Your skin is the largest and most visible organ of the body and has many functions. It controls body temperature, protects against injury, and prevents infection. Your skin reflects your health.  Dermatology is a field of medicine which deals with the science of skin, its, structure, its function, and its diseases. Since skin is more complex than a simple wrapping, it is subject to disease. Sooner or later, everyone has some kind of skin problems. This is when dermatologists, doctors who specialize in skin care, can help you.

We treat the following skin conditions:


Acne is a skin condition caused by excess oil in the skin leading to clogged pores followed by bacteria and inflammation. It is the most common skin condition in the United States, particularly among teens and young adults. In fact, each year 85% of U.S. teenagers suffer from acne. The two most important factors in controlling acne are proper skin care, and appropriate acne treatment.

Although keeping skin clean is important, it should be noted that excessive washing and scrubbing will not prevent nor cure acne, but can in fact irritate the skin making matters worse. Dermatologists recommend gently washing once or twice a day with a mild soap in lukewarm water to remove excess sebum, or oil. In addition, using oil-free cosmetics and toiletries will lessen the impact of these types of products.

A dermatologist can provide proper treatment to avoid future breakouts, but it’s important to understand that an overnight treatment for acne does not exist. Acne treatment takes time (generally 4-6 weeks) and it must be ongoing in order to be effective.

Treatments can either be taken topically, orally, or a combination of the two depending on the severity of the acne. Treatments taken orally are usually reserved for moderate to severe acne and work systematically. Seeing a dermatologist is the first step to ensuring you’re getting the right treatment for you.

Allergic Rashes

Allergic contact dermatitis comes in the form of itching, redness, and blisters and is caused by allergens coming in contact with skin. The condition is typically diagnosed by studying the distribution of the rash and determining the materials your skin comes into contact with throughout the day. In more elusive cases, a patch test will be performed using small amounts of potential allergens on strips of tape that will subsequently reveal a small red spot indicating the offending allergen. 

Common allergens include: nickel, rubber, chromates, hair dyes, skin care products, and poisonous plants. Treatment can range from topical antihistamines to oral and injectable antibiotics or other anti-inflammatory/immunologic agents.

Cosmetic Services

Ministry MediSpa offers treatments, such as chemical peels, facials and microdermabrasion, that limit sun damage, remove dark spots, reduce wrinkles, and keep your skin looking fresh and bright.

Many spas offer cosmetic services, but not all have a dermatology team with the training and experience to care for your skin. Ministry MediSpa does, and they will meet with you to evaluate your skin, discuss your concerns and develop a plan to best meet your needs.

To learn more or schedule a free consultation with our certified aesthetician, Amy Wouters, call Ministry MediSpa Cosmetic Line: 715.342.6660.

Ministry MediSpa services are performed by or under the direction of specially-trained dermatologists.

At Ministry MediSpa, our aesthetician, Amy Wouters, works closely with Dr. Patrick Safo, dermatologist, and Dale Rasmussen, physician assistant, to discuss your concerns and develop a treatment plan to enhance your skin.

Services include:

Laser Treatment:

  • Hair removal
  • Removal for benign and pigmented lesions

Cosmetic Services:

  • Skin Care Consultations
  • Facials
  • Chemical Peels (superficial and medium depth)
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Facial Waxing Treatments
  • Botox

Meet with Amy, your personal aesthetician, to determine which corrective treatments and/or products are best for your skin type.

A free skin consultation with Amy includes: 

  • Discussing your skin condition and concerns
  • Developing an understanding of your skin care history and goals
  • Using a dermascope to evaluate specific concerns
  • Developing a skin care path to include services and/or product recommendations

Intense Pulse Light Laser Treatment

Target dark spots

Intense pulse light (IPL) treatments use light energy to target and remove brown spots, red areas, facial veins and unwanted hair. Most people require three to five treatments to achieve desired results. An IPL treatment is prescribed by the doctor and performed by specially-trained nurses.


Acne - before treatment After intense pulse light treatment
Acne - before treatment After intense pulse light treatment



A facial is a hands-on treatment consisting of a variety of techniques, including:

  • Cleansing
  • Steam
  • Exfoliation
  • Creams/lotions
  • Facial massage
  • Facial mask

Facials are beneficial for general skin health as well as specific skin conditions.

We offer three options:

  • Rejuvenation facial – This signature facial is an excellent first-time treatment and a great choice for patients specifically requesting a facial, and for those who do not want to experience peeling. This facial calms, soothes and strengthens all skin types and conditions.
  • Deep Cleansing Facial – This is an excellent choice for detoxifying all skin types. The active blend of lactic, glycolic and salicylic acids exfoliates and promotes a purified and clear complexion. This gentle, deep pore cleansing treatment provides clarifying and antioxidant action. Ideal for problematic skin types.
  • Custom Facial – This signature facial is designed to deliver powerful antioxidants to support the metabolism in the skin. This facial includes cleansing, light exfoliation, and extractions. A relaxing face, neck and décolleté massage and a nourishing mask that provides the perfect finishing touch. Can be enjoyed by all skin types.

Pricing for facials, chemical peels and Microdermabrasion range from $65 - $115.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are a method of resurfacing the skin by applying a solution which introduces a controlled removal of the outer skin layers to improve the appearance.

These are the peels we offer:

  • Glycolic peels (20%,35%,50%,70%)
  • Salicylic peel
  • PCA Jessner peels (HQ2%, HQ free)
  • TCA peels:
    • Sensi peel (12% lactic acid, 6% TCA)
    • Ultra peel 1 (20% lactic acid, 10% TCA)
    • Ultra peel forte (10% lactic acid, 20% TCA)

Also, retinoid boosters can be added for additional exfoliation.

Most people will have a series of three chemical peel treatments, one month apart. Chemical peels can help reduce pigmentation, improve the texture and appearance of scars and wrinkles, and improve acne.

Pricing for facials, chemical peels and Microdermabrasion range from $65 - $115.


Microdermabrasion uses crystals (an abrasive) to gently resurface superficial layers of the skin. When a more aggressive treatment is necessary, vacuum/pressure can be increased to evenly penetrate deeper. Safe for all skin types and helps with acne/acne scars, sun-damaged skin, excess oils, clogged pores, fine lines and wrinkles.

Pricing for facials, chemical peels and Microdermabrasion range from $65 - $115.

Cosmetic Botox®

Soften wrinkles. We use Restylane®, Perline®, Radiesse®, and Juviderm®.

Botox® immobilizes the muscles in the face that make wrinkles. It is ideal for areas with much expression such as between the eyes, laugh lines and forehead. Our dermatology team will meet with you to discuss your expectations. Botox® injections are administered by Dr Safo.

 Before Botox®  After Botox®
Before Botox® Two weeks after Botox®


Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a common skin condition that typically takes the form of intensely itchy patches that subsequently become red and irritated from scratching.  It sometimes causing swelling, cracking, scaling, or even weeping of clear fluid. 10-20 percent of children and 1-3 percent of adults develop atopic dermatitis. 
In infants, the condition tends to develop on the forehead, cheeks, and scalp. While infantile eczema tends to get better with time, some adults can develop lifelong atopic dermatitis. In this instance, rashes often develop on the elbows, knees, ankles, and wrists. 

Hand eczema can have many causes including overexposure to certain chemicals or irritation caused by physical trauma. Hand eczema can become chronic without proper diagnosis and treatment from a dermatologist. Treatments often include topical skin medication combined with lifestyle changes like avoiding certain chemical irritants and protecting the skin from harsh UV rays.

Hair Loss

Hair loss, or alopecia, can come in several forms with differing causes. The two most common causes for hair loss are improper chemical treatments and hereditary thinning or balding. Hair loss from treatments often results from the overuse of hair dyes, tints, bleaches or straighteners, causing hair to become weak and break. Treatment for this type of hair loss is simply abstaining from further use of said chemicals. In the case of hereditary baldness a dermatologist will often recommend either a topical minoxidil or oral finasteride treatment. Other forms of hair loss can be brought on by stress, scarring of the scalp, or ringworm fungus. A dermatologist can help determine the type and solution to these various causes.

For cases where baldness is permanent, such as male pattern baldness, dermatologists can offer hair restoration treatments. Unnatural plug transplants have given way to a more natural grafting process wherein hair is taken from another body region and transplanted to the area of hair loss. The success of this procedure has greatly reduced the need for scalp reduction surgery as well, wherein the surgeon removes the portion of bald skin and sutures the two sides that have hair together. In some cases a combination of transplants and scalp reduction can be used. A consultation with a dermatologist will help determine the best option for you.


Molluscum contagiosum is a benign skin disease caused by a poxvirus, typically entering the through breaks in the skin. The disease usually manifests itself in the form of pink or flesh colored growths that sometimes become red or inflamed. This disease spreads through skin-to-skin contact and usually appears in areas like folds in the arms or groin. Individuals can also contract the disease by touching items like towels, toys, or clothing that have been infected by someone else with the disease. 

Though the disease will eventually go away on its own without treatment, many dermatologists recommend treatment. Similar to wart treatment, growths can be frozen with liquid nitrogen, destroyed with acids or solutions, scraped with a sharp instrument, or treated using laser therapy. See a dermatologist to determine the appropriate course of action for you.


Psoriasis is a skin disorder involving thick, red areas with silvery scales, usually affecting the elbows, knees and lower back. The exact cause of the disorder is unknown, but studies point to an abnormal functioning of t-cells which cause inflammation and an immune response wherein the skin begins growing too rapidly.

Treatments for the disorder come in many forms, but usually involve one of three forms including topical solution, oral medication, UV light treatment, or a combination. The main goal is to reduce inflammation and to control shedding of the skin, and may require several visits to a dermatologist.


Scabies is caused by a tiny mite that burrows into the skin and causes an extremely itchy skin condition. These mites are attracted to warmth and can be transferred through person-to-person contact. Symptoms of the condition include red bumps, tiny bites or pimples and usually appear on warmer sites on the skin. 

Scabies can usually be treated fairly quickly using a variety of topical solutions or an oral medicine called ivermectin. The key to successful treatment is to treat the entire body, all family members, and to wash all bedding and clothing to ensure any and all mites have been destroyed.

Skin Cancer

Every year more than 2 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer, making it the most common form of cancer. Fortunately, with early detection it can also be one of the most treatable forms of the disease. Knowing the warning signs and avoiding the risks associated with it is key. Perform self-examinations regularly and look for anything on your skin that is changing, growing, or bleeding. Take particular note of marks or moles that are asymmetrical, have a poorly defined or irregular border, are varied in color, have evolved over time, or have a diameter of more than six millimeters. If any of these conditions are present, make an appointment with a dermatologist.

As important as recognizing skin cancer signs is, finding ways to reduce your risk can be just as crucial. Protect your skin by seeking shade – especially between the hours of 10am and 2pm – when the sun’s rays are at their peak. When spending long periods of time in the sun, wear protective clothing like long sleeves, pants, and sunglasses whenever possible to reduce exposure, and apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more for skin that is exposed to direct sunlight. Finally, consider self-tanning products to avoid exposing yourself to UV light from tanning beds. These risk-reducing tips, self-exams, and regular appointments with your dermatologist are the keys to avoiding skin cancer. 


Warts are skin growths caused by the human papilloma virus, and usually appear skin colored and rough to the touch. Warts are non-cancerous and come in many forms including, common warts, plantar warts, flat warts, and genital warts. 

Warts can be spread by physical contact and occur more easily in broken or damaged skin. Although they can disappear in children over time without treatment, warts often last longer in adults. Fortunately dermatologists can offer a number of effective treatments for warts including several types of chemical solutions, freezing, electrosurgery, laser treatment, and immunotherapy. 

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