“The targeted biologic therapies have really made a big difference for many people...”
Originally from Florida, Dr. Michael Krathen wasn’t thinking of becoming a dermatologist until his older brother suggested he might want to consider it. “I kind of teased him a little when he became a dermatologist but later when I was in medical school I found it just as fascinating as he did. So I’m really glad that he made me take another look at it.”
At Reliant, Dr. Krathen sees patients for many types of issues including acne, warts, rashes, psoriasis, dermatitis, skin cancers and other problems. He often recommends that his patients wear sunscreen each day to protect themselves from the sun. “If you put sunscreen on reliably each and every day, you are more likely to make it a habit,” he explains. “If you worry each morning whether it’s going to be cloudy or rainy or sunny, then you are less likely to have it on when you really need it. That’s one reason why it’s good to apply it every day.”
Dr. Krathen is excited by the new treatments that are transforming the care of psoriasis patients. “The targeted biologic therapies have really made a big difference for many people, and they don’t have many side effects. For people with moderate to severe psoriasis, these therapies have really transformed their lives – they really made a difference.”
In his practice, Dr. Krathen enjoys using the latest technology to better help his patients. For instance, he takes pictures of skin growths and puts them into his patient’s electronic medical record so he can keep an eye on them over time. “Having a photographic record allows us to track any irregularities and alert us if there is something that could be potentially harmful to the patient.”When he is treating patients, Dr. Krathen puts a big emphasis on their quality of life. “That’s our focus,” he explains. “In fact, we like patients to be an advocate for their own quality of life. Then, it’s my job to help them meet those goals. It’s very satisfying to take someone who is really in trouble in terms of their skin health and use your knowledge and skill set and make a positive impact with them.”
When he is not busy treating patients, Dr. Krathen most often spends time with his wife and two young children. He also enjoys cycling, running, photography and skiing.
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