Julie Devlin has been a patient of Dr. Kurt Grelck since July of 2012 and is so thankful to Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin for their wonderful skin care and for bringing Dr. Grelck to Stevens Point.
“Dr. Grelck is the best at what he does, which is hard to find these days and I trust him 100 percent with my care,” said Julie Devlin of Stevens Point.
Julie has an auto immune disease called dermatomyositis and prior to coming to Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin and meeting Dr. Grelck she says she had not been getting the care she needed.
Back in January 2012 she had gone to another dermatologist and had a skin biopsy done as her hands were itchy red and inflamed. The test came back positive that something was wrong but because it was not Lupus, she was diagnosed with dermatitis and given a cream and sent on her way. In February after many tests, she was diagnosed and given an anti-malarial drug and sent on her way again with no explanation of what her disease was.
As her condition got worse and worse she knew she had to step up to the plate and be her own advocate.
Julie shares her experience, “I feel so fortunate to have found Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin and Dr. Grelck. He is extremely intelligent and knowledgeable in my disease. He took the time to explain to me that I need to avoid UV/UVB rays and that I need to apply sunblock and sat and listened to all of my concerns and did not push me off on other doctors as I have found in the past. Finally a doctor that truly cares, I said to my husband when we left. However, I was upset that all of my other doctors had not shared any information with me regarding my disease. From this point Dr. Grelck has taken my care into his own hands by ordering tests that should have been done, calling me after hours on his own free time to explain new medications to me, writing a letter to a disability committee so that I may obtain a loan to put protective film on my windows to help me with my disease and he is truly there to listen and care. He goes above and beyond my expectations with every monthly visit.”
Julie feels the staff has also been extremely helpful and says whenever she calls everyone is very polite and calls are returned promptly.
“Without Dr. Grelck and Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin I don’t know where I would be in my disease.”
Dermatomyositis is a rare muscle disease characterized by inflammation and a skin rash. Although the cause of dermatomyositis is unknown, experts think it may be due to a viral infection of the muscles or a problem with the body’s immune system. It can also sometimes occur in patients who have cancer of the abdomen, lung or other body areas. Anyone can develop dermatomyositis, but it most commonly occurs in children ages 5 – 15 and adults ages 40 – 60 and is found in women more so than men. Symptoms that can occur are difficulty swallowing; muscle weakness, stiffness, or soreness; purple or violet colored upper eyelids; purple-red skin rash and shortness of breath.
The Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin clinic in Stevens Point opened August 1st, 2012 and currently Dr. Grelck practices out of the Stevens Point, Waupaca and Wisconsin Rapids clinics. He is a board certified dermatologist who is knowledgeable in the latest treatment protocols for skin diseases and conditions.
“I strive to give patients an accurate diagnosis, a modern, evidence-based treatment plan, and to treat each patient the same as I would a family member or close friend,” said Kurt Grelck, DO. “Being a board certified internist prior to doing a fellowship in dermatology makes me a better-rounded physician.”
Request an appointment today with a dermatologist in your neighborhood or call 1-855-DERMWIS.
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