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Heart Centered Family Medicine

Heart Centered Family Medicine

Welcome to Heart Centered Family Medicine


I have joined Dr. Andrea Ramsay, M.D. at her practice Heart Centered Family Medicine, adding this as my 3rd location in Sunrise.   Dr. Ramsay represents the basic principles of traditional medicine, but also integrates alternative treatments, mental health, and physical training/wellness. In other words treating the whole patient; the mind, body and spirit in such a way that honors the practice of medicine but also finds the added benefits of healing the individual as a whole!

My addition will focus on Rejuvenation and Wellness; I will help you achieve the results you desire for your personal image.  We will recommend treatments we feel are right for you based upon our assessment of your goals, concerns and past medical history.

Rejuvenation and Wellness will include:

Botox Cosmetics        Facial Fillers    Chemical Peels           Permanent Makeup    Massage Therapy       Facials

Call 954 797-3887 to schedule a free consultation with me.



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International Dermal Institute “Successfully Treating Hyperpigmentation”

International Dermal Institute “Successfully Treating Hyperpigmentation”

I attend the International Dermal Institute Postgraduate class “Successfully Treating Hyperpigmentation” today.   The class was in-depth, scientific, comprehensive and organized; it’s main focus on skin type classification, skin histology, and anatomy of a melanosome, signaling the melanocyte, causes of pigmentation, pigmentation disorders, and ingredients to inhibit pigmentation, medical options and customizing skin treatments.

Hyperpigmentation that lead to skin discoloration can be complicated.  Taking this class today has helped me to establish the causes, type of pigmentation, and treatment protocol. During the practical session we were able to give and received treatments address to our skin type and condition.  Great class, presented by advanced Instructor Sharon Bell.

IDI postgraduate

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The ABCDE of Melanoma

The ABCDE of Melanoma

The ABCDE of Melanoma

abcde in sun

Melanoma is a malignant tumor that originates in melanocytes, the cells which produce the pigment melanin that colors our skin, hair, and eyes. The majority of melanomas are black or brown. However, some melanomas are skin-colored, pink, red, purple, blue or white. Most melanomas can be treated successfully if they are detected at an early stage. If melanoma is not detected at an early stage, it can spread to other parts of the body and is potentially a lethal form of cancer.

 Symptoms of Melanoma

Often the first sign of melanoma is a change in the shape, color, size, or feel of an existing mole. Melanoma may also appear as a new mole. Thinking of “ABCDE” can help you remember what to look for:


Asymmetry: The shape of one half does not match the other half.  Normal moles or freckles are completely symmetrical. If you were to draw a line through a normal spot, you would have two symmetrical halves. In cases of skin cancer, spots will not look the same on both sides.

Border: The edges are often ragged, notched, or blurred in outline. The pigment may spread into the surrounding skin.  A mole or spot with blurry and/or jagged edges.

Color: Shades of black, brown, and tan may be present. Areas of white, gray, red, pink, or blue may also be seen.  A mole that is more than one hue is suspicious and needs to be evaluated by a doctor. Normal spots are usually one color. This can include lightening or darkening of the mole.

Diameter: There is a change in size, usually an increase. Melanomas can be tiny, but most are larger than the size of a pea (larger than 6 millimeters or about 1/4 inch). If it is larger than a pencil eraser, it needs to be examined by a doctor. This includes areas that do not have any other abnormalities (color, border, asymmetry).

Elevation: The mole has changed over the past few weeks or months.   Elevation means the mole is raised above the surface and has an uneven surface.

Finding melanoma early is the key to curing this terrible disease. That is why learning the ABCDE rule for skin cancer is so important. This system provides an easy way to recognize moles and growths that might be cancerous.

Although most of your “suspicious” moles will turn out to be normal non-cancerous moles, it is much better to be safe than sorry. To not see, or simply ignore an early melanoma can be devastating. Because melanoma can disguise itself as a strange looking mole, be sure to review the ABCDE rule for skin cancer to properly identify abnormal growths.

If your mole or growth has one or more of the ABCDE’s, you should show it to your doctor as soon as possible!


The basic ABCDE warning signs to determine whether a mole is a melanoma are as follows, (American Academy of Dermatology, AAD 2009):

An active life in the great outdoors can be invigorating and rewarding, but it also has its risks. A lifetime of sun exposure can put you at risk for melanoma. Understanding the dangers of this disease is critical.  Time in the sun is fun, but excessive UV exposure is a major risk factor for developing melanoma, a type of skin cancer. Learn more about the signs, causes, and risk factors for this condition.


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