Category: Dermatology

Palmetto Animal League Donation Drive to be Held During December Through “Santa Paws at Pinnacle” Program

Palmetto Animal League Donation Drive to be Held During December Through “Santa Paws at Pinnacle” Program

(BLUFFTON/BEAUFORT, SC) Santa Paws at Pinnacle, a holiday donation drive benefiting Palmetto Animal League (PAL), will launch for the month of December with a kick-off party hosted at Pinnacle Medical Group’s Sheridan Park office at 7 Mallet Way on Thursday, Dec. 5 from 4 to 6 p.m.

The kick-off event will feature door prizes, refreshments and a visit from PAL’s furry friends. Guests are encouraged to bring new blankets, towels, dog toys, food, cleaning supplies, shampoos, collars, leashes, beds and tennis balls. Pet store gift cards and cash donations are also accepted.

All donations will be given to PAL and distributed among rural shelters with limited resources. With each donation, guests will receive a $50 gift card toward an injectable treatment at Pinnacle Medical Group.

“The holiday season is a time to give back,” said Dr. Audrey Klenke, plastic surgeon and principal of Pinnacle Medical Group. “With Santa Paws at Pinnacle, we’re able to give much-needed resources to our local shelters, while also providing a fun celebration for the community as a ‘thank you’ for their generosity.”

PAL is a nonprofit no-kill shelter in Okatie that houses dogs and cats in need of a good home. Currently in its fifth year of operation, PAL offers fostering and volunteer opportunities in both its shelter and free-standing thrift store.

This will mark the sixth year Pinnacle Medical Group has partnered with PAL to collect supplies for rescue pets. Previously called “Blankets for Botox,” Santa Paws at Pinnacle will continue collecting donations throughout the entire month of December at the Pinnacle’s Bluffton and Beaufort offices during normal business hours.

While the kick-off event is free and open to animal lovers of all ages, it is limited capacity and Pinnacle and PAL encourage interested individuals to reserve their spot online at https://www.facebook.com/events/499953557533212/?active_tab=about.

ABOUT THE PINNACLE MEDICAL GROUP 
The Pinnacle Medical Group is the locally owned and operated parent company of Pinnacle Plastic Surgery, PURE Medical Spa and Beaufort Dermatology. Principal, Dr. Audrey Klenke is the only board-certified female plastic surgeon in Bluffton, South Carolina and is affiliated with multiple outpatient centers in the area, as well as, Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital. Pinnacle Plastic Surgery and PURE Medical Spa are located at 7 Mallet Way, Bluffton, SC 29910. Beaufort Dermatology is located at 1096 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC 29902. For more information, please call (843) 815- 6699, or visit http://pinnaclemd.com/, http://pinnacleplasticsurgery.com/, http://puremedspamd.com/ and http://www.beaufortdermatology.com/.

Fifth Annual “The Bra Project” Raised Over $5,000 for DragonBoat Beaufort Breast Cancer Survivors

Fifth Annual “The Bra Project” Raised Over $5,000 for DragonBoat Beaufort Breast Cancer Survivors

(BLUFFTON/BEAUFORT, SC) Pinnacle Medical Group presented $5,140 to representatives of DragonBoat Beaufort, a local nonprofit that benefits breast cancer survivors in the lowcountry. The donation was raised from Pinnacle Medical Group’s fifth annual “The Bra Project,” a competition that featured one-of-a-kind bras created by students from Hilton Head High School, May River High School and Bluffton High School.

The bras were featured at the second annual Bras & Bubbly, a charity event hosted by Pinnacle Medical Group designed to rally together the community to raise awareness and funds to support local breast cancer survivors. The event also celebrated the work of local artists who contributed pieces inspired by their own personal stories.

All proceeds raised from Bras & Bubbly ticket sales and the silent auction were donated to DragonBoat Beaufort to assist in their goal of helping cancer patients who live, work or receive treatment in the lowcountry. A local commercial construction firm, The Dewitt Tilton Group, also contributed $1,000 to the project.

“We’re always thrilled to host The Bra Project, and we’re thankful to be a part of such a dedicated community that cares about women’s health and breast cancer awareness as much as we do,” said Dr. Audrey Klenke, plastic surgeon and principal of Pinnacle Medical Group. “Thank you to all who attended Bras & Bubbly and a special thank you to the students and artists who came together to create a stellar event. This year, we raised more this year than all the other four years combined and we are so excited to see what next year brings.”

ABOUT DRAGONBOAT BEAUFORT
DragonBoat Beaufort is a non-profit organization that started in 2012 when a group of cancer survivors was inspired by “Awaken the Dragon,” a documentary shown at the 2012 Beaufort International Film Festival. The goal of the organization is to assist cancer patients who live, work or receive treatment in the Lowcountry.

ABOUT THE PINNACLE MEDICAL GROUP
The Pinnacle Medical Group is the locally owned and operated parent company of Pinnacle Plastic Surgery, PURE Medical Spa and Beaufort Dermatology. Principal, Dr. Audrey Klenke is the only board-certified female plastic surgeon in Bluffton, South Carolina and is affiliated with multiple outpatient centers in the area, as well as, Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital. Pinnacle Plastic Surgery and PURE Medical Spa are located at 7 Mallet Way, Bluffton, SC 29910. Beaufort Dermatology is located at 1096 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC 29902. For more information, please call (843) 815- 6699, or visit http://pinnaclemd.com/, http://pinnacleplasticsurgery.com/, http://puremedspamd.com/ and http://www.beaufortdermatology.com/.

The Fifth Annual Bra Project Will Wrap Up with Bras & Bubbly Event

The Fifth Annual Bra Project Will Wrap Up with Bras & Bubbly Event

(BLUFFTON/BEAUFORT, SC) The Fifth Annual Bra Project will conclude its tour of the Lowcountry with the Bras & Bubbly evening event on Thursday, Oct. 24, when the winner of the competition for best-designed bra will be revealed.

The Bra Project

The Bra Project

The event will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Thibault Gallery at 815 Bay St., Beaufort, South Carolina.

The Bra Project competition includes 13 bras designed by students from Hilton Head High School, May River High School and Bluffton High School. The bras have been on a display tour collecting votes from the public throughout October.

In addition to recognizing the student whose bra design received the most votes, Bras & Bubbly will hold a silent auction featuring pieces donated by local artists who have a breast cancer story to share. Guests will also enjoy light refreshments and music.

The student-designed bras will be displayed in the gallery during the week leading up to Bras & Bubbly.

All proceeds from Bras & Bubbly ticket sales and the silent auction will be donated to DragonBoat Beaufort’s support of local cancer patients and survivors in Beaufort County.

Guests can buy tickets at the door or online with eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2VnGBeJ

“We are so excited to host Bras & Bubbly again,” said Dr. Audrey Klenke, plastic surgeon and principal of Pinnacle Medical Group. “It is such a wonderful way to bring the community together to celebrate the work these students have put into raising awareness for breast cancer, as well as to honor the contributions of local artists and the women of DragonBoat Beaufort. Bras & Bubbly gives us all a time to reflect on what we have accomplished in the name of breast cancer awareness, and then we’ll do it all again next year.”

This marks the fifth year Pinnacle Medical Group has organized The Bra Project and the second year the group has hosted the Bras & Bubbly event.

To learn more about The Bra Project, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/669092870274765/

The Bra Project

The Bra Project

ABOUT THE PINNACLE MEDICAL GROUP
The Pinnacle Medical Group is the locally owned and operated parent company of Pinnacle Plastic Surgery, PURE Medical Spa and Beaufort Dermatology. Principal, Dr. Audrey Klenke is the only board-certified female plastic surgeon in Bluffton, South Carolina and is affiliated with multiple outpatient centers in the area, as well as, Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital. Pinnacle Plastic Surgery and PURE Medical Spa are located at 7 Mallet Way, Bluffton, SC 29910. Beaufort Dermatology is located at 1096 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC 29902. For more information, please call (843) 815- 6699, or visit http://pinnaclemd.com/, http://pinnacleplasticsurgery.com/, http://puremedspamd.com/ and http://www.beaufortdermatology.com/.

Nurse Practitioner Jo Ann Cullen Joins Beaufort Dermatology

Nurse Practitioner Jo Ann Cullen Joins Beaufort Dermatology

(BEAUFORT, SC) Nurse practitioner Jo Ann Cullen has joined the staff of Beaufort Dermatology, 1096 Ribaut Road, which recently opened under new ownership after its purchase by the Pinnacle Medical Group.

Jo Ann Cullen of Beaufort Dermatology

Jo Ann Cullen of Beaufort Dermatology

“Jo Ann is a wonderful addition to our team,” said Dr. Audrey Klenke, plastic surgeon and principal of Pinnacle Medical Group. “We know that she will be an asset in helping us continue to deliver excellent service to the people of Beaufort and the Lowcountry.”

Cullen is a Florida native who grew up showing horses competitively. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Florida, a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Florida State University and a Master of Science in family health nursing from the University of South Florida. She is a member of the Dermatology Nurses Association and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Cullen began her clinical experience as a cardiac nurse in 2001 and later moved into the operating room at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. She became ​the ​Clinical ​Educator for perioperative services at Moffitt while she was working on her master’s degree and later served as ​the ​Clinical ​Specialist for perioperative services. In 2011, she helped launch a new dermatology practice in south Florida.

“I’m excited to be part of developing Beaufort Dermatology into the leading dermatology practice in the Lowcountry,” Cullen said. “This area is just what I was looking for in a home, and it’s great to be getting back to the coast.”

Cullen and her husband Joe, along with their Pug, Peanut, enjoy traveling and spending time with friends and family.

ABOUT THE PINNACLE MEDICAL GROUP
The Pinnacle Medical Group is the locally owned and operated parent company of Pinnacle Plastic Surgery, PURE Medical Spa and Beaufort Dermatology. Principal, Dr. Audrey Klenke is the only board-certified female plastic surgeon in Bluffton, South Carolina and is affiliated with multiple outpatient centers in the area, as well as, Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital. Pinnacle Plastic Surgery and PURE Medical Spa are located at 7 Mallet Way, Bluffton, SC 29910. Beaufort Dermatology is located at 1096 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC 29902. For more information, please call (843) 815- 6699, or visit http://pinnaclemd.com/, http://pinnacleplasticsurgery.com/, http://puremedspamd.com/ and http://www.beaufortdermatology.com/.

Dr. Klenke of Pinnacle Medical Group Launches Plastic Surgery and Skincare Podcast

Dr. Klenke of Pinnacle Medical Group Launches Plastic Surgery and Skincare Podcast

(BLUFFTON, SOUTH CAROLINA) Dr. Audrey Klenke, plastic surgeon and principal of Pinnacle Medical Group in Bluffton and Beaufort, South Carolina, has launched a podcast that talks about the trends on all things plastic and cosmetic surgery, skincare and overall wellness.

Dr. Audrey Klenke, Pinnacle Medical Group

Dr. Audrey Klenke, Pinnacle Medical Group

The podcast, titled “Plastics Make Perfect”, offers a free, reliable and professional source of information on questions Dr. Klenke frequently receives in her practice.

“Sharing information is an enormous part of practicing medicine today, and the ‘Plastics Make Perfect’ podcast provides an easy, user-friendly tool for that,” said Klenke. “In a short, manageable chunk of time, people can find out more about critical health questions.”

The first session focuses on new technology for the practice of dermatology, confocal microscopy, which a process that produces diagnostic images of suspicious moles or skin areas without invasive procedures such as biopsies.

“It’s totally painless and there’s no chance of scarring, so patients are pretty excited about this new technology,” Klenke said.

The podcast can be accessed on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher and other sites. View the first installment at https://youtu.be/FydAauXAQmo. New podcasts will be posted at regular intervals.

ABOUT THE PINNACLE MEDICAL GROUP 
The Pinnacle Medical Group is the locally owned and operated parent company of Pinnacle Plastic Surgery, PURE Medical Spa and Beaufort Dermatology. Principal, Dr. Audrey Klenke is the only board-certified female plastic surgeon in Bluffton, South Carolina and is affiliated with multiple outpatient centers in the area, as well as, Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital. Pinnacle Plastic Surgery and PURE Medical Spa are located at 7 Mallet Way, Bluffton, SC 29910. Beaufort Dermatology is located at 1096 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC 29902. For more information, please call (843) 815- 6699, or visit http://pinnaclemd.com/, http://pinnacleplasticsurgery.com/, http://puremedspamd.com/ and http://www.beaufortdermatology.com/.

Beaufort Dermatology Reopens Under New Management

Beaufort Dermatology Reopens Under New Management

(BEAUFORT, SOUTH CAROLINA) Pinnacle Medical Group cut the ribbon on its newest location, Beaufort Dermatology, located at 1096 Ribaut Road.

A crowd gathers to cut the ribbon on Beaufort Dermatology in celebration of the new ownership under Pinnacle Medical Group. Left to right: Melody Jones, Pinnacle Medical Group; Beaufort Councilman Philip Cromer; Beaufort Councilwoman Alice Howard; Blakely Williams, President and CEO of the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce; Trevor Klenke, Pinnacle Medical Group; Dr. Audrey Klenke, Pinnacle Medical Group; Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling; Jo Ann Cullen, Beaufort Dermatology; Anissa Stark, Beaufort Dermatology; Jose Casey, Field Representative for Congressman Joe Cunningham South Carolina First District; Savanna Dorsey, Beaufort Dermatology; Aylin Flores, Beaufort Dermatology; Jessica Fico, Beaufort Dermatology; Crystal Robinson, Beaufort Dermatology; Susan Fogelman, Beaufort Chamber of Commerce.

The practice’s parent company brings the latest in technology to the region, including the ability to diagnose skin cancer non-invasively.

The Chamber of Commerce and the Mayor Stand by Co-Owners Trevor and Dr. Audrey Klenke of Beaufort Dermatology, Pinnacle Medical Group

Dr. Audrey Klenke, the plastic surgeon who owns and leads the parent company of Beaufort Dermatology, Pinnacle Medical Group, was on hand for the festivities. Joining her were Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling, Beaufort councilman Philip E. Cromer, Beaufort Councilwoman Alice Howard, Jose Casey, Field Representative for Congressman Joe Cunningham South Carolina First District, Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce representatives and Trevor Klenke, Dr. Klenke’s husband.

Pinnacle Medical Group is delighted to keep this medical specialty available in Beaufort, where our outdoor lifestyle makes skin health a matter of such critical importance,” Dr. Klenke told the audience. “Plus, we are able to offer elegant spa services at this site in addition to critical dermatology services.”

Klenke acquired the original practice from two retiring dermatologists and added it to Pinnacle Medical Group’s holdings, which include Pinnacle Plastic Surgery and PURE Medical Spa in Bluffton, South Carolina.

A full-time dermatologist will join the practice after a national search is completed. Meanwhile, Jo Ann Cullen, an advanced practice nurse practitioner, will serve as the physician extender. Assisting her will be medical assistants Aylin Flores and Jessica Fico and patient concierge, Katie Bruns.

After the brief ribbon-cutting ceremony, the audience was invited to tour the practice where they could see new skin cancer technology such as the Vivascope 1500, which allows a diagnosis to be made without removing any tissue. Pinnacle is the only practice in the area to offer this option.

“Less invasive approaches to testing and treatment are on the medical forefront, and dermatology is no exception,” said Cullen. “With this device, we’ll be able to determine whether a suspicious skin feature is cancerous or just calls for careful monitoring. That means less pain, less expense and less likelihood of unnecessary scarring.”

After the tours, guests were offered discounts on Beaufort Dermatology’s retail products and spa services.

ABOUT THE PINNACLE MEDICAL GROUP 
The Pinnacle Medical Group is the locally owned and operated parent company of Pinnacle Plastic Surgery, PURE Medical Spa and Beaufort Dermatology. Principal, Dr. Audrey Klenke is the only board-certified female plastic surgeon in Beaufort County, South Carolina, and is affiliated with multiple outpatient centers in the area as well as Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital. Pinnacle Plastic Surgery and PURE Medical Spa are located at 7 Mallet Way, Bluffton, SC 29910. Beaufort Dermatology is located at 1096 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC 29902. For more information, please call (843) 815-6699, or visit http://pinnaclemd.com/ and http://www.beaufortdermatology.com/.

MEDIA CONTACT
Melody Jones
Sales & Marketing Specialist
Pinnacle Medical Group
7 Mallett Way, Bluffton, SC 29910
p: 843.815.6699 ext. 1009
f: 843.815.6695
mjones@pinnaclemd.com
www.PinnacleMD.com

Beaufort Dermatology Innovates With Non-Invasive Skin Exam Technology

Beaufort Dermatology Innovates With Non-Invasive Skin Exam Technology

(BEAUFORT, SOUTH CAROLINA) Beaufort Dermatologyof Pinnacle Medical Groupis thrilled to present Vivascope 1500, the newest in skin cancer technology allowing the provider to make a diagnosis without removing any tissue. Pinnacleis the only practice in the area offering this advanced technology.

In-vivo reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) is a non-invasive skin imaging modality for detecting diseases of the skin such as melanoma and other cancers. It can be used in place of biopsies in certain cases and is effective in viewing large skin lesions where a biopsy of the entire spot might be difficult.

Dr. Klenke - Confocal Machine - Beaufort Dermatology

Dr. Audrey Klenke of Beaufort Dermatology using the Vivascope 1500.

Dr. Audrey Klenke of Beaufort Dermatology using the Vivascope 1500

Dr. Audrey Klenke of Beaufort Dermatology using the Vivascope 1500.

Additionally, it is useful in defining the margins of an area for surgical excision and can be useful in evaluating the results of treatment. Among its advantages is the ability to avoid potential scarring from biopsies and also provides a safe, painless option for children or those who may be nervous about procedures.

“Medical research and development shape a modern medical practice,” said owner Dr. Audrey A. Klenke, MD, FACS. “We are so excited to be the first to offer Vivascope 1500, which can decipher a lesion that needs to be removed versus one that can be safely monitored. In the Lowcountry, our fun-in-the-sun lifestyle makes it critical to prioritize skin health.”

Dr. Klenke adds, “The fact that procedures are becoming increasingly less invasive without losing the ability to accurately diagnose and treat is great news for patient care.”

ABOUT THE PINNACLE MEDICAL GROUP
The Pinnacle Medical Groupis the locally owned and operated parent company of Pinnacle Plastic Surgery, PURE Medical Spaand Beaufort Dermatology. Principal, Dr. Audrey Klenke is the only board-certified female plastic surgeon in Beaufort County, South Carolina, and is affiliated with multiple outpatient centers in the area as well as Beaufort Memorial Hospitaland Hilton Head Hospital. Pinnacle Plastic Surgeryand PURE Medical Spaare located at 7 Mallet Way, Bluffton, SC 29910. Beaufort Dermatologyis located at 1096 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC 29902. For more information, please call (843) 815-6699, or visit http://pinnaclemd.com/and http://www.beaufortdermatology.com/.

MEDIA CONTACT
Melody Jones
Sales & Marketing Specialist
Pinnacle Medical Group
7 Mallett Way, Bluffton, SC 29910
p: 843.815.6699 ext. 1009
f: 843.815.6695
mjones@pinnaclemd.com
www.PinnacleMD.com