By Michelle Caceres

Palm Harbor Dermatology is expanding its practice across the bay by opening an office in Brandon, says skin cancer surgeon, Dr. Amy Ross.

Located at 621 Medical Care Dr., the practice diagnoses and treats conditions relating to the skin, including acne, hyperpigmentation, psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, and carcinomas and melanomas.

Ross says her medical team is highly trained and uses technology to its advantage. “There is a huge push towards electronic medical records and our office already has that system in place,” she says.

Her physicians and staff’s primary concern is patient care, offering the most up-to-date procedures performed with compassion and care.

Thirty-four-year old Tampa resident, Tara Brown, realized in her 20’s that her excessive sun exposure was detrimental to her health. She reduced her sun exposure but it was too late to reverse the effects of her previous bad sun habits. When her seventh skin cancer was detected on her face, friends told her about Mohs surgery, a precise surgical technique where layers of cancer-containing skin are progressively removed and examined until only cancer-free tissue remains.  Due to the methodical manner in which tissue is removed and examined, Mohs surgery has been recognized as the skin cancer treatment with the highest reported cure rate. Another dermatologist recommended Dr. Ross because of her expertise in performing the procedure.

She consulted with her in the Brandon office and is currently recovering from Mohs surgery.

“She was able to remove all the cancerous cells,” said Brown. “I definitely made the right choice going with her.”

Ross specializes in the laser treatment of skin disorders. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology and is an Associate of the American College of Mohs Surgery.

Palm Harbor Dermatology-Brandon is open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more information about Palm Harbor Dermatology visit or to schedule an appointment, call 855-PHD-4YOU (743-4698).


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MIchelle Caceres has been writing for the Osprey Observer for seventeen years. She enjoys writing human interest pieces about inspiring members of the community who are working to better our community. She lives in FishHawk Ranch with her husband and recently became an empty-nester. When not writing, Michelle is serving her church community, reading and enjoying Florida's weather.