Monthly Archives: July 2018

JD Turns 12!

Everyone loves to celebrate, or at least I think they do.  That is why we are celebrating 5 days for our JD anniversary this year.  Dr Brad and I opened Johnson Dermatology on August 1, 2006. Thank you to Lynne and Shelly who have been with us all 12 years. Thank you to every team member who has been with us, is with us now or will be with us in the future.  Thank you to our team members and our families and friends for a great celebration last week at Alma aquatics park.  Thank you to every single patient who has trusted us, trusts us now and who will trust us in the future with the care of your skin.  Thank you to John Craig who was at Simmons Bank and is now at Bancorp South for approving us for the loan to open our business…especially since 2 other banks told us we were too high risk. Thank you to the medical community who included us and sent us patients and continue to send us patients.  Thank you to the community groups and businesses who allowed us and continue to allow us to speak at an event to or be a part of their group.  Thank you to everyone one of you who takes the time to read Nina’s the skinny on skin blog, even when I get to guest blog. Anyway, we have a lot to celebrate at Johnson Dermatology and we can’t stop the feeling yet.  Have you seen our 10 year anniversary video..I know it was 2 years ago…time flies.  Thank you to Regan and Mona Jones for our video.

This year the team led by Nina, Shelly, Dani, Margaret, Brooke, and Sarah Jane have decided we need to celebrate big with 5 days.  Also EVERY elite member who comes to the clinic this month will be given a special gift and the chance to win one of the 75 special gifts that are valued up to $1000.  We will have special guests on the 5 cosmetic days for any patient to meet.  There are lots of unadvertised specials and goodies.   They are correct, we have so much to celebrate. Here are a few of the things that we are celebrating.
…You trust us with the care of your skin.
… Drs Nelson and Brad performed more than 2500 skin surgeries last year.
…Our Dermatopathology lab led by Dr Amy and Lisa are able to get you good answers to your skin condition.
…Honey is a certified dermatology physician assistant who is a national expert and speaker for the treatment of psoriasis.
…the JD clinical trials team has performed more than 50 studies and is led by Crystal, Christa and Lara to provide free care while advancing science.
…our Elite members have received lots of free treatments and savings in addition to concierge level personalized care.
…JD is a leading laser practice in the country with more than 10 devices.  The JD laser team led by Alice, Sonya and Patience takes pride in getting you great results in a comfortable environment.
…the JD cosmetic team led by Nina has been recognized nationally by Allergan (who makes Botox and Juvederm) as a top 250 practice in the country.  Allergan even invited Dr Sandy to be the only physician speaker at their national meeting this year.
…the JD skin care education team has been trusted to research new products.  We know that you can purchase skin care products anywhere including Target, Amazon, Sephora, other medical offices.  We take pride in providing products with great ingredients that we use personally.  We also take pride that we are not sales people but are your skin care partner and educator to help you use skin care products to maximize your results.  My daughter Anna had a recent skintastic skin care consult and make up session with Brooke to help prepare for her sophomore year of high school.
…the JD team worked with many local businesses and groups to increase awareness of the importance of skin care.  Thank you to the local schools, UAFS, Reynolds cancer support house, the Purple Plume, Hazels Haven, Roots hair salon, Hanging City, Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce, Doug’s, Mercy, etc.
…JD has been recognized by the readers of eFort Smith and the SW Times Record as the best dermatologist and place to get skin care.
…the JD team is extremely thankful and grateful for you.  Come celebrate with us and let us help you feel more skintastic.
If there is anything else you would like us to offer or if there is anything you think we can do at JD to be better, please let me know.  Make sure you repeatedly check out our Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and website as well as come into the clinic to stay current on all of the celebrations at JD.  After all, doesn’t everyone love a party?
Stay skintastic!  Dr. Sandy

Do You Have the Special Sauce?

When I’m doing a bad job posting on this blog Dr. Sandy always comes in clutch. This might be one of my favorite blogs she has ever written. Enjoy!!!!!

I was fortunate to go back to my hometown of Niles Ohio this past weekend. It was amazing catching up with family and friends…some who I have not seen for way too long.  When I saw Aunt Phyllis, my godmother and younger sister to my mom, Justin Timberlake came to mind.  My mom has been using TNS essential serum for years.  My mom (known affectionately at JD as “Mama Jo”) considers TNS-ES as the secret sauce.  My mom and her family immigrated from Italy when she was a young girl.  To us, sauce is an important ingredient in food and in life.  She has tried to get her sister to use this TNS-ES sauce but has been unsuccessful.  Aunt Phyllis really only uses sun block (important) and moisturizer (aka the juice).  She has never really bought in to the importance of the ingredients that I advise.  (Tangent:  Aunt Phyllis was a premier beautician in town and many people thought that as a dermatologist I would join and possibly take over her business when I finished with my long training.  They were disappointed to find out I was not coming back to Niles and that I would not be able to cut hair—what was my training good for?)


Anyway, I love my Aunt Phyllis but I was really surprised when I first saw her because her skin looked so much older, wrinkled and duller than my mom’s skin. This really surprised me because all of my life, Aunt Phyllis was always known as the beautiful younger sister.  I have decided it is time to convince Aunt Phyllis to start using the TNS-ES sauce.


Those of you who know me know that I encourage everyone at a  minimum to use TD&R and retinol.  I love TD&R because it is a broad spectrum sunblock protecting against UVA, UVB, and infrared radiation in addition to repairing damage caused by radiation and the environment.  Even my mom agrees this is a single product that does it all.  My mom uses the tinted TD&R because it also acts as her makeup foundation.  As for retinol, I would bet that EVERY dermatologist uses it in some form or fashion.  Topical Vitamin A is the ingredient that has the most science to support its use to prevent aging, acne, and cancers of the skin.    One cannot argue with science and results.


I must admit however that I understood the science of TNS-ES and growth factors but have not promoted it to everyone.  I know it is one product that has not changed its formulation in about 15 years. I know that once people start using this product, they continue to use it.  It is not an overnight success story like a moisturizer (remember juice is temporary).  By now hopefully you know that it takes at least 2 skin cycles  or 2 months to create real change and improvement in the skin.  Any product (not counting in office procedures) that  promises results in less than 2 months is just a moisturizer or colored cosmetic.  Real change takes time.  If you don’t believe me, just think about any diet or exercise program—if you lose more than a few pounds in a week it is just water weight and will come right back—real weight loss takes time, dedication, and good food/ingredients.  Real changes to your skin take time, dedication, and good ingredients.  Juice is temporary but sauce is forever.


After seeing the difference in skin tone, texture and brightness between my mom and Aunt Phyllis, I am going to advise everyone to add the secret sauce of TNS-ES to their regimen twice a day.  In fact, I am going to send Aunt Phyllis some TNS-ES today since I love her that much.  The   combination of growth factors and antioxidants in TNS-ES is unrivaled.  Online, TNS-ES has a 5 star rating and a 92% satisfaction rate.  If you want to learn more about this product, come see one of our skin care experts for a complimentary consult.  If you want to order some TNS-ES  from us but do not want to come to the clinic, you can purchase it on our online store  If you order it online, you will always get free 2 day shipping and gift with purchase.  You can also sign up for a subscription service and save 20%.  You can also order TNS-ES with some other of my favorite products in a package system.


Together, let us enjoy some sauce together and stay skintastic with an old Italian toast that I learned from my Aunt Phyllis:

May your life be like a good wine… tasty, sharp, and clear.  Like a good wine, may it improve with every passing year.  Salute!



I forgot to post this last week!! What is wrong with me? We did an awesome collaboration with Hanging City Supply Co. yesterday and it reminded me to post this! If you haven’t shopped the boutique before go now, green pointe shopping center in Fort Smith!

I have spent the past five days at a Dermatology conference in Colorado Springs, CO. It’s alway great to learn what’s new and changing in Dermatology. It’s crazy how much changes in such a short period of time in healthcare. It’s always fun to learn but one of my favorite things to do at these conferences is networking. Shocker, I know. I love getting to talk with the different companies about where they are taking things with their drugs or devices. I love talking to other NP’s  and PA’s about how they do things. Sometimes I learn more from them than I learn from all the speakers and slide decks. One of my favorite people said to me this week, “I’m an extrovert but you make me look like an introvert”. I took it as a compliment. How great is it that God made us each different. We all can learn and improve so much by getting to know each other. The world really is full of good people. On my way to Colorado I met a man at DFW that was traveling to Colorado to surprise his friend that he served over seas with for years. While in Colorado I met so many great people that taught me so many new ways to help my patients. I had an uber driver stationed in Colorado that taught me all sorts of military FAQs that made me a better American.  On the way home I met the most inspiring woman in the airport. She was a welder working in a mans world and making the workforce more diverse. She is a serious boss babe who taught me how to be more fierce professionally in a short time at the bar over a glass of wine. My point is this: the more people you allow to influence you, the better life is! God made us all different in part so that we could make an awesome team. Together our world is better. So for those of you that don’t feel comfortable meeting new people or maybe new conversations are awkward for you this is the one blog you need to read. These are my tips on networking and meeting people.

  1. Don’t hesitate to smile. Most people will introduce themselves after a simple smile. If I was walking past a booth I wanted to learn more about at the conference I would simply make eye contact and smile. That usually shows you have interest in engagement and the other party does the inviting. Seems simple but it works! 
  2. Have a go-to. Everyone is different but if you find that one thing to say that feels natural for you and you’re prepared to approach people with it then meeting someone is easy. For example, at the airport I always say “where you headed?”. At the conference I always say, “Are you enjoying the conference?”. At work I always meet new patients with “Thank you for trusting me, welcome!”. Whatever feels comfortable to you use it. Then use it. Then use it again because practice makes perfect. The more times you use it the more natural it feels and the easier it is to strike conversation. 
  3. Fear loneliness. Instead of fearing someone won’t want to talk to you or think you are weird or be annoyed by you fear what would happen if you didn’t say hello. Would I rather sit in an airport on my phone having zero interaction or would I rather get to know a little something about somebody that makes me cooler? Obvious choice! Fear the right things.
  4. Surround yourself with extroverts. My husband has never met a stranger. I joke when we travel he talks to other people more than me! When we went to Vegas to get married he almost asked a couple at our hotel pool to come to our wedding(I vetoed it thinking my parents would be offended that strangers were at my wedding and they weren’t). If someone else has the gift to gab then ride their coattails! Let them be the icebreakers and you can be introduced and reap the benefits.
  5. Make people feel like they are special. Tell someone you love their hair. Tell someone you think meeting them changed you a little. Tell people their company makes your life better. The more positivity you spread the more positivity will come back to you. Be nice. And don’t worry about alternative motives when being nice. People worry too much about making the wrong impression when being nice. 
  6. Realize how short life is. Do you want to limit yourself in this short time we spend on earth? Do you want to shut someone out because of fear? The best thing about life is the people in it. If you have this realization it will conquer all fears.
  7. Accept different. Some people will reject you. Some people will annoy you. Some people you will wish you didn’t meet. But who cares? Maybe you can learn from those differences. Maybe you won’t, but honestly, first world problems. Worse is happening everyday.

Or don’t network. Don’t socialize. Don’t meet the world. You will never know what you are missing. But that’s a whole other blog. 

Whatever you do, please! Please! Stay Skintastic, Nina