Get to Know Me
Keira L. Barr, MD
MORE THAN SKIN DEEP
Feeling comfortable is not just about what's on our skin, it's also what's happening beneath it, and I can relate to both. In fact for me, it was what was on my skin that created challenges with my being uncomfortable in who I was beneath my skin.
At a young age, because of marks on my skin which kids ridiculed, I became acutely aware that my SKIN could be a source of shame, embarrassment and humiliation. The shame I felt from being teased squashed my self-confidence and self-esteem and I wanted to do whatever I could to mask the root of my pain.
It wasn't until I became a dermatologist that I discovered how profoundly my choices to try and mask my birth marks had derailed my health and my happiness. My efforts to mask the shame I felt about my skin put me at the highest risk for the most deadly skin cancer there is....had I known as a child what I know now, I would not have had the displeasure of diagnosing myself with the most deadly skin cancer there is....melanoma.
Because I didn't feel comfortable with who I was in my skin, I made choices that put my health at risk. I don’t want that experience for anyone else. I never want that to happen to anyone's children: I don’t want them to develop skin cancer AND I would NEVER want someone to be so uncomfortable with who they are in their skin that they would put their health at risk like I did.
When we feel confident and comfortable in our skin we make better choices. Our potential to experience health and happiness is infinite. I know this to be true. For the 1000's of patients I have helped, and for myself.
Our skin is a window to and reflection of the status of our overall health including our mental health. The essence of my work is to facilitate self-growth by helping you identify the core challenges and setbacks in your life, so that you can overcome them with confidence and radiate beauty from the inside out. I specialize in providing tools to guide you forward and achieve your desired goals.