Dermatologist Dr. Curt Samlaska served in the military as an Army medical official for 14 years. During his last year, he went on missions back and forth from Europe in support of Bosnia intervention during the war from 1992 to 1995.
In 1996, he left the military and came out to open a private practice in the greater Henderson and Las Vegas, Nevada community. His focus is on cosmetic dermatology and medical procedures.
Dr. Samlaska first went in with a local dermatologist for a year and a half before deciding to go out on his own. In 1998, he built his own practice in a 1,200 square-foot building off Green Valley Parkway in the Parkway Medical Plaza. It was a good place, and he stayed there for about 12 years while building his clientele.
As his practice began to grow and the need arose to add staff, Dr. Samlaska decided he needed more space. He bought his current building near Anthem and St. Rose Hospital. Going from 1,200 square feet to 5,000 square feet in 2010 enabled him to really expand his practice, adding two physician assistants.
In the middle of all this change from military to civilian service and opening his own practice, Dr. Samlaska married and began a family. He and his wife have three children.
Daniel is 22 and fresh out of college in Arizona; he’s finding his way in film and won awards at a film festival at Arizona State University. He also produced a short film that received critical acclaim.
Daughter Hunter is 14 and interested in astrophysics; she plans to attend Cambridge University in the UK. The family is scheduling a visit there in spring 2019 to check it out.
Londyn, their 12-year-old daughter, is all about horses; she’s an avid horsewoman who is proficient in hunter-jumper competitions. She’s climbing in her capabilities and is very good at it. Londyn—nicknamed Lu Lu—is also an inventor with her dad. While relaxing at a pool, they discussed kids who put up websites and have been successful in marketing their own products such as jewelry and flip-flops. Lu Lu said she wished she could build something with pool noodles.
The result was Lu Lu Noodles. Dr. Samlaska created T joints and corner joints with locking pins to insert into standard pool noodles so that children and adults can build anything from rafts to playhouses, pool lanes to tic-tac-toe games. The noodles and joints pop in and out and lock together.
Dr. Samlaska calls them an “erector set for the pool.” There’s no limit to what anyone can build—and that’s the idea of it.
Recently, Dr. Samlaska received a call from heads of a manufacturing company who had come across his patent. Since then, the company has licensed Lu Lu Noodles and will go into production soon.
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