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Dermatology Assoc. of Western Connecticut

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73 Sand Pit Rd. , Suite 207
Danbury, CT 06810

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Dermatology Associates of Western Connecticut, PC, was started in Danbury in 1979. Our main office and administrative center is located in Danbury. In addition, we have satellite offices located in New Milford, Ridgefield, and Southbury. Each of our offices has varied schedules during the week and evening hours are also available.

The medical practice consists of six board-certified dermatologists. Most doctors are affiliated with Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital and the Department of Dermatology of Yale University School of Medicine. We have fourteen experienced and caring nurses on the medical staff.

We are a general dermatology and dermatological surgery practice providing care to infant, pediatric, adolescent, adult, and senior patients. We have a long history of providing diagnostic and therapeutic consultations to the medical communities in Western Connecticut. We conduct dermatological surgery on all benign and malignant (skin cancer) growths of the skin. We utilize multiple methods of surgery which range from superficial curettage (scraping) and cryosurgery (freezing) to complicated surgical procedures, such as Mohs Micrographic surgery and laser surgery.

Services Offered


Our cosmetic dermatology services include:
  • Laser removal of vascular lesions (blood vessels), brown spots, unwanted hair, and tattoos
  • Photofacials for removal of sun-induced brown and red discoloration
  • Skin resurfacing with microdermabrasion, chemical peels and laser
  • Filler injections for wrinkles
  • Botox for facial lines
  • Removal of superficial leg veins with sclerotherapy and lasers
  • Guidance and education for proper and effective skin care

Laser Treatment of Pigmented Lesions and Tattoos

The following is information concerning the treatment of your pigmented lesions with a laser.

What is a laser?

The term LASER is an acronym for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation.Lasers work by producing an intense beam of bright light which generates heat when it is absorbed. The laser beam can cut, seal or vaporize skin tissue and blood vessels. The specific color (wavelength) of the light and power output of the laser determine its medical application. Lasers have been used by dermatologists since the 1960's. Recently, technological advances have made laser surgery the preferred method of treatment for a variety of conditions.

What does the laser do?


This laser was specifically designed to treat pigmented lesions such as solar lentigos (“liver or age spots”) and café au lait macules, as well as tattoos. It targets melanin and destroys skin pigment while in most cases, leaving the top layer of skin intact. All areas of the body can be treated. Although most common pigmented lesions can be removed with one treatment, tattoos require multiple treatments.

How does the skin look following the treatment?

The skin immediately turns white and may then change to a reddish-purple color 5 to 10 minutes after treatment. This color will gradually resolve over a 1 to 2 week period at which time normal skin color and texture will return.

What should I do if wound care is necessary?

If you develop a blister or crust following the treatment, avoid wearing make-up and cleanse the wound twice daily with soap and water. You should also apply an antibiotic ointment such as Polysporin or Bacitracin 1 to 2 times daily.

Where is the procedure performed?

The laser surgery is performed in the Danbury office.

What are the risks of this procedure?

The most common side effect is a temporary loss of pigment (hypopigmentation) of the skin which is due to the destruction of melanin, the pigment in normal skin. This occurs in many patients but usually resolves several weeks after treatment. A risk of scarring also exists but is very small.

Will my insurance company reimburse me for these procedures?

These treatments are cosmetic in nature and therefore, not covered by insurance. If the lesion is irritated or bleeding, your insurance may reimburse you for laser surgery. However, patients are ultimately responsible for paying for this treatment.

What must I do before my laser surgery?

Avoid taking medications containing aspirin or ibuprofen for one week prior to laser treatment. If you are taking anticoagulants such as Coumadin, or have clotting problems, please let your physician know. It is also important to avoid sun exposure two weeks prior to the treatment.

What must I do following laser treatment?

Once the discoloration from the treatment has disappeared, wear a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher over the treated area for a period of one to two months.

 

We pride ourselves on providing state of the art dermatological consultative services to our patients. We have a full range of written educational material which help to supplement your diagnostic and therapeutic consultation by your caregiver.

Our Physicians
Our Medical Aesthetician Dr. Alicia D. Zalka

Dr. Zalka is a Clinical Attending at the Yale University Department of Dermatology, and on staff at Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital. A member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Medical Association, and the Connecticut State Medical Society, she also served as the immediate past president of the Connecticut State Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery Society.

She has been interviewed on issues pertaining to skin health by many national publications and news outlets including: Family Circle, Glamour, The New York Daily News, Associated Press, and on ABC News.

She frequently lectures and leads workshops on topics pertaining to skin health, including to teens regarding the dangers of tanning beds. The tanning bed issue is one of her top priorities and she was responsible for implementing the CT Tanning Bill which requires those under age 16 to have parental permission to use tanning beds.

Her dermatologic specialties include but are not limited to: treating acne, treating skin cancer, and performing cosmetic treatments such as Botox, collagen and sclerotherapy (leg vein treatments). Dr. Zalka is also specially trained in the use of lasers for hair removal and for treatment of blood vessels and rosacea. She is fluent in Spanish. 

Dr. Jeffrey Knispel
  

Dr. Knispel is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, as well as a member of the Connecticut Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery Society, the New England Dermatologic Society, the Fairfield County Medical Association, and the Connecticut State Medical Society. Currently, he is on staff at Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital. He also holds the position of Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology in the Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Knispel’s special interests include skin cancer and pediatric dermatology. His other interests include performing cosmetic procedures such as laser surgery, Botox and injections of fillers. 

Dr. Beth A. Buscher
 

Dr. Buscher was board certified by the American Board of Dermatology in 1997. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, as well as a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery and the American College of Phlebectomy.

Dr. Buscher’s interests include Botox, treatment of leg veins by laser and ambulatory phlebectomy (vein stripping), and treatment of facial wrinkles using lasers. 

Dr. Kimberly M. Eickhorst
 

Dr. Eickhorst has privileges at Danbury Hospital and is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. She is also a contributor to Skin & Aging: Practical and Clinical Issues in Dermatology, and recently co-authored a chapter in Textbook of Aging Skin (Springer). Her dermatologic specialties include but are not limited to: Mohs surgery with cosmetic reconstruction, surgical excisions, skin cancer treatment, medical dermatology, and cosmetic procedures such as Botox, fillers, sclerotherapy (leg vein treatments), and laser therapy for treatment of hair reduction, tattoo removal, unwanted blood vessels, and facial rejuvenation. Dr. Eickhorst strives to bring the latest medical advancements to her patients, with a thoughtful human touch, delivering the highest level of patient care possible. 

Dr. Laurence A. Sibrack


Dr. Sibrack has been on the faculty of Yale University School of Medicine since 1979 and currently is Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at Yale. He was also the President of the Association of Clinical Attendings in Dermatology at Yale.

Dr. Sibrack is the founder of Dermatology Associates of Western Connecticut, P.C. (1979). He has been the Chief of Dermatology at Danbury Hospital since 1982 and is also on the medical staff of New Milford Hospital and Yale New Haven Hospital.

Dr. Sibrack has served in a leadership capacity on local, state, and national medical organizations and has been recognized regionally, nationally and internationally for his contributions to dermatology.

In addition to Dr. Sibrack’s general dermatology interests, his special interests include second opinions on complex medical dermatological conditions, skin cancer surgery, and laser resurfacing techniques. 

Dr. Peter Heald
 

After a brief stint on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Heald began a 23-year career on the faculty of the Yale University School of Medicine where he was a Professor of Dermatology. During his Yale career, Dr. Heald was awarded the Bohmfalk Teaching prize for best teacher, Upjohn research prize for dermatology research and has been awarded numerous lectureships from Harvard to Honolulu. Internationally, he has been a visiting professor in Ankara, Moscow, Kyoto, Seoul, Pusan, Brisbane, Sydney, Auckland, Berlin, Madrid, Paris, Budapest and London. 
 
Dr. Heald frequently lectures on topics pertaining to the integration of new therapies into the treatment of skin diseases. Five of the therapies that Dr. Heald did research on reached final approval by the FDA.
Dr. Heald’s dermatologic specialties include but are not limited to: acne, skin cancers, psoriasis, lymphoma and complicated referrals in search of a diagnosis.

Dr. Heald is currently Professor Emeritus of Dermatology at Yale University and Clinical Professor of Dermatology at University of Connecticut. He is on staff at Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital. Dr. Heald was a founding member and is still on the board of directors of the International Society for Cutaneous Lymphomas. He is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the Society for Investigative Dermatology and the New England Dermatologic Society.

Education

Dr. Alicia D. Zalka

Dr. Alicia D. Zalka is a native of Long Island, New York. She received her undergraduate degree from Boston University, and graduated with honors from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in 1991.

She completed her medical internship at Yale and her residency in dermatology at the University of Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital where she served as Chief Resident. Dr. Zalka also studied dermatology abroad in Vienna and trained with a Mohs surgeon in Los Angeles. In 1996, Dr. Zalka became board certified by the American Board of Dermatology.

Dr. Jeffrey Knispel 
 
Dr. Jeffrey Knispel was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in neurobiology from Cornell University in 1991. In 1995, he graduated from The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. After completing an internship in pediatrics at The Mount Sinai Hospital (1996), Dr. Knispel did a residency in dermatology at The University of Chicago Hospitals from 1996 to 1999 where he served as chief resident. He was board certified by the American Board of Dermatology in 1999.

Dr. Beth A. Buscher 
 
Dr. Beth A. Buscher was born and raised in New York State. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1989. While in college, she was elected to the Phi Sigma Biological Honor Society. She received her Doctorate of Medicine from New York Medical College in 1993, where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.

After completing an internship in internal medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York in 1994, Dr. Buscher did a residency in dermatology at the University of Rochester where she was appointed chief resident. During her dermatology residency, she participated in several clinical dermatology research projects as well as elective conferences involving all dermatologic lasers.

Dr. Kimberly M. Eickhorst 

 Dr. Kimberly M. Eickhorst is a native of Northern New Jersey. She received her undergraduate degree from The University of Virginia, as an Echols Scholar concentrating in both Biology and Commerce, and was awarded the prestigious honor of “Lawn Resident.” In 2003, she graduated from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, in Piscataway, New Jersey and went on to complete her medical internship at Pennsylvania Hospital. As a resident in dermatology at Columbia ~ St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan, Dr. Eickhorst was elected to the position of Chief Resident. In 2007 she became board certified by the American Board of Dermatology, and went on to pursue work in private practice with Affiliated Dermatologists and Surgeons in Morristown, NJ, as well as certification as an ACGME-Procedural Dermatology Fellow specializing in Mohs surgery. 

Dr. Laurence A. Sibrack 
 
Dr. Laurence A. Sibrack graduated from Kalamazoo College with a B.S. in biology in 1968. He then received his M.S. degree in radiation biology from the University of Michigan in 1969. He earned his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in 1974 from the University of Michigan.

In 1975, Dr. Sibrack completed his internship in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Sibrack was a resident in dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine from 1975-1978 and served as Chief Resident in 1978. He was board certified by the American Board of Dermatology in 1978.

Dr. Peter Heald 
 
Dr. Peter Heald is a native New Englander. He was raised in New Hampshire and graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College. He received his medical degree from Duke University where he also completed residencies in internal medicine and dermatology.

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