Thursday, March 1, 2018

Obtaining a Certificate from the National Board of Medical Examiners

A community volunteer and environmentalist, Steven Armus also provides dermatology services at his medical practice, Dermatology Consultants of Wisconsin. Over his career, Steve Armus has maintained professional memberships and credentials that include status as a fellow at the American Board of Dermatology and a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners.

A nonprofit organization, the National Board of Medical Examiners fosters excellence in the medical community by conducting assessments of health care professionals. Assessments, which include the United States Medical Licensing Examination, the Post-Licensure Assessment System, and other customized programs, help ensure a common standard is used among medical professionals. 

Doctors fully certified by the board are considered diplomates of organization. To become certified, an individual must receive an MD from an accredited school and complete parts I, II, and III of the United States Medical Licensing Examination. In addition, candidates must complete one year of graduate medical education at a program accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education. For additional information on the credential, visit

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Spa Trends Informed by Technology and the Natural World

Based in Wisconsin, Dr. Steven Armus guides Native Prairie Restoration as founder and owner and has assisted local property owners in creating thriving landscapes that feature native vegetation. Formerly in the dermatology business, Dr. Steven Armus enjoys exploring new trends in spas when he travels to scenic destinations ranging from Mexico to Hawaii. 

Spa trends begin with a growing focus on “wellness architecture” that incorporates functional and sustainable materials, while combining natural elements, such as plants and flowers, as part of the overall design. 

Hand-in-hand with this organic component comes an increased use of technologies in enhancing traditional spa offerings. These include instruments capable of measuring diverse aspects of body composition, from skin pH to the microbiome, when tailoring services to specific goals, such as anti-aging. Treatments such as non-surgical facelifts and collagen facials are then tailored to individual needs and preferences. 

In addition, DNA analysis has come to the forefront as a way of delving deep into the role of genes within health and physiological tendencies. This analysis can inform the treatment program best suited for the individual in ways that generate optimal results.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Mustafa Johnson Headlines Early 2018 CU Football Recruits

The recipient of a doctor of medicine from the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Steven Armus is a board-certified dermatologist with over 15 years’ experience. Prior to earning his MD, Steven Armus completed a bachelor's in environmental population and organism biology from the University of Colorado Boulder. He remains a fan of the school's football team. 

The Colorado Buffaloes finished the 2017 football season with a win-loss record of 5-7, and preparation is already well underway for an improved season in 2018. The early signing period has begun, and the Buffaloes recently received positive news from high-profile defensive tackle Mustafa Johnson, who announced he was committing to Colorado for the upcoming season.

Johnson previously spent time in Colorado before moving to California to play for Turlock High School. He spent last year with California's Modesto Junior College and was a first-team All-Conference captain. He is listed at six-foot-two and 285 pounds, but is agile and quick for his size. 

The Buffaloes have also received a commitment from defensive tackle Israel Antwine.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Growing Orchids in the Home

A physician and business owner based in Franksville, Wisconsin, Dr. Steven Armus oversees a dermatology practice in addition to operating Native Prairie Restoration, a company that helps residential and commercial clients restore ponds and prairies to their native state. In his free time, Dr. Steven Armus applies his love of the natural world to pursuits such as gardening and orchid growing. 

Admired for their exotic beauty and abundant varieties, orchids are the world’s largest family of flowering plants. According to the American Orchid Society, at least 20,000 orchid species and approximately 100,000 orchid hybrids exist. In nature, the flowers can be found throughout the world, but they are especially abundant in the tropics. 

Although they have a reputation for being difficult to grow, many orchid varieties are adaptable and relatively easy to cultivate in the home. Unlike other houseplants, however, the majority of orchids do not live in soil, so finding the right growing medium is essential. The specific growing medium should be based on the orchid type, but in general, they can do well in pots filled with moss, stones, lava rocks, or bark. 

Along with finding the right growing material, cultivating orchids that thrive and flower requires the correct balance of light, temperature, and moisture. They typically do best in bright and humid areas with mild average temperatures of between 55 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Orchids also require regular watering, but growers should allow their growing medium to dry out somewhat in between waterings.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tips for Making Great Mashed Potatoes

A graduate of the University of Colorado and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School, Dr. Steven Armus has practiced medicine for more than two decades, most recently serving as the owner of Dermatology Consultants of Wisconsin. Also an active gardener and environmentalist, Dr. Steven Armus owns and operates Native Prairie Restoration. In his free time, Dr. Armus enjoys the challenges of cooking seafood and Italian dishes, but feels he has mastered the art of making mashed potatoes.

When making mashed potatoes, the most important consideration is choosing the proper type of potato. A variety of potato that is high in starch, such as a Russet or Yukon gold, should be used over low starch varieties such as red potatoes. The high starch results in light rather than gummy mashed potatoes.

Once the correct potato is selected and peeled, the cooking process can begin. Salt should be added to the water before boiling, since the starches in potatoes absorb water (and salt along with it) during the cooking process. This results in well seasoned potatoes. To ensure they're cooked evenly, potatoes should be started in cold water. Once boiled, the potatoes should be drained completely and mashed gently. Avoid overworking them to ensure they are light and fluffy. Lastly, avoid making them ahead of time. Mashed potatoes are best when served within minutes of being prepared.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

FDA-Approved Ways of Selecting and Storing Seafood

Steven Armus is the owner of both Dermatology Consultants of Wisconsin and Native Prairie Restoration, where he serves as an environmental biologist and a prairie technician. A lover of great food, Steven Armus enjoys cooking seafood.

Fish and shellfish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, compounds known to reduce the risk for cardiac disease. In fact, the US Department of Agriculture recommends that adults eat at least two servings of seafood per week.

In order to gain the full health benefits of eating seafood, however, there are several steps that the US Food and Drug Administration recommends consumers take when choosing and storing seafood:

- When buying, ensure that seafood is fresh. The smell of fresh seafood is usually characterized as mild, not sour and fishy. Avoid anything that smells like ammonia.

- Avoid frozen seafood that has been opened or that shows signs of frozen crystals.

- If you will eat the seafood within two days, it can be stored in the refrigerator. If you intend to keep it for longer than that, pack it tightly in plastic and store it in the freezer.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Caring for an Orchid after It Blooms

The owner of Dermatology Consultants of Wisconsin, Steven Armus also remediates natural areas as an environmental biologist, prairie technician, and owner of Native Prairie Restoration. In his free time, Steven Armus is a passionate orchid grower and a member of the Wisconsin Orchid Society.

Orchid care after flowering revolves around the stem that held the flowers. Also known as the flower spike, this stem can bloom one or two more times if left intact. However, this is only true if the stem is still healthy. 

Healthy stems are green and do not show any signs of rot, such as soft points along the stem’s length. After the orchid has flowered, you can cut a healthy stem at the second or third node to promote another bloom, taking care to leave the stem partially intact.

If there are any soft spots along the stem, or if it has turned yellow or brown, remove it altogether. Doing so prevents the stem rot from spreading throughout the plant, and allows the orchid to refocus its energy on developing its roots. You can cut away the soft spot with a sterile blade that can either be discarded after use or disinfected with fire or alcohol. Be sure to cut at the base of the plant, and apply a fungicide to prevent fungal disease.