If you were travelling to South Beach, Trip Advisor would tell you that it is a great place to people watch because of all of the “celebrities and beautiful people in their skimpy swimsuits.” These people need dermatologists too, as do the other regular folks that live in one of America’s flashiest beach towns. While the sea, sun, and sand might agree with some people, some of the time, many face issues with too much sun exposure and not enough sun protection. From abscesses and acne to yeast infections and zoster (shingles), the Miami area is home to half a million people and there is no lack of folks seeking treatment for one of these a-z skin diseases. Others may just want the advice of a dermatologist on what products are the best to keep them looking young and their most beautiful. This is where Dr. Stephen Mandy comes in.
Who Is Stephen Mandy, MD?
Stephen Mandy, MD, is a Dermatologist at South Beach Dermatology located in Miami Beach, Florida. He is also a voluntary Professor of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He is a promoter, and fan of, dead sea minerals – in particular scrubbing with dead sea salts for cleansing, tightening and smoothing of the skin. This adoption of an approach that incorporates natural products can be rare among doctors, many of whom stick strictly to procedures and medications. However Dr. Mandy is not your typical doctor.
According to The Dermatologist, he is also extremely passionate about food and wine, is an artist, and involved in several adventure sports.
Mandy graduated from George Washington University medical school in 1966. His internship was in Internal Medicine at the University of Florida; he completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore for 1 year before entering a dermatology residency at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
He completed his dermatology training at the University of Miami in 1971 and entered private practice in 1973 after 2 years as a Major in the US Air Force. He became a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Miami in 1984 and continues to teach there today. He is now in private practice in Miami Beach. In 1975, Dr. Mandy began a veterinary dermatological pharmaceutical company, DVM, which was sold to Ivax in 1992. Previously, he lived in Aspen, CO, and was the area’s only dermatologist from 1991 to 2002.
Dr. Mandy became a passionate enthusiast of food and wine while a resident at Miami, under the mentorship of the late Dr. Louis Skinner, a dermatologist and world-renowned gourmet. Dr. Mandy was always artistically inclined and has a broad experience as a painter, sculptor, and photographer. Athletics have also been an essential element of his life, and he has been a lifelong equestrian, scuba diver, karate teacher, and skier.
He has authored more that 50 peer-reviewed papers and 10 book chapters in dermatology, and has particular expertise in facial rejuvenation, liposuction, and laser surgery. Dr. Mandy previously served on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and was its President from 2001-2002. He is now on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Dermatology. He also serves as a consultant to numerous pharmaceutical/device manufacturers in the aesthetic field.
A Father Daughter Beauty Combo To Boot: The Mandys
In addition to his dermatology practice, Dr. Mandy has teamed up with his daughter, who is a makeup artist. The two have been featured by Beauty In the Bag, as one of the most interesting father/daughter teams out there. She keeps a studio in his medical office and the two collaborate to help clients look just right, whether for a day-to-day aesthetic or a photoshoot, wedding, or special event. Ashley credits her father’s love of art for inspiring her career choices and Dr. Stephen Mandy has a great deal of appreciation for his daughter’s talents and business acumen. While he focuses more on facial rejuvenations which include the typical range of lasers, injectables, liposuction, and helping those with skin cancer, Ashley Mandy helps her clients enhance their features and make the skin they have look flawless. That said, they share a number of clients and know that most of them, these days, are seeking a natural look.
Dr. Stephen Mandy In His Own Words
We could not be more thrilled to have this renaissance man of doctors on the faculty for SCALE 2019 Music City. In anticipation of that we asked him a series of questions. Here is what he had to say:
Q: Is this your first SCALE conference? If not, how many years have you attended as a participant? As a speaker?
A: It is my first time attending and speaking.
Q: What motivated you to go into your field?
A: It is an interesting specialty with both surgical and medical as well a cosmetic aspects.
Q: What is your favorite thing about your work?
A: I love to make patients happy.
Q: Is there a particularly compelling success story that you can share with us?
A: I got the most wonderful thank you letter 10 years after removing a melanoma from a patient who finally recognized he had his life saved.
Q: What do you want the general public to know about what you do?
A: I consider what I do an art form, not just medicine.
Q: Looking back over the course of your career, what advice do you wish someone would have given you?
A: I got more advice than I could heed, but the most important was to enjoy your family to the fullest.
Q: Is there a particular case you wish would walk through your door.
A: The patient I can help the most.
Q: As a doctor we know people are always asking your advice; what is the most bizarre question you ever received? What was your advice?
A: Always a cosmetic request that is unrealistic and the best advice is to not do it.
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?
A: If they learn one practical fact they can put to use in their practice I am satisfied.
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?
A: Emerging science and technology will rule the day.