On April 18, 2016, Dr. Hope Mitchell opened the doors of her new dermatology facility to new and returning patients, and she and her professional team are celebrating one year at 815 Commerce Drive in Perrysburg. However this journey began over two decades ago after she was mentored by dermatologists: Drs. Walter and Dorinda Shelley. Now Dr. Mitchell is looking to the future and laying plans to continue providing quality customer service and the best trained professionals in the industry. She also wants to further build her foundation to help expose girls from the inner city to positions in the medical field.
What is an Entrepreneur?
“I never thought of my journey through medical school and dermatology residency as preparation for an entrepreneurial endeavor until last month when I was asked to participate with a panel of women on entrepreneurship. I’ve just always thought about how I could help people with hair, skin and nail concerns.” Providing quality customer service to her patients is most important to Dr. Mitchell. If you leave your appointment from Mitchell Dermatology believing you were greeted by a professional and friendly staff, were comfortable in the environment, and received answers to questions about your concerns, then she has reached one of her most important goals.
One of the most rewarding parts of being a dermatologist for Dr. Mitchell is that people are entrusting their care to her. “I have seen many of my current patients since the beginning of my career in 1998.” Dr. Mitchell also likes the variety of encounters each day can bring; she can go from seeing children to adults, from doing full body skin exams to advising on a melanoma diagnosis, from diagnosing causes of hair loss to diagnosing skin and complexion concerns…the possibilities are endless.
Destined to be a Doctor
As a young girl, Dr. Mitchell’s mother always told her that she would be a doctor, but she didn’t commit to dermatology until after her second year of medical school when she was allowed to take dermatology elective rotations. During this time she met the Shelleys, Drs. Walter and Dorinda Shelley, world renowned dermatologists and authors of some of the best clinical research papers and textbooks. The Shelleys mentored Dr. Mitchell and inspired her. This is one of the reasons Dr. Mitchell is inspired to mentor young girls in the community.
With the opening of her new location, Dr. Mitchell founded Girls of Hope Foundation. This foundation has been on Dr. Mitchell’s heart for a while, and the opening of her new location brought about more space to host such a program. Last summer, a group of middle school and high school girls from the inner city were exposed to different areas of the medical field. In addition to working with Dr. Mitchell, the girls shadowed her physician assistants, cosmetic nurse, aestheticians, medical assistants, and medical receptionists. The girls also learned about what it takes to own a medical practice and the pros and cons of solo and group practice. “Not everyone wants to be a doctor, but it’s important for my mentees to know all of their options,” says Dr. Mitchell.
Grounded in God and a Heart of Gratitude
“I don’t take the blessing of owning my own practice and building lightly and I appreciate every blessing that I have received. I appreciate all of my patients, the professionals that work with me, every referral…I appreciate everything.”
Dr. Mitchell is celebrating her awesome journey by hosting a One Year Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, April 27th, from 3-7 pm.
“I really see my patients as people and not just a number. I want them to know I genuinely care about them and their well being,” Dr. Hope Mitchell.