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Optima Dermatology Has Opened Its First New England Practice in Exeter, NH

November 2022


Exceptional Dermatology Care for Exeter-Area Residents

Optima Dermatology is pleased to announce the opening of our first New England practice, located in Exeter, NH. We’re excited to be expanding access to our expert skin care services to a new area, and look forward to serving patients in Exeter, NH and surrounding areas. 

Our Exeter, NH practice, which officially opened on February 1, is in a temporary location at 1 Hampton Rd., Suite A306 across from the Exeter Town Recreation Department, while our new state-of-the-art facility is being constructed nearby.

Our Exeter practice is led by Dr. Brian M. Connolly, MD, FAAD, and his expert staff, and is currently accepting new patients. We treat a broad range of medical dermatology conditions and diseases, including skin cancer, eczema, acne, psoriasis, and others. In addition to general dermatology, Optima Dermatology offers medical aesthetic services, including neurotoxin injections (such as Botox® and Dysport®), fillers, and more.

Leading With Care and Expertise: Get to Know Dr. Brian M. Connolly

Board certified dermatologist Dr. Brian M. Connolly has been serving patients in the Seacoast area since 2018 after completing his residency at John Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Connolly shares Optima Dermatology’s core value of treating every patient the way we would want our friends and family to be treated, and has also applied that approach to his patient care throughout his career. 

What does that mean for his patients? You can expect attentive, personalized care with treatments tailored to your specific needs. Everyone is different, and we take the time to identify the best approach to your unique skin and condition. Dr. Connolly continuously makes positive impacts in his patients’ lives by applying the latest advances in dermatological treatments and delivering a comprehensive approach to care.

We are confident patients and providers in the Exeter, NH area will find incredible value in Dr. Connolly’s expert care. 

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

Q: Where did you go to college?

A: Cornell University

Q: What made you decide to pursue a career in dermatology?

A: Dermatology is unique because it has a very broad scope. It is one of the only fields where we treat patients of all ages, literally from birth to death. Dermatology is also fun because it combines many different specialities. Dermatology uses oral and injectable medications that require the knowledge base of internal medicine. We also perform surgical excisions and advanced repair techniques in the same manner as surgeons. And lastly, we are all trained as part of our residency to perform advanced cosmetic procedures like Botox, fillers, and lasers. Dermatology truly has it all!

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

A: The number one thing is a consistent routine. Nothing works quickly in dermatology and medicine in general. Maintaining a consistent routine over months is of utmost importance. Exfoliating and SPF daily with a sprinkling of retinoids are a great place to start, but don’t give up too quickly. For most things, a 90-day trial is necessary before declaring a treatment failure. 

Q: If there is one thing you want your patients to know about you, what would it be?

A: Skin exams can often feel embarrassing! I strive to create a comfortable environment for patients. Please don’t be nervous! 

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

A: Treating skin disease is special because it goes well beyond the skin. Often the self confidence that patients develop when their skin improves expands into other arenas of their lives. An improvement in someone’s mood often positively affects social interactions, relationships, and trickles down into every aspect of life. Dermatology is much more than skin deep.

Q: What is your approach to treating your patients?

A: Every patient is an individual. With that being said, medicine (and clinical trials specifically), is very much a population-based science. Balancing individual needs and expectations with results from population-based studies is part of the art of medicine. A one-size-fits-all approach is therefore not appropriate. I work with patients to bring my knowledge of medicine and dermatology into a treatment plan that will work for their individual condition. Sometimes this approach requires some trial and error, but we will find the best regimen that works for a patient. 

Working With Area Providers

As a new dermatology practice in the Seacoast, NH area, we look forward to building partnerships with the local medical community to provide a seamless approach to patient referrals and care. We value our provider relationships and strive to make the referral process an easy and positive experience for providers and patients. 

If you are a provider interested in learning more about our services and our new Exeter, NH practice, or a new patient looking to schedule an appointment with Dr. Connolly, you can contact us and get more information about the new practice here.