Optima Dermatology Has Opened an Easton Area Practice in Columbus, Ohio

January 2022

Quality Dermatology Care for Easton Area Residents

Optima Dermatology is pleased to announce the opening of our Easton area practice. We take great pride in making access to our expert skin care easy and convenient, and we’re excited to be serving patients in this community.

The practice is located just three miles from the Easton town center and is currently accepting new patients. Our exceptional care, provided by Dr. Meeks and her expert staff, treats a broad range of medical dermatology conditions and diseases, including skin cancer, eczema, acne, psoriasis, and more. Cosmetic services, including fillers and neurotoxin injections such as Botox® and Dysport®.

Referrals and Our Provider Relationships

We look forward to building trusted partnerships with the local medical community for a more seamless approach to patient referrals and care. We believe in close collaboration to ensure a positive experience for both patients and providers, and to create a welcoming and friendly atmosphere for dermatological skin care.

We work hard to make the referral process easy for patients and providers. If you are a provider interested in learning more about our services and our new Easton area clinic, or a new patient looking to schedule an appointment with Dr. Meeks, you can contact us or get more information here.

Leading With Expertise: Get to Know Dr. Natalie Meeks

We’re thrilled to introduce Dr. Natalie Meeks, board certified dermatologist who will be serving patients at the Easton location and overseeing her expert team. Dr. Meeks shares Optima Dermatology’s core value of treating every patient the way we would want our friends and family to be treated, and has applied that approach to her patient care throughout her career. 

We are confident patients and providers in the Easton area will enjoy working with Dr. Meeks and will find incredible value in her expert care. 

We recently had the opportunity to chat with Dr. Meeks and learn a little bit more about her, and we’re excited to share our Q&A so you can get to know her too!

Q: Where did you go to school, and did you know you wanted to be a dermatologist from the start?

A: I went to school at Eastern Virginia Medical School, 20 minutes from my parents’ house in Virginia beach. I wanted to stay as close as possible to my family, so I chose this school for that reason! I sure am glad I did because I met my Ohio-native husband on the very first day of medical school. He is the whole reason I moved to Ohio and I am very glad we ended up here! 

I went to medical school wanting to be a Pediatric Oncologist; however, after my third year rotations through the wards, I realized that it was not the path for me. As a pediatric cancer survivor myself, being around the unit that I spent so many hours on was too hard emotionally. I knew I had to find a different specialty to channel my desire for medicine. 

Q: Why did you choose dermatology? What did the path to get there look like for you? 

A: Dermatology kind of snuck up on me during a free clinic I was volunteering at. I will never forget coming home to my husband – then boyfriend – and telling him I loved Dermatology and I was going to apply.

I chose Dermatology because I loved how you could see the results of your care. Not with some numbers you follow or an x-ray, but with your own eyes. And your patient’s could see and appreciate those results as well. I found it extremely rewarding. Initially I had no interest in Dermatology. I frequently volunteered at a student run health clinic where they had different subspecialties represented. I was sort of pushed to run the Dermatology clinic one night when the original volunteer didn’t show up. Although I was initially quite upset, after three hours I was hooked and I knew I had to switch my career path. 

Q: What is your number one tip when it comes to taking care of your skin?

A: I think the best thing you can do for your skin is use liberal sunscreen and a great retinoid. Skin care doesn’t have to be fancy, although it totally can be! A great moisturizer with a strong SPF daily can really work magic over years of use in preventing that dreaded sun damage. Additionally, a good retinol at night can really help with fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentary changes with consistent long-term use. 

Q: What do you like to do when you are not in the office?

A: I have three kids under the age of 4, so I spend most of my time with my children and my husband. However, when I do get a few seconds to myself I love to run and work out. Something I hope to be able to do more as my kids grow! 

Q: If there was one thing you wish your patients knew about you, what would it be?

A: I want my patients to know that I put my heart and soul into my job. I will do all that I can to make sure that they get excellent care. If I can’t be the one to solve their problem, I’ll make sure that I find the right person who will. 

And if you’re looking for some facts that are a little more fun, my patients should know that I am very down-to-earth. I grew up in a beach town in Virginia surfing with my brother and dad on a frequent basis! 

Q: What is your favorite aspect of being a dermatologist?

A: My favorite aspect is that I get to meet so many amazing people and be a part of their long-term healthcare. I hope that I can form relationships with my patients that will last a lifetime. Everyone needs a skin check every year and I love that I get to see my patients often and help keep them healthy. 

Q: What is your approach to treating your patients?

A: I think that the most important thing about my approach is that I really listen. I went to school for a long time and I know what the textbook says, but my patients know their own bodies better than anyone. I am there to help guide them to finding the correct diagnosis and treatment they need, and I try to combine their wishes and my expertise. No patient is treated the same; I make sure everyone is individually taken care of the way that they need. 

I love all aspects of dermatology, and I love seeing a variety of patients everyday.