Dallas Center for Dermatology and Aesthetics
8201 Preston Road #350
Dallas, TX 75225
Phone: (214) 631-7546
Fax: (214) 631-8546
Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–4p.m.
Jill Feetham M.D., a board-certified dermatologist on our Dallas team, specializes in skin cancer education and detection, clinical research, and cosmetic dermatology. Her passion for the field of dermatology began soon after losing her aunt to metastatic melanoma in 2004.
Dr. Feetham is an assistant clinical professor, researcher and national speaker for continuing medical education conferences. She has published in the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology and Dermatological Surgery, highlighting her research in vitiligo, acne, patient compliance, and cosmeceutical education.
Dr. Feetham graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. She completed her medical education and dermatology residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, where she was elected to the medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha.
In Her Own Words: A Q&A With Dr. Feetham
AT WHAT POINT DID YOU DECIDE TO GO TO MEDICAL SCHOOL?
I have always admired the compassion of a physician as they use their knowledge and talents to impact the physical and emotional wellbeing of others. However, I did not come from a family of physicians, so navigating the process seemed daunting to a young college student. It was the encouraging voice of my mother that continually reminded me, “You can do anything you put your mind to” that inspired me to turn my admiration of physicians into my career goal.
WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THE FIELD OF DERMATOLOGY?
I was attracted to dermatology after I lost my aunt to metastatic melanoma at the young age of 46. She, like so many, spent years in the sun and was not regularly checked by a dermatologist. Through her diagnosis, I learned that early detection could increase life expectancy by reducing the chance of metastasis. After her death, I was motivated to educate others about the risks of excessive sun exposure and importance of skin examinations with a dermatologist. I’m now afforded the opportunity to honor her legacy daily, by being a dermatologist.
WHAT IS THE MOST SATISFYING PART OF BEING A DERMATOLOGIST?
Being a dermatologist allows me to instill confidence in my patients. Our culture places such importance on our outer appearance that when skin disease or aging alters one’s appearance, it can be quite devastating. When a patient returns for a follow-up visit with improvement, the joy and confidence on their face can light up the room. To be a part of this transformation is truly satisfying!
ALL OF YOU SPEND TIME TEACHING MEDICAL STUDENTS. WHY IS THAT IMPORTANT TO YOU?
Medical students and dermatology residents always ask thought-provoking questions that encourage me to stay current on the latest research and developments in the field of dermatology. Many times I learn just as much from my students as they learn from me. Additionally, the education of a medical doctor has been compared to the metaphor “standing on the shoulders of the giants before us.” To be able to share my career discoveries with the next generation of doctors, so they can discover new truths and achieve new heights, is very rewarding.
WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED IN TEXAS?
I was not born in Texas, but got here as fast as I could! I have lived in Texas since I was six years old (except for one year in southern California). I completed all of my medical training in Texas at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. My husband and I are grateful to be living in such a wonderful state to raise our family.
HOW HAS COSMETIC DERMATOLOGY CHANGED SINCE YOU STARTED PRACTICING?
We now live in the “selfie” era with expectations of immediate gratification. Patients of all ages come to me in hopes of improving their appearance with subtle changes in order to be “camera ready” with little down time. This desire to look one’s best at all times has challenged me to customize cosmetic procedures that provide more immediate results; have longer-lasting effects and keep “social down time” to a minimum.
HOW WOULD YOU SUMMARIZE YOUR PHILOSOPHY ABOUT TREATING DERMATOLOGY PATIENTS?
My philosophy is to treat each and every patient, as I would want to be treated. I aim to listen intently to my patients’ concerns and customize a treatment plan that fits into their daily life. Educating my patients on the treatment benefits and risks is vital so they leave the appointment feeling involved in the treatment decision. Each patient is unique and I have the wonderful opportunity to tailor his or her treatment to the best of my ability. The greatest compliment is when a patient refers me to their family and friends.
WHEN YOU’RE NOT IN THE OFFICE, HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR TIME?
My greatest joy comes from quality time with my husband and our two boys. Since I am outnumbered, three-to-one, our days and activities are filled with exploring the great outdoors and traveling to new locations. When I have a few moments to myself, I enjoy planning all the aspects of our next vacation and flipping through home décor magazines.