Medical Profiles 2016

The Twin Cities is full of medical experts specializing in many forms of care and prevention. These doctors dedicate their time, work, and research to the health and longevity of the people that live here. Read about a handful of doctors and the expertise, as well as accolades, they bring to their profession.

Crutchfield Dermatology
Dr. Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD

Crutchfield Dermatology

Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD (pictured in the framed photo at age 3 with his parents upon their 1963 University of Minnesota Medical School graduation) has treated medical and aesthetic skin issues for over 18 years. He believes beautiful, healthy skin has a profound effect on self-esteem and personal performance. 

Dr. Crutchfield’s customized skin care incorporates the most advanced treatments. His clinic is an Acne, Psoriasis, and Aesthetic Care Center of Excellence. The first “Expert Injector” in Minnesota, Dr. Crutchfield is a pioneer in the use of platelet-rich plasma injections to treat hair loss and melasma.

One of Minnesota Business Magazine’s 100 “Best Companies to Work for,” Crutchfield Dermatology’s attentive staff reflects the clinic’s integrity and professionalism and holds patient satisfaction paramount. With a reception area featuring fresh flowers and free skin care samples,  his was also the first Minnesota clinic to offer free WiFi. Young pediatric patients’ anxiety transforms to smiles as they receive one of Crutchfield’s huge trademark rubber ducks. 

“There are many skin care options,” explains Crutchfield, the first recipient of the “Medica-Kare 11 Physician Healthcare Hero Award.”  “But nothing compares to the quality, care, and expertise of a board-certified dermatologist. That’s why we formed Doctors for the Practice of Safe & Ethical Aesthetic Medicine.” DPSEAM physicians adhere to the highest standards, he says. “If a doctor isn’t a member of DPSEAM, avoid them for cosmetic treatments,” he comments. See for a list of qualified physicians. A Mayo Clinic College of Medicine graduate, Crutchfield is a clinical professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School and Carleton College professor, teaching medical students, residents, and other physicians. He co-authored a dermatology textbook and a children’s book on skin care; Little Charles Hits a Home Run! He has published over 100 skin care articles and has an award-winning website A regular contributor to Twin Cities’ newscasts, radio programs, newspapers, and magazines, he was recognized by The Grio, a division of NBC News, as one of the “Top 100 Newsmakers Making History in the United States.” 

A recipient of Mpls. St. Paul Magazine’s “Top Doctor Award” the past 14 years, Dr. Crutchfield has also been selected every year as a “Best Doctor for Women” by Minnesota Monthly magazine since the survey began in 2006, and was recently recognized by Minnesota Physician as one of “100 Influential HealthCare Leaders” in Minnesota. He is among 4 percent of physicians selected as the “Best Doctors in America.”

This year, he received the “First a Physician Award” from the Minnesota Medical Association for his positive impact on organized medicine by giving time and energy to improve public health, enhance quality medicine, and improve the lives of others. Awarded Mayo Clinic’s “Karis Humanitarian Award,” Dr. Crutchfield embraces the Mayo brothers’ philosophy: “First and foremost, do what is best for the patient.” 

At Crutchfield Dermatology, patients receive the highest quality care in a warm and welcoming environment.

“If you have a skin care problem, I am dedicated to solving it,” says Dr. Crutchfield. “We treat our patients with courtesy, dignity, and respect so they look good and feel great with beautiful skin. We believe ‘Experience Counts and Quality Matters.’”

• The only dermatologist selected every year as a “Best Doctor for Women” since the Minnesota Monthly survey began in 2006.
• Clinical Professor  of Dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School
• Personally performs all Botox and Juvederm treatments as Minnesota’s First “Expert Injector”
• Recognized by Minnesota Physician as one of the  “100 Most Influential Health Care Leaders” in Minnesota
• Dermatologist for the Minnesota Twins, Lynx, Vikings, Timberwolves, and Wild  professional sports teams

Crutchfield Dermatology, PA, 1185 Town Centre Drive, Suite 101 Eagan, MN 55123  651-209-3600,

Lakes Dermatology
Left to Right: Dr. Katy Gehrig, Dr. Rehana Ahmed, Dr. Nancy Leitch


Lakes Dermatology, PA

From training new dermatologists at the University of Minnesota and working with the Randy Shaver Foundation on cutting-edge skin cancer research, to taking care of three generations in the same family, the board-certified dermatologists at Lakes Dermatology, Dr. Rehana Ahmed, Dr. Kathryn Gehrig, and Dr. Nancy Leitch are committed to the community and their patients.   “There’s 30 years of clinical experience between us,” says Dr. Leitch. “That’s 30 years of one-on-one relationships with patients, offering expert, ethical and compassionate care.”

The doctors at Lakes Dermatology pride themselves on their reputation for handling the most complicated dermatologic cases. According to Dr. Ahmed, “We’re a comprehensive practice, encompassing everything from cosmetic and laser therapies to general, surgical, and pediatric dermatology. We diagnose and treat over 2,000 conditions of the skin, hair, and nails—ranging from the very common to the very unusual.” 

“Your skin is the visible you,” explains Dr. Gehrig. “It’s what you see and oftentimes a reflection of how you feel inside. That’s why it’s so rewarding to take patients from those challenging-to-make diagnoses to successful treatment.”

And of course even after the initial treatments, the doctors are there for you, says Dr. Ahmed. “I always tell doctors in training: Don’t do what’s fast. Do what lasts. Once you walk through the front door of Lakes Dermatology, your skin is our concern. Our team works hard to ensure we listen to our patients and together develop a plan to evaluate conditions and maintain the results of their treatments.”

What’s the latest in skin care? Laser Genesis. “It’s one of our most popular procedures and the no down-time way to rejuvenate the skin.” Other areas of procedural expertise include: Botox, Kybella, Asclera, Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse, Sculptra, Bellafill, chemical peels and laser therapies.

Burnsville | 14305 Southcross Drive W., Suite 110, 651-340-1064; Minnetonka | 14001 Ridgedale Drive, Suite 300, 763-316-4407,

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Dr. Mohiba Tareen

Photo Courtesy of Tareen Dermatology

Tareen Dermatology

Dr. Mohiba Tareen is honored to provide a full spectrum of services to her patients at Tareen Dermatology, including medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. A combination of medical dermatology expertise and an artful and aesthetic eye results in detecting precancerous growths and skin cancers at an early stage, which Dr. Tareen removes “comfortably for the patient, with the best cosmetic outcome,” she says. Patients at Tareen Dermatology are treated for any variety of skin conditions including rashes, skin cancers, acne, warts, pigment disorders, hair loss, and nail concerns. Patients will appreciate Dr. Tareen’s state-of-the art yet natural approach to treating conditions. “When treating psoriasis, I emphasize natural laser and light therapies for my patients instead of other toxic medications that can have serious side effects,” she says. “Similarly, for my patients with acne, I treat them aggressively early on in order to prevent permanent scarring, but in the safest and most natural way possible.” Cosmetically, patients like the natural and effective approach of the Tareen Dermatology aesthetic team, and the fact that Dr. Tareen tries the treatments herself. “This allows me to truly counsel patients and offer perspective on each procedure. My patients walk out of their cosmetic treatments looking younger and fresher in the most natural way.” Tareen Dermatology offers a full array of cosmetic dermatology services such as cosmetic injectables including dermal fillers and Botox, laser treatments for scarring and sun spots, laser hair removal, and CoolSculpting®. Tareen Dermatology is located near Rosedale Mall, with a second location opening this winter in Faribault. 

Tareen Dermatology, 1835 W. County Road C, Suite 250 Roseville, MN 55113, 651-633-6883,

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Zel Skin & Laser Specialists

Photo by Haley Friesen

Zel Skin & Laser Specialists

Your skin deserves the best. At Zel Skin & Laser Specialists, their commitment to your skin goes beyond skilled treatments. By taking a life-long approach to skin care, the highly-trained dermatologists, registered nurses, and medical aestheticians work with you to evaluate all skin needs at different stages of life.  With access to over 80 types of skin treatments and 15 different types of lasers, Zel Skin has invested in more laser treatment technology and product research than any other clinic in the Twin Cities. “We conduct our own research on every treatment and product to prove it provides results,” says Mayo-trained Dr. Brian Zelickson, who has authored 15 medical patents and over 70 medical journal publications.

Zel Skin has now opened a new location in Plymouth to provide medical and cosmetic dermatology along with Mohs surgery for skin cancer treatments. Plus, all locations now provide Virtual Dermatology Visits for patients to receive a diagnosis at home, at work or on the go.

Edina | 4100 W. 50th Street, 952-929-8888; Medical Arts Building | 825 Nicollet Mall, Suite 1002, 612-338-0711; Plymouth | 2 Carlson Parkway N., Suite 100, 952-473-1286