Our mission is to be a blessing for those we serve. To care for not only the skin, but to fully care for all who walk through our doorway in mind, body, and spirit. To prevent illness when we are able, to cure whenever possible, and to provide care and support when no cure can be found. We pledge to be more than just a clinic. We pledge to be a companion in your care. At the Skin Cancer Institute, we combine expertise, compassion, and innovative technologies and treatments to provide the best possible experience for our patients. We set high standards for patient care and endeavor to educate and empower our patients. Most of all, we treat each patient as if they were a part of our own family.
Certified by the American Board of Dermatology
Dr. Jeffrey Brackeen is a Lubbock native and a graduate of Lubbock High School. He attended Abilene Christian University earning a Bachelors of Science in Biology and a minor in chemistry & theology with magna cum laude honors. He received his medical degree from Texas A&M Health Sciences Center as an Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) honor society member. Dr. Brackeen completed an internship in Family Medicine in Waco, TX before serving in the Navy as a Flight surgeon. While in the military he served with both the Navy and the Marine Corps here in the US and overseas. He is proud to be a veteran and has received numerous awards and honors for his service.
After an honorable discharge from the Navy, he completed a 4-year residency training in pathology at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center and became board certified in both Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology. Dr. Brackeen worked as a pathologist for Ameripath at Covenant Medical Center, before returning to residency at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center for an additional 3 years of training before earning his board certification in Dermatology. He is proud to have been the Chief resident for his pathology, as well as, his dermatology residency programs.
Dr. Brackeen is a Mohs surgeon and has a passion for the fight against skin cancer. He is a strong advocate for skin cancer prevention and screening. He promotes sun safety in our community by hosting the annual "Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!" event, offering both AAD "On the Spot" skin Cancer screenings and ASDS skin cancer screenings, hosting "Heads Up" skin health events, participating in health fairs, and sponsoring sunscreen dispensers at community events. On a national level, he has served as a spokesman for the Melanoma Research Foundation and the Skin Cancer Foundation. He helps to provide skin cancer screenings for several professional sports organizations. He helps to promote skin cancer awareness and research as a committee member for the annual Skin Cancer Foundation Gala. He has been interviewed for and appeared on national news, XM radio, and publications including Women's Health, O, Vogue, Sun & Skin News, and the Skin Cancer Foundation Journal among others. He has been a speaker/presenter at national meetings such as the American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting, the Cosmetic Surgery Forum, the College of American Pathologists annual meeting, and the Pediatric Melanoma Summit.
Dr. Brackeen was the first in the US to offer red light Photodynamic therapy with the BF-RhodoLED, and the first in the US to treat precancers with Ameluz, and the first to bring the option of non-surgical superficial radiotherapy (SRT) for the treatment of skin cancers to west Texas. He serves on advisory boards for several skin cancer and dermatologic treatments as well as skin cancer laboratory and tissue tests.
Dr. Brackeen treats all skin issues and enjoys helping others find their way to healthier skin. Along with his wife Dr. Amy Brackeen, he also customizes products for the Skin Type Solution regimens offered at Advanced Dermatology to contain newest and preferred products.
When he is away from the office, Dr. Brackeen enjoys hiking, camping, and fishing. He raises cattle on a few acres outside of Post, Texas. Most of all, he loves spending time with his wife, Dr. Amy Brackeen, and his three children.
Certified by the American Board of Dermatology
Dr. Amy Brackeen was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She started college at 16 years old. She then graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. She received her Medical Degree from Texas A&M Health Sciences Center as an Alpha Omega Alpha honor society member. She completed an internship in Transitional Medicine at Tulane in New Orleans, LA while her husband Jeff Brackeen, M.D. was stationed there for the Navy. She then moved to Lubbock to complete a residency in dermatology at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center and finished as the Chief-resident in dermatology. She is proud to represent Texas as a graduate from UT, A&M, AND Texas Tech but proudly has her "GUNS UP" for the Red Raiders!
She is a fellow of the American Society of Mohs Surgery and has completed thousands of excisions and Mohs surgeries. She is a strong advocate for skin cancer prevention and screening. She has successfully sponsored a school shade structure for a nearby school. Amy & Jeff Brackeen support skin cancer awareness and the community through the annual "Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!", the AAD "On the Spot" skin cancer screenings, ASDS skin cancer screenings, health fairs, and sponsoring sunscreen dispensers at community events. She enjoys skin cancer surgery and cosmetic dermatology including Botox & filler injections. She also customizes Skin Type Solution regimens offered at Advanced Dermatology. This allows Advanced Dermatology to offer new and preferred products to patients. (Proceeds from sales are donated to the Skin Cancer Foundation).
Dr. Amy Brackeen has authored peer-reviewed publications and has reviewed dermatology education material. Currently, she is on the board of the Texas Dermatological Society. She is also a member of many professional medical societies including the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society of Mohs Surgery, Texas Medical Association, Texas Dermatological Society, & AOA.
Most importantly, Dr. Amy Brackeen is the proud mother of 3 beautiful children. She spends her free time with her family and traveling to her children's many gymnastic meets.
Alexa Vessell is a Texas native who was raised in San Antonio. After graduating high school, she moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas and attended the University of Arkansas, earning a Bachelor's of Science in Biochemistry. She was a member of Arkansas' Division I Track and Field program where she earned several SEC scholar-athlete awards.
During her time at Arkansas, she shadowed a physician assistant at a dermatology clinic, where she became passionate about the dermatology field. She became interested in the complexities of dermatology and felt that she could make a positive impact in the field of dermatology. Several of her family members, as well as herself, have been affected by various dermatologic conditions, solidifying her interest in the field.
Knowing she wanted to return to Texas, she chose to attend Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center for PA school. During her clerkship rotations, she made the decision to begin her career in Lubbock. While she enjoyed all of her medical rotations, dermatology was a perfect fit. She saw the positive impact dermatology providers afford their patients, and felt that her strengths as a healthcare provider were heightened in this field. While she loves all of dermatology, she is passionate about acne, skin cancer prevention, and cosmetics.
She graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center as a member of the Pi Alpha Physician Assistant National Honor Society, which recognizes accomplishments in scholarship, service, and leadership. She completed her master's thesis on the complexities of acne and acne treatment. After graduation, she was excited to join Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Institute. She feels honored to serve and to provide dermatological care to the wonderful people of West Texas. She is looking forward to planting her roots in the beautiful city of Lubbock.
In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities, watching sports, baking, and spending quality time with family and friends. Her favorite sports teams are the Red Raiders, the Arkansas Razorbacks, and the San Antonio Spurs.