Monthly Archives: July 2016

Happy 10 years!

Tomorrow marks 10 years since Johnson Dermatology opened it’s doors in Fort Smith, AR. I saw a video this weekend that talked about healthcare being a calling and not a job. It really spoke to me. My stomach churns thinking about doing anything other than exactly what I do now. The team we have at JD right now is actually the largest and best we have had since I started there 4 years ago. This month, to celebrate our 10 years, we are having specials on almost all our cosmetic services and products. We are also having a HUGE makeover giveaway (details coming). Stop in, make an appointment, come play in the make-up room, whatever you can do, make it a point to come celebrate with us this month at Johnson Dermatology. Here are 10 reasons to come celebrate with us at the clinic this month.

  1. Our NEW Dermatologist is here! Yes, that’s right, it’s official. Dr. Garrett Nelson starts seeing patients on Monday! Come meet him, he is kind, smart, loves skin and can’t wait to make Fort Smith his home. Ask to say hello and welcome him to Fort Smith when you’re in, or heck just make an appointment with him!
  2. We have the UltraShape!!!! Say buh bye to that bulge today! UltraShape is focused, pulsed ultrasound waves that destroy fat forever! Treat your saddlebags, love handles, belly bulge, arms and any other fat pocket that you have given a mean name and see permanent results. You need three treatments 2 weeks apart and will then see optimum results 4 weeks after your last treatment. If you do the math thats 10 weeks. Therefore, if you start in August you will have that body contour you’re looking for by halloween-treat yourself don’t trick yourself this year! (hint:special this month)
  3. VelaShape is here too! We weren’t just going to permanently rid fat without some cellulite and skin tightening too! The VelaShape is part of your UltraShape treatment or you can get it in a separate package. This device turns fat cells from grapes to raisins making cellulite disappear. This takes upkeep after your first treatment so I’m guessing our laser team has a special this month to get you kick started!
  4. We have sooo many specials on procedures(fillers, botox, Kybella). We are keeping all our specials for the eyes of our guests only. That’s right, you’re going to have to come to the clinic to get the gift. We want you to come celebrate with us and if you do you AND your wallet will be glad you did!
  5. Latisse. Buy two Latisse and get $100 off the rest of the month. Because you read my blog, you heard it first. Stock up for the year now!
  6. Get a free make-up consult. Kaylee and our make-up team can color match you and party with you in the make-up room. Have you spent time learning about our Jane Iredale make-up? It’s life changing and we have such a fun space to enjoy it…. and yes there is a make-up special this month!
  7. Get a free skin care consult. Have you met some of our skincare consultants? We now have about 50 employees and they ALL use the skin care products we offer! Why? Because they WORK! Quit wasting money on expensive products that are so called “recommended by a dermatologist” and come to Johnson Dermatology where we have personally hand selected and tried each product we recommend. Come learn why we stand behind the products we use….. and yes there is a skin product special this month!
  8. School is about to start! All you students know how busy you will be once school starts. Don’t wait until the last minute to get your acne treated before school starts. Get your skin fall ready before it’s too late. Your skin cells only turn over every 28 days so to see real change you need a few months. Come this month when you have no excuses not to! Oh and did I mention we might have some acne cosmetic specials this month!?!?
  9. The Summer sun gotcha. Did the fun in the sun this summer have your brown spots popping up? Melasma? Come reverse the damage at JD this month. Obviously we have a discoloration special…. think chemical peel meets laser…..
  10. Because Dr. Sandy, Dr. Brad, Honey, Dr. Nelson and I are there and we can’t wait to treat all your skin needs. Dr. Sandy said it best in our 10 year celebration video (watch it here)”We love skin, we love our community and we just can’t stop the feeling”. We honestly just want to celebrate with a big thank you to all our patients so please come see us at Johnson Dermatology and let us thank you with our specials. We can’t wait for the next 10 years with the best patients!


“Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after an experience with you becomes your trademark”

Hope to leave you all feeling skintastic this month and every month, Nina


10 year humbrag

Shockingly I didn’t know what a humbrag was until Dr. Sandy told me. She always teases me about being “cool”. But this was one social media hashtag she taught me months ago that I really love. It means putting yourself down or complaining about something in a way that makes you look awesome. Such as tweeting “Why is my private jet always late?”. This weekend I had a pool party that was so much fun. Looking at the photos all over my girlfriends’ social media had me feeling insecure about my body. We all have insecurities about something. Whether it’s how we talk, how our skin looks, our hair, our quirks, our teeth, our legs or whatever. Mine is definetely my body size and fitness level. Which fluctuates frequently. So what better way to get your mind off of your insecurities and back on the positive happy land I like to live in than a good humbrag. For those of you that don’t know, Johnson Dermatology turns 10 years old on August 1st, 2016. So I reminded myself what I accomplished every year that Johnson Dermatology has been open. This post is all about me, because that’s what I needed today. What do you need to be in your happy place today? What puts you in a good mood? What are your last 10 year brags? Here are mine.

2006. I became an RN graduating from the U of A in Fayetteville with a bachelors in the science of nursing. Humbrag: I can’t believe I was born, raised and educated in Fayetteville, AR.

2007. I married Jarrard. humbrag: It’s so annoying being married to a cop that gets stopped everywhere we go because he is a Fort Smith celebrity.

2008. I bought my first home. Humbrag: I hated to leave my first home to move into my dream home.

2009. I did travel nursing from California to Florida. Humbrag: I hated being away from my family while laying on beaches.

2010. Jarrard had a 99% occluded “widow maker” vessel in his heart. He cheated death and we learned how to love life all over again. Humbrag:My husband would have died of a heart attack if I wasn’t an ICU nurse that got him taken care of so quickly.

2011. I graduated UCA as an Advanced Practice Nurse top of my class with a 4.0. Humbrag: I can’t believe I had to drive all the way to Conway to get my Student of the Year award.

2012. I started work at Johnson Dermatology. The first year in 10 years that I had Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years day off with my family. Humbrag: I can’t believe I have to wake up at 4 AM everyday to be able to workout and go to the best job in the world.

2013.I gave birth to Charlee Vella Copeland. After 5 years of infertility. I will always brag about her, even if it isn’t in a humble manner. Always. Humbrag: Getting Charlee dressed in her thousands of outfits from her closet is such a chore.

2014. I got pregnant with Stevie this year and taking care of a toddler while pregnant basically just made this a year I don’t remember. Humbrag: I was so tired and pregnant with a one year old I didn’t have time to shop so I wore my jeans from college.

2015. I gave birth to my Stevie Marie Copeland. My angel baby. My family perfectly complete. Humbrag: It is so hard to find time to workout, go to an awesome job, take care of two perfect children and have alone time with my flawless husband. #notenoughtimeintheday

It’s empowering to think of all the things you have accomplished in life, it’s funnier when you make them into humbrags. I don’t know what the next 10 years will bring but I’m excited to make them the best yet. I know you probably feel like this post was T.M.I. but it made me feel good about myself and that’s the most important thing sometimes, to take care of yourself before anyone else. If you need someone to take care of your skin or you want a special treat then you should come see us at Johnson Dermatology. We have a LOT of exciting things coming and August is going to be our huge 10 year celebration month so I hope to see you all at the clinic.

“And I saw on this hill, since my eyesight’s so keen, the two biggest fools that have ever been seen! And the fools that I saw were none other than you, who seem to have nothing else better to do than sit here and argue who’s better than who!” -Dr. Seuss

#humblebrag away people, Nina


Laser Hair Reduction

There are certain things in life that make you feel good; make you want to turn the music up in the car and dance your whole drive home. On Friday I got my hair done(shout out to my girls at Roots hair salon). I love it! It put me in a good mood. I wanted to celebrate how great it made me feel. Maybe the older you get in life the more small things grow in importance and significance and I have reached the age where a great cut and color is the highlight of my week. Or maybe when you look good you really do feel good. Whatever the reason, I know that my mood can go from great to dancing in the streets after a good haircut,massage, date night, girls night out or filler (last time I had filler to contour my cheeks I took approximately 500 Kim Kardashian style selfies). That’s the real reason we all get botox, laser, invest in skin care, color our hair, get a pedicure, shop the new styles or even use make-up. We want to look good to feel good.

Laser hair reduction is probably the most universal cosmetic skin procedure. Men and women of all ages can benefit from laser hair reduction. If you have unwanted dark hairs we can do laser hair reduction on your upper lip, chin, underarms, abdomen, bikini area, legs and back. We have recently upped our game of laser hair reduction at Johnson Dermatology so I thought we should do a re-cap overview.

  1. We have three lasers for hair reduction. We have the YAG which is the safest laser on the market for dark skin. The Elos is a machine that has different pieces for different things. We have a hand piece for painless hair reduction and then another piece for larger areas so it won’t take as long and it won’t hurt as much.
  2. You can’t get lasered when you are tan. It can cause discoloration.
  3. You have to have dark hair. If the hair is blonde the laser won’t work. The laser targets dark and if there is nothing to target it simply won’t work well. This is why you can’t wax nor pluck two weeks before being lasered, it needs that target. Don’t fret, you can shave.
  4. It requires 3-5 monthly treatments for semi-permanent results.
  5. Laser hair reduction of the underarms (we say axillae in the fancy medical world) can also help with excessive sweating.
  6. Laser hair reduction can solve the problem of “razor burn”. If I’ve said it once I’ve said it 100 times, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
  7. Think of all the money you will save in razors, shaving cream, aftershave, waxing appointments, threading and all the other lotions and potions you use for hair reduction.
  8. It makes a great gift. Give it to your guy with a hairy back or who hates his beard and wants it forever gone. Give it to your bridesmaids-it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Honestly, everyone has somewhere they would probably like laser hair reduction.
  9. There is no downtime. I can have my upper lip lasered (maltese girl problems) and go see patients 5 minutes later and no one can tell. I might be a little red but it covers with make-up, no biggie.
  10. With the new painless laser hair reduction, Motif, it doesn’t hurt. If you had laser hair reduction 5 years ago this will change your experience 100%.

Laser hair reduction can be life changing. Upper lip hair used to embarrass me, razor burn hurt and itched. If you or someone you know could benefit from laser hair reduction I highly recommend you call and ask for Tasha, Alice, Dani or one of our amazing laser technicians who can walk you through any questions and get you an appointment to learn more and be treated, safely!

Thanks to Roots hair salon and my hair dresser Caroline I got to dance around all weekend feeling super fly. I hope you will let Johnson Dermatology help you feel like you can dance in your own skin with pride. I look forward to getting to know you and getting to know my current people even better.

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” -Friedrich Nietzsche

I hope you can all hear the tune I’m carrying, Nina