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McFarland Clinic Dermatology are proud to be leaders in skin care. We strive to provide the highest-quality medical dermatology services, hair restoration, and cosmetic procedures in Ames and central Iowa.

Our Team


A dermatologist is a physician who is trained to evaluate and manage patients of all ages with benign and malignant disorders of the skin, hair, nails and adjacent mucous membranes.

Dermatology Physician Assistants

A dermatology PA-C is a physician assistant who is board-certified in general medicine, has received further training in dermatology on-site, and practices with the supervision of a Dermatologist.

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Locations & Hours

West Ames Office

3600 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA 50014


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What does a dermatologist or dermatology PA-C do?

  • Diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers, melanomas, moles, and other tumors of the skin.
  • Management of contact dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, acne, and other inflammatory skin disorders.
  • Recognition of skin manifestations of systemic and infectious diseases.
  • Surgical management of skin lesions.

Cosmetic Disorders of the Skin

  • Management of cosmetic disorders of the skin, including hair loss, scars and skin changes associated with aging.

How do I get a dermatology appointment?

A referral from a primary care provider or other specialist is required. Please check with your provider for more information.

Skin Cancer Risk

If you have a past history of these conditions, you are at a higher risk for skin cancer:

  • History of multiple blistering sunburns
  • Received an organ transplant
  • Have chronic lymphomas or leukemias
  • Take medicines that suppress the immune system
  • Prior history of skin cancer

Medical Conditions and Treatments

  • Acne
  • Dermatitis and eczema
  • Hair loss
  • Mohs surgery
  • Phototherapy
  • Psoriasis
  • Rashes and infections
  • Removal and inspection of moles, growths, and lesions
  • Rosacia
  • Skin allergy patch testing
  • Skin cancer
  • Warts

Cosmetic Procedures

  • Botox
  • Laser for treatment of vascular lesions

Patient Resources

Mohs Surgery Videos

Dr. Leslie Christenson with a Mohs Surgery patient

Get answers to your questions about Mohs Surgery in these videos.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a dermatologist?

A dermatologist is a physician that specializes in skin care. This doctor receives extensive training in treating skin problems and maintaining healthy skin.

Who needs a dermatologist?

Dermatologist are trained to analyze skin, hair and nails. They can diagnosis many conditions ranging from minor to life threatening for patients from birth to the elderly. Examples would be birth marks, a child with a rash or eczema, sun damaged skin of the middle aged or shingles in elderly patients.

Additional Resources

Patient Handouts
See details for Skin Cancer Awareness Guide
Skin Cancer Awareness Guide

Information on performing a skin self examination and important facts on skin cancer.

See details for Sunscreen Brochure
Sunscreen Brochure

Sunscreen plays a key role in protecting your skin from the sun. This guide provides information about selecting sunscreen to keep your skin protected. 

Video Resources

Dear 16-year-old Me

Real people share their personal experiences with malignant melanoma. For tools and information, visit

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