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Meet Calvin Van Reken, M.D.

2013-2014 Best-Doctors Dr. Calvin Van Reken
Dr. Calvin Van Reken has been named one of the Best Doctors in America ® for the second year in a row (2013 and 2014). This recognition of excellence in medicine marks the first time Dr. Van Reken has received this honor.  When asked how he felt about being added to this year's Best Doctors in America ® list Dr. Van Reken simply commented, "I am always touched when a patient tells me they feel I am the best doctor in Reno but to know so many of my peers have recognized me as an expert in the field of internal medicine is a feeling I just can't put into words".

Dr. Van Reken further stated, "Being named one of the Best Doctors in America for the second year in a row is truly an honor." click here to read more

Calvin Van Reken, M.D., Internal Medicine / General Practitioner in Reno:

High School:

Dr. Van Reken was the valedictorian in a class of 276 with a GPA of 3.95 and won the outstanding science student award at Lahser High School, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, class of 71. He won a National Merit Scholar Letter of Commendation, a state of Michigan scholarship and a University Of Michigan Regents' Scholarship. Advanced placement in chemistry and biology enabled him to obtain a year of college credit while in high school. He was the captain and MVP of the wrestling team and lettered in football.


Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Received B.S. degree in three years. Dr. Van Reken lettered in wrestling, had an undefeated dual meet season (11-0) in 1973-74 and was never pinned in a nine year wrestling career. Was the English tutor for a Hispanic boy while in college. Medical School: accepted to Med school at age 19 & attended University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; received M.D. in 4 years, graduating 5/78 in top third of class.


Straight 12 months of internal medicine at Blodgett and St. Mary's Hospitals, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Internship 7/1/78 to 6/30/79 followed by 24 additional months of IM residency there 7/1/79 to 6/30/81.

Board Certification:

He passed his internal medicine board exam on the first try in September of 81 and holds lifetime certification in internal medicine.  He passed recertification exams in internal medicine twice more, last in July, 2003.  He has certified in geriatrics twice by passing the board exams, most recently recertifying in geriatrics in summer, 2004.  His ABIM candidate number is 081514.

Medical Career Since Finishing Training:

Solo private practice in Las Vegas, NV in general internal medicine 7/81-5/94. This practice involved mostly office work, but also consultation, hospital work and geriatrics. He chaired committees on ER call and on education and hosted a journal club at various times at Las Vegas area hospitals. He was the vice chief of internal medicine at Humana Sunrise in Las Vegas for 2 years, a large hospital which then had about 200 internists on staff. He moved to Sparks 6/94 to avoid the increasing Vegas crime and congestion. He was one of the fathers of the hospitalist movement here in northern Nevada and was the first president (for 2 years) of the group AMSI-Associated Medical Services, Inc., a very large, local, hospitalist group. In recent years he has focused on office practice. He has provided administrative support by sitting on hospital committees and reviewing clinical guidelines for St. Mary's Hospital for problems such as stroke & pneumonia.  He became especially interested in skin & beauty issues in 2006 and has received much additional training about these issues since then .  In 2011 Empire Medical Training hired him to teach skin courses to other doctors including courses about Botox® ® , fillers, injections techniques, medical lasers and IPL (intense pulsed light).  He often teaches students in his office as well.

Skin Care Therapy Equipment On Site:

Specialized Skin Technology Machinery On Site:

As a primary care physician. Iam actively adding new technologies to my practice to help my patients look their best. It makes me proud when I hear my patients refer to me as their skin care doctor.

•  Ellman Surgitron radiofrequency machine: great for mole removal, biopsies, skin shaping, scar smoothing, skin cancer removal and lesion destruction using a no stitch technique.  Safe for all skin types.

• Syneron EMax laser hair removal system: an 810 nanometer diode laser using ELOS technology—Electrical Optical Synergy. Combines radiofrequency and laser, making laser hair removal safer for dark skin and more effective for light hair.  Safe for all skin types.

• Syneron EMax Matrix RF system: uses a radiofrequency grid for skin tightening, pore size reduction, scar reduction, rough skin, wrinkle reduction and active acne pimple reduction.  Safe for all skin types. An important anti-aging device skin care for women

• Syneron IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) using ELOS technology with an SRA (Skin Rejuvenation Advanced) head: uses combined light and radiofrequency for skin tightening, facial rejuvenation, sun damage, spider vein removal, rosacea, and pigmented sun spot reduction. 

• Candela Vbeam Perfecta 595 nanometer Pulsed Dye Laser: a wonderful and extremely safe and effective machine for photorejuvenation, skin tightening, acne, rosacea, scars, sun spots, blotchy skin, warts, melasma, and for removal of any reddish or bluish lesions including birthmarks, cherry angiomas, spider veins, varicose veins, poikiloderma, venous lakes and port wine stains.  Safe for all skin types.

• Dermaglo II, crystal–based system for microdermabrasion.  Safe for all skin types.

Languages Spoken:
English as first language. Doctor's Spanish is conversational, but not quite fluent. Most medical office employees and laser technicians are bilingual and fluent in Spanish.

Major Interests Within Medicine:

Women’s Health Center & Integrative Healthcare

At our center we take an integrative approach to healthcare: Dermatology, cosmetic enhancement, mole removal, laser therapies including IPL (intense pulsed light), acne, excessive hair growth, polycystic ovary disease, contraceptive care, menopause, urinary leakage problems, treatment for thyroid disorders, vitamin D deficiency, osteoporosis, shoulder pain, knee pain, orthopedic problems, lowering blood pressure for those with hypertension, high cholesterol, menopause treatment, menstrual problems, diabetes, depression and medical uses of computers.

Skin and/or Vein Procedures:

The doctor and his staff do many different procedures.  An asterisk (*) after a procedure indicates that Dr. Van Reken himself does this particular procedure.

Varicose Vein and Spider Vein Removal Procedures using Injections (Sclerotherapy)*:
Injection by with chemicals which shrink or remove veins (sclerotherapy)*.  Our staff also does laser or IPL treatment of spider veins, but this is limited to veins up to 1.2 mm in diameter.  Radiofrequency electrode removal of spider veins can also be done, typically on the face.*

Cryotherapy (freezing with liquid nitrogen)*:
For wart removal, sun damage, keloids and precancerous skin lesions (actinic keratoses).  This is most often done on those with lighter skin, who have the most sun damage.  Dark spots or moles can be lightened with this technique.

Mole Removal, Skin Shaping, Scar Removal or Scar Revision (with or without biopsy)*:
Skin biopsies, skin shaping, mole removal or mole reduction using a scalpel, razor, curette and/or the Ellman Surgitron radiofrequency machine is commonly done by the doctor.  Skin cancer removal, skin cancer surgery or destruction of skin cancer using various surgical and radiofrequency techniques can also be done.  Radiofrequency shave biopsy techniques are so slick many patients can’t find the scar in a few months.

Botox®, Juvéderm® and other Cosmetic Injections*:
Given by the doctor including Botox® for wrinkles and fillers such as Juvéderm®.  We also use candida antigen skin injections to treat warts, which is highly effective and leaves little or no scar.

Laser Hair Removal:
Usually done with our Syneron Emax 810 nm diode laser using ELOS technology.  IPL can also be used for hair removal (although not a laser) which also gives tighter skin and removes sun damage.

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light):
For skin rejuvenation, skin tightening or sun damage (sun spot removal), for rosacea, birthmark removal, varicose veins and hair removal.  Usually used on lighter skin types.

Candela Vbeam Perfecta Pulsed Dye Laser:
The best pulsed dye laser made by the world’s largest medical laser company (Candela).  This is our work horse laser.  It is exceptionally safe.  It is extremely effective for vascular lesion removal, like rosacea, spider vein removal, cherry angiomas and birthmarks like Port Wine Stains.  It also removes sun damage and brown sun spots, but is much safer than IPL technology.  It tightens skin, decreases scar and lightens up melasma spots (the mask of pregnancy).  It can be used for everything from acne to warts.  It is truly an incredible machine.

Chemical Peels:
Done for many reasons such as acne, skin tightening, blackhead reduction, uneven skin tone, sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles.  Various types include salicylic acid, Jessner’s, modified Jessner’s, TCA, pigment peels and others.  Some of these are “medical grade skin peels”.  These are deeper peels that are more effective and are only done under MD supervision.  These peels are not available in your typical day spa or salon.  Peels of various types are typically done by one of our aestheticians, but sometimes by the doctor, depending on the type of peel and the training required.

Prescription Creams for “slow peels” to Remove Sun Damage and Wrinkles*:
Aldara, Zyclara, Retin-A (tretinoin), Solaraze and other products are prescriptions for these conditions.  Some are for quicker results, but involve “down time” while you heal.  Some are mild, but require months of therapy for maximum benefit.

Facials, Sugaring and Waxing:
We offer various types, including; European facials, Mini facials, Gentleman facials, Acne facials, and Oxygenation facials.  A facial spa therapy and massage will leave your skin cleaner, softer, and truly refreshed.  It will help clear clogged pores, quench parched skin, and remove dead skin cells.  Additionally, facials help to reduce the impact of sun exposure, increase circulation to the skin, and help to reduce stress, all of which will help improve the look and feel of your skin.

• Waxing:
We offer waxing for all parts of the body at competitive prices.  Our estheticians will make you feel comfortable and relaxed as they quickly remove any unwanted body hair leaving your skin smooth, beautiful, and hair free!

Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical treatment to freshen and rejuvenate your skin.  It will lessen the look of fine lines, slough off dead dull skin, help to even out skin pigment and leaves skin soft, smooth, and rosy.  Our microderm machine sprays highly controlled medical grade crystals on to the skin and simultaneously vacuums them up along with the dead top layer of skin.  There is no downtime with a microderm treatment though your skin may be red for a little while afterwards.

Skin Tightening:
Matrix RF radiofrequency grid system skin tightening, Candela Vbeam Perfecta Pulsed Dye Laser, chemical peels, IPL and combinations of the above are effective.  Botox and Fillers enhance the skin tightening with these procedures.

They feel so good.  Done by our licensed massage therapists.

PDT (Photodynamic Therapy):
Done for sun damage, blotchy skin, sebaceous hyperplasia, precancers, actinic keratoses or acne.  An aggressive peel-like treatment using light activated Levulan (aminolevulinic acid).  Good for long term improvement in acne and in sun damage.  After a treatment you’ll look as if you’ve had a bad sun burn for 5-8 days.  Although there is a bit of down time, this is very safe even for Latino or Asian skin.

Gynecologic and Urinary Procedures:

Pelvic exams with Pap tests, HPV testing, STD testing, breast exams, stool for occult blood, urine analysis, yeast infection testing, incision & drainage of pelvic skin infections. Pelvic & breast exams are always done with a female employee in the room to ensure the highest standards of professionalism.

Orthopedic and Pain Procedures:

Steroid injections for bursitis, arthritis, tendonitis, tennis elbow or trigger fingers.  Botox injections for joint, bursitis or bone pain.  Synvisc-One® and Synvisc® (hylan G-F 20) hyaluronic acid joint injections for arthritis.  Botox injections for migraine and/or spasticity.  Joint fluid removal to diagnose gout or infection. 

Excess Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
Botox injections in the armpits, hands, forehead or other areas to decrease sweating.  Photodynamic therapy to decrease sweating (experimental). 

Committee Activity:

Dr. Van Reken is currently the chairman of the Continuing Medical Education and Library Committee at St. Mary's Hospital. He also serves as a member of the Nevada State Medical Ass. continuing medical education committee. He was chief of medicine for 2 years in the late 1990's at Northern Nevada Medical Center.

Business Entity, Name and Type:

Calvin Van Reken, MD, Ltd. is a Nevada C corporation formed in 1982. Ltd. means incorporated. Reno Sparks Medspa is a registered dba entity.

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