Monica M. Van Acker, DO
Dermatologist
4.8 /5
53 reviews
I strive to see patients within a reasonable time frame to immediately address their presenting problems and provide exceptional treatment when diagnosed with chronic conditions.
- Monica M. Van Acker, DO
Google Forefront Dermatology
My first visit with Dr. Van Acker and I have to say I was impressed. She is professional, explained everything well and made me feel comfortable. Her and the rest of the folks there went out of their way to get me in. There was a mixup on the schedule, but they took care of it, without making any fuss. Not much of that these days, especially in the medical field.
Google Forefront Dermatology
Dr. V A is very thorough and also has extremely great 'bedside manners'. She is a keeper.
Google Forefront Dermatology
Its been difficult to find a dermatologist I'm comfortable with. First Audra worked with me to prepare me for body exam. She was exceptional in understanding my concerns. Then Dr Van Acker came in and I literally knew she was the one I've been praying would come into my life. She was absolutely amazing personally and professionally. Very loving and kind, tender and explained everything she was doing, talked about the moles and what kind they were, prepared me to have one removed, never felt the needle. Over in seconds. I cannot Express the overall experience but to say, Ive found exactly who I want for my Dr. I'll never want to see anyone else. She's just perfect for what I need. I came away with answers to questions I've had for years and it was just part of a natural conversation. I'm very happy. I'd give her 10 stars if I could. Exceptional experience.
Google Forefront Dermatology
Have great experience with dr. VanAcker, very through and compassionate, feel very comfortable going forward with my health issues.
Google Forefront Dermatology
I had a wonderful experience with Dr. Van Acker. She explained everything in great detail, gave me some tips, and helped me understand what to look for in the future. Overall, a fantastic visit! I will be back!
Google Forefront Dermatology
Dr. Van Acker was thorough & professional.
Forefront Dermatology
Overall, I had a fantastic experience. My only question or complaint was that I spoke with office staff on several occasions and provided them with my insurance information. However when I arrived I was told I couldn’t be seen by Dr Van Acker (as I was scheduled too) because she didn’t start participating with McLaren Health Network until the following day. I was told I could either reschedule or see a PA. I’m curious why I was never told this over the phone? I drove all the way from St Johns. I was still seen by Dr Van Acker, who did an amazing job and is very friendly and professional. This is just a minor complaint. The office staff is friendly and took care of me. More of a question I guess.
Forefront Dermatology
Dr. Van Acker is super personable and gives matter-of-fact analysis of issues present. I'm thankful to have found a dermatologist I trust.
Forefront Dermatology
Excellent experience with my visit to Dr. Van Acker
Forefront Dermatology
Dr. VanAcker is an excellent dermatologist professionally and personally. She took an interest in me and my medical need, answered my questions and took the time to get to know me a bit. Very upbeat doctor with a great personality who will obviously be totally successful at whatever she chooses to do. I was in practice for over 40 years and would hire her in a minute! You would do well in making an effort to keep her as she could grow the practice exponentially. The front office was ok but there was only one person checking patients in and she was obviously overworked and just putting in her time. I feel that the receptionist is a very important first contact and can set the tone for the whole experience in a practice. As an aside, my wife was in several weeks ago and Dr. VanAcker did a biopsy. My wife requested that it be sent to a specific local lab that she (my wife) has used in the past. The receptionist, who I don't know to be the same one that was there for my appointment, told Dr. VanAcker in front of my wife that if she used that lab that "she would lose money". The doctor handled it very professionally and reaffirmed that the biopsy should be sent to the lab that was requested, but was obviously embarrassed at what had transpired. This is the kind of incident that should NEVER happen where a subordinate would make a statement like that, and in my office, would lead to an immediate firing. This is the kind of situation that would be frustrating to any young doctor who doesn't have the authority to manage ancillary staff. I know that corporate management like Forefront has more to worry about on the business side, but it still remains critical that all staff are well trained in the important mission of good patient experiences. We both were entirely impressed with Dr. VanAker and hope she stays. We would follow her wherever she goes. We were patients of Dr. Rinek for 35 years and are loyal to good physicians.
Education

Undergraduate Degree:

BS, Michigan State University – East Lansing, MI

Medical School:

DO, Michigan State University – East Lansing, MI

Dermatology Residency:

Michigan State University / St. Joseph Mercy Hospital – Ann Arbor, MI

Professional Memberships
American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery
Medical Dermatology Society
Women’s Dermatologic Society
Society for Pediatric Dermatology
North American Hair Research Society
Sigma Sigma Phi Honorary Osteopathic Service Fraternity
American Osteopathic College of Dermatology
Achievements
Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital Resident Research Day Best Case Presentation, 2018
American Academy of Dermatology Everett C. Fox Memorial Research Award, 2016
Michigan Dermatology Society Research Award, 2015 & 2016
American Osteopathic College of Dermatology Research Award, 2015
Women’s Dermatology Society Mentorship Award with Murad Alam MD, 2015
American Society for Dermatological Surgery Conference Scholarship, 2015
Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine Sills Research Scholarship, 2010 & 2011
National American College of Physicians Conference, 1st place investigational research, 2010
Friendship Memorial Scholarship for pre-professional achievements, 2010