Skincare at 10,000 Feet: Drs. Grundy & Hamrick Featured

Skincare at 10,000 Feet: Drs. Grundy & Hamrick Featured

Telluride Professional Forum, an initiative of the Telluride Women’s Network, hosts talk featuring Drs. Grundy & Hamrick. Thursday, 11:30 – 2 p.m.; talk on skincare, noon – 1 p.m. Tickets, $25 in advance; non-members, $30. Sign up here now.

A show of hands please. How many of you feel blessed to live in Shangri-La? Yes, me too. But everything has its price, even paradise. One major drawback: Telluride’s altitude and climate can be murder on our skin. Skin is largest organ of the body and our first line of defense against the outside world, so that is not a good thing.

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The short explanation is this: the higher the altitude, the less dense the air, resulting in reduced protection from solar radiation, which can wreak havoc on even the healthiest hull. Research indicates that with every 1,000-foot increase in altitude, there is about a four percent reduction in air density, reducing skin protection. For example, it takes about 30 minutes for unprotected skin to burn in a place like New York City or anywhere at sea level, but just six minutes to get a sunburn at 10,000 feet in locales like Telluride. And at high altitudes, humidity level drops as air temperature falls so skin can become dry, flakey, even cracked, especially in winter when indoor heating is cranked up. Wind also sucks moisture out of our skin.

Does skin age more quickly at high altitude?

Do anti-aging skin care products featuring antioxidants, peptides, retinol, growth factors and other additives really help reduce skin aging?

Do sunscreens really help? If so, what kind? What does SPF measure? And do high-SPF sunscreens really offer better protection for our skin?

When is it best to apply sunscreens and moisturizers?

What are the best ways to prevent skin cancer?

Once our skin has been compromised by altitude and aging, what are the best medical interventions to mitigate, even reverse the damage?

Get answers to these and other questions at a luncheon sponsored by the Telluride Professional Forum, an initiative of the Telluride Women’s Network. The talk about skin protection and rejuvenation takes place Thursday, March 12, noon- 1 p.m., American Room, New Sheridan Hotel. The event features two extraordinary women: Dr. Kay Hamrick Dawson, a former vascular and interventional radiologist, who now owns an aesthetic medicine practice in town; and Dr. Sharon Grundy, primary care medical director at the Telluride Medical Center, with degrees/certifications in allopathic (Western) and integrative medicine. (For more, see their bios below.)

The invitation is open to everyone in the community, although seating is limited.

And everyone has skin in this game.

Tickets, $25 in advance; non-members, $30.

Register online here or call 970-728-9100.

About Dr. Kay Hamrick Dawson:

Dr. Kay Hamrick  Dawson

Dr. Kay Hamrick Dawson

Dr. Kay Hamrick now owns Aesthetic Medicine, PC, where she offers an array of state-of-the-art laser and light equipment manufactured by Sciton, considered the gold standard in the industry. Dr. Hamrick combines the best possible products in her practice to produce what she refers to as a “natural, photo-shopped look” to make her patients look more like they feel and revitalize their skin to keep it healthier and younger-looking for years to come.

In conjunction with her practice, Dr. Hamrick completed several preceptorships with world-renowned dermatologists and plastic surgeons and continues to enhance her knowledge of treating skin disease and the effects of aging through the use of lasers, lights, fillers, and neuro-modulators as alternatives to surgery. Dr. Hamrick’s continuing medical education includes hands-on training with highly-regarded physicians  specializing in those techniques.

Boot camp for the relatively new business was Dr. Hamrick’s former career as a vascular and interventional radiologist.

Boarded in medical physics, radiology, and mammography, and holding certificates of added qualifications in vascular and interventional work, Dr. Hamrick gained vast experience using lasers and live X-ray to assist during surgical procedures and ultra-sound guidance technology. Those skills, along with her passion for new innovation in medicine, have allowed her to develop her Aesthetic Medicine practice in Telluride.

Dr. Hamrick graduated with honors from the University of Alabama Medical School in 1985, where she went on to complete her internship in pathology and residency and fellowship in vascular and interventional radiology. She spent much her career on faculty at the University of Alabama Medical School and at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston where she trained fellows and residents in their post-graduate studies as a practicing surgeon.

Dr. Hamrick was elected by her peer-group to both “America’s Top Radiologists” and “America’s Top Doctors.”

About Dr. Sharon Grundy:

Dr. Sharon Grundy, a featured speaker at talk on breast cancer

Dr. Sharon Grundy

Dr. Sharon A. Grundy is a board-certified internist, who underwent a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. She graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine in 1998 and works at the Telluride Medical Center, where she is Medical Director of  Primary Care, specializing in family and internal medicine. Dr. Grundy is also affiliated with Montrose Memorial Hospital. Dr. Grundy is passionate about cancer prevention and has a major interest in skin care at altitude. She speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish.

About The Telluride Women’s Network:



The TWN is a non-profit social organization open to all women in the Telluride region. Founded in 1986 by a group of local ladies eager to promote connection and a sense of community, the TWN has since drawn an energetic and fun group of full- and part-time residents eager to reach out to peers in their adopted home.

The goal is to network and collaborate while connecting with old friends and meeting new friends. Because the nature of the organization is to bring women together, the calendar of social events is extensive and exciting: summer and winter parties, ski-in/ski-out luncheons, special interest groups involving skiing, hiking, cooking, wine tasting, book reviewing, knitting, fishing, golfing, business networking, and more.

About the Telluride Professional Forum:

The Professional Women’s Forum is a program of the Telluride Women’s Network (TWN). The group came together because of a growing interest from women in the business community looking for a way to network professionally.

The Professional Women’s Forum plans business luncheons, networking and educational opportunities, and other events.

Note: Dr. Kay Hamrick Dawson is hosting a party Friday, March 13, 5 – 7 p.m., the day after her Women’s Network talk. The event, which takes place at Aesthetic Medicine, PC, 307 East Colorado,Telluride, Suite 201, celebrates the introduction of the new hybrid laser, Halo, into her practice. Reps from Sciton, Merz aesthetics and Neocutis will be on hand. Food, drink and specials offered throughout the evening.

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