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"My daughter has suffered with eczema for many years.  About 6 years ago, we happened upon Judy's Merino Skin Care booth at the Minnesota State Fair...certainly not expecting to find something that would actually work for her skin condition and give her some relief.  Not only did the Merino products relieve the eczema symptoms, I was so impressed I had all of my staff try the products and we have been recommending them to our dermatology patients ever since!  I like the product."

Dr. John Bergman, Dermatologist Minneapolis, MN


FEET - Beyond Just Skin Care - Dr. Lewis Freed,  East Valley Foot and Ankle Specialists


"For individuals living with diabetes, dry skin is a much more serious problem. Because certain skin conditions, such as inflammation, itching and bacterial or fungal-type infections often accompany diabetes, they can be an indicator that you are living with the disease before you are even aware or diagnosed.

Due to these conditions, a simple condition such as dry skin, can lead to sores, open wounds and difficult-to-heal infections, which can – in the most severe cases – put individuals at risk for a chronic infection and potentially, an amputation.

Since learning about Merino products through one of his patients 12 years ago, Dr. Lewis Freed, D.P.M., FACFAS, with the East Valley Foot and Ankle Clinic in Mesa, Ariz., loves to recommend the products to his diabetic patients suffering with dry skin and/or scars to prevent the conditions from developing into further complications, such as open wounds.

“Unlike many dry skin cream products that further dry out the skin, lanolin approaches the skin’s normal oils and protects and prevents further damage,” explains Dr. Freed. “I recommend the Merino moisturizer for several reasons. People tolerate it well, most people do not have an allergy to lanolin, it is protective as well as restorative and isn’t cost prohibitive.   So for people living with diabetes, Merino products are beyond just skin repair – they are good health care.”

Lewis Freed, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S., of the East Valley Foot and Ankle Specialists clinic, Mesa, AZ, has consistently been listed among the Top Docs in the Phoenix area since 2003. Dr. Freed provides leadership to the medical community in Phoenix through a number of appointments, including a consultant to the VA Hospital, a board member of BPHO, vice president of AZPMA, a consultant for Orthofix and Arthrex, a regular lecturer at national and regional podiatric industry meetings and has been published in a number of scientific journals. His residency at the West Jersey Health System in Camden, NJ, was focused on reconstructive food and ankle surgery, foot and ankle trauma, diabetic and insensitive limbs, and pediatric foot disorders. Dr. Freed holds a doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, and a bachelor’s of science – biology from Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

LIPS-BURNS-DRY SKIN -  What’s Good for the Patient is Good for the Doctor - 

Dr. Lynn Solem, M.D. retired, came to know about Merino products while he was a part of a 23-person surgical department in St. Paul, Minn., caring for trauma and surgical patients, including those recovering from severe burns. “I first came to know about the Merino products through a patient of mine who recommended the whipped moisturizer,” explained Dr. Solem. “Then I ran into Judy at the Minnesota State Fair and ended up trying the soap and the lip balm because I suffer from dry skin. From his experience, Dr. Solem recommends Merino products for burn patients, especially the lip balm for burn victims.

“Burned lips are very dry, flakey and peal a lot,” said Dr. Solem, "And the lip balm keeps the lips soft and supple. And Merino products are better than others because they moisturize better, last longer and aren’t greasy.”

Dr. Solem, now retired, was the Chief of Surgery at RegionsHospital, in St. Paul, Minn., from 1998 to 2003, as well as chief of surgery of at one of St. Paul’s largest surgical departments for trauma, medical care and surgical patients. He has been active in the American Burn Association since 1976 and served on multiple member committees.

Since December 2003, Dr. Solem and his wife spend several months each year providing burn care and education in underdeveloped countries, including Belize and Tanzania. Prior to attending medical school Dr. Solem attended college and medical school at the University of Minnesota, and served in the United States Navy from 1971-1973.

 HANDS - Good for Frequent Hand Washing and Dog Noses?  

Dr. Al Schleappe, DVM, Caring Hearts Animal Clinic  Gilbert, AZ

...has been a practicing veterinarian since 1984 after graduating from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. Washing his hands after seeing both large and small animals for more than 25 years, Dr. Schleappe definitely qualifies him as a frequent hand washer, as well as an expert in cold noses – dog noses, that is.

Dr. Schleappe said he fell in love with Merino Lanolin Skin Cream after receiving his first sample. “I don’t remember when I first tried it, but Judy Reber and I got to talking when she was in with one of her animals,” he explained. “Particularly during the winter months here in Arizona as the temperature and humidity go down, my hands start to crack after I wash them anywhere between 30 - 40 times per day. And I will tell you that the Merino product is the best for dry, cracked hands. It is not greasy or oily and it hangs on after washing. “

Not only has Dr. Schleappe recommended Merino products hundreds of times, but he has also found it to be effective in treating nasal digital hyper keratosis – a common condition in dogs where the nose gets crusty and dry. “Dogs tolerate it really well,” says Dr. Schleappe. “It stays on and we’ve seen great results for keeping the nose tissue nice and soft."

Dr. Schleappe is a 1984 graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. He opened the doors of Caring Hearts Animal Clinic in October 1991 after returning from serving in OperationDesert Storm. He is a member of the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, AmericanAnimalHospital Association, and the ArizonaAcademy of Veterinary Practice.

BREASTS - PLASTIC SURGERY - You Never Know Where You’ll Find a Great Product -

 Dr. Robert Dryden, Arizona Centre of Plastic Surgery...


In attending the Scottsdale Arabian Show in Scottsdale, AZ, with his prize-winning Arabian horses, Robert Dryden, MD, of the Arizona Centre of Plastic Surgery had no idea he’d find a solution for eliminating stretch marks for patients undergoing breast augmentation surgery. But after meeting Judy Reber at the horse show, he thought he’d give the Merino products a try.

Now, five years and more than 1,000 patients later, Merino Lanolin Skin Crème is what he recommends to all of his breast augmentation patients. “I recommend using it for anything that stretches the skin and could cause stretch marks, whether it is breast augmentation, breast reconstruction or during pregnancy,” says Dr. Dryden. “Since recommending this product to approximately 200 breast augmentation patients annually, we haven’t seen breaks in the dermis – the cause of stretch marks – even once. I recommend this product over others because it is non-allergen, has less residue than other lanolin creams, and it just feels good.”

Dr. Dryden’s prescribed use is two times a day one to two weeks prior to surgery and continued through one week after surgery. “We are really pleased with the Merino products and are delighted to offer to our patients.” And for learning about this great product, Dr. Dryden is thankful for the Scottsdale Arabian Show and meeting Judy Reber.


Robert Dryden, MD, F.A.C.S., of the Arizona Centre of Plastic Surgery, Tucson, AZ, has been in private practice for nearly 30 years. Prior to that he worked at the National Institute of Health Research facilities and served as a consultant to the National Naval Medical Center. He received his education at the University of California School of Medicine, interned at the University of Oregon and trained at the prestigious Ophthalmological Residency program in San Francisco. He is a Clinical Professor at the University Arizona School of Medicine and is the exclusive Mentor for two accredited fellowships. He has written more than 50 papers, articles and published interviews and has contributed to more than 20 books. 

















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