Vanguard Skin Specialists’ doctors have been regularly named a Top Dermatologist in the Top Docs issue, and Vanguard has also won accolades in Best of Springs (Best Medical Practice, Gazette) and Best of Pueblo (Best Dermatologist, Chieftain). We’re grateful to patients who have recognized us as top dermatology and top plastic surgery practice, but that’s only possible if we make Vanguard a great place to work.
While humility is one of our core values, this is one time when we want to brag because being a best workplace is what allows us to attract team members who will provide an exceptional patient experience.
Best Place to Work
Vanguard Skin Specialists has been honored with being recognized as one of the top three large companies to work for in Colorado Springs for two years in a row, as well as being listed in the Denver Post as one of the Top 150 Workplaces in Colorado for 2021.
Fostering a supportive and encouraging environment for our team members is one of Vanguard’s goals. Vanguard team member Joanne emphasizes, “I love all the opportunities Vanguard has available to help serve the community, and I get to do a job I love with wonderful people.”
Overcoming The Challenges of COVID-19 Together
The 2020 shutdown of most medical services brought a significant set of challenges to Vanguard. We had to stop providing most medical services including treatment of most types of skin cancer. As Leisle, CEO of Vanguard explained, “It was as if we had been dropped into a lake and then were told to swim to shore. We had no idea when we could take care of patients again.”
Vanguard made a decision to make it through the shutdown together, without mandatory furloughs or lay offs. Doctors and leadership gave up salaries with the goal of preserving as many jobs as possible. It was through the determination of our team to make it through together that we were able to keep our spirits high and our doors open with virtual visits and volunteering in the community. As Vanguard’s practice manager, Ashton describes, “Most of our team actually volunteered to make sacrifices so that we would all make it to shore together.”
Vanguard’s mission is to make a positive impact on our patients, our community, and our world. Vanguard learned many lessons from the pandemic, but the greatest lesson of all is the truth in the African proverb – When you want to go fast, go alone. But when you want to go far, go together.
What Makes Vanguard Great?
Since our founding in 2009, Vanguard has operated on the belief that it is possible to deliver the best medical care in an environment that is warm and welcoming.
Dr. Renata Prado, who has been a dedicated member of the Vanguard team since 2016, says, “I can’t think of a better place to work than Vanguard Skin Specialists. Vanguard’s mission, values, and operating principles align perfectly with mine, and that makes coming to work every day a true pleasure. Here, I feel I am fulfilling my calling of being a physician and taking care of patients. I feel honored to be a part of such an amazing group of individuals, and I feel so blessed to be here.”
Vanguard is much more than a top place to work. It is the best workplace to grow, to be a part of something greater than what we can achieve as individuals. One of our team members, Hannah Searcey, sums it up well: “We are a Tribe that is dependent on the role of each member. Our strong tribe truly makes Vanguard a Best Place to Work.”
If you or someone you know is interested in joining a practice recognized as the best dermatology and best plastic surgery workplace, click here to find out more about the opportunities we provide to our ever-expanding team.
Vanguard Skin Specialists is a dermatology and plastic surgery practice with locations in Canon City, Castle Rock, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and Woodland Park.