Take advantage of a free skin cancer screening so the experts at Apex Dermatology can assure you that your spot really is just a mole

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A married mother of four young children, Dr. Sara Lohser’s passion for skin care began as a child when she was treated for several dermatologic conditions. Today she’s helping patients at Apex Dermatology find solutions for their skin issues. (Photography: Benjamin Margalit)

By Laura Briedis

Epitomizing Apex Dermatology’s core values of integrity and compassion, Dr. Sara Lohser is the newest doctor to join this growing dermatology practice, which offers comprehensive skin cancer surgery, medical dermatology and innovative aesthetic services.

Expertly trained and inherently passionate, Dr. Lohser earned two undergraduate degrees at The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, received a Masters in Exercise Physiology from Cleveland State University and graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 2008.

“I’m happy to be treating patients in the area where I grew up,” says Dr. Lohser, who graduated from Cleveland Heights High School and now sees patients in Apex Dermatology’s Mayfield Heights office.

“At Apex Dermatology, teamwork is encouraged across all levels, from front desk staff and medical assistants to aestheticians and doctors to make sure each patient receives the best care.”

A married mother of four young children, Dr. Lohser’s passion for skin care began as a child, when she struggled with eczema, psoriasis and acne.

“I was influenced to pursue a career in dermatology by the compassionate, quality care I received when I was a child,” she says. “Now as a dermatologist, I am helping others,” she says. “In addition to general and pediatric dermatology, I also enjoy using lasers, Botox and fillers for non-invasive cosmetic treatments that help patients feel their best about themselves.”

Taking pride in giving back, Dr. Lohser, who is fluent in Spanish, has provided medical support during multiple mission trips to Guatemala and Honduras, and was a long-time volunteer at the Cleveland Free Clinic. She looks forward to continuing to give back at events like the upcoming free skin check.

Detecting Suspicious Spots
With a patient-centric approach, Dr. Lohser partners with her patients by educating them so they become part of the process.

Dr. Lohser warns that people should watch for the “ABCDEs of melanoma” to detect potentially dangerous spots. Look for asymmetry, irregular borders with jagged or notched edges, spots with multiple colors, a diameter that exceeds the size of a pencil eraser and any areas that are evolving—either by getting larger, bleeding, crusting, itching, shrinking or becoming bumpy.

“I tell my patients to be most concerned about moles that are evolving or changing. And if you see a suspicious spot, don’t wait to see your doctor,” she says.

“The longer you hold off, the more advanced therapies you may need. At Apex, we have a SPOTcheck program that guarantees a same-day appointment to any patient with a suspicious lesion.”

Apex Dermatology has seven locations to serve Northeast Ohio:

  • Mayfield Heights
  • Medina
  • Parma
  • Concord
  • Hudson
  • Solon
  • Westlake

To schedule an appointment in your area, call 833-279-SKIN (7546). Visit ApexSkin.com for office addresses and detailed information on services offered and to schedule appointments online.