Poole Dermatology_lowres

Drs. Mara Haseltine (left) and Jeffrey Poole treat a range of skin conditions at their practice.

Dr. Jeffrey Poole opened Poole Dermatology (111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-838-8225; www.pooledermatology.com) in 2002 after years of working for national medical organizations.

  "In order to truly give high-quality, compassionate and personalized care to each patient, I needed a small, local, family-oriented practice," Poole says. "With such a practice, we can be responsive to our patients and to the rapidly evolving nature of health care. Additionally, care of the complicated pediatric and adult dermatology patient was an area of need in our community."

  Poole has a background in pediatric dermatology and Dr. Mara Haseltine, who joined the practice five years ago, specializes in adult dermatology. The physicians treat everyone from infants to grandparents.

  "About half our patients are children and half are adults," Poole says. "This is what makes our practice so interesting and vibrant. We can treat the entire family at one visit."

  "We consider ourselves to be 'acne experts' and are very comfortable and familiar with all acne treatments for both the adolescent and adult populations," Haseltine says.

  Because it offers a variety of treatments and procedures for people of all ages, the practice is a referral site for physicians from across the state.

  For example, pediatric patients from around the Gulf South are referred for conditions such as infantile birthmarks, port-wine stains, hemangiomas, warts, acne or intractable eczema. Haseltine is a local expert on cutaneous lymphoma, blistering disorders and psoriasis.

  "On a daily basis, we may see acne, atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, molluscum contagiosum and warts," Haseltine says. "Intermixed with this will be more complex medical dermatology issues, such as psoriasis or autoimmune conditions, and also cosmetic procedures, such as Botox, peels and fillers.

  "We regularly perform laser procedures such as hair removal, tattoo removal, treatment of rosacea and facial veins and reduction of wrinkles or acne scars."

  Poole says the practice has seen a higher demand for laser and other cosmetic procedures. Poole recently expanded to include a new wing, the Laser Center of New Orleans.

  The practice accepts most forms of insurance, but all patients should check with the office and their providers to learn what is covered before an appointment.

  "We treat everyone like I would want my child, wife or parent to be treated," Poole says. "Our office staff is warm and welcoming and we work to make a patient's visit at Poole Dermatology feel as comfortable as possible."