Jeave Reserva, MD, moved from the Philippines to Springfield, Ill., when he was 14, where he attended and graduated from Rochester High School. In his final year as a biochemistry undergraduate at the University of Illinois at Springfield, he decided to pursue medicine and went on to attend Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science for his medical degree. He then completed a preliminary medicine internship at the Advocate Christ Medical Center Program of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. Dr. Reserva completed his dermatology residency at Loyola University Medical Center, where he also served as chief resident.
During a medical school gap year fellowship at the University of California in San Francisco, Dr. Reserva was immersed in and became fascinated with dermatopathology, the microscopic study of skin disease. Dermatologists’ specialized training in skin disease histology, the study of the microscopic structure of tissues, is an integral part of the accurate diagnosis and effective treatment of skin disorders. This “unique combination of pathology, medicine and surgery” was one of Dr. Reserva’s reasons for choosing to specialize in dermatology.
Seeing mostly adult patients, Dr. Reserva will focus his practice on the screening, surveillance and management of skin cancer, as well as the treatment of acne, acne scars, psoriasis and eczema. He is well-trained in using a dermatoscope, a special magnifying glass that enables dermatologists to identify skin cancer at its earliest stages while minimizing unnecessary biopsy removal of benign lesions. As an author of several book chapters and journal articles on chemical peels, Dr. Reserva is excited to offer chemical peel treatments, in addition to other cosmetic procedures, as part of a comprehensive skin aesthetics program.
Additionally, Dr. Reserva has a special interest in treating patients of skin of color, including those suffering from dyschromia (skin discoloration). “Certain skin conditions are more prevalent in skin of color, and these skin conditions can present a little differently,” he says, adding that these differences, if not recognized, may lead to delayed diagnoses or ineffective treatment. He wants to inform our central Illinois minority communities that he and his dermatology colleagues at Springfield Clinic take these ethnic skin variations into consideration to ensure the best clinical and aesthetic patient outcomes.
Dr. Reserva’s favorite part of practicing medicine is establishing therapeutic relationships with his patients. “When patients come in, they’re sharing with you a really personal part of their well-being,” he says. “I think that if we as physicians think of them as our family, we are reminded of how significant that interaction is.”
Dr. Reserva will be located at Springfield Clinic 1st – 900 Building in Springfield. Springfield Clinic Dermatology offers a full spectrum of medical and cosmetic care for the skin, hair and nails of patients of all ages. With a focus on maintaining and improving the health of patients’ skin, our doctors and staff use state-of-the-art technology, including a light center with narrow band UVB, advanced laser therapy and various surgical procedures to treat many different types of conditions. To learn more about Dr. Reserva and the Dermatology team, click here.