Physician Spotlight – Rachel B. Anolik, M.D.

Rachel Anolik

Favorite sports?

I was born into a family of die-hard Eagles fans, especially my brother and father.  I was fortunate enough to go to many exciting Eagles games with them, including the superbowl in Jacksonville. One of my favorite weekends (despite the loss).

How did you become interested in Dermatology?

I have always been fascinated by medicine and science.  My father is and my grandfather was a physician, which gave me a great glimpse into the world of medicine, and how much a doctor can impact a patient and patient’s family life.  I briefly toyed with the idea of becoming a veterinarian, but soon realized that medicine was my true passion.  As a medical student at Penn, I became interested in pathology because I loved using a microscope to see and better understand the causes of diseases.  Between my 3rd and 4th year of medical school I participated in the medical student fellowship in pathology.  While I enjoyed looking at slides under a microscope, I felt removed from direct patient care and wanted to be in a specialty that included direct relationships with patients.  Dermatology presented a unique opportunity because of the ability to see patients and to connect with them while using a deep understanding of pathology.  I am very happy with my decision because I enjoy treating skin cancers, complex medical dermatology as well as rashes. Even more, I enjoy helping my patients.

Why did you join Bryn Mawr Skin & Cancer Institute?

As a native of Lower Merion, I have always had a great love for the Philadelphia area.  After getting married about 6 months ago, my husband and I decided to leave Center City and move back to Montgomery County.  I feel honored to join my new colleagues at Bryn Mawr Skin & Cancer Institute, one of the oldest and most respected dermatology practices in the area.  I am very excited and feel very fortunate to be joining such a talented group.

What hobbies do you enjoy?

Running; gardening; reading; playing with my 2 rescue dogs, Moose and Penelope.

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