When Dr. David Sax founded University Park Dermatology and Medical Spa 16 years ago, his vision was to create a comprehensive dermatology practice with a family feel and Ritz Carlton -level service. Sax has brought that vision to life by combining leading edge technology and proven methodologies with highly personalized attention to patients’ needs. “Because our practice is very comprehensive, we can address many issues right in the office, whether it is a newborn’s rash, teen acne, a skin cancer exam or cosmetic treatments,” Dr. Sax says. “We keep up with the latest technologies and stay informed about the newest trends.”
That powerful combination has been so thoroughly embraced by patients that Dr. Sax has opened a second location in Apollo Beach. His objective is to maintain his hands-on approach to ensuring each team member always delivers a high level of service and to grow while retaining the personal touch of a smaller practice. “Service is important. While I was in my residency, we got a behind -the -scenes view of how the Ritz Carlton provides excellent service. That made an impression on me, and I learned how to take care of patients beyond the medical aspects,” he says. “I like to get to know patients and their families and hear about their lives, travels, work and passions.”
Dr. Sax also brings an impressive level of education and experience to his patients. He is a board -certified dermatologist and a Phi Beta Kappa honors graduate of Pennsylvania State University with bachelor’s degrees in computer science and molecular cell biology. Dr. Sax graduated from Thomas Jefferson University Medical College, completed his dermatology residency at the University of Michigan and did an additional year of training in MOHS surgery for skin cancer treatment in Columbus, Ohio. He is passionate about skin cancer prevention and early detection. He regularly provides free skin cancer screenings in his office and at various venues throughout the community.
Although his degree in computer science is not the norm for medical professionals, it has proven highly useful as advanced medicine has merged with technology. Dr. Sax takes full advantage of state-of-the-art digital cameras that magnify suspicious moles allowing minute changes to be detected, which provides a better determination of whether it should be kept under observation or if a biopsy is needed. Likewise, University Park Dermatology is one of the few practices on Florida’s West Coast with the FDA – approved MelaFind® optical scanner and database whose accuracy in identifying skin cancers is more than 98 percent.
His approach to addressing cosmetic needs is just as comprehensive and high tech. Patients may receive Botox®, fillers, chemical peels, microneedling, dermaplaning, dermabrasion, facials and more. A wide range of advanced lasers are available, including those that allow rapid removal of chest and back hair more comfortably, improve the appearance of surgical scars, acne marks and stretch marks, and eliminate brown spots. Dr. Sax also offers Cool Sculpting®, a noninvasive, FDA -approved fat reduction process with little or no downtime. “It has been shown to remove up to 21 percent of fat without surgery,” he says. “I tried it on myself and saw visible improvement.”
With busy practices in two locations, free time is a scarce commodity for Dr. Sax. While he enjoys traveling and tennis, with a 13-month-old and 16-year-old twins, family is his main focus, although he does find time to get in some exercise with pickle-ball. In a way, Dr. Sax has come full circle since his twins were born at the same time he was establishing his practice. “Now”, he quips, “someone can come to me for the latest skin care or advice on baby training.”