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Role

Board Certified Dermatologist, Co-Founder of Clara Dermatology

Degrees

Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from UNC-Chapel Hill; Medical Degree (M.D.) from UNC-CH School of Medicine; Masters of Public Health from UNC Gillings School of Public Health; Dermatology Residency at Duke University, Chief Resident

Dr. Bialas’ professional interests include pigmented lesions, the use of laser and light-based devices, cutaneous oncology, and procedural dermatology. She completed a special elective at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery with renowned laser guru Dr. Tina Alster and is herself an accomplished laser surgeon. She also enjoys teaching, and was the Chief Resident in charge of resident education during her last year of training. She has written numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and is a frequently requested speaker for residents, other physicians, and community groups on a variety of dermatologic topics.

The Fun Stuff

Originally from Danville, Pennsylvania, Dr. Bialas moved to Chapel Hill, NC in 2002 to attend college, where she learned to say y’all, eat barbecue, and watch college basketball. She stayed for medical school and residency where she met her husband, Ryan. Together they moved to Ryan’s hometown of Clearwater, Florida where they started their careers. Dr. Bialas recalls that her years spent practicing dermatology in Florida were like doing a fellowship in skin cancer! After having two children, Dr. Bialas felt North Carolina calling her home, and she now lives in Durham with her family. Outside of studying the skin, Dr. Bialas is an avid reader, practices pilates, and loves being outdoors, exploring the world with her family.

In addition to her work at Clara, Dr. Bialas also proudly serves as Chair of the Board for the Plasminogen Deficiency Foundation, a nonprofit she founded with her husband.

Why I Love Dermatology

I am a visual person, and dermatology is an entirely visual specialty! I love that the skin can tell you so much about what’s happening inside the body. And we are always finding out new things that the skin does to protect us, from immunity to the microbiome; it really is the most interesting organ!

Crazy About

Barney’s Coffee Ice Cream from Publix, the podcasts by Goop and No Stupid Questions with Stephen Dubner and Angela Duckworth, dance parties with my kids.

Favorite Treatment

Our lasers – pulsed dye and pigment lasers: the results are so impressive, patients are so happy, and the electromagnetic spectrum is so interesting!

Favorite Product

Lumi Drops CE Ferulic 30% – really makes my skin glow and works great as a primer under my tinted sunscreen.

Guilty Pleasure

Going to bed at 9pm. Drinking coffee all day long. Watching reality TV. Actually I don’t feel guilty about any of those!