Leading Dermatologist, Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD Refuses to Offer Dental Treatments

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Eagan, MN – In a statement issued early Friday afternoon to his staff and colleagues, Eagan, Minnesota-based, board-certified dermatologist, and Clinical Professor of Dermatology, Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD announced that his medical practice would not be conducting dental examinations, filling cavities, or otherwise engaging in dentistry of any kind. He stated the decision was irrevocable and would be effective immediately.

Recently, Dr. Crutchfield has had several patients tell him, in horror, that their dentist has offered them Botox injections administered by a dental assistant while still in the dental chair. “The allure of practicing in an area that a professional, or the professional’s staff, have no training or experience can be tempting to make a quick buck, but I believe we owe it to our patients and our professions to perform procedures for which we are competent,” Crutchfield explained. “Society’s limitation of practicing medicine to licensed professionals, like doctors and dentists, is based on the belief that a license equates to training in that area. Even as more professionals, like, say, dentists – or worse yet, their assistants – perform medical treatments like Botox that are well outside their training and licensure, real professionals will suppress any greed reflex and focus their practice on areas they know.” Continue reading Leading Dermatologist, Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD Refuses to Offer Dental Treatments

Dr. Charles Crutchfield Interview With Eagan Business News

Charles Crutchfield III M.D.Q&A: Charles E. Crutchfield III, M.D.

Healthcare innovator, medical-school professor and award-winning physician weighs in on selecting Eagan, practicing medicine and today’s health care.

Despite the fact that both of his parents were physicians, becoming a doctor wasn’t a given for Charles E. Crutchfield III, M.D. An early interest was architecture, and he also applied—and was accepted—into both the U.S. Navy and Air Force pilot programs. But eventually his passion for research drew him to medicine.

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HydraFacial – Latest Breakthrough In Cosmetic Dermatology – Inside Cosmetic Surgery Today interview Dr Barry Lycka and Dr Charles Crutchfield

HydraFacial® is introduced to you in our first show of Inside Cosmetic Surgery Today.

What is HydraFacial®? Well it is a multistep, non-invasive skin treatment that combines the benefits from several treatments, in one quick treatment that delivers real results without downtime or irritation. Sounds Good?  Your show host, Edmonton Cosmetic Dermatologist Dr Barry Lycka and his guest this week, are both VERY excited about the fantastic results this treatment is creating for their patients.

Dr Charles Crutchfield is a board certified dermatologist from Minneapolis and a popular repeat guest on this show. He tells the story of how he discovered HydraFacial® and the skin rejuvenation results he has achieved on introducing it to his practice. Dr Crutchfield talks us through the different steps included in the treatment. Dr Lycka has also introduced this treatment into his practice and both doctors share typical results. They have developed some very effective treatments using HydraFacial®. Finally, they emphasize the importance of visiting a qualified and experienced dermatologist for treatment rather than a strip mall spa, and highlight DPSEAM Doctors For The Practise Of Safe & Ethical Aesthetic Medicine.

Dr. Barry Lycka:
Hi. This is Dr. Barry Lycka, host of Inside Cosmetic Surgery Today on webtalkradio.net. This is the number one internet show on cosmetic surgery in the world and I’d like to thank our listeners for making it there. This is our first show of the year 2017 and I tell you this is going to be an amazing year. There are so many exciting things coming out that you won’t believe it. It’ll literally blow your mind. Continue reading HydraFacial – Latest Breakthrough In Cosmetic Dermatology – Inside Cosmetic Surgery Today interview Dr Barry Lycka and Dr Charles Crutchfield

All in the Family – Saint Paul Magazine

Dr. Charles Crutchfield Sr., and Dr. Charles Crutchfield III have a common passion for medicine and philanthropy.

Dr. Charles Crutchfield Sr. and Dr. Charles Crutchfield III are two of Saint Paul’s best known physicians. Dr. Crutchfield Sr. has delivered more than 9,000 babies in his career as an obstetrician and gynecologist. His son, Dr. Crutchfield III, is a dermatologist with a renowned practice who is the team dermatologist for the Minnesota Wild, the Timberwolves, the Vikings and the Twins. He has written a children’s book to help parents teach the importance of using sunblock and is a guest expert on TV and radio shows.

Crutchfield III is also the son of two doctors. His mother, Dr. Susan Crutchfield, is a physician and the youngest person ever to graduate from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. Crutchfield III not only continues the family professional legacy, he also carries on the family tradition of philanthropy and regularly lends his time and talents to local charities.

“I started a foundation that supports a lecture for physicians at the University of Minnesota on topics for patients of color,” he says. The annual lectureship is in the name of Dr. Charles and Susan Crutchfield. “I’m very proud of that, and it helps continually train other physicians in Minnesota to take great care of their patients,” he adds.

Taking great care of their patients is a family and professional point of pride. Crutchfield Sr. says, “If you thought enough of me to put your life in my hands, I am going to give you my very best.” Now 77 years old, he is retired, so he only practices medicine two days a week at the Open Cities Health Center in Saint Paul, which offers medical care on a sliding scale. No one is turned away because they can’t pay.

The elder Crutchfield has practiced medicine for over 50 years, but he remembers clearly the moment he decided to become a doctor. He was 7 years old, and very sick with pneumonia and strep. It made an impression on him that the black doctor, who made the house call, looked like him and became someone the young boy wanted to emulate. The doctor gave him a shot (“It burned, but my daddy told me I was a big boy and I was not to cry,” he recalls). Two days later, he was back at school and thought: “Anybody who can help people like that is doing good things … that’s what I’m going to do. And I never let anybody change my mind.”

Crutchfield III says that when he was a small child, he was often asked if he was going to be a doctor when he grew up, and he knew that the acceptable answer was always yes. “But I actually fell in love with science and medicine when I was in college as an undergraduate at Carleton College. I applied to graduate school in molecular biology and genomics at the Mayo Clinic and pursued a doctorate there,” he says, adding that he also decided to pursue an M.D. at the Mayo Clinic.

Like his father, Crutchfield III anticipates many years of medical practice. “I think my father, mother and I have the same philosophy. When you do something you love, it is not work at all,” he says. “I love the ability to use a particular set of skills I possess to help other people when they have medical concerns. Once again, I don’t call it work. I call it something I’m very fortunate to do and anticipate doing for a very long time.”

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4 Steps To All Season Skin Care – ME Magazine

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Top Tips from a Dermatologist

by Charles E. Crutchfield III, M.D.

Walk into the skin care/cosmetic area of any major department store, and it is dizzying to see the hundreds, if not thousands, of choices for skin care. To complicate matters, there are sales people wearing white coats looking like either mad scientists or doctors, who are all too eager to recommend their company’s multi-step skin care program. Even in our homes, we are flooded with late-night infomercials touting the latest products that promise to solve your skin care woes. The good news is, smart skin care can be a simple four-step process: cleansing, hydration, protection and correction. Continue reading 4 Steps To All Season Skin Care – ME Magazine

Dr. Crutchfield in Perfect Skin Protection Magazine Discussing Actinic Keratosis & Skin Cancer

Perfect Skin Magazine

“Harmless” AK Precursor to Skin Cancer

Dr. Charles E. Crutchfield, III discusses actinic keratosis

Last year, fifty-eight million Americans were treated actinic keratosis (AK). Although the condition itself is not cancerous, if left untreated, AK usually results in squamous cell carcinoma. Given that “cancer” is a general term used to describe diseases characterized by abnormal changes in cells, actinic keratoses are usually included in descriptions of non-melanoma skin cancers.

We asked Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD, clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School and medical advisor for Perfect Skin Protection, to explain the condition and its treatment.

Q: What causes actinic keratosis?

perfect skin magazine pg 2A: First, you should remember that many
factors contribute to these skin
cancers: exposure to artificial UVR from
tanning beds; heredity; prolonged Q suppression of the immune system; exposure to X-rays; prolonged contact with coal, tar, pitch, or arsenic compounds; complications from burns, scars, vaccinations; and, even tattoos.

However, the overriding factor that both causes and compounds actinic keratosis is exposure to the harmful rays of the sun.

Q: Who is most likely to develop actinic keratosis

Perfect Skin Magazine page 3A: Actinic keratoses are generally seen on older, fair-skinned people who have been chronically exposed to the sun. They appear most often on skin least often covered by clothing – the hands, face, tip of ears, scalp and forearms. They can form in patients of all skin colors.

Q What are the symptoms?

A: Actinic keratoses are small bumps with rough, scaly surfaces or sores. They can be as small as the tip of a pencil or as large as a quarter. A person can have one or several at the same time. Some older patients find that they must be treated periodically for these lesions over many years. If this happens, your physician will carefully Crutchfield Magazinemonitor the lesions and recommend different treatments accordingly.

Most of the patients I see with actinic keratosis are age 50 and older, but I have seen some patients even in their 20’s with the lesions.

Q: How is actinic keratosis diagnosed?

A: Diagnosis is usually easy because the lesions have unique physical characteristics that physicians can identify by visual examination.

Occasionally, if the lesion is especially large or thick, it will need to be surgically removed
for microscopic examination (biopsy) to determine if it has evolved or changed to cancer. If cancerous, actinic keratosis will likely be diagnosed as squamous cell carcinoma.

Crutchfield MAgazine InterviewQ: How is it treated?

A: Once the diagnosis is made, dermatologists will consider a number of factors before choosing the most appropriate methods of treatment. Some of these factors include

  • Location, size and number of lesions;
  • The desired cosmetic outcome;
  • The patient’s age, health and medical history;
  • The patient’s ability to comply with treatment; and,
  • The patient’s history of previous treatments.

If diagnosed in the early stages, actinic keratosis can be removed by cryotherapy or freezing; surgical excision or curettage (scraping); by applying cream (5-FU, Solaraze or Carac); or by chemical peeling, laser surgery, or other dermatologic surgical procedures.Perfect Skin MAgazineIt is not usually a difficult condition to treat, but can and will spread, if left untreated.

Q How can actinic keratosis be prevented?

A: Actinic keratosis can be prevented by practicing sun protection early and throughout life. Outdoor workers, gardeners, people who live in sunny states and anyone else who is chronically exposed to the sun should be very aware of this condition. Since it is often cited as one of the most common reasons to visit a dermatologist, it is probably one of the more notable drains on Medicare and other insurance. Education about prevention and detection should eventually lower the number of people with this disease.

perfect skin magazineAs I mentioned, actinic keratosis is a pre- cancer that progresses into cancer if left untreated. About five percent of actinic keratoses, left untreated, will transform into skin cancer. Having it treated and removed is vitally important to the prevention of cancer. If you develop any of the symptoms described above, see your dermatologist.

Crutchfield Dermatology serves patients in the St. Paul, Minneapolis, Eagan and surrounding areas.

perfect skin magazineHe is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions and is medical advisor for Perfect Skin Protection magazine.

He can be contacted at


Dr. Crutchfield, III credits parents for his stellar career


By James L. Stroud, Jr. 

Contributing Writer


In Minnesota, when someone says the name Dr. Crutchfield, most people — especially African Americans from Minneapolis, St. Paul and surrounding areas — assume they mean the legendary obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Charles E. Crutchfield, Jr., a doctor known for the delivery of at least 10,000 Minnesota babies in the Land of 10,000 Lakes over the last 45 years.

But in 1994 another Dr. Crutchfield arrived on the scene in Eagan, Minnesota. He too goes by the name of Dr. Charles E. Crutchfield, but he is known as the third (III) and is the son of Dr. Crutchfield, Jr, who he calls Dad.

Dr. Crutchfield, III is a board-certified dermatologist, a clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and medical director of his own Crutchfield Dermatology Clinic in Eagan, MN. He is a native Minnesotan, born in Minneapolis and raised in the Highland Park area of St. Paul the oldest of five siblings, attending Highland Park and Minnehaha Academy high schools.

After high school, Crutchfield, III attended Carlton College in Northfield, MN, where he received his bachelor’s degree. He later graduated from the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine with both a master’s degree in molecular biology and a doctoral degree (M.D.) in medicine. His post-graduate medical training included one year at the Gundersen Clinic and a three-year dermatology residency at the University of Minnesota.

“I always knew that I wanted to be a doctor, even as a child,” says Crutchfield, who had a double dose of direct and indirect parental influence on his choice of becoming a doctor. Evidence of that influence is proudly framed in his Eagan, Minnesota office.

It’s a picture of his father (Charles, Jr.) and his mother (Susan) after both had just graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1963. Dr. Crutchfield, III was three years young in the arms of his father, smiling with a stethoscope on his ears listening to his dad’s heartbeat. The proud parents were dressed in their caps and gowns.

Crutchfield, III’s mother, Susan Ellis-Crutchfield, made Minnesota history as the first African American woman to graduate from the University of Minnesota Medical School and the youngest person ever to do so at age 22.

Crutchfield, III is very proud of his family’s legacy and says that his parents blessed him with healthy seeds of thought. Most memorable to him is his parents not asking if he or his siblings were going to college; they asked where they were going to college. “That made a huge difference,” says Crutchfield, III, along with seeing a decorated waste basket covered with logos of different colleges and universities in their home to give them a daily reminder that they were heading to an institution of higher learning someday.

Dr. Crutchfield, III specializes in the treatment of acne, psoriasis, skin cancer and ethnic skin diseases, and to date he says that his current client database totals over 46,000 people. As clinical professor of dermatology at the U of M, teaching medical students, residents, and other clinical physicians, Dr. Crutchfield is a regular speaker at many statewide and national medical conferences.

He is a regular skin expert guest on several radio and television programs including CNN with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. With a staff of 41 people, Dr. Crutchfield, III is the official dermatologist for both the Minnesota Vikings football and Minnesota Twins baseball teams.

Asked what a professional sports team needs with a board-certified dermatologist, Crutchfield explains, “There are always skin concerns, anything from sunburn to changing moles. Athletes get fungal and viral infections all of the time. Certain athletes slide and skin their legs up real bad and need attention so that it doesn’t get infected. All humans will have skin conditions and need a dermatologist, including athletes.”

Asked if the rising use of Botox has increased his patient load, Crutchfield says, “I have two businesses within my practice. There is the medical practice and the other is cosmetic. One is a need and the other is a want.”

Although appointments are out as far as four to six months for both the medical and the cosmetic practices, Crutchfield says that every day there are three emergency slots for those new or regular patients needing immediate attention.

Dr. Crutchfield, III has received many awards and national recognitions such as the “Karis” humanitarian award from the Mayo Clinic, the “Editor’s Award” from the Dermatology Nurses Association, and the “Gold Triangle Award” from the American Academy of Dermatology. In recent months he has been featured as an expert in Essence Magazine (November 2011 issue) and selected by Black Enterprise, Minnesota Monthly, and Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazines as a top doctor.

When asked how Black Enterprise magazine came up with the ranking system nationwide, Dr. Crutchfield, III replied, “I asked them and they said they conducted a systematic survey of hospitals and clinics around the country. They asked them the question, ‘If you or a family member had a skin condition, who would you send them to?’ It was compiled from all 50 states, and there you have it.

“I can’t take the credit alone,” Crutchfield adds. “It’s my team of 41 staff members. I just lead the team.” According to Crutchfield, III, his top doctors and heroes are his mother and father.

While courting his wife Laurie, who works as the clinic’s director of financial affairs and website adviser, they watched Eyes on the Prize narrated by Julian Bond. In addition to being a wholesome dating experience, the series that chronicled the civil rights struggles in America helped Dr. Crutchfield, III realize that we stand on the shoulders of giants who paved the way for African Americans like him to have a better opportunity to succeed.

For more information about Crutchfield Dermatology, visit them on the Internet at www.crutchfieldermatology.com or call 651-209-3600. 

James L. Stroud, Jr. welcomes reader responses to jlstroud@spokesman-recorder.com.

Dr. Crutchfield in Mpls St. Paul Magazine

Dr. CrutchfieldAsk a Derm

by Taylor Selcke

Dr. Charles Crutchfield of Crutchfield Dermatology in Eagan shares his advice on seeking treatment for those pesky skin problems.


What patient problems do you commonly treat?

Our clinic sees a wide range of issues pertaining to skin, hair, and nails. In addition to medical concerns, our skin and medi-spa performs a comprehensive range of aesthetic medical treatments to improve appearance, especially in the areas of the face, neck, and hands and in addressing cellulite.

Why should a patient use caution when thinking about seeking skin care–related treatment outside of a traditional dermatology office?

The difference could realistically mean the difference between healthy, quality results and years of difficulty and discomfort. A dermatology clinic should be visited any time a patient has a concern that requires treatments or medicines regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. The most important consideration for any aesthetic treatment is the expertise and experience of the person performing it, not the advertised price.

How can patients avoid trips to the dermatologist’s office in the first place?

I am a major proponent of sunscreen as one of the most effective ways to protect skin. I also recommend quality moisturizers, especially in the dry months, and quality minerals for individuals who wear makeup.