ROBERT ECKER, MD, FAAD

Doctor Ecker is an experienced, board-certified dermatologist. He joined Eastern Connecticut Dermatology in March of 2014, offering a full service medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology office.

Doctor Ecker obtained a bachelors degree in biochemistry from the University of Colorado and worked in pharmaceutical research for nearly 10 years before returning to the University of Washington School of Medicine to earn his MD degree. He completed his medical internship at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle and then trained in dermatology at the University of Wisconsin. He also served as Chief Resident in his last year of training.

In his spare time Dr. Ecker enjoys cooking, the outdoors, playing banjo and guitar and spending time with his children. Dr. Ecker has enjoyed taking care of the skin care needs of the people of southeastern Connecticut and becoming a member of the community.

LUANNE HESPELER - MPAS,PA-C

"I would like to specially thank my provider, Luanne Hespeler, for providing professional services, and to her friendly office staff. I have had skin issues ever since I could remember, growing up as a child. Most recently, she treated my skin needs with the most respect and professionalism. I thank you for that. I can honestly say, and it shows, that you are in a profession that you really love by the way you treat your patients. I was lucky to have had the opportunity to be one of your patients." - Julie A.

Luanne is a local of southeastern Connecticut and a 1984 Fitch High School graduate.

She earned a Bachelor of Science as a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Gannon University in Erie, PA. and a Masters Degree from the University of Nebraska. She has completed an extensive Dermatology Fellow program through the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. With over 30 years in clinical practice Luanne brings vast experience to IDG. She has enjoyed her years working in surgery and managing ICU patients. Previously practicing in Oncology/ Hematology and Palliative care Luanne felt honored and privileged to care for patients during their most diļ¬ƒcult journey.

Luanne enjoys medical dermatology and loves treating Acne and Eczema. Yearly skin checks along with the surgical management of skin cancers and lesions are her favorites.

Luanne has also developed a passion for Aesthetics with a signature “soft and subtle” correction style in facial rejuvenation. Fillers, neuromodulators and Sculptra are all part of her skill set. Luanne has also completed certification training to perform PDO thread lifts. As manager of our Medspa she works closely with our Aestheticians to provide a team approach in patient care. Luanne works with Anita Wolf RN owner of Face It Medical Aesthetics & Spa in West Hartford. Luanne has also partnered with Anita to create the Central Aesthetic Training Center. As an injection trainer, Luanne is able to instill her passion and aesthetic eye to her students.
Luanne has been married to her best friend John since 1989. They have three children, Tyler, Jessica and Chloe. Their lives revolve around family and they realize each day is a gift!

CHRISTOPHER S. THOMPSON - PA-C

Chris Thompson is a Physician Assistant and has completed an extensive Dermatology Fellow program through the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. He has been treating dermatologic conditions for more than 10 years. While an active duty he was an Instructor at the Naval Undersea Medical Institute where he taught dermatology to physicians and Navy medics.

Chris retired from the US Navy in 2016 after serving 26 years. He received his Physician Assistant degree in 2003 from University of Nebraska.

Chris provides comprehensive medial and cosmetic dermatology care, including diagnosing and treating skin cancers and other skin conditions, like acne, warts eczema and psoriasis. He provides aesthetics treats for the aging skin to make natural corrections using laser, fillers and neuromodulators.

He lives in Old Lyme, CT with his beautiful wife and four children.

PATRICIA SANFORD, LC, LMT

Tricia has been a licensed aesthetician and massage therapist for over 16 years. She has a true passion for her work and for the cosmetic industry.

Tricia is a local of south east CT, growing up in East Lyme. She currently lives in Colchester with her daughter and husband.

Tricia looks forward to a long and happy career here at I.D.G.

KELSIE PELLEGRINO - LE, CLT, CDT

Kelsie has over seven years of Dermatology experience. She is a licensed Aesthetician, Certified Laser Technician and Certified Dermatology Technician. Kelsie is also trained and Certified in Hydrafacials.