JUL-AUG 2017

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AN OASIS IN THE DESERT 54 JULY/AUGUST 2017 | Med Esthetics Once enrolled at Sarah Lawrence, however, her dream hit a snag that changed the course of her career. A number of students had matriculated early and snapped up all the open spots in the dance courses she needed. "I was hysterical. I didn't know what to do," she says. "In order to fi ll my schedule, I had a choice to take either German phi- losophy or chemistry. I took chemistry and excelled at it." Dr. Robert's grandfather was a chemistry teacher. "He told me that the world didn't need another black dancer. He said I was gifted and needed to go to medical school," she says. She changed her major and was accepted into Stanford University Medical School. After completing a dermatology residency at Los Angeles County King Drew Medical Center, Dr. Roberts began a fellowship in derma- topathology at New York University Medical Center. "I love beauty and I love the microscope," says Dr. Rob- erts. "Dermatology allowed me to blend those interests with surgery." She pursued a dermatopathology fellowship so she could read her own slides without having to rely on others. "When I did a biopsy, I wanted to know the diagnosis myself," she says. "I didn't want to send the slides out. I wanted to see the patient, diagnose him, treat him, biopsy him and read the slides." This desire to care for patients from diagnosis through recovery gave Dr. Roberts the impetus to open her own private practice in Rancho Mirage, California, 23 years ago. Today, she is the director of Wendy E. Roberts, MD; founder and course director of the Generational Derma- tology (G DERM) Palm Springs Symposium, a four-day annual conference that focuses on medical, surgical and aesthetic dermatology; and Palm Springs Life magazine has recognized her as a "Top Doctor" for 12 consecutive years. "Y our of f ice cult ure is l ike a l itt le c tr y wit hi a c tr y. It ow."

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