Dr. Rachel Ness

Board-Certified Dermatologist

Dr. Ness is the owner and founder of Fargo Center for Dermatology and has proudly provided care to her dermatology patients at the same practice since 2008. Dr. Ness is a board-certified dermatologist diplomat through the American Board of Dermatology and serves as a fellow for the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Ness graduated from the University of North Dakota and the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Although she is a UND graduate, Dr. Ness and her family are active NDSU supporters and devoted Bison fans! Dr. Ness was born and raised in North Dakota and currently lives in Fargo with her husband and three very active boys.

Dr. Ness specializes in medical, laser, cosmetic and surgical dermatology.  She cares for the skin, hair, and nails and also provides care for skin cancers and biopsies and excisions of skin lesions and skin cancer. She provides treatment for spider leg veins, treatment for wrinkles with Botox, injections for facial rejuvenation and facial fillers.  Dr. Ness is also trained in numerous laser procedures for hair removal, scars, vascular lesions, pigmented lesions, wrinkles and facial aesthetics, rejuvenation, and body contouring.

Dr. Ness has been a clinical associate professor of dermatology at the University of North Dakota Medical School since 2004. She has served on medical advisory boards and is a regular lecturer at the University of North Dakota Medical School.  Dr. Ness established the UND medical school dermatology curriculum in 2005 and has continued to provide dermatology lectures and teaching to the medical students every year since 2005.   She enjoys teaching and frequently has medical student, residents, physician assistants and nurse practitioners rotating with her in clinic to learn the art of dermatology.

She is an author of numerous literature articles.  After graduating from University of North Dakota for her undergraduate education, she earned her medical degree from the University of North Dakota Medical School. She completed her residency in dermatology at Marshfield Clinic Wisconsin with the title of Chief Resident.

Dr. Ness is the staff dermatologist at the North Dakota VA Hospital located in Fargo, ND.   She has been going to the Fargo VA (Veterans Health Administration) since 2014 where she finds great joy in helping the Veterans of our state and country.

Why I love being a dermatologist:

I grew up with atopic dermatitis and acne, so I understand the impacts that skin conditions can have on someone. As a dermatologist, I strive to provide the best possible care to help others avoid the stigmas of skin disease.

My favorite procedures:

I love receiving the ThreeForMe™ laser procedure! This procedure addresses many skin issues, and I love to compliment it with SkinPen® microneedling for textural improvement.

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My favorite products:

I can’t go without my daily tinted BB SPF 50 sunscreen in the morning to protect my skin. In the evening, I use my Tretinoin 0.05% prescription to rejuvenate my skin. Two daily necessities!

My story:

I knew I wanted to go into dermatology early in life as I suffered for years with atopic dermatitis/eczema and remember the influence a good dermatologist could have on my quality of life. Being born with hemifacial hypoplasia (one side of face being smaller than the other), I know how impactful properly done facial cosmetic procedures by a trained physician  can have on ones self-esteem.  I knew being a physician was a good fit for me because I have a passion for lifelong learning, teaching, and helping people.

I enjoy teaming up with my patients to create a personalized treatment plan, specific to my patient’s expectations, goals, lifestyle, and medical needs.  I strive to provide comprehensive dermatology care by teaching my patients how to protect their skin, reverse the effects of the sun, treat skin cancers, and incorporate cosmetic procedures to meet their ultimate cosmetic goals.  Patient satisfaction is top priority to me, and my team and I are committed to exceeding every patient’s expectations. The patient relationships that have been created in the last 10 years in my practice are very rewarding for me and our practice team.

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