Dr. Marsha Henderson, M.D. is Putting Patients First

The doctor and the team at the family-owned Hamzavi Canton Dermatology offer a patient-centered approach to skin and hair care.

Marsha Henderson

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Entering the field of dermatology was an easy decision for Dr. Marsha Henderson, M.D., of Hamzavi Canton Dermatology. “I’ve always just been obsessed with skin and hair, so it’s a natural fit for me. I just find skin fascinating,” says the California native, who moved to Michigan to attend medical school at the University of Michigan.


While she enjoyed all of her rotations, dermatology stood out. “One of the things I thought was unfair with dermatology patients is they have to share their skin conditions with the world.” Unlike other medical conditions, patients with hair loss or skin problems are unable to hide their condition.

And, she says, research shows that people make judgments of others based on the appearance of their skin. Dr. Henderson wanted to be able to help patients share their skin issues on their own terms.

So after completing her dermatology residency training at Henry
Ford Hospital in Detroit – where she met and was mentored by Dr. Iltefat
Hamzavi, the Vice President of Hamzavi Dermatology – she joined the dermatology
group. And today, she leads the medical team at Hamzavi Canton Dermatology.

“One of the things that I really like about our practice and
our overall group (including our affiliate group, Dermatology Specialists of
Canton) is that Hamzavi dermatology is a family practice,” Dr. Henderson
says. This practice is one of only a few family-owned dermatology groups in
metro Detroit.

Diagnosis, treatment, prevention

The doctors at Hamzavi Canton Dermatology diagnose and treat
patients with a variety of hair and skin conditions including acne, hair loss,
eczema, vitiligo, pigment disorders and more. Dr. Henderson has done extensive
research in skin of color, vitiligo and hidradenitis suppurativa and continues
to teach dermatologists in training.

She is motivated by a desire to elevate the level of care and
treatment options in difficult-to-treat conditions – especially in skin of
color. The physicians can perform simple procedures including mole and cyst
removal, in addition to in-office laser treatment for acne, psoriasis and

Botox is done in office, as well. “We’ll be adding a few more
cosmetic services in the future.” Hair
loss, including breaking and shedding, is a huge issue in the African-American
community. “We consider it a silent epidemic,” she says.

Some of the things people do to cover hair loss can actually make
it worse. That’s why Dr. Henderson is passionate about treating hair loss
patients and strives to help find healthy ways to care for their hair on a
daily basis. In addition to hair loss,
issues with dark spots from acne, burns and injuries, along with eczema, are
very common for African-Americans, she adds. Each of these conditions is
treated in office.

African-Americans have the same skin issues others have, but the nuances on how to best treat conditions in richly pigmented skin is an important difference. In addition, there are skin and hair conditions that almost exclusively affect African-Americans. Knowing how to identify and treat these conditions can make a world of difference to her patients.

A patient-centered approach

“In this day and age, there are a lot of
over-the-counter treatments and it’s a very confusing marketplace,” Dr.
Henderson says. You can spend thousands of dollars on hair and skincare products,
but a consultation with a dermatologist can help get to the root of the issue.

And because these issues can be embarrassing for some, it’s
important to find a doctor you feel comfortable with. That’s exactly what you’ll
find at this local dermatology group. Each patient is different, so Dr.
Henderson and her team take the time to get to know each individual.

“At least once a day someone will come
in and say, ‘I’ve seen this many doctors, and no one is listening to me,'”
she says. “We really try to take the time to listen to patients’ concerns,
because everybody has a story.”

For more information on Hamzavi Canton Dermatology, or to schedule an appointment, call 734-455-8180 or visit hamzaviderm.com.