MAY-JUN 2018

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54 MAY/JUNE 2018 | Med Esthetics A dermatology specialty means she can treat patients of all ages. "I treat men, women, kids, teens and babies," she says. "In dermatology, you are like the family doctor, but you also do procedures. The breadth of care is what stood out to me." After graduating with a medical degree and master's in public health from the Boston University School of Medi- cine, where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Honor Society and awarded the American Medical Association leadership award, Dr. Talakoub completed an internal medicine residency at Stanford University. From there she entered a dermatology residency at the University of California, San Francisco. Today she is the owner of McLean Dermatology and Skincare Center in McLean, Virginia, a clinical educa- tor for dermatology residents and physician assistants at George Washington University Hospital and Wake Forest University, associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and a member of the DC Board of Visitors for the Children's National Medical Center. "I could take better care of people on my own." After fi nishing her dermatology residency in August 2009, Dr. Talakoub went to work with an established dermatology practice. It didn't take long to discover that working for oth- ers was not her cup of tea. "I worked there for about two months and realized this was not going to be my life," she says. "You have very little control over the care you provide when you work for somebody else. I knew I could take better care of people on my own." By October, she was searching for offi ce space. She printed out business cards and walked to all the doc- tors' offi ces in her neighborhood to ask if she could sublease space. Out of the 50-plus physicians' offi ces she contacted, only one responded. An OB-GYN offered use of an exam room one day a week. "The practice had only two rooms, and the beds were probably from the 1970s with stirrups attached to them," says Dr. Talakoub. "The whole offi ce was pink. I thought 'OK, this is going to be a little bit awkward for my male patients,' but you make it work." Dr. Talakoub's desire to control her own patient care protocols led her to launch a private practice only three months out of residency. THE PERSONAL TOUCH verythin id, ea rned thr u gh the sch l f ha rd kn cks."

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