Vitalogy Skincare celebrated its grand opening and ribbon cutting on Nov. 7 at its larger, renovated clinic located at 300 E. Farm-to-Market 2410, Suite 109.
A crowd of about 30 enjoyed looking over the spacious surroundings, like patients Jack and Joellen Webb, who live a few blocks away.
“It’s absolutely gorgeous and we’re really looking forward to coming here,” Joellen Webb said.
The first Vitalogy Skincare clinic started in Harker Heights in 2014 inside a smaller suite in Seton Medical Pavilion. But the cramped space made it relocation necessary, so the clinic started remodeling the 3,000-square-foot suite, double the size of the other space, in early August. It opened for business on Sept. 25.
Giving patients a personal experience is the company’s philosophy, said John Ramm, vice president of operations.
“This is a much better space for our patients and it lets us build relationships with them, not just process them,” Ramm said.
The new location also gives the clinic something it didn’t have before — more visibility.
Founded in 2007, Vitalogy Skincare is a full-service, dermatology practice specializing in Mohs micrographic surgery, medical dermatology, cosmetic dermatology and clinical aesthetic procedures.
It was one of eight clinics in Central Texas with the headquarters in Georgetown.
Six patient rooms, a full-service aesthetic area with skincare products, and a larger waiting room are some of the newer features, as well as a med spa and record keeping and storage rooms. A staff of seven works at the clinic.
“It’s a homey, open and well-lit space that makes our patients feel comfortable,” said Dr. Sulochana Bhandarkar, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist with the clinic since 2014. “
An eye clinic previously occupied the suite, so the remodeling phase was not extensive,” said Bruce Brown, facilities coordinator.
Changes included installing new flooring, electrical wiring and painting the walls, and increasing the exam rooms from four to six. The furniture, office and medical equipment is a mixture of new and previous items from the other clinic.
The new clinic is a huge boost for both Vitalogy
Skincare and Harker Heights said Gina Pence, president and CEO of Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce.
“It’s a service they’re providing to the community, so people don’t have to go outside the city, and that is definitely a blessing,” said Pence.
A longtime patient, Susan Parkhill, said the difference between the two locations is like night and day.
“It’s so much more inviting and the staff now has a facility that matches the quality of work they do,” Parkhill said.