My Journey To A Fulfilling Career in Dermatology

Tenacious. Innovative. Resourceful. These are just a few words to describe Dr. Adebola Dele-Michael, the highly regarded leading authority in the field of General and Cosmetic Dermatology in NYC. Dr. Dele-Michael is a board-certified dermatologist specializing in General Dermatology, Dermatologic Surgery, Skin of Color Dermatology and Cosmetic Dermatology in Manhattan, New York. She is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the prestigious Mount Sinai School of Medicine where she teaches residents and medical students. Dr. Dele-Michael is a diplomate of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.

In addition to a strong academic and professional background, she has begun on a journey of transforming the world through beauty, skincare, wellness and community advocacy. As a successful Entrepreneur, Beauty Expert and Speaker, her passion and purpose have led her to create a platform centered on changing the lifestyle of others through optimal wellness. She seeks to educate, empower and enlighten people about the joys of feeling and being their best self. “The skin is a window into what is going on internally. As the largest organ of the body, it is a peek inside your mental, physical and emotional wellbeing,” says Dr. Dele-Michael.

Dr. Dele-Michael’s story is unique, inspiring and empowering. Both of her parents studied in the United States. Her Mom, a hospital administrator, and her Dad, a Professor in Biochemistry, were instrumental in exposing her to the field of medicine at an early age. Born in New York City to Immigrant parents but raised in Nigeria, Dr. Dele-Michael developed her passion for medicine by admiring Nigerian doctors. “Living in Nigeria allowed me the opportunity to witness people who looked like me practice and excel in the field of medicine,” she says. This experience shaped her perception of what she could achieve. Fascinated by the doctor’s “white coat” at the age of 3, she quickly realized that no limit would be placed on her level of success. She began her quest to fulfill her life’s purpose. This purpose brought her back to New York City to study her passion: Dermatology.

Upon returning to the United States, Dr. Dele-Michael received her Doctorate of Medicine with distinction in community service at the University Of Rochester School Of Medicine in , NY. She completed her dermatology residency at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, where she also served as Chief Resident. “Training in Detroit was critical for my professional development and entrepreneurial growth  because I was inspired  by the immigrants  who moved to the Detroit Metro area to create opportunities out of nothing,” she says. Although there were many challenges, she remained steadfast in her pursuit of her lifelong dream.

Dr. Dele-Michael graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Biochemistry from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is an inductee of the Phi Beta Kappa National Honors Society. According to Dr. Dele-Michael, “I’m inspired by people who come from nothing and become successful through hard work.  I’m inspired by ideas and innovators.” Dr. Dele-Michael is a proven innovator in her field who is seeking to change the narrative in her industry. “The industry lacks relevant and up-to-date education surrounding skin of color….from the marketing, to the ad of the conversation, we need to shift things dramatically,” according to Dr. Dele-Michael.

In 2012, Dr. Dele-Michael made a transformational shift in her life. She opened her first private practice, Radiant Skin Dermatology and Laser, in New York City.  Today, she owns three successful offices in Washington Heights, Harlem and Central Park South. Dr. Dele-Michael’s philosophy is simple, “I lead by example and my patients know I take immense pride in what I do,” she says.  Recognizing that your skin is unique, and requires a personalized treatment plan, Dr. Dele-Michael and Radiant Skin Dermatology and Laser staff provide expert care for a wide range of skin concerns using her Layered-Approach TM method.  This method is aimed at targeting the root cause of dermatologic concerns, the lasting side effects left behind, and restoring healthy radiance to the skin, hair and nails.

Dr. Dele-Michael’s expertise in General and Cosmetic Dermatology enables her to offer a comprehensive array of treatments for problems affecting her patients. She has emerged as a leader in the use of lasers and devices to treat skin concerns for both children and adults, achieving results that set her apart and have made her a highly sought-after expert among her peers.

Dr. Dele-Michael lives in Manhattan, NY with her husband, Abiola Dele-Michael, MD, a cardiologist, and her two sons. According to Dr. Dele-Michael, “I met my husband at a pre-med conference when we were both in college and we have been together since 2001.”  They went to medical school together, endured residency and are now in private practice. They both share a strong value system centered around helping patients live long and healthy lives.  As her most-steadfast fan and supporter, her husband is also a wonderful father and accomplished doctor. “I couldn’t think of a better soulmate to travel this journey with,” says Dr. Dele-Michael. She also enjoys being a mom.  “My children inspire me…. I relish being a mom because I get to play a vital role in shaping my children’s values…they are fun and so cuddly.”  From family to philanthropic endeavors to beautifying the world, she is creating a blueprint designed to help others live a better lifestyle.

“I’m in it for the long run,” she says.  “I approach each patient as a committed partner in their health, skin and hair care, and I am devoted to helping them sustain a radiant look while appreciating their own beauty.  It’s so rewarding to watch my clients walk back into their cosmopolitan lives confident and delighted with their new, revitalized radiance.”  Radiant Skin Dermatology and Laser has launched a full marketing campaign to educate and demonstrate the influence of her practice.  In addition to social media, she has been featured in various journals, magazines and media outlets.

Dr. Dele-Michael’s newest venture will focus on a her new brand rollout, product launch, community initiatives, her non-profit organization, educational workshops and creating an online lifestyle brand focused on wellness for women. “There are a lot of misconceptions around aging. The truth is the age you start to take care of your skin and body is the age you stay for a long time and it’s never too late to start,” she says. With this type of philosophy, Dr. Dele-Michael will be a powerful force in beauty, health and wellness.

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