Apple A. Bodemer, MD-UWHealth
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI, 2001
St. Luke's Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI, 2002
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI, 2005
Integrative Medicine Fellowship, University of Arizona, 2007
Holistic approaches to skin care including cosmetic concerns
American Academy of Dermatology
training and expertise
Early in medical school, I developed an interest in a wholistic approach to health care. While I found many areas of medicine fascinating I was particularly drawn to the field of dermatology for many reasons. It offers an opportunity to have a primary care approach to one organ allowing for a more in-depth focus of skin related diseases. I liked that I could see patients from all age groups and all walks of life. Several patient encounters taught me that while many skin disorders are not life threatening, they do have a significant impact on overall well-being. Our skin is our interface with the world, and helping people have better control over skin disorders can result in a huge improvements in quality of life. I also feel strongly that many of the things we can do to best take care of our skin can far more reaching impacts on general health.
As I completed my dermatology residency, I knew I wanted to practice general dermatology so I could continue to see the wide variety of skin disorders that I found so fascinating. I also found myself looking for a way to expand my knowledge about skin health to include other philosophical health systems. I decided to enroll in the Integrative Medicine Fellowship through the University of Arizona. For the next two years, I was able to learn many different ways of managing health. Since then I have worked to integrate the knowledge and skills from my fellowship into my general dermatology practice.