Dermatologist Dr. Ellen Turner is pleased to offer a complete array of dermatology services to her patients, including medical, cosmetic, surgical and laser procedures at two clinic locations including Park Cities in Dallas, and Irving across from the Four Seasons.
Dr. Turner completed medical school at Texas Tech University Health Science Center in Lubbock in 2001. She performed her dermatology residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where she received a strong clinical foundation for assuming the care of such dermatologic conditions as skin cancer, acne, rosacea, psoriasis and immunobullous diseases of the skin. Her training instructors included Dr. Ronald Grimwood and Dr. Eric Kraus for medical and surgical dermatology, and Dr. Anna Clayton for Mohs micrographic surgery. Her cosmetic competency and skills were obtained through her work with Dr. Tina Alster and Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery in 2006.
Dr. Turner also enjoys a focus on elective aesthetic procedures. Dr. Turner's innovative approach includes comprehensive non-surgical alternatives designed to enhance the patient's facial volume and reduce lines and wrinkles while lifting the tissues of the face and neck. To achieve this to the best effect with minimal recovery times for patients, she combines Ultherapy with the Halo hybrid resurfacing laser, plus injectables such BOTOX Cosmetic, Kybella, Juvéderm, Voluma, and Volbella. She is proud to offer non-invasive no-recovery procedure s like photofacial rejuvenation, laser hair removal, treatment of facial and leg veins, skin tightening and medical-grade chemical peels. Additional body contouring options for fat hypertrophy include Coolsculpt® and CoolSmooth® to achieve near-surgical results with no recovery time whatsoever.
Dr. Turner has personally designed the dermatology office to provide the most up-to-date and innovative technology in dermatologic skincare, including Ultherapy®, The Sciton Joule with Halo, the Sciton PROFILE® Platform (contains Broad Band Light, Nd YAG for veins and hair removal as well as erbium YAG for resurfacing), Fraxel® Restore for resurfacing, and CoolSculpt®/CoolSmooth®. The medical-grade spa employs four estheticians who are trained personally by Dr. Turner to achieve maximum results including laser hair removal, microneedling, Diamondtome® microdermabrasion, medical-grade chemical peels and facials. The office is proud to offer SkinMedica®, a clinically-based skincare line, and Dr. Turner’s office has been designated a SkinMedica® 3-carat Diamond and VIP account, as well as national speaker. The newest skincare line, SkinBetter offers similar scientifically graded products to provide the best possible outcomes for any skin condition or diagnosis for which patients may present to Dr. Turner.
Dr. Turner is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the Texas Dermatologic Society, the Dallas Dermatology Society, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, and the Dallas County Medical Society. Dr. Turner is also a member of the medical staff at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. She was elected as newsletter editor and a member of the board for the Texas Dermatologic Society in 2014.
Q1: Before joining A4M, what was your medical background?
I began my career as a Registered Dietician before becoming a medical physician and then a dermatologist. My areas of interest include psoriasis, female adult acne, skin cancer, atopic dermatitis and cosmetic/aesthetic dermatology.
Q2: What anti-aging techniques have you incorporated into your practice? And how did you so?
I have always been interested in aesthetic medicine and am in the process of pursuing my board certification in both anti-aging and regenerative medicine as well as in aesthetic medicine. I have learned so much (and have so much more still to learn!) through my coursework and modules for the Academy of Anti-Aging including things like the usage of nutraceuticals, low-dose naltrexone and even SilverSol for topical wounds which I had never learned in mainstream dermatologic coursework. I am so eager to learn more, especially on topics related to gut biome and skin, as well as cell membrane science.
Q3: What are the benefits of practicing anti-aging medicine? (as a professional, and for your practice?)
Patients are looking to professional healthcare providers who can think outside the box. I find it fascinating that many of the very leaders in the field of anti-aging medicine have had some type of family or personal medical issue that has led them to this field. I fall into this category as well—I started to become quite interested in a regenerative approach to cancer after my grandfather, father and now older sister have all been diagnosed with melanoma. My mother and her sister are breast cancer patients. To me, it essential to have a healthy lifestyle and be an example to my patients that my genetics do not dictate what will or will not happen for my medical future. I have the power to integrate what I learn and give optimal outcomes both myself and my patients thanks to the field of anti-aging medicine.
Q4: What are the changes you see in your patients?
I find it fascinating when I begin to discuss alternative approaches to inflammatory conditions such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis with my patients. Their faces light up, and they are eager to hear something other than the traditional “take this medication and I will see you back in follow-up”. Many of these alternative approaches empower the patient to champion their own healthcare, and that is critically necessary as we think about the political environment related to healthcare in the United States.
On a specific level, my psoriasis patients, who fall into the metabolic syndrome category, are hearing me talk about how we can make them healthier both on the outside as well as the inside by utilizing a combined traditional an regenerative approach to dermatology.
Q5: Why would you recommend Anti-Aging Medicine to your peers?
I believe it will not only allow me to continue a life time of learning new things (I have so much to learn!), but it will make me a better physician. Ultimately, this is what each and every physician should desire for their patients.
Q6: Where do you see the future of Anti-Aging medicine 20 years from now?
The possibilities are endless. I think we will see patients living longer and healthier lives, and functioning at much higher capacities than they ever felt possible.