Hearing the word “carcinoma” strikes understandable fear into even the most stalwart of hearts. Reading my biopsy results didn’t help! By the time I was scheduled for my Mohs procedure, I was a very Nervous Nellie. My lesion was along my temple hairline, so naturally, I was afraid of scarring and just having my head carved! Someone I know had had Mohs done before, and when she asked who my surgeon was, she was so excited for me (no, really!). She told me Dr. Gillen was awesome and I would love him. That truly comforted me to hear. When I checked in at Absolute Dermatology and saw Dr. Gillen’s picture on the wall wearing a pasted on birthday hat, I instantly felt calmer. Everyone on the staff was compassionate and professional and at ease, which I’m sure has the same effect on all the patients as it did on me. I was still nervous but the general atmosphere was one of competency and optimism and matter-of-fact, and I had no doubt they would do all they could to resolve this dermatological interruption in my life. Nick, my medical assistant, was phenomenal and helpful and informational and patient with all my questions. He is ready to apply to medical school, and no doubt, he will be a great physician one day! Dr. Gillen WAS awesome, as stated by my friend. His calm demeanor and easy disposition made me instantly comfortable and trusting with my care. I’ve gone on a bit, but I can’t say enough about Dr. Gillen and Absolute Dermatology! Thank you to everyone there who has obviously been selected for their sensitivity and compassion and personal touch. Thank you for making my experience a positive one. It was so much more than I expected! I came home happy!