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Gold Skin Care Center Kicks Off Project to Change Lives of Centerstone Patients

Gold Skin Care Center offers Centerstone clients a chance to erase painful memories through complimentary tattoo removal sessions

Nashville, Tenn. – On January 13, Nashville-based Gold Skin Care Center began implementing a life-changing service for several Middle Tennesseans with a mental health or addiction disorder. Clients of Centerstone, the nation’s largest not-for-profit provider of community-based mental health and addiction services, received the service completely free of charge, thanks to Gold Skin Care Center.

Beginning this month, Gold Skin Care Center is offering complimentary tattoo removal services to eligible Centerstone clients who find their tattoos to be a painful reminder of the past, a barrier to finding employment or a hindrance to their overall recovery.

“Tattoos can be a barrier to our patients’ recovery for a number of reasons,” said Dr. Karen Rhea, Chief Medical Officer for Centerstone. “Often, tattoos on the face, neck, hands and other places that cannot be easily concealed may prevent our patients from getting jobs or housing and from readjusting to society as part of their recovery. Or, in some cases like we saw on January 13, tattoos represent a permanent, everyday reminder of a traumatic past. They are a reminder of a time in our patients’ lives that they desperately want to move past as part of their recovery.”

According to Dr. Michael H. Gold, founder and Medical Director of Gold Skin Care Center, people often experience buyer’s remorse when it comes to tattoos. For Centerstone patients like Ronnie Farmer, Jr., the remorse is so deep it is a barrier to his recovery.

“I’d rather not live with these memories and just try to move forward and not backwards,” said Ronnie Farmer, Jr., a Centerstone client who underwent his first tattoo removal session at Gold Skin Care Center on January 13.

Centerstone clients who began tattoo removal treatments this month will continue with subsequent sessions until the tattoo is completely removed. Depending on the size of the tattoo, ink and several other variables, tattoos can be removed in as few as one session or may take several visits. This is an ongoing opportunity for Centerstone clients, and Gold Skin Care Center will continue treating patients until all eligible individuals have received services.

“We have been very pleased with the response to our tattoo removal program with Centerstone,” said Dr. Gold. “The opportunity to give back to the community in this meaningful way is important to me and to all of the staff of Gold Skin Care Center. We pride ourselves on cutting edge service and cutting edge laser technology. So, we are thrilled to be able to provide our tattoo removal services to these individuals who have dedicated themselves to improving their self-images and making their appearance an important part of who they are and who they want to be.”

For more information about Centerstone, please visit www.centerstone.org. For more information about Gold Skin Care Center, please visit www.goldskincare.com.

Dr. Karen Rhea, Chief Medical Officer for Centerstone; Ronnie Farmer, Jr., a Centerstone patient; and Dr. Michael H. Gold, founder and Medical Director of Gold Skin Care Center, just prior to Ronnie’s first tattoo removal treatment

(left to right) Dr. Karen Rhea, Chief Medical Officer for Centerstone; Ronnie Farmer, Jr., a Centerstone patient; and Dr. Michael H. Gold, founder and Medical Director of Gold Skin Care Center, just prior to Ronnie’s first tattoo removal treatment.

Dr. Michael H. Gold, founder and Medical Director of Gold Skin Care Center, examines Artavia Moore, a Centerstone patient, prior to her first tattoo removal procedure.

Dr. Michael H. Gold, founder and Medical Director of Gold Skin Care Center, examines Artavia Moore, a Centerstone patient, prior to her first tattoo removal procedure.

A Centerstone patient receives a tattoo removal procedure with Gold Skin Care Center’s cutting edge laser technology.

A Centerstone patient receives a tattoo removal procedure with Gold Skin Care Center’s cutting edge laser technology.

Jesse Cope, a Centerstone patient, smiles through the sometimes painful tattoo removal treatment at Gold Skin Care Center. Jesse has previously been denied employment due to his tattoos and is excited to see them go.

Jesse Cope, a Centerstone patient, smiles through the sometimes painful tattoo removal treatment at Gold Skin Care Center. Jesse has previously been denied employment due to his tattoos and is excited to see them go.

One of Ronnie Farmer, Jr.’s tattoos before and after his first tattoo removal treatment at Gold Skin Care Center. His tattoos will require several more treatments, as is common, to be removed completely.

One of Ronnie Farmer, Jr.’s tattoos before and after his first tattoo removal treatment at Gold Skin Care Center. His tattoos will require several more treatments, as is common, to be removed completely.

One of Jesse Cope’s tattoos before and after his first tattoo removal treatment at Gold Skin Care Center. His tattoos will require several more treatments, as is common, to be removed completely.

One of Jesse Cope’s tattoos before and after his first tattoo removal treatment at Gold Skin Care Center. His tattoos will require several more treatments, as is common, to be removed completely.

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About Centerstone
Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, has provided a wide range of mental health and addiction services to people of all ages for more than 55 years. Through more than 50 facilities and 160 partnership locations across Middle Tennessee, Centerstone serves nearly 50,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors each year. Centerstone is accredited by CARF International. For more information about Centerstone, please call 888-291-4357 or visit www.centerstone.org.

About Gold Skin Care Center
Dr. Gold is the founder and Medical Director of Gold Skin Care Center, one of the leading dermatology centers in the country, devoted to caring for all patients with skin care needs and concerns. The divisions of Gold Skin Care Center include The Laser & Rejuvenation Center, a center solely devoted to the aesthetic needs of his patients; Advanced Aesthetics Medical Spa, a spa combining the most advanced techniques and products to guide you to the highest level of relaxation and rejuvenation; and Tennessee Clinical Research Center, a facility where the most advanced laser and light based sources are researched before becoming available to the general public.

Gold Skin Care Center offers the latest, most advanced and effective dermatologic treatments and cosmetic dermatologic surgery available today. Dr. Gold is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Dermatology, at Vanderbilt University Medical School and at Vanderbilt University Nursing School. Gold Skin Care Center is a national leading teaching center for many treatments and is widely considered a leader of clinical and cosmetic dermatology in the Southeast. It is located at 2000 Richard Jones Road, Suite 220, in Nashville. For more information, call 615.383.2400 or visit www.goldskincare.com.