Dr. Gina (Morgan) Weir (00’), a medical dermatologist in Lincoln NE, opened her own private practice in May 2020 called Dermatology Associates of Lincoln. Her practice is located at the southwest corner of 70th and South St. Information about her practice can be found at www.dermassociatesoflincoln.com.
What made you want to open your own practice?
Two years ago, the idea came up to build a new clinic building when I started feeling cramped for space at my previous practice location. As time went on, I felt called to start my own practice with a fresh focus on patient-centered care, evidence-based medicine, and family values. Along the way I met another dermatologist, Dr. Casey Bowen, who was looking to start practicing in Lincoln. We realized that we shared the same vision and values in patient care, and decided to join forces in creating Dermatology Associates of Lincoln.
What was the deciding factor for you in using solar panels on your building?
The primary focus in the design of the building was long term sustainability. Keeping that in mind we utilized many high efficiency energy products and designs. Solar panels naturally fits this theme and with our location it made perfect sense. The south facing roof line of our building is above tree line so the panels get direct sunlight nearly all hours of the day. It is estimated that the building will produce excess electrical energy on all but the hottest of summer days.
How has your work in this area impacted you?
My work impacts me on a daily basis. In the work that I do, I truly feel like I am helping people and making a difference in the world. From improving a teenager’s self-esteem by fixing their acne to finding skin cancer on a routine skin check, every patient matters to me. I recently received a hand-written thank you note from a patient after I found a melanoma on his scalp. It really struck me at that moment when I read his card and it made me feel so honored to be able to do the work that I do. I am so grateful God put me here to serve others to the best of my ability.
How does your faith play into your role?
Faith plays a central role in my profession as a physician. I pray on a daily basis that God leads me to make the right decisions for my patients, also for the knowledge and ability to solve the problems I see day to day.
How do you see your work evolving?
Dermatology, similar to other areas of medicine, is constantly progressing in the understanding of skin diseases and treatments. I am always spending my free time trying to be the most up to date as possible so I can serve my patients to the best of my ability.
What initiatives or projects are you hoping to start or finish in the coming years?
Over the next few years, I hope to continue building my practice to become the trusted practice of choice for medical dermatology care in Lincoln and surrounding communities. I would like to spending more time educating our community about sun safe behaviors and the risks associated with sun damage over time. I especially want to put extra effort into educating parents about teaching their children about sun protection and use of sunscreen, as sun damage during the first 10-20 years of life plays a greater role in melanoma risk than sun damage later in life.
What has been your greatest achievement since leaving Pius in 2000?
I feel like my greatest accomplishment since graduating Pius lies most in my family life. Having a strong marriage with my wonderful husband of 11 years and raising our four children to be respectful and faithful people has always meant the most to me. Success that I’ve achieved professionally wouldn’t have been possible without the foundation and support of my family.
When not working, what hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing?
Most of my free time is spent with my family. I love taking walks and going on outdoor adventures with the kids. I love cooking and baking. Similar to my days at Pius, I also continue to be an avid runner and enjoy doing road races when possible.
What memories do you have of Pius X High School?
My days as a runner on the cross country and track teams under Coach O’Boyle are something I look back on very fondly. Coach O’Boyle taught me that with hard work and dedication, achieving any goal is possible. At that time in high school, my goal was to earn a medal at the state meet. But that same life lesson carried me through college, medical school, and residency to the place I am now. I also feel like my days at Pius instilled a strong sense of faith and trust in God that continues to carry me forward even today.
How has COVID-19 affected your practice?
COVID has been an interesting time for those of us practicing medicine. While we were considering introducing telemedicine into our new practice at some point, the pandemic essentially forced us to do it sooner rather than later. Luckily for us, we were able to adjust fairly quickly and now will continue offering telemedicine visits in the future for our patients.