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Family Dermatology making room for more staff

March 6, 2009
By Andy Hallman — Daily Freeman-Journal Writer

Work is scheduled to be completed soon on a major addition to Family Dermatology on Willson Avenue in Webster City. The medical practice has seen substantial growth in the past year and is now in the process of expanding its office space with an addition on its west end.

The addition will increase the square footage of the business by 30 percent and will house a break room, billing room, laundry room and mud room.

Dr. Mary-Lou Ernst-Woodhouse is the dermatologist at Family Dermatology. She said the business needs more space to accommodate its new employees and increasing number of patients.

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Employees of Jaycox Construction continue to make progress on the 800-square foot addition to Family Dermatology on Wilson Avenue in Webster City. The project is expected to be completed later this month.

"In the last year, we increased our workforce from three to seven employees," said Ernst-Woodhouse.

Work on the addition began in December and is expected to be completed sometime in March. Ernst-Woodhouse said that the exterior will feature vinyl siding colored to match the existing brick.

The office addition is not all Family Dermatology is planning to do this year. Ernst-Woodhouse said that her husband, Dr. Don Woodhouse, will begin seeing patients in Webster City this summer. Dr. Woodhouse currently practices medicine at the Wright Medical Center and the Belmond Medical Center. Ernst-Woodhouse has satellite clinics at both of those medical centers. She visits the Wright Medical Center twice a month and the Belmond Medical Center once a month.

Family Dermatology provides evaluation and treatment on skin related issues such as skin cancers, precancers, acne, warts and any other dermatological condition that involves the skin, hair and nails. Family Dermatology serves clients from Hamilton County and also many surrounding counties such as Wright, Webster, Harden and Story counties.

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