As a first-time mother of a newborn daughter, Dr. Emily Grieshaber knows first-hand the importance of managing her time. As a board certified dermatologist, she also understands the importance of providing effective, time-saving skin care solutions for her patients.
Dr. Emily Grieshaber is the third generation of board certified dermatologists in her family’s practice, Grieshaber Dermatology. A native of Covington, Emily spent summers shadowing her father, Dr. Robert Grieshaber. “It was great helping out in the office during the summers,” she said, “I got to see my dad practice and interact with patients. But he was more than a great doctor; he was a great dad. The experience showed me that dermatology allows you to practice medicine while still having quality time with your family.” She knew early on that she wanted to pursue a career in medicine. Emily received her undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia then returned home to attend medical school at LSU. She quickly realized in medical school that dermatology was the perfect fit for her and decided to follow in her grandfather and father’s footsteps.
After completing medical school, Emily carried out her internship in Denver, CO, little did she know that she would also meet her future husband there. “Aside from medical training, my real goal was to meet a mountain man and bring him back with me. And I did,” she teased. She started dating her now husband, Jim Wagner, a Nebraska native, whom she had met at a mutual friend’s wedding the year before. After completing her internship, they moved to New Orleans for her three-year dermatology residency at LSU. Her final year was an exciting one—the couple married in Crested Butte, CO, Emily served as Chief Resident, she passed her board exams fulfilling her goal of becoming a board certified dermatologist, and finally joined her father’s practice, Grieshaber Dermatology.
Grieshaber Dermatology is known for its excellence in the treatment of general dermatological problems and skin cancer. They have been servicing the Northshore for over 30 years and recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of their new building. In addition to practicing medical dermatology, Emily has expanded the Grieshaber practice to include cosmetic dermatology. She offers treatments for improving the appearance of wrinkles including Botox® and Xeomin® and fillers that help restore volume loss including Juvederm®, Radiesse®, and Belotero®. She also expanded the practice to include aesthetic services such as chemical peels and laser procedures. This includes the pulsed dye laser to treat facial redness and spider veins, non-ablative fractional resurfacing for acne scarring and skin rejuvenation, and photo facials that help improve signs of sun damage. They also offer the latest in technology of laser hair removal with the LightSheer® DUET™.
“The LightSheer® DUET™ has vacuum-assist technology, which causes minimal discomfort, while its increased spot size covers a larger surface area to drastically reduce treatment times,” she said.
Emily conducts an initial consultation with all patients who are seeking cosmetic services. She performs all injectable procedures herself and has a licensed aesthetician, Carrie Buhler, who is available for consultations for skin care regimens, chemical peels and laser hair removal.
With the prevalence of skin cancers as a result of sun exposure, Emily recommends that everyone schedule an initial visit with their dermatologist for a full body skin exam. This is especially important for people who are fair-skinned or have a family history of skin cancer. She cautions that melanoma is a type of skin cancer that can appear anywhere on the body—regardless of sun exposure.
Emily also advises that you see a dermatologist that is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology. She cautions patients about placing their skin in the hands of a practitioner not specifically trained and board certified in dermatology. The board certified designation requires four years of additional training after medical school consisting of a one-year internship and three years of specialized training in dermatology, followed by passing a rigorous board exam, and participating in continuing medical education.
Grieshaber Dermatology also introduced a new skin care line thanks to Emily. This includes products for anti-aging and products to fight acne. “We have three strengths of prescription strength retinoids, along with our DR.EaM Cream, a prescription strength Tretinoin and Hydroquinone to lighten brown spots, even skin tone and improve fine lines and wrinkles,” she explained. Everything is readily available and retails at a reasonable cost. All products in the Grieshaber Dermatology skin care line are under $100.
Each skin care regimen is put together by Emily, who specifies directions, products and order of use to make everything easy for her patients.
“The cosmeceutical industry is completely overwhelming for patients. I try to keep things simple and really believe that there are only a few products needed for good, healthy skin.” According to Emily, there are three “must haves”: a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and containing zinc oxide, a topical retinoid, and an anti-oxidant which stimulates collagen production and helps prevent fine lines and wrinkles as well as prevent sun damage and skin cancer.
These days, Emily is certainly reaping the benefits of a simple skin care approach. While she and Jim enjoy tending to baby Elivette and their three English bulldogs, she’s still adjusting to the demands of a newborn.
Sometimes, I’m so tired, I can barely wash my face before I go to sleep,” she jokes, “It is important to keep things as simple as possible.
Grieshaber Dermatology is located at 714 W. 16th Ave. in Covington. To contact Dr. Grieshaber, you can call the office 985-893-1035 or visit their website grieshaberdermatology.com.