The following is a Q & A with Kristina Britton, MD, a dermatologist offering services throughout Central Minnesota. In this interview, she shares fun facts and a little about herself.
Skincare is self-care
Q: When will you officially start seeing patients in the Tri-County Health Care Verndale Clinic?
A: We started seeing patients on April 14 and will typically be in Verndale two days per month.
Q: Have you worked around this area previously?
A: Yes. I previously worked for Dermatology Professionals and had also been providing outreach services for Tri-County Health Care once per month.
Q: What is the most exciting aspect of offering your services to the area?
A: The ability to provide dermatology services to patients in their community for those who have travel restrictions.
Q: Why did you choose your career?
A: I have always wanted to be a physician, and dermatology interested me. What drew me to it was the ability to treat patients from infants to the elderly. I enjoy building long-term relationships with patients who suffer from chronic diseases. The challenge of procedures and diagnosing complicated cases is very rewarding.
Dr. Britton versus the sun
Q: What are the benefits of maintaining healthy skin?
A: Taking care of your skin decreases the risk of skin infections and getting rashes. Often dermatologic conditions are visible and can result in lower self-esteem. Utilizing a dermatologist to manage and resolve these conditions can help patients feel better about their appearance, positively impacting their lives. Lastly, the better you protect your skin from the sun, the less likely you will get skin cancer.
Q: What are some basic things people can do to improve their dermatological health?
A: I am a strong proponent of sun protection when you are outside, including hats, sunglasses, sun-protective clothing, and sunscreen. I strongly recommend mild cleansers when bathing and applying a good moisturizer daily to the entire body.
Q: Why do you think there is a shortage of dermatologists in Central Minnesota?
A: In general, few new dermatologists graduate every year, and they typically choose to practice in metropolitan areas. Many dermatologists don’t work full-time, limiting their availability to see patients.
Q: What do you do for fun? Do you have any interesting hobbies?
A: I enjoy gardening, hiking, reading books, and playing with my three Great Danes.
Q: Do you have a family?
A: I have been married to my high school sweetheart for over 25 years. We have two grown sons. Our oldest is an electrician working in the Brainerd Lakes Area, and our youngest is a firefighter in the Army, currently stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, CO.