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Eye on Health: Beacon dermatologic surgeon removes skin cancer with little scarring

Sheila Annable regrets her sunbathing from years ago but says she’s extremely fortunate to have Dr. Luiz Pantalena as her doctor now.

Together they keep a close eye on her basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer, and Dr. Pantalena has removed it multiple times with Mohs surgery, a procedure designed to reduce scarring in high-visibility areas such as the face.

Dr. Pantalena, a Beacon Medical Group dermatologic surgeon, is the only physician in St. Joseph, Elkhart and Marshall counties who is a board-certified fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery. Annable is grateful for his training and experience.

“I was just amazed at how easy it was, how it turned out … and the fact that I didn’t have a huge, ugly scar,” Annable said.


About Jeff Parrott

Parrott is media relations specialist for Beacon Health System. Before taking that role, Parrott worked as a reporter for 25 years at several Indiana and Michigan newspapers. When he isn’t telling the world about Beacon’s incredible associates, he enjoys watching sports, attempting DIY home improvement projects and spending time with his wife and children.