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Dr. Erica Aronson

Dr. Erica Aronson is a dermatologist at Solano Dermatology Associates in St. Helena. She will be opening an office in Napa in March.

Erica R. Aronson, M.D., said she loves being a dermatologist because it’s a medical specialty that combines internal medicine as well as surgery.

“I get to see a wide range of very interesting things,” said Aronson.

“I love what I do. I love helping people.”

The medical doctor recently joined the staff at Solano Dermatology Associates. The company’s Napa office opens in March.

1. What was your first job?

When I was 15 I worked in a pediatric oncology lab organizing clinical research data. That was at the University of Chicago.

2. How did you get into this business/industry?

Both of my parents are physicians and my mother (Iris Aronson, M.D.) is a very accomplished dermatologist. I grew up surrounded by dermatology journals and textbooks. I always knew I wanted to be a doctor.

When I entered the clinical rotation years of medical school, I loved my dermatology rotation and the variety of this specialty. Medical dermatology, surgery and cosmetic procedures: I was hooked.

3. What’s a common question you get when people find out you’re a dermatologist?

“I’ve got this spot, can you take a look at it?”

I’ll take a look.

4. What’s a common misconception about dermatologists?

That we’re not real doctors and we don’t save lives. I diagnose melanoma almost every day. We do save lives.

5. What kind of sunscreen do you wear?

I wear EltaMD SPF 30 or above for the face and Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby for the body.

I wear sunscreen every single day of the year, rain or shine.

6. A dermatologist in Southern California named Dr. Sandra Lee has become very popular with her Dr. Pimple Popper videos on YouTube. Do you watch them?

I’ve seen a couple of her videos. She’s incredibly entertaining. And I gotta say every dermatologist has a little Doctor Pimple Popper in them; it’s very satisfying to go after those big ones.

7. What is the biggest challenge your business has faced?

The biggest challenge is changes to insurance coverage. The care patients need and want is not always covered by insurance and frequently requires many hours of hard work by my staff to get medications and procedures covered.

8. What was your childhood ambition?

Other than doctor, I wanted to be a stand-up comedian.

9. What job would you like to try/not try?

Try: I would love to be a National Park Ranger at Grand Teton National Park.

Not try: Wedding planner.

10. If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be?

Anywhere with my husband and kids. Hawaii would be nice.

Solano Dermatology Associates is located at 1700 Second St., Suite 220, in Napa. Info: 707-643-5785.


Business Editor

Jennifer Huffman is the business editor and a general assignment reporter for the Napa Valley Register. I cover a wide variety of topics for the newspaper. I've been with the Register since 2005.