A trichologist is a qualified person who has successfully completed studies in the field of Trichology. This field of study is very well known in many countries, especially in Europe. One of the oldest Trichology Institutes was established in 1908 in London, England. Trichologists study anatomy and physiology of the skin, hair and body, chemistry, microscopy, nutrition, scalp and hair disorders, and electrotherapy. Continual Studies and Education are also important, to keep up with the latest therapies such as low-level laser light therapy, the laser hair comb, or any other scientific findings. Their goal is to work closely with your physician to better treat your condition. Trichologists have a special interest in nutrition and diet, various hormones and the endocrine system, the immune system, nervous, circulatory, and digestive systems, which all play a major role in health and disorders of the hair and scalp.
Vetta Thompson, internationally-certified trichologist and founder of the National Center of Trichology in Jacksonville, FL.
One of America’s leading trichologists. Vetta is an expert in the hair care field, having undergone vigorous training and testing. She is an internationally board-certified trichologist and one of America’s leading specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of hair and scalp problems. She is the only certified and accredited trichologist in the North Florida area.
She is also the founder of Alpha Beauty Clinic & Day Spa.
Training with David Salinger in Australia. After years of seeing so many people, both men and women, experience the trauma of approaching baldness, Vetta traveled to Sydney, Australia, in 2003 to study with David Salinger, executive director of the International Association of Trichologists and the world’s leading authority on hair loss and scalp disorders. This comprehensive course was developed at the University of Southern California.
Her goal has always been to give the clients the finest natural paths to beauty and wellness for both body and spirit. Her clinic, the National Center of Trichology in Jacksonville, Florida, addresses, with the latest technology available, the causes and cures for hair loss – so long a secret concern for so many people. It was a natural progression to travel to Australia to study trichology.
Training with Dr. Kingsley in New York City. Vetta Thompson also studied in New York with Dr. Kingsley, another international hair loss authority, and assisted in the opening of a skincare and trichology clinic in India called Harmonix.
Vetta Thompson was born in Brazil and spent much of her childhood at the side of her grandmother, Maria, who was widely respected as “the root lady,” a woman who knew the value of herbs and natural remedies, delivered babies and dispersed herbal medicines to the local villagers. She would go to the fields and would say, “This plant is good for indigestion; that is good for insomnia. This one will make your skin glow, and that one will increase your energy.” As a child, Vetta didn’t realize the immense knowledge she was imparting, but she awakened a passion for discovering natural remedies that heal the body and mind. And that, ultimately, led Vetta into the study of trichology.
Dr. Vetta Thompson deals with the study of different hair and scalp problems that occur and the non-medical treatments of those maladies. Some examples are:
– Excessive hair loss.
– Damage from coloring and straightening (over-processed).
– Itchy scaly scalp.
– Seborrhea dermatitis.
– Male and female pattern hair loss.
– Alopecia Areata.
– Any other abnormal scalp condition.
In many cases, a trichologist studies your hair with a capilliscope and/or microscope for a better analysis of the hair.
What diseases does Vetta Thompson specialize in?
Female androgenetic alopecia is characterized by a thinning of hair in the top/front area of the scalp. It can be associated with menopause. It can also be triggered by commencing or cessation of birth control medication. Often, progesterone in these cases is elevated. It can also be triggered by hidden male hormones or similar molecules in our food, drinking water, and pesticides.
Psoriasis affects 1-3 percent of the world’s population and it is no respecter of social levels. Even though it’s said to be genetically linked, other causes can be involved. For example, certain prescription drugs, psychological stress, mechanical trauma, etc. Psoriasis loves to attack the head but it can be seen in other parts of the body. It can start in small papules, which may evolve into a form of a lesion with slick silvery scales. Psoriasis can also be permanent in AIDS patients. It can be seen also on nail beds, hands or feet, or both.
Seborrheic dermatitis is an acute inflammatory condition caused by overactive oil glands. This condition (which produces large yellow, oily scales) has a distinct odor throughout the scalp. It can exist with or without dandruff but, in either situation, we find fungal infiltration of yeast (Pityrosporum). Treatment usually involves special scalp therapies to remove scale, inflammation, and the presence of organisms.
Traction Alopecia is commonly caused by tight ponytails, braiding, excessive use of head coverings, or follicular inflammation. This condition is often seen among Afro-Americans, Afro-Caribbeans as well as other cultures where head coverings, beads, and other accessories are popular. Also, over-vigorous brushing and tight rollers can produce irregular areas of alopecia on the scalp. Avoidance of this condition involves developing other hair styling alternatives. In extreme cases, Traction Alopecia can result in permanent hair loss (cicatricial alopecia) if not corrected in time.