then again, 2 weeks of over 100-degree heat with high humidity, similar to the weather they had in Europe, wouldn’t have been welcome either!

My son is getting married on September 1st, so I admit I have come down with a case of wedding fever! I deliberately did not travel much this summer to be able to take care of arrangements, but I didn’t expect such emotion! Those of you who have been involved in planning your children’s weddings or your own, I am sure you remember this!

We have been crazy busy this summer at the office with an even larger volume of calls than we are used to! If you ever experience trouble reaching us via phone please leave a voicemail, text (847.459.6400) or email (info@advdermatology.com) and someone will always return your call. We thank you, as always, for your patience and please know that every single day we strive to make your experience at Advanced Dermatology and skinfo® better than the last.

Jessica Benjoya, PA-C has joined us! She was previously a medical assistant with us for 4 years before leaving to attended Physician Assistant school at Ohio Dominican University. Before this, she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science (BS) from Vanderbilt. Jessica is no stranger to the area, she grew up in Buffalo Grove and graduated from Stevenson High School! Now she is back home at Advanced Dermatology to assist and to see patients! Welcome home, Jessica! She will have a limited schedule for the better part of a year. She will then be available as one of our Physician Assistants for full patient care. Please welcome her with open arms.

Speaking of new team members, we have two new ‘mini team members’ joining the Adv crew! Dr. Kaniszewska will be out until November while giving birth to twins! During that time some of  our providers will add hours to their schedules. Additionally, Jessica Benjoya, PA-C will be available to see patients for some medical appointments. We wish Dr. Kaniszewska and her family well.

In late August, I chaired a taping of a video webinar for Medscape. The video was about complications from fillers and neuromodulators (ie BOTOX®). Nobody ever likes to dwell on negative consequences, but these are medical procedures! There are a lot of non-licensed practitioners who attempt to perform these treatments, which is quite dangerous. Sadly, consumers are lured to get these treatments in a non-medical atmosphere due to lower cost, or out of convenience (at a beauty salon, someone’s house and even in hotels!). Unfortunately, the result is often a complication. I truly believe this is unprofessional (even if attended by nurses, PAs, and Doctors). The lighting is incorrect, the position of the recipient is not optimal, and the cleanliness is questionable. There is a reason I go to so many meetings- it isn’t only to speak or to teach, but also to learn. Through these meetings, I am connected to leaders in our field that not only advance our knowledge relating to the effectiveness of new treatments, but also uncover potential adverse effects and work on ways to avoid or treat these. We are constantly improving our techniques and incorporating these techniques to make the treatments we provide even better and safer.


Amy Forman Taub, MD, FAAD

And the Staff of Advanced Dermatology and skinfo® Specialty Skincare Boutique