Nationally renowned New York City dermatologist Cheryl Karcher was taken away in handcuffs from her Upper East Side office Wednesday morning after cops say she filled prescriptions for oxycodone under patients names without their knowledge, NBC New York reports.
Here’s what you need to know about her.
1. She’s Set to be Charged In a 50-Count Indictment
Karcher has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, fraud, deceit, and falsifying business records. Sources told NBC New York she gave away the drugs that she filled under the names of current and former patients. Karcher is accused of lying to pharmacists, claiming she was picking up the medicine as a service for her patients, the station reported. Karcher used pharmacies in Manhattan and Connecticut.
She is expected to appear in court Wednesday, according to the New York Daily News.
Chuck Clayman, Karcher’s attorney, told NBC New York she has not yet looked over the indictment.
Oxycodone is a narcotic analgesic that is generally used to relieve moderate to severe pain. It has experienced a surge in usage in the past decade, especially in Florida, where it has accounted for more deaths in 2009 than ever before.
2. She Was Interviewed By The New York Times For Her Work in Dermatology
In 2011, Karcher was interviewed by The New York Times, which raved about how insightful and knowledgeable she is. In the interview, she discussed Avon products and whether low-carb diets and juice fasts are an effective way to renew the skin.
I don’t believe in doing anything too extreme. You can end up slowing your metabolism down. Your body goes into a diabetic state or you develop ketosis. None of this is as good for your skin as being balanced with your diet — and trying to keep your weight stable.
She also says she finds Demi Moore’s face “aesthetically pleasing”, and that there are downsides to her professional career. Karcher says that her job is to restore and maintain a person’s natural beauty, and that people often experience a disconnect between what they look like and what they think they look like. When asked what makes a person most beautiful, Karcher told The Times:
A face can be visually perfect, but if there is no light shining from the inside, it just won’t be as beautiful. In other words, women who have a bright aura will outshine the most aesthetically perfect face hands down.
3. She Was Featured In Elle
Karcher’s profile on Sadick Dermatology’s site says she’s often called on by media outlets like CNN, CBS, Allure, and Cosmo to offer her advice and expertise on dermatology.
When featured by Elle, Karcher was highlighted as an MD who “tightens and rejuvenates skin with a battery of state-of-the-art lasers and radio-frequency devices. She says her “secret weapon” is LAVIV– a process that uses one’s own skin cells to stimulate collagen production and smooth acne scars and fine lines.
A quick fix that shows immediate results is her Laser Genesis machine — a quick 20-minute session that gives patients’ skin a natural glow.
4. She’s the Consulting Dermatologist to the Miss Universe Organization
Karcher is featured on the Miss Universe website as a certified board dermatologist whose research has been published in scientific journals like the New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of Investigative Dermatology, and The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. The 2014 Miss Universe “prize package” included dermatology and skincare provided by her.
5. She’s Been Featured by CBS For Her Knowledge on Liposuction
One of the many sources who has called upon Dr. Karcher’s dermatology knowledge is CBS, which interviewed her about laser liposuction. Karcher told CBS that liposuction can help people with double chins and said that face lifts were the best solution for these people. She discussed laser liposuction and how it slowly and methodically eliminates the fat:
The good part about this technology is that there’s much less bruising, there’s minimal scarring, and obviously minimal downtime. … It also differs from traditional liposuction in that it tightens the skin. It doesn’t just take out the fat, but it tightens the skin.
The procedure that Karcher detailed takes only 30-60 minutes and is “minimally invasive.”