More Than Skin Deep
Nestled in the heart of Orchard Road, the Specialist Skin Clinic has been seeing patients with various skin issues for close to 25 years.
Over the years, the clinic has evolved from a group practice where mainly patients with medical dermatological problems seek treatment, to one that now caters to all aspects of skin issues, including cosmetic dermatology.
Managing partner Dr Cheong Wai Kwong said: "We now offer a comprehensive range of treatments and procedures, and also skincare products that are specially designed to suit various skin types. It is a progressive practice that takes into consideration the changing needs of patients, and at the same time, offers only treatments that have been proven to be effective."
The establishment relocated to the heart of Singapore's shopping belt in 1998, but carefully maintains a cosy, quiet and private environment for patients, without sacrificing convenience.
A broad range of facilities is available at the skin clinic. There are four consultation rooms where patients meet doctors, four treatment rooms where surgery and laser treatments take place, and special waiting rooms for the preparation of patients scheduled for procedures.
Specialist Skin Clinic even offers ultraviolet radiation (UVB) phototherapy, which is carried out in a special treatment room. This unique service, for the treatment of eczema, psoriasis and vitiligo, is currently still not widely available in private clinics.
Top-quality one-stop shop
Specialist Skin Clinic is staffed by three dermatologists — managing partners Dr Cheong and Dr Phay Ken-Lin, and associate Dr Neoh Ching Yin.
Their combined set of specialisations makes the practice the go-to clinic for all manner of skin, nail and hair issues, be it for adults, children, or even babies.
"We provide a complete range of dermatological services, but each of us has our own area of special interest," said Dr Cheong.
He added that patients may be referred to another doctor within the practice for a second opinion, and even to manage the patient's case, if deemed fit. "This is so that patients enjoy the best treatment outcome possible," said Dr Cheong.
He is particularly adept in the treatment of psoriasis, acne and atopic dermatitis (eczema), and has spent time in London's renowned St John's Dermatology Centre to train in the use of ultraviolet radiation to treat skin conditions.
For Dr Phay, her area of expertise lies in cosmetic dermatology and the treatment of acne and acne scars. Years of experience has her conversant in different types of treatment for aesthetic purposes that include the use of various types of lasers and intense pulsed light (IPL).
As for conditions such as hair loss, recurrent oral ulcers, and blistering skin diseases, among others, Dr Neoh takes the lead. She also provides services in cosmetic dermatology including Botox® injections. She was practising at the National Skin Centre and part of the teaching faculty at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine prior to joining Specialist Skin Clinic. She remains an invited reviewer for local and international peerreviewed journals.
Three times the expertise
Dr Cheong, Dr Phay and Dr Neoh have more than 60 years of combined experience in dermatological practice under their belts.
Before entering private practice, Dr Cheong had practised in dermatological centres both locally and in London. He also served as President of the Dermatological Society of Singapore from 2000 to 2005. In recent years, he has spearheaded roundtable meetings on acne, atopic dermatitis and quality skincare, involving key opinion leaders in South-east Asian countries.
Dr Phay also had extensive training both locally and overseas. She obtained her Diploma in Dermatology from the University of London after completing dermatology training at the former Middle Road Hospital in Singapore.
As for Dr Neoh, she received training from NUS and the National Skin Centre here before undergoing further studies at the renowned Mayo Clinic in the US.
The dermatologists balance research and practice as part of the clinic's overall mission. "e aim to deliver scientifically proven and effective skin treatments for persons of all ages," said Dr Cheong.
Dr Cheong with colleagues Dr Neoh Ching Yin (left) and Dr Phay Ken-Lin.
DR CHEONG WAI KWONG | Dermatologist
MBBS(S'pore), MRCP(UK), FRCP(Edin), Dip Ven(London),
FAMS(Dermatology)
Specialist Skin Clinic
1 Grange Road #06-04.Orchard Building. Tel: 6734 1411
www.specialistskin.com.sg