Meet Dr. Craig Crippen

MD CCFP FCFP

Dr. Craig Crippen MD CCFP FCFP

Born and raised in Ottawa Ontario, Dr Crippen has attended three Canadian Universities and obtained four educational titles including his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.). Since graduating in 2001, Dr. Crippen has continued to expand his knowledge, focusing his practice in the fields of Medical Dermatology, Vein, Laser & Cosmetic Medicine.

After receiving his M.D. from the University of Western Ontario in 2001, Dr. Crippen then completed his specialty training in Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba over the next two years.  He has worked extensively in public and private medicine since 2003, but in response to rising demand, Dr Crippen has devoted his practice exclusively to both medical & cosmetic skin care procedures/treatments at his clinic.

A Fellow of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, and a diplomate of the American Board of Phlebology as well as a past Fellow of the Canadian Society of Phlebology, Dr. Crippen has trained with physicians who are at the forefront of laser medicine. He has made many educational visits to medical laser clinics throughout North America and Europe.

Dr Crippen believes that to be a competent physician you must always be learning and increasing your depth of knowledge. As a speaker at national medical conferences, and a medical student educator in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC, Dr Crippen strives to educate those who are interested in the services he provides.

Outside of work, Dr Crippen is active in athletics and outdoor activities which include running and tennis in the summer and snowboarding and hockey in the winter months. Dr Crippen is a musician as well, having completed conservatory training on the piano during his early years and then taking up the trumpet in high school. Since that time he has been in multiple classical and jazz ensembles, traveling from coast to coast. With his busy work schedule, he still tries to make time for this pursuit he loves.  Dr. Crippen and his wife were very happy to welcome a little baby boy to their family at the end of 2019, joining their daughter who is now a very active 3 year old.


Association Memberships and Special Appointments

  • Incoming Chair – Dermatology MIG at the College of Family Physicians of Canada (2019-present)
  • Fellowship at The College of Family Physicians of Canada (FCFP) (2016-present)
  • CFPC Representative – Canadian Acne & Rosacea Society Committee (2015 – present)
  • Dermatology Committee – College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) (2014-present)
  • UBC Faculty of Medicine Clinical Instructor – Clinical Dermatology Teaching (2013-Present)
  • Chief Resident/Senior Resident Member – Interns and Residents in Manitoba (2001-02)

Education, Medical Meetings & Presentations

  • Allergan MDCodes Advanced Training for Botox/Fillers (June 2019)
  • BCCFP Medical Conference – Vancouver (Nov 2018)
  • Allergan MDCodes Advanced Training for Botox/Fillers (Oct/Nov 2018)
  • UBC Dermatology Spring Review (Apr 2018)
  • Controversies & Conversation Aesthetic Symposium – Monarch Beach, CA (Aug 2017)
  • CFPC Dermatology Committee Meeting – Toronto, ON (Apr 2017)
  • Maui Derm Medical & Aesthetic Meeting – Maui, HI (Mar 2017)
  • Allergan Advanced Injector Meeting for Botox & Fillers (May 2016)
  • FMF 2015 – Speaker “Dermoscopy 101 for the Family Physician” (Nov 2015)
  • Advanced Cosmetic & Medical Laser Meeting – California USA (Aug 2015)
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery | Cosmetic Laser Procedures (Apr 2015)
  • University of Queensland – Certificate | Primary Care Skin Cancer Surgery (Jan 2015)
  • FMF 2014 – Speaker “Dermoscopy for the FP” – Quebec City PQ (Nov 2014)
  • FMF 2013 – Speaker “Hands-On Dermoscopy Intro” – Vancouver BC (Nov 2013)
  • CFPC – Dermatology Meeting for FPs – Toronto, ON (Sept 2013)
  • FMF 2012 – Speaker “How to Cure a Venous Ulcer” – Toronto, ON (Nov 2012)
  • Canadian Society of Phlebology – Summit in Phlebology – Kelowna BC (April 2012)
  • ACP (American College of Phlebology) Annual Meeting – Los Angeles (Oct 2011)
  • Harvard Medical School – Laser & Aesthetic Skin Therapy (2011)
  • Fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery (2011)
  • Cardiff University Wales (DPD) – Diploma in Practical Dermatology – Wales (2011)
  • Harvard Medical School – Venous Thrombosis CME (2011)
  • ABPh – Board Certification in Phlebology or the Treatment of Venous Disease (2010)
  • RPhS – Registered Phlebology Sonographer (2010)
  • Allergan Academy Symposia – Certification Advanced Techniques Botox/Juvéderm (2009)
  • University of Manitoba – Residency in Family Medicine CCFP (2003)
  • University of Western Ontario – M.D. (2001)
  • University of Ottawa – M.Sc. in Pharmacology/Molecular Biology (1997)
  • University of Ottawa – B.Sc. (Honours) in Chemistry (1995)

Dr. Crippen’s Research Articles

  • Phlebologie. 2011 64(2):47-48. Anaphylactic Reaction to Sodium Tetradecyl Sulphate after Sclerotherapy: A Case Report. link
  • Can J Ophthalmol. 2002 Dec;37(7):395-8. Do we heed the endophthalmitis vitrectomy study in Canada? link
  • Can J Gastroenterol. 2002 Mar;16(3):154-8. Are patients informed when the consent to ERCP. link
  • Differentiation. 2000 May’65(5):271-9. Spontaneous retinoic acid receptor beta 2 expression during mesoderm differentiation of P19 murine embryonal carcinoma cells. link
  • Cell Growth Differ. 1998 Sep;9(9):713-22. Deregulated expression of the retinoid X receptor alpha prevents muscle differentiation in P19 embryonal carcinoma cells. link

Dr. Crippen’s Laser & Energy Based Treatment Experience

Dr. Craig Crippen has access to a wide variety of lasers to treat all types of skin conditions.  Some of the lasers he has used & uses now include the following:

  • miraDry microwave energy treatment of eccrine/apocrine glands (sweating reduction)
  • CO2 Fractional 10,600nm laser for skin resurfacing/moles/skin lesions and more
  • Erbium 2940nm lasers for skin lesion removal/skin smoothing, tightening and more
  • Long Pulse 755nm/1064nm lasers for hair removal/pigment removal/vascular lesions
  • Diode 800nm Lasers for Laser Hair Removal/Pigmentation
  • Q-Switch 1064nm/755nm/532 lasers for pigment/tattoo removal/birthmarks
  • Pulsed Dye 595nm Laser for birthmarks/scars/rosacea/vascular lesions/warts/other lesions
  • KTP 532nm laser for rosacea/facial telantiectasias/seborrheic keratoses/skin tags and more
  • Affirm fractional 1440nm laser for skin tightening/scar removal and more
  • EVLT 810nm, 1440 lasers varicose vein disease (endovenous laser therapy)
  • Radiofrequency – Accent/Thermage for skin tightening
  • IPL light based therapy for skin rejuvenation/pigment removal

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