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Joel Schlessinger, MD: Priorities and Passion

Cathy Christensen
Dr. Schlessinger holds a chart in the hallway of his practice

Physician's assistant Jacqueline Clegg is Schlessinger's right-hand woman, offering her energy and intelligence to staff and patients alike. Photography by Ophir Palmon, Artistic Visions

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The offices that house the various ventures of Joel Schlessinger, MD, are similar to a labyrinth, with each door leading to a different opportunity for career success. Upon entering the building, if you turn left, you can walk through the doors of the newly renovated Aesthetica Day Spa and be welcomed by an open space decorated with carefully chosen amber mosaic tiles and a layout that is open, yet well-thought-out. If you turn right, you enter through the doors of the Advanced Center for Research, a dermatologic and cosmetic research arm led by Schlessinger that tests and researches various treatments. And if you continue forward, you open the doors to Skin Specialists, PC, located in the middle part of the building. After walking through the waiting room, you enter a corridor with high ceilings appointed with skylights, offering a sampling of the day to patients, and come to the center of the office, which houses the nurses’ station, a bustling hub offering an oasis to every professional who works in the building. It is the physical heart of the practice, offering everything from files to fillers for any one of the 39 team members who help run the practice.

This team is something that Schlessinger is incredibly passionate about, making sure its needs are met and its voices are heard, but also working to reach out to its members as people, too. Stories of concerts, movie nights and charity events are told by multiple staff members, who smile at their recollections as they march down the corridor to the next waiting patient.

“We’re around such incredible people; we are so fortunate with the people surrounding us in our endeavors,” says Nancy Schlessinger, the doctor’s wife, who also plays an important role in the practice’s hiring and accounts payable. “Endeavors” is a perfect word to describe the efforts of this physician who is finding career recognition and success on his own terms, not allowing his career to run him, but taking the reigns and running it based on time management, priorities and gut instinct.

The decision for dermatology

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