I’ve run my dermatology practice for over two decades, and in that time I’ve sought to learn every way in which I can make a visit to my office a better experience. I can admit it — nobody wants to go to the doctor’s office. Whether it be for a routine check-up or something more urgent and worrying, I know visiting can be an anxiety-inducing event and I would hate for someone to avoid making an appointment out of fear or discomfort. I’ve tried to make my waiting rooms a pleasant space to await an appointment, removing harsh lighting, adding…


I have been running my dermatology practice for over two decades, something that I can admit is not a small feat. After graduating medical school I worked for a time at a dermatology practice that offered cosmetic procedures, but my desire to stop the epidemic that is skin cancer pushed me to leave the business and start my own practice. Today, my practice has five locations in the Treasure Coast of Florida, and we focus exclusively on the treatment of medical dermatological issues, most importantly the prevention and treatment of skin cancer. …


Tim Ioannides, MD is the founder and head physician of Treasure Coast Dermatology, a dermatological practice in eastern Florida. With five locations serving Martin, Saint Lucie, and Indian River counties — known as the “Treasure Coast” of Florida — the practice exclusively offers medical dermatological services, focusing on the prevention and treatment of skin cancer as well as the general health of the skin. In addition to his dermatological practice, Dr. Ioannides is also a voluntary associate professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine, where he regularly assists in instruction on dermatologic and reconstructive surgery, and was also…


The philosopher Aristotle said, “It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.” More colloquially, you may have heard the old Benjamin Franklin saying: “early to bed, and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” And even if that quote has somehow slipped past you all your life, without a doubt you were told by someone at some point “the early bird catches the worm.”

Yes, I am revisiting the age-old question: is it better to be a morning person or a night owl? A quick Google search will…


It feels good to be in the sunshine. Just look at how cats tend to find sun patches and lounge lazily in them for hours, enjoying the warmth and light it brings. Unfortunately, humans lack the protective layer of fur that animals have and for us too much sun exposure can significantly damage our skin. At best it is the cause of sunburn, wrinkles, age spots and scaly patches called actinic keratosis, and at its worst it leads to skin cancer. In fact, on average a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if they have had more than five sunburns, but…


Another new year has come around, and with it countless people will be making new year’s resolutions. From starting a new diet, to creating a new exercise regime, to remembering sunscreen every day, whether you stick to them religiously or not resolutions have the ability to give us a much-needed jumpstart to the new year. While resolutions that improve your physical well-being are important and have their place (as a dermatologist, I’ll never argue against people commiting to wearing sunscreen more often) I challenge you to also make a commitment to the way you interact with others through improving your…


When we move from the spring to summer months and temperatures begin to rise, retailers often push their sunscreen displays to the front of the store. Feeling the heat of the sun on your skin and squinting in its sunny rays are constant reminders of the damage sun exposure can do to your skin, but come wintertime when the temperature drops and you haven’t seen the sun in days, don’t think you no longer have to worry about skin protection. Harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays are present year-round, and in addition to being the main cause of skin aging, around 90%…


As we move into the coldest months of the year, it can be easy to forget about the dangers of sun exposure when you’re feeling the chilly temperatures of winter. However, sun exposure can occur when and where you least expect it, and that includes on cloudy days and in the snow. Both in the United States and worldwide, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, and more than two people die of skin cancer in the United States every hour. There is a one in five chance that you will develop skin cancer by the time you…


As we move into the tail-end of summer, for many of us this year has simultaneously felt like it has flown by and dragged on endlessly. Thankfully, with the Labor Day weekend ahead we can take the opportunity to get some much needed relaxation in the final warm days of the year. A trip to the beach or lake is an ideal way to enjoy the three-day weekend, and if it’s a nice breezy day and you are able to maintain a fair distance from other people the transmission risk will be relatively low. …


With the recent announcement that Gov. Ron Desantis has signed into law a bill prohibiting Florida cities from banning certain types of sunscreen due to their connections with coral reef bleaching, we are reminded that there are still other risks to our health besides the coronavirus pandemic currently gripping the nation.

However, for Dr. Tim Ioannides, owner and primary physician at Treasure Coast Dermatology in Port St. Lucie, skin cancer has never left the forefront of his mind. As a Miami-native whose father founded the University of Miami’s Dermatopathology Laboratory, you could say it’s in his blood, and after a…

Tim Ioannides MD

Dr. Tim Ioannides is the founder of Treasure Coast Dermatology located in Port Saint Lucie, Florida

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