Susan’s nursing career began in Des Moines, Iowa, when she worked at Mercy Hospital SICU for one year before spending the next 10 years at the Wolfe Clinic ENT/Facial Plastic Surgery department in Marshalltown and Des Moines. After completing her family nurse practitioner graduate degree and certification in 1998, she joined the endocrinology/adult medicine team at McFarland Clinic in Ames, Iowa. During her time there, she worked in the acute care walk-in clinic, where she provided primary care history and physicals, diabetes management within ADA guidelines, and lipid clinics within AHA-NCEP III guidelines. Over the course of her final six years with McFarland Clinic, Susan worked in the dermatology department with medical and cosmetic skin concerns with five board-certified dermatologists. While here, she became certified in the Excimer®, Lightsheer®, and phototherapy lasers.
In 2008, Susan joined Kathy Cook, MD, in her private dermatology practice in Ames and Ankeny. There, Susan provided medical and cosmetic dermatology services, referrals, and coordination of care for Mohs procedures as well as laser treatments including IPL, Fractional CO2, Lightsheer®, and Isolaz®. She also dispensed SkinMedica® and Obagi® skin care products and provided peels, BOTOX®, and filler treatments.
In 2011, Susan opened Urban Effects MedSpa in Clive, and in 2017 moved the office to its current location in Urbandale.