BOONE — Boone Dermatology Clinic recently announced it has expanded its medical staff to better serve patients, allowing them to schedule their appointment significantly sooner than in the past.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Michael Garner, Erin Howard and Pancho Ancaya join our group,” said Dr. Ronald Stanley. “We now have six physicians and four physician assistants, and they are all dedicated to providing exceptional dermatologic care to Boone and many other surrounding counties. Our physician assistants have their own following of dermatology patients and are extremely qualified to treat your area of skin.”

Michael Garner, M.D., will begin working at the clinic’s new Doctor’s Drive location in August, offering general and surgical dermatologic services. Many of the clinic’s patients remember Dr. Garner’s father, the late Dr. Peck Garner, who joined Dr. Ronald Stanley as a partner in 1982. Dr. Michael Garner received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and will be completing his dermatological residency at Duke University in July. His special interests include cultaneous oncology, dermoscopy and dermatologic lasers.

“I am honored to be able to return to my hometown and look forward to continuing in my father’s footsteps to help Boone Dermatology Clinic continue to offer the best in dermatological care to our patients in the High Country of Boone and the surrounding areas,” Garner said.

Howard was born in Boone and returned to the High Country after completing her PA degree in Georgia. Before joining Boone Dermatology, she worked as a certified physician assistant in internal medicine and urgent care, gaining valuable experience in understanding the overall needs of patients. “I am extremely eager to serve our patients,” she said, “and I especially enjoy diagnosing and treating skin conditions.”

Howard and her husband have two children and are very active in the community.

Ancaya was born in New Jersey and is a United States Air Force veteran. The son of two longtime physicians, he grew up immersed in medicine — specifically dermatology and surgery. He worked with his parents for seven years as a certified physician assistant in both family practice and dermatology, and also as a surgical first assistant in general and urological surgery.

“As a physician assistant, what I enjoy the most is the human element of helping and caring for people,” he said. He is passionate about the practice of general dermatology for all ages and all types of skin conditions, and is equally adept at both non-surgical and surgical treatments. He especially enjoys the challenge of diagnosing and effectively treating even the most complex and difficult cases.

He recently moved from Florida to the High Country, where he’s found an ideal location for some of his favorite pastimes, which include hunting, fishing, hiking and spending time with his wife and two children.

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