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How I practice: Whole-person approach is essential in dermatology

Diet, exercise and osteopathic manipulative treatment can all play a critical role in skin health, says Gregory Papadeas, DO.

Although the U.S. skin care product industry garners over a billion dollars in sales each year, many Americans neglect the importance of diet and lifestyle in ensuring healthy skin. According to Gregory Papadeas, DO, an osteopathic dermatologist based in Centennial, Colorado, a whole-person approach to skin care is essential throughout a patient’s lifetime.

In August, 5280 Magazine named Dr. Papadeas one of Colorado’s “Top Doctors” for the second year in a row and the fifth time since 2001.

A graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Papadeas is board-certified in dermatology and is a past president of the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology and the Colorado Dermatological Society. He recently spoke with The DO about his approach to patient care.

What’s the most rewarding part of your practice?

As a dermatologist, I have the benefit of treating patients of all ages—newborns, children, young adults, adults and senior citizens. It’s very fulfilling to be able to see results quickly with the majority of our therapeutics.

How do you incorporate the osteopathic approach into your practice?

I’m proud to say I attended an osteopathic medical school. During the medical school application process, I learned about osteopathic practices and principles through my volunteer work. As a DO, I approach care holistically and I’m able to share the benefits of OMT with my patients.

What are the main things everyone should know about maintaining a lifestyle conducive to healthy skin?

Protecting your skin is key. Make sure you’re using products with SPF 30 or greater. It’s also important to wear protective clothing and try to stay out of the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dietary choices can also play a role. Fruits and vegetables, particularly dark green leafy vegetables, and a daily multivitamin are beneficial to skin health.

What are the most important methods for preventing skin cancer?

Have common “sun sense” and limit your exposure. You can enjoy spending time in the sun, but should be sensible. Make an effort not to get sunburned. Children, in particular, should be especially careful since an individual’s sun exposure from birth to age 18 can largely determine skin cancer risk.

Why do you think your name has been included so often on 5280’s list of Top Docs?

There are many excellent physicians in the Denver community. Our practice has the reputation of being on the cutting edge of technology, academically-oriented, and dedicated to excellent care and customer service. I also feel like my osteopathic background and training helps set me apart.

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