Dermatologist and skin specialist Doctor Don Groot was the founder of the Groot DermaSurgery Centre (now Nakatsui DermaSurgery). Dr. Groot specialized in dermatology and retired in 2014 after 34 years of meeting the skin care needs of many of the citizens of Edmonton and Alberta. His long time colleague, dermatologist Dr. Thomas Nakatsui, took over in 2014 and continues to work with a team of dedicated, experienced individuals to make our clinic Edmonton’s premier dermatology and laser skin care centre.
The staff is attuned to the needs and concerns of our dermatology patients from the first phone call through to the final visit. Our patient coordinators are available to answer inquiries, schedule appointments, and organize patient visits to the best of their abilities. Our registered nurses are highly knowledgeable, some with advanced degrees and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification.
The Centre is a Certified Non-Hospital Surgical Facility, which is a special certification given by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta to only a few clinics in Alberta. This means we are held to the highest standards of sterility in the province.
We are dedicated to being at the forefront of new developments in dermatologic and cosmetic surgery of the skin. The laser equipment at the Centre is state of the art including the latest picosecond lasers for cosmetic skin rejuvenation, scar revision, removal of pigment, removal of vascular (blood vessel) abnormalities, and hair removal. Botox injections and dermal fillers are used in combination with medicated creams, microdermabrasion, and laser resurfacing to maintain and improve one’s natural beauty. CoolSculpting offers noninvasive solutions for unwanted fat.
Dr. Thomas Nakatsui is a board certified dermatologist at the cutting edge of hair restoration surgery. Through the use of advanced follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and follicular unit excision (FUE) he is able to achieve natural rejuvenated hair lines for his patients.
This wide range of skin and hair treatment options allows us to meet the specific needs of the patient to achieve maximum benefit with minimum risk.
Nakatsui DermaSurgery has been recognized for various awards over the years and in 2020 was recognized as the Top Choice Award winner for best cosmetic clinic in Edmonton. We were also awarded the Consumer Choice Award for anther year, making it 11 years in a row, and Dr. Nakatsui is listed on Three Best Rated as one of the best dermatologists in Edmonton.
THOMAS NAKATSUI, MD, FAAD, FRCPC
Dermatologic, Laser, and Hair Restoration Surgery
Dermatologist Dr. Thomas Nakatsui is the medical director of the Nakatsui DermaSurgery Centre, a certified non-hospital surgical facility. He holds a Fellowship in Dermatology in Canada and is also Board certified in the United States. Dr. Nakatsui is skilled in all areas of dermatology including laser surgery, fillers, Botox, and hair transplantation. He completed his medical training and residency in Dermatology at the University of Alberta and received additional training at several Centers of Excellence including Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, the Johns Hopkins Medical Centre in Baltimore, and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. In addition, he was trained personally by dermatologist Dr. Groot since July 2000 in the use of lasers, Botox, fillers, and other treatment modalities. Dr. Nakatsui has won numerous awards and scholarships. Among them, he was accepted into the prestigious Alpha-Omega-Alpha Honor Medical Society.
Dr. Nakatsui received the Board of Governors’ Prize in Medicine for being first in his medical class and was one of only three doctors across Canada admitted into a dermatology residency program.
When Dr. Nakatsui graduated, there were only three programs in Canada accepting a dermatology resident: the University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, and the University of Alberta. In that particular year, the University of Ottawa and Dalhousie University did not have a dermatology residency position. In addition to directing our skin care centre, he also sees patients when he is on call for the city and northern Alberta at the University of Alberta Hospital, Misericordia Hospital, Royal Alexandra Hospital, and Grey Nuns Hospital.
Dr. Nakatsui is also a big believer in contributing back to the Edmonton community, as it is one of the best in Canada. Over the years, he and his wife, Melanie, have been supporters of numerous initiatives, including the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation, the Lois Hole Hospital for Women and its Harvest Gala, the Edmonton Opera, Fashion with Compassion, STARS, the Works International Visual Arts Society, the Edmonton Humane Society, the Art Gallery of Alberta, Pilgrim’s Hospice, McDougall House, the Singing Christmas Tree, Crescendo, the Summit for Stollery, the Women’s Emergency Accommodation Centre, and CASA for kids. He and wife, Melanie, were the recipients of a National Philanthropy Award in 2014.
LINDA SMITH, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Dr. Linda L. Smith joined the Nakatsui DermaSurgery Centre in June of 2015. A Certificant of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and a graduate of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Smith trained in family medicine at the University of Alberta. She is skilled in all areas of treatments regarding acne, verrucae (warts), rosacea, and feminine wellness. She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta.
BRUCE RAMSEY, MD, PhD, FRCP(C)
Dr. Bruce Ramsey is an anesthesiologist with many years of training and experience. He is a Clinical Professor at the University of Alberta Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, and practices primarily at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. Dedicated to medical education, Dr. Ramsey has contributed his time to many provincial and national Anesthesiology education initiatives and programs. These include the University of Alberta Anesthesia Resident teaching program, (including former Program Director of the Anesthesia Residency Program), Anesthesia Resident Mentorship Program, Anesthesia Alberta annual meetings, and more recently as an examiner on the national Royal College Anesthesiology board exams and as an instructor in the American Difficult Airway Course curriculum.
Dr. Ramsey also contributes to Medical Student, Resident, Nurse, and RAH Anesthesia Staff Education through Patient Simulator training workshops. Among many awards and accolades, Dr. Ramsey has twice received Teacher of the Year for Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Alberta. In his spare time, he enjoys motorcycle touring, downhill & X-C skiing, single malts, and acreage living with his wife, Una.