Art of Skin

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Art of SKIN Dermatology

Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery is a full-service dermatologic and skin care facility in Canmore, Alberta.

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Mission Statement

We offer State-of-the-Art professional, comprehensive, and highly individualized dermatologic care for all of your skin needs. We provide our services in an inviting, relaxed “boutique” environment where your comfort, privacy and satisfaction are our highest priorities.

Our Medical Director

Dr. Paul Lubitz, DFLS, BSc, MD, FRCPC (Derm CAN), FAAD (Derm USA)

  • Dermatologist and DermaSurgeon
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Alberta
  • Chief Executive Officer, Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery
Clinical Interests & Specialties

Dr. Lubitz has particular clinical interests in skin cancer detection and surgery, acne and acne scarring treatment, rosacea, advanced laser surgery, skin rejuvenation with volumetric fillers, neuromodulators and skin tightening procedures, as well as surgical and nonsurgical fat reduction techniques.

 

National and international masters have extensively trained Dr. Lubitz in all areas of modern dermatology, including medical management, disease prevention, and cancer surgery, to the most advanced cosmetic and laser surgery techniques and skin enhancement. Dr. Lubitz provides his patients with an extensive range of advanced diagnostic and treatment options for various medical, surgical and cosmetic skin diseases and concerns.

 

Dr. Lubitz remains at the forefront of advanced skin rejuvenation procedures and technologies and has lectured at meetings nationally and internationally on a variety of subjects, including laser-assisted liposuction, vascular and CO2 lasers, neuromodulators and fillers. He has written multiple scientific papers published in reputed medical journals, and he writes regularly on medical and cosmetic issues for patient information and education published in the local public media.

Medical Affiliations & Activities

Dr. Lubitz is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Division of Dermatology, Faculty of Medicine, at both the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Dr. Lubitz and the Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery is an accredited training site for the Dermatology Residency Programs at the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta, two of only eight Canadian training sites responsible for training Canada’s future dermatologists. In addition to training young dermatologists, Dr. Lubitz provides valuable teaching for family medicine residents and medical students in clinical dermatology.

 

Dr. Lubitz recognizes the importance of ongoing physician and medical professional education, and he plays an active role in training other dermatologists, physicians and laser technicians to perform surgical and cosmetic procedures safely and effectively.

 

He is particularly interested in establishing national and international guidelines to maximize safety for patients undergoing cosmetic procedures and developing regulation protocols for laser devices and services.

 

Dr. Lubitz works diligently to ensure that he is always abreast of the latest breakthroughs in medical diagnosis, surgical approaches and cosmetic treatment strategies as they pertain to skin diseases and skin rejuvenation in general. Through his involvement with the Alberta Society of Dermatologists and the academic faculties of both the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Dr. Lubitz has the opportunity to exchange communication regularly with his local skin colleagues.

 

He regularly attends regional, national and international medical, surgical and cosmetic meetings to exchange information with other dermatologists, plastic surgeons and other medical experts. He always strives to have the most up-to-date understanding of diagnosis and treatment options.

 

If Dr. Lubitz feels that treatment of your particular skin disease is best treated by another dermatologist or a specialist outside of dermatology, his experience will guide him to know who the best person is that should treat you. In these cases, Dr. Lubitz, in coordination with your family physician, will arrange the necessary referral to address your skin condition as quickly and effectively as possible.

Medical Training & Experience

Dr. Lubitz completed his undergraduate degrees at Laval University in Quebec City and McGill University in Montreal, majoring in French Language and Fine Art (DFLS) and Human Physiology (Hons BSc), respectively.

 

Dr. Lubitz received his medical degree (MD) from Queen’s University in 1996, graduating with distinction. He completed his postgraduate dermatology residency training at the University of Alberta in 2001, earning his license to practice dermatology.

 

Following his formal residency training in Dermatology, Dr. Lubitz received additional training in cosmetic surgery and laser procedures from many international experts in dermatologic surgery, plastic surgery, and ophthalmology to obtain the necessary knowledge and skills to provide the cosmetic procedures he currently performs.

 

Dr. Lubitz works diligently to ensure that he is always abreast of the latest breakthroughs in medical diagnosis, surgical approaches and cosmetic treatment strategies as they pertain to skin diseases and skin rejuvenation in general. Through his involvement with the Alberta Society of Dermatologists and the academic faculties of both the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Dr. Lubitz has the opportunity to exchange communication regularly with his provincial dermatology colleagues.

 

In 2003, Dr. Lubitz opened his private dermatology centre called Dermatica – Centre for Advanced Skin Care and Surgery in Edmonton, Alberta.  From 2003 to 2008, Dr. Lubitz practiced in and managed his centre, which was fully accredited by the College of the Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta as a Non-Hospital Surgical Facility. While working at Dermatica, Dr. Lubitz was an Assistant Clinical Professor with the Division of Dermatology, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, where he was actively involved in the clinical and surgical training of dermatology residents, family medicine residents and medical students.

 

In 2010, Dr. Lubitz relocated to Canmore, Alberta and opened Bow Valley Dermatology, his private clinic within Canmore General Hospital. He also practiced as a staff dermatologist to the Canmore General Hospital Acute and Long-term patient populations. Dr. Lubitz regularly practices at Canmore General Hospital, where he performs skin cancer surgery.

 

In 2014, Dr. Lubitz opened Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery in downtown Canmore, a full-service Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Centre that provides a wide range of medical, surgical and cosmetic services to the populations of Canmore, Banff and the entire Bow Valley.

Medical Memberships

Dr. Lubitz is an active member with the following medical organizations:

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Our Team

Dr. Baergen
Dr. James (Jim) Baergen – General Practitioner (GP)

Jim was born in central Alberta and grew up playing hockey, and delivering papers on the Alberta prairie. He went on to do a Physiotherapy degree at University of Alberta, and worked in Canmore as a Physio until 2003, when he chose to return to school in the Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Calgary. He planned to become an Orthopaedic surgeon, but after 2 years of residency, he shifted to Family Medicine, and has been back in the Bow Valley since 2009. 

He currently works Family Practice in Banff, as well as for WCB in Calgary, and joined the Art of Skin team in April of 2022. He has really enjoyed getting to know the AOS patients, and values the opportunity to assist in caring for their dermatology needs. When he’s not working, you can find Jim playing tennis with the local club, mountain biking, nordic skiing, ski touring, trail running, road riding, paddle boarding, or strumming his six-string guitar.
Marianne – Clinic Manager, BA Education
Marianne – Clinic Manager, BA Education
Marianne knows that the success of Art of SKIN Dermatology is defined by patient care, and as such, works diligently to ensure that the relationships between all Art of SKIN staff and patients are built upon expertise, trust, open-communication, and state-of-the-art technology. Marianne was born in Ottawa, ON, and is a graduate of the University of Calgary. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Education and completed her high school English teacher practicum program. Marianne has spent most of her career in the oil and gas industry and after twenty years of the high paced race, she decided to move to Canmore for work life balance.

Marianne is a self-motivated, data-driven, and results-focused leader who thrives on developing future leaders, improving culture, and focusing on innovative business solutions to help organizations enhance bottom line objectives. Marianne has a proven track record of fostering a positive culture with low departmental attrition and increased operational profitability by taking care of the people who in turn take care of the business. Professional success is attributed to leading with integrity, executing on commitments and working smarter not harder. Core competencies include strong business acumen, communication, people-focused, strategic thinking and relentlessness. Marianne serves as the liaison between management, clinical staff, and community.

Cino, Leah
Leah – Registered Nurse (RN),
Leah is a Registered Nurse, originally from Ontario and graduated from York University in Toronto in 2019. She has worked across several different nursing fields including long term care, public health, and psychiatry over the past 4 years. Leah took a giant leap and moved across the country in 2023 to follow her dreams of living in the Rocky Mountains, as well as pursuing a career in dermatology.
Her passions lie in health and wellness, and empowering others to feel and live the best life possible. Leah is excited to join the team at Art of Skin to learn and grow on her nursing journey.
Olivia (Liv)- Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Hello, my name is Liv. I am a Perioperative LPN working at Art of Skin Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery with Dr.Lubitz and the team. You will see me in the operating room assisting Dr. Lubitz in surgical operations and procedures. 

I have graduated from the Practical Nursing Program at Lethbridge College, received my Advanced Foot Care Certification at Norquest College and have completed the Perioperative Nurse Program through Saskpolytech. I am a driven, self-motivated, flexible and organized individual. I am also a very transparent individual who enjoys client feedback. I salute my nursing qualifications to my wide range of clinical experience through clinical, practicum settings and jobs. I am very knowledgeable with aseptic techniques, sterilization, surgical counts, anatomy, electrocautery, nursing interventions and lab specimen’s care. I am also trained in Advanced Foot Care and have worked with an extensive number of clients with different diseases, chronic illnesses, ethnicities and ages. I enjoy Advanced Foot Care due to its benefits it holds for patients that suffer with chronic illnesses and self-esteem with their feet. I am not only a professional in nursing but an adrenaline junky at heart. When I’m not in office I enjoy snowboarding, hiking, downhill biking and scuba diving. One attachment • Scanned by Gmail
Olivia- Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
Hi I’m Olivia! I graduated the Practical Nurse Program and received my diploma from Bow Valley College. I have always had a passion for making people feel better about themselves. Going into dermatology was something I immediately thought about when entering nursing school.
When I’m not at work I enjoy going for walks with my dog, spending time at my cabin in BC, and reading. From a young age I always knew I wanted to help people and put smiles on their faces. Working at Art of Skin helps me bring this to light.
Nicole – Lead, Medical Office Administrator

With a passion for people and a background in management, marketing and client experience, Nicole is thrilled to be a part of the wonderful team at Art of SKIN as the Lead Medical Office Assistant. A born and raised Albertan, Nicole moved from the southern prairies to the mountains of Canmore in 2019 to take full advantage of the beautiful and active mountain life.

After three years of management and guest experience in the ski travel industry, she made a career change and now enjoys the clinic atmosphere and interacting with patients.

She loves exploring new places near and far and spends the winters skiing and summers camping and road-tripping. In between adventures, she creates jewelry, bakes sourdough bread (and office goodies) and loves to read or visit with friends.

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Jassi – Medical Office Administrator

Jassi is known as an optimist. No matter how difficult things get, she never loses faith in a good outcome. She developed her desire to help others at the young age. She is currently pursuing her goal of working in the healthcare industry. Jassi was crowned Miss Filipina International 2022 – 2023 and is extremely honored to hold this title. 

Helping people with their confidence is something Jassi takes pride in and hopes to bring forward through her work at Art Of Skin.
Galea, Dayna
Dayna – Medical Office Administrator
Dayna is a passionate and detail-oriented individual and is on a journey to becoming an aesthetician! Fueled by a love for instilling confidence through skin care and pampering, Dayna is suited well for Art of Skin.
Her enthusiasm, hardworking nature, and keen attention to detail not only contribute to the success of the patients she assists as a receptionist, but also showcases her dedication to continually expanding her knowledge in the realm of Dermatology!
Walden, Abbie
Abbie – Medical Office Administrator
My name is Abbie. I moved from England to Canmore in 2023 and have been enjoying making the most of everything the mountains have to offer. My passion to help others and work in the healthcare industry started at a young age, leading me on to complete my health care diploma. I am thrilled to be pursuing passion and making a difference at Art of SKIN Dermatology.
Doris, Catherine
Catherine – Cosmetic & Medical Skin Care Specialist

Catherine, a seasoned Bow Valley resident, harbors a deep passion for health and skincare. Driven by ambition and fueled by extensive customer service experience, she blends her scientific knowledge of skincare with a thoughtful philosophy of beauty. Dedicated to lifelong learning, Catherine views education as a continuous journey, not a finite destination. 

She believes that dermatology empowers individuals with self-assurance and confidence, allowing them to shine in their everyday lives. Eager to delve deeper into the world of cosmetic dermatology, she embraces the opportunity to further her career in this exciting field.

When she’s not immersed in the world of skincare, Catherine embraces the active lifestyle offered by the Rockies, enjoying hiking, rock climbing, and engaging in the beauty
of the mountains.

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Amanda – Medical Aesthetician, Skin Care Specialist
My love for the beauty industry began many years ago. I am a licensed hair stylist who has always had a passion for esthetics, which is exactly why I made the decision to take the clinical Aesthetician course at the Esthetic Institute in Calgary.
I remember having a treatment done when I was much younger (while not feeling the best about myself) and having my confidence improve instantaneously and my spirits lifted. My goal is to pass that feeling on to each of my clients and have them feeling better about themselves after every visit. I will help them to understand how to improve their skin quality by educating them on the combination of treatments and a proper medical grade skin care routine that best suits their needs.
Liliia
Liliia – Medical Aesthetician
Hi, my name is Liliia, and I am a medical aesthetician with experience from Ukraine. With over 6 years of experience in a large company, my passion for aesthetics and beauty led me to a career in this field. After graduating as a nurse at a medical university, I went to work in a dental clinic for 10 years before deciding to explore the world of aesthetics.

Since starting my journey in aesthetics, I have been inspired by the transformative power of beauty treatments and the confidence they bring to clients. My mission is to provide the best service for clients, helping them improve their beauty and feel their best. I am guided by the principles built on the philosophy of the famous scientist Danné Montague-King, “Remove, Restore, Protect, and Maintain.”

Photos taken by: Michelle Spice Photography

Join our Team!

We are always looking for amazing people to join the Art of SKIN team! If you are a hard-working individual that loves a great team dynamic, then Art of SKIN is right for you! Fill out this form and inquire about available positions today. 

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How We Are Different

What makes Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery different?

We are the only comprehensive Dermatology and DermaSurgery practice in the entire Bow Valley, providing state-of-the-art professional skin specialist services to patients from Golden and interior British Columbia to the west and Calgary and central Alberta to the east.

 

We realize the vital importance of patient and public education, and we strive to promote skin disease prevention in addition to correction whenever possible. This is particularly important concerning skin cancer prevention, which is a significant risk in the Bow Valley.

 

We work hard to provide the patient with not only information about the diagnosis of their skin condition but, equally important, to give the patient quality, unbiased information about existing treatment alternatives. Only with this information can patients make informed decisions about their skincare.

 

At Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, we recognize that your time is important. Consequently, we have adopted a low-volume patient model for our practice, which allows us to spend more quality time with each patient.

 

We understand that patients have a choice regarding whom they see to treat their skin conditions. We appreciate our patients’ business and their confidence that we can take care of all their skin care needs, whether medical, surgical or cosmetic.

 

Your satisfaction, comfort and privacy are our highest priorities. We look forward to serving you soon for all your health care requirements.

Why is it important to see a dermatologist for your skin needs?

dermatologist is the foremost medical specialist able to provide accurate and safe diagnoses and the most advanced treatment options for all diseases and problems of the skin. A dermatologist is the medical expert you should consult if you have any significant problems or concerns with your skin.

What is a dermatologist?

A dermatologist is a Medical Doctor who has completed at least five years of additional medical training following medical school to become a medical specialist in the field of dermatology. An accredited dermatologist combines the critical balance of clinical skills, technical skills, and knowledge to provide their patients with the best treatment possible regarding skin conditions.

 

After medical school, every dermatologist-in-training receives five years of advanced core dermatology training, which is necessary to gain the appropriate expertise to become a medical specialist in dermatology. This training is focused on the following areas:

  1. Knowledge of the skin, including its appendages (nails, hair, glands) and mucous membranes that are both normal and diseased
  2. Making comprehensive scientifically-based diagnoses and treatment plans for skin disorders and diseases, including systemic and infectious disease states with manifestations on the skin
  3. Diagnosis, research methods, data presentation, and analysis considering gender, cultural, and ethnic influences
  4. Counselling patients on the prevention of skin diseases, identifying risk factors, genetic causes, and environmental concerns
  5. Maintaining a professional attitude in all aspects of patient care
  6. Reviewing and critically assessing the current dermatology literature necessary to enhance the diagnosis, investigation, and management of skin disorders and diseases
What specific training does a dermatologist have?

Your dermatologist has advanced knowledge and competence in:

  • Performing dermatologic surgery, including anesthesia, electrosurgery, cryosurgery, nail surgery, biopsy, and excisional surgery
  • Laser surgery
  • Cryosurgery
  • Procedures in allergy and immunology
  • Clinical pathology
  • Parasitology
  • Dermatopathology
  • Topical and systemic pharmacotherapy
  • Microbiology
  • Cosmetic surgery (core theory and procedural skills are introduced in residency training. Additional training in most cosmetic procedures is required after residency to gain additional experience and clinical acumen).

With this knowledge and training, dermatologists are singularly qualified to diagnose and treat the wide variety of dermatologic illnesses and conditions.

 

Dermatologists also have expertise in the care of normal skin and in the prevention of skin diseases and skin cancers.

What is FRCPC?

In recognition of becoming a medical specialist from the advanced training received after medical school, Dermatologists in Canada are certified with the designation of Fellow of The Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC).

 

The Royal College provides the following functions:

  1. Prescribes the requirements for specialty education in 60 areas of medical, surgical and laboratory medicine
  2. Accredits specialty residency programs
  3. Assesses the acceptability of residents’ education
  4. Conducts certifying examinations
  5. Assures a high standard of specialist care through its Maintenance of Certification Program
  6. Promotes high standards of professional and ethical conduct among its members

The FRCPC designation means you can be assured that your dermatologist has received the training to properly diagnose and treat your skin, hair, or nail disease or condition.

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Our Facility

Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, is located in the centre of beautiful downtown Canmore, a quaint and refreshingly relaxed mountain town, one hour west of the Calgary metropolis and 20 minutes from Banff National Park, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.

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Our modern facility is easy to find, located only minutes off the Trans Canada Highway. It offers easy accessibility from Calgary to the east and Banff and British Columbia to the west. We are wheelchair accessible, have plenty of free parking, and are located close to world-class hiking, biking, climbing and skiing opportunities, as well as excellent shopping, restaurants, banks and general services.

 

Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery has been constructed to the highest medical standards of a Non-Hospital Surgical Facility but with the atmosphere of a boutique skin spa to provide our patients with as much comfort and relaxation as possible during their appointments and treatments.

 

Our hope is that you will find our contemporary facility to be bright and spacious, yet inviting and cozy, with modern colours and artwork that our patients will find visually stimulating, invigorating and inspiring.

 

The facility offers independent reception, consultation, treatment and surgical rooms. There is also a separate private patient entrance to provide the utmost in patient privacy, consideration and discretion before, during and after any treatments.

 

We offer various teas and specialty coffees, filtered water, nutritious snacks, carefully chosen artwork on the walls and your choice of calming music to relax to while waiting to be seen or being prepped for your procedure.

 

And, of course, the opportunity to gaze out our oversized windows is reason enough to relax and be in awe  – the view of the mountains is simply spectacular.

 

Our priority at Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery is to ensure a comfortable, memorable visit and a successful outcome for all of our patients.

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