Doris Day, MD, is not to be confused with the actress, singer and animal rights activist. Famous in her own right, Dr. Day is a New York Dermatologist with frequent media appearances and a client list that reads like a who’s-who guide to New York City.
Referred to as an expert dermatologist, author, and NYC media personality, her bio is outright impressive. She is an A-list celebrity, with a larger than life character whose glamorous good looks and trend-setting work helps her define the circles she is best known in. Her work in cosmetic dermatology is impressive and she has won several awards for her research in lasers. She is a medical journalist whose expertise is featured in print, online, radio and tv, with very frequent quotes in magazines like Vogue, Allure, and Glamour. She sees celebrities in her Upper East Side practice, but she also has patients who are everyday people. She specializes in aesthetic, laser and surgical dermatology.
There are few doctors that can stack up against her celebrity. For this reason alone we could not be more thrilled to have have her on the SCALE 2019 Music City faculty. This is her 5th year at SCALE Music City and each year she has rave reviews by those who attend her presentations. If you are at SCALE to network, this is definitely someone to have at the top of your must-meet list. If you are star-struck by her, don’t be intimidated. Dr. Day is just as down to earth as the next doctor – she just happens to get a lot of requests for interviews and is in the media a lot.
This is a woman who lives a fairly ordinary life and does fairly ordinary things. She and her husband, also a doctor, walk their dog. She bakes Betty Crocker recipes. She watches the news. She exercises and she entertains. She happens to do all of this in great style, as reported by the New York Times in April of 2018. This author of Beyond Beautiful: Using the Power of Your Mind and Aesthetic Breakthroughs to Look Naturally Young and Radiant and Forget the Facelift: Turn Back the Clock with a Revolutionary Program for Ageless Skin enjoys food and wine as much as she enjoys practicing the science and craft of aesthetic dermatology.
In anticipation of Dr. Doris Day’s appearance at SCALE 2019 Music City, we asked her a series of questions. Here is what she had to say:
Q: What motivated you to go into your field?
Appearance is very much connected to self esteem and overall health. It’s great to be able to help patients both look and feel better. I also like that we are not limited to a gender or age group.
Q: What is your favorite thing about your work?
Being a physician is a privilege and an honor. I love the commitment to lifelong learning and growth.
Q: Is there a particularly compelling success story that you can share with us?
A patient came in for Botox treatment. I always do a full assessment and look at symmetry, skin quality and I look for any signs of potential health issues. In assessing her I noticed a slight asymmetry of the brows and eyes that seemed out of place. I referred her for a check up with her primary care doctor and a scan showed she had a brain tumor. She had no other symptoms. The tumor was still small and she was able to have it surgically removed and is now doing great.
Q: How do you relax, what are your hobbies?
Walking, hiking, reading books, writing, listening to music, cooking.
Q: Looking back over the course of your career, what advice do you wish someone would have given you?
To take a business course!
Q: When people come to the SCALE workshop or talk you are giving, what do you hope they take away from their time with you?
An appreciation for the importance of evidence-based medicine.
Q: Looking into the future of your practice, what do you predict will be the trends and technology that emerge in the next 5 to 10 years? What are you and your practice doing to get ready for those.
More personalized treatments based on DNA technology. Better delivery methods of injectables and treatments. Better ways to combine treatments for optimal outcome.
Dr. Day famously continues to shake up the industry and encourage her patients, and the world, to consider that the best way to have really good skin is not just through products and procedures. She tells us all: “Manage your stress. It manifests itself on your skin, whether it’s lines caused by furrowing your brows or pursing your lips or a dull complexion and acne caused by binge eating junk food. Don’t stress about growing older—it’s inevitable. There’s a difference between aging gracefully and aging helplessly. Eat a healthy diet, exercise, think happy thoughts, enjoy your life, and have sex. There’s skin care and fillers and peels and lasers that’ll take care of the rest of it.” (Source).