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Terri Dunn, dermatologist
Hi, I'm looking for people's experiences with Terri Dunn as a dermatologist. I need
a doctor who will do very thorough skin checks.
I did not have a great experience with Dr. Dunn. I have had eczema for most of
my life and had not seen a dermatologist for 5-6 years and finally got myself
referred to one because I was having pretty bad eruptions and my current meds
weren't working. I went in for a consultation and expected her to at least look
at my lesions - she didn't even ask to look (and actually declined when I
offered to show her one on my side that had been pretty hard to control). She
gave me the standard schpeel about moisturizing and then proceeded to recommend
beauty products that her office was selling. Maybe it would have been different
if my skin problem was more unusual. I ended up going to see Dr. Jason Fung
(paying out of pocket) and he was much more thorough in my opinion, and I didn't
feel like he was pushing products or rushing me out of the appointment. Good
luck with finding a derm that works for you - I know how hard it is to find the
No Longer Itchy All the Time
I do not have a high opinion of Dr. Dunn. Advice consisted mostly of ''if it's dry,
keep it moist. If it's moist, keep it dry.'' She prescribed fungicides for me, which
did not do the trick. The thing that made me never go back to her, however, is that
she started to try to sell me some ''special'' cream from France. When asked what the
active ingredients were, she explained that it was made from water from a special
spring that had helped many people. I said, unless this water is radioactive, it seems
unlikely to be vastly different from other water you can put in a cream. Even if it
has a high mineral content, that is analyzeable and reproducible. She shrugged and said
she knew it seemed strange, but she felt the cream was worthwhile. The cream was very
expensive. And available only through her office.
I don't know Terri Dunn, but a reply on 12/2/13 noting that Dr Dunn recommended
an expensive French cream with special water in it caught my eye, and I
wondered if it wasn't the Avene brand. If so, I will put in my 2 cents and say
it might be worth a try. I always thought my French family members were a
little nutty with their Avene mineral water vaporizer bottles - until I spent a
summer there and my 5 yr old got so many bug/mosquito bites she looked
frighteningly speckled such that I thought maybe she had chicken pox. It was
just vicious bugs in the end. Family, dermatologist, and 2 local pharmacists
recommended Avene mineral water and an Avene cream. Within days she was back to
normal skin, whereas hydrocortisone was barely making a dent. I was amazed.
No longer poo-pooing the $8 spritz
Dermatologist recommendation from limited list
I've needed to switch to a new insurance that has only very few East Bay providers.
I need someone who will do excellent, thorough skin checks, due to a personal and
family history of skin cancer. Can anyone recommend (or suggest I avoid!) one of the
following dermatologists: Doux or Ju (San Leandro), Holman or Weiss (San Leandro), A.
Keller, E. Bloom, R. Graham, L. Hilger, or D. Paslin (Oakland), or T. Dunn
(Berkeley). Many thanks!
My husband and I have been seeing Dr. Hilger for a few years for skin checks. We
cannot recommend him highly enough. He is extremely thorough.
Looking for a *REAL* Dermatologist
Having suffered through - and solved the mystery of - a horrible rash last year, I
now have to deal with the problem of raw, damaged skin that needs special attention.
My skin is sensitive and often extremely dry, and I am tired of trying to address it
by reading online reviews of creams or going to dermatologists who are so focused on
laser resurfacing or selling a particular line of cosmetics that they don't have time
to deal with patients with basic skin problems. Any recommendations for a thoughtful
derm in Oakland/Berkeley/Alameda who really takes time with his/her patients and
isn't impossible to get an appointment with? My skin thanks you! Seeking Skin Savior
I have eczema, so I am (unfortunately!) familiar with a couple of different
dermatologists in Oakland. I currently see Dr. Julia Graves, who I recommend --
she has never tried to sell me on anything not eczema-related. Her office runs on
time, which I love. In terms of getting an appointment, I only see her about every 6
months, so I haven't had trouble setting up those appointments in advance. I don't
think I had a huge problem getting in to see her in the first place, but can't
remember for sure.
I do not, however, recommend Dr. David Paslin. He certainly doesn't try to sell you
on laser resurfacing or anything like that, but I found him to be brusque to the
point of being flat-out rude. I also found that he constantly ran late (I once had a
9:30 a.m. appointment where I wasn't even called back until 10:30, and didn't
actually see him until closer to 11). I also had trouble getting test results from
his office, including a MRSA culture while I was pregnant -- I wouldn't have known it
was positive if I hadn't repeatedly called his office.
Much happier with Dr. Graves
I recommend Leslie Hilger. I have Irish skin so I have been seeing him for 30 years.
He has never promoted laser or any cosmetic proceedures, nor does he sell cosmetics.
He has offices in Alameda and Oakland. His Oakland number is 510-652-8091.
Try Kaiser. I've had a great experience with dermatologists at Oakland
Kaiser and they certainly are not going to sell you cosmetic potions and procedures.
What's more, it's easy to get an appointment - I recently got a same day appointment
after my GP looked at my rash and decided I should see a specialist.
Dermatologist for adult acne and
Can anyone recommend a good dermatologist or other type of doctor for adult acne and
scarring? I am asian so someone with a lot of experience with asian-type skin and adult
acne would be a plus, but anyone highly recommended would be appreciated. I am also
interested in laser-resurfacing if there are good recs for that as well.
I really love my dermatologist, Cornelia Pessoa. Her RN Helen is also very good. They
have helped me with a range of skin issues, including both cosmetic and other
problems. For cosmetic things I has also used Christine Brozowski, but that office is
very expensive (more spa-like than a doctor's office) and focused solely on cosmetic,
not medical, problems. Oakland Mom
Female dermatologist in Berkeley/Albany/Orinda
I'd been seeing Dr. Cornelia Pessoa, in Berkeley, for years (possibly decades). She is
fabulous but is now booking three to four months out and won't even see me for a
suspicious-looking growth. She instead offers her physician assistant but bills for this
at the same rate. Time for someone new.
I am seeking a female dermatologist in Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, or Orinda who is
patient, gentle, and smart and is not booking more than a month out.
I see Dr. Jennifer Fu, MD at her El Cerrito location (she also has an office in
Vallejo). She is kind, gentle, and seems to really know her stuff. She removed a
basal cell tumor and it is healing nicely. Here is the website for her office:
Need a good dermatologist for juvederm
Hi there everyone, does anyone have a recommendation for a local (Oakland,
Berkeley areas or across the tunnel in Lafayette area) for a doc or
dermatologist who does Juvederm Rystaline injections? I had a bad experience
with a nurse who left me very very bruised and it was a painful experience to
say the least. The results were good once the bruising wore off, but I could
never face that experience again. I'd also like to find someone who doesn't
charge more than the going rate or has reasonable rates.
Thanks for chiming in if you can. anonymous
Go see Dr. Elizabeth Lee. I met with and looked at the work of many different doctors
before settling on Dr. Elizabeth Lee and I am extremely happy with my choice. She has a
stellar reputation for good reason. You asked for a dermatologist but she is a cosmetic
surgeon and to me, that in itself was an important distinction. She *knows* the face and
its anatomy. You don't just want someone who can inject fillers into some lines; that is
easy. You want someone who is VERY well trained and experienced with these procedures and
has an eye for aesthetic beauty and symmetry. You can fill holes but that doesn't always
make you look the way you want. She hears what you want and creates it. Dr Lee knows
exactly where to inject and how much to inject. She has the eye of an artist. She will
make you look well rested, beautiful and natural. Go talk to her. You wonÂ’t be
Natural looking 46 yr old mother of three!
Please recommend a good dermatologist!
I need a dermatologist for a variety of skin issues including rosacea and
seborrheic dermatitis. I'm looking for a doctor who is not overly invested in
cosmetic treatments or their own line of skin care products. Also, a doctor
is observant, thorough, listens, and takes time with patients. I've been
thoroughly frustrated with past experiences. I live in the Lamorinda area but
willing to go anywhere in the Bay Area for a good dermatologist. Thank you!
I can recommend my dermatologist: Dr. Ani Tajirian at 510-839-2937. She is one doctor in
a group which practices in Oakland as well as in Lafayette (925-283-
4820). In addition to regular and cosmetic dermatology, she is experienced in mohs
micrographic surgery. Always willing to listen to my issues, she is calm and reassuring.
She is very good.
I highly recommend Dermatology Associates of the Bay Area in Hercules. They do some
cosmetic dermatology, but their main focus in on medical dermatology. They treat infants
to adults and will do a thorough full body skin exam to screen for skin cancer or other
abnormalities. All their dermatologists are board certified and they perform Mohs
surgery for skin cancer. You won't get any hard sell for skin care products. If you
can't get in with one of the doctors, make an appointment with their PA. She is
knowledgeable, friendly and has a more open schedule. www.dermatologyoffice.com
Dermatologist for Adult Acne
UGH! I'm a 43 year old woman and my adult acne is terrible. I need a great
dermatologist who can help me get through this. I'm looking for some
current recommendations on doctors (east bay preferably but will take whoever you
think is awesome!) and treatments that have helped you. GAHHHHHHH!
After years of suffering sever adult acne (beginning in my 30s) and seeing a
couple of dermatologists I finally went to one at Kaiser and was prescribed
Metronidazole. I still have an occasional pimple breakout but it is mostly
under control...especially compared to what it had been I put on 2x day as
prescribed and the doc said I will have to always use it. Anon
Use studio abasi in Berkeley. Shannon can work miracles. Not a dermatologist but
fixed me cystic acne!
Dermatologist rec for adult ezcema?
I'm seeking a more current recommendation for a dermatologist in the east bay or
SF to treat my adult ezcema. It comes and goes and recently I had a huge flare
up with my pregnancy. If possible, would love a dermatologist who thinks broader
than just steroid creams, and preferably someone not affiliated with a ''skin
care'' or beauty clinic as in my experience I found those derms to be pushy about
products rather than talking about root causes. Also, due to the eczema I've
developed some unsightly patches of dark skin and would like someone who can
advise about that issue.
Thanks for any leads you may have!
I would try Meinda Myers in Walnut Creek. She cured my eczema with a combination
of antibiotics, skin care and short-term potent steroids. Eczema is a lifelong
condition so moisturizing well and minimizing exacerbating factors like stress can
really help. Jason Fung is also great!
A derm patient and surgeon
Dermatologist in WC for adult female acne
Struggling with adult (35+) acne, may be hormonal? On cheeks
and forehead primarily. Looking for someone in Walnut Creek
She's not a dermatologist, but Pamela Swartz at the LumiPlexion Acne
Treatment Clinic has a great history of working with adult acne sufferers.
She's been in business since the late 1980s. Good luck - I have the same
struggle at 36 (since I was 10). Thanks, hormones.
I can highly recommend Dr. Daniel Wall in Walnut Creek. I
haven't seen him for acne, but he has handled other skin
issues for me quite well. A friend's entire family sees him
for a variety of issues, including adult acne, and they like
him very much, too. (They recommended him to me.)
His office is right across from John Muir hospital.
110 La Casa Via, Suite 205
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Phone: (925) 952-9003
Looking for a good dermatologist for rosacea
I've had rosacea for over 15 years now and have tried various
treatments (mostly the prescription facial creams ) on and off for
many years. The rosacea seems to be gradually getting worse as I
get older. Anyone with rosacea out there who could give me an
up-to-date recommendation for a dermatologist who would help me
manage it better? Thanks!
We love Dr. Adam Wallach at Wallach Derma Center in
Danville. He is compassionate, patient, and very well
respected by his patients and other doctors in the area. His office
number is 925-837-8848. Good luck!
Dermatologist for skin cancer check
I need a good dermatologist to check what I think is skin cancer on my face. Can
someone refer one in either (1) the San Francisco Financial District or (2)
Union Square or (3) in Oakland close to Bart or (4) anywhere in Lamorinda. Thank
My husband and I both use Dr.Bortz in Walnut Creek, on La Casa Via by
John Muir Hospital. He's was recommended to us by an oncologist after
being treated for melanoma. Other friends have used him for skin
cancer checks and he has done surgeries on them (Mohs). His skin
checks are very thorough.
Feedback on Dr. Fung
I have just scheduled an appointment with Dr. Fung for May 21, 2 months away!
Just wondering if anyone has had any experience with him and if it is worth the
Dr. Fung was Derm to my family and he is absolutely worth
the wait. A previous Dermatologist had scarred my husbands
arms with freon(sp?)saying he had warts - totally
incorrect. Dr. Fung diagnosed what was really going on and
gave him treatments that actually worked. He is still
scarred from the previous Dr. but they are better now and
do not itch unbearably any longer. He gave my young
daughter a cream to get rid of warts on her feet and it
worked! Painless and no scaring. And he diagnosed some
small basel skin cancers on both me and my husband and was
able to take care of them right in the office. You only
have to wait long for the very 1st appointment. After that
they keep you scheduled for your next appointment for
check ups and follow up.
BIG Fan of Dr. Fung.
Looking for the Best Dermatologist Ever for skin cancer
The recommendations for skin cancer screening docs are
pretty old on BPN. I want a doctor who will take my well
founded fears about skin cancer seriously. My dad died
from it and my sister had a dreadful bout on her face in
her early thirties. I've been to 2 doctors who just give
a 5 second glance from 5 feet away, and say I'm fine. I
had an awesome doctor in San Diego who would look at my
skin with a magnifying glass and found many pre-cancer
spots to burn off. I miss her, and want another one like
We think Dr Mark Ruben is amazing! Very careful, observant,
thorough, and a really nice guy, too. He's at 6431 Fairmount
in El Cerrito, 510-527-8865
Judy in Berkeley
I've been very happy with Dr. Tomi Wall (3300 Webster,
Oakland; 763-2662). I have an extensive family history of
skin cancer as well as reoccurring skin cancer on my face
(under the care of other doctors), and she did a *very*
thorough exam. I was certain that the cancer had reappeared
on my face and while she didn't agree she promptly did a
biopsy (which was unfortunately positive). She then
referred me to the best Mohs surgeon ever (Dr. Jeffrey Bortz
in Walnut Creek). Good luck!
If you are willing to go to San Francisco, the best
dermatologist is Natalie Mar. You will think she is very
young and wonder if knows her stuff, but she did the most
thorough skin cancer check I've ever had and also helped
me with some tricky skin allergies and removed a little
mole under my eye with nary a scar. She's excellent.
I highly recommend Dr. Graham with Affiliates in
Dermatology. He's discovered a few pre cancerous spots on my
face and referred my son over to UCSF for a serious skin
condition. He's very nice, easy to talk to, and takes your
Location: 460 34th St., Oakland phone 510-652-8091
In downtown San Francisco, I have been impressed with Dr John Epstein
and have also heard good things about his daughter Dr. Beverly
Epstein, both who work out of the same office on 450 Sutter Street
(Phone is 415-781-4083). Dr. John Epstein is an older doctor, which
might not be for everyone's taste, but I found his sincerity and
bedside manner to be very refreshing. Dr. John Epstein is very
knowledgeable and in my experience his office staff have gone out of
their way to be helpful.
I strongly recommend AGAINST going to Berkeley's Dr. Cornelia Pessoa.
I am not normally negative in this manner, but since I went to her
based on an old BPN recommendation, I feel the need to say something.
First, its impossible to see Dr. Pessoa personally without a very
long, month or so wait. I was surprised by this since I had never had
to wait much more then a week to see other dermatologists. Second,
the office failed to give me some important information which lead to
an unsightly rash spreading on my face, which unfortunately occurred
right before a job interview and took weeks to go away. The office
staff was not all apologetic about their failure to give me the
information and although Dr. Pessoa could have done something to help,
she made absolutely no effort to do so. I understand that it is
stressful to run a medical practice, but I feel that Dr. Pessoa could
do more to be sensitive to the needs of her patients. I will say that
I did like the nurse practitioner Helen, who does seem like a caring
and competent professional. However since Dr. Pessoa has the final
say on most decisions regarding your care, you may find yourself in
the same situation I was in where I really needed Dr. Pessoa's help
and she is both inaccessible and unsympathetic. Anon
Dermatologist procedure for improving complexion
I have many small white scars on my face due to acne and have an uneven skin surface.
If anyone can recommend a dermatologist and a procedure to improve my complexion,
I would be very grateful. I am considering microdermabration and to see either Dr Terri
Dunn or Dr Warren Dotz. If you have experience with getting a cosmetic treatment
from either Dr Dunn or Dr Dotz, I would also be very interested in hearing about your
Unhappy with complexion
I, too, sufferred with acne scars. Mine were pitted, some light and some dark.
I tried microdermabrastion and I would strongly recommend that you don't waste
your money or time. I liked the idea at first and was very hopeful that it
would work. But you have to get MANY treatments to see anything at all, and
even the minimal changes are short-lived. It seems to be a very superficial
treatment, great for ''freshening up'', but not if you are trying to actually
solve a problem!
I ended up going to Isis Skin & Body in Oakland (Summit Hospital area) and got
a combination package of the Vi Peel and the Genesis face rejuvenation. The Vi
Peel alone did more than over 10 microderm treatments! Your scarring does not
sound as severe as mine was, so you may do fine with just the Vi. But the
combo with Genesis did the trick for me (it also took away some fine lines I
was starting to get and shrunk up my big pores!). They explain things very
thoroughly at Isis, they seem to really know their stuff, and I would suggest
at least going for a consultation (it's free). My scarring is basically gone
now, and I still have 1 peel left in my package. I cannot begin to tell you
what this has done for my overall confidence and comfort. It makes a BIG
difference when you feel good about your face. Best of luck to you!
happy with my mirror
Dermatologist for tired eyes
Am looking for a dermatologist who can help treat my tired-looking eyes. I am a mom
in my early 40's and have found that although I am finally back to sleeping enough,
the dark bags under my eyes have not gone away!! I know there can be a number of
underlying causes for this kind of thing and I would really like to see someone
knowledgeable about treating this. I'm not really into the whole plastic surgery route
and am hoping to find someone who will consider other options.
I have the same problem, and I think it's just a genetic thing.
That said, I've never asked my dermatologist about it. I know
that there are some injectable fillers which are used for this,
but the bruising and potential negatives are significant. I have
tried the Neti Pot, allergy meds, and other sinus-oriented
things, but to no available. But if you do want to talk to a
dermatologist, I highly recommend mine - the office is Dr.
Cornelia Pessoa, 2500 Milvia St, Berkeley, CA 94704-2636. (510)
486-1700. I usually see her nurse practitioner, Helen Petros, and
she's amazing. I still have bags under my eyes, but my skin looks
better than it has in years.
Mom in Berkeley
Dermatologist & Plastic Surgeon for acne scars and moles
I need some recommendations for both a dermatologist and a plastic
surgeon. Preferably in Oakland or Berkeley...east bay essentially.
I need a REALLY good dermatologist that can help with adult acne and
also the spotting you get on your face from breast feeding and
I also need a REALLY good plastic surgeon to remove some moles that
are on my face.
Thanks in advance!
I posted a couple of weeks ago about removing a mole from my lip; I
was trying to decide between having it done by a dermatologist or
plastic surgeon. I'm glad you're going with a plastic surgeon to
remove moles on your face--any scarring will be minimized.
I ended up having my mole removed by Dr. Elizabeth Lee in Berkeley
(http://www.artfulsurgery.com/pages/home/index.html) since she was
recommended on BPN. I have been very pleased so far with the results.
The only physical reminder of my surgery is another line in my lip
(it's still red and recovering) but the dermatologist would have left
an obvious scar by shaving off the mole rather than doing a clean
surgical excision of the mole. I found Dr. Lee to be very down to
earth, warm and friendly, and a straight shooter--I highly recommend
I absolutely LOVE my dermatologist. His name is Dr. Ervin Epstein.
His office is on 30th Street in Oakland 510-444-8282. I go to him for
my annual mole check and some poison oak incidents, but have sent my
boss and her two kids to him for acne and other things and they were
really pleased. I got his name from my dad, who is a dermatologist in
another part of the country but knew Dr. Epstein by reputation.
Dermatologist in Oakland/Berkeley for skin cancer checks
I am looking for a new dermatologist, preferably in the Oakland/Berkeley
area, although I'd be willing to travel for someone very good. I had a
basal cell carcinoma removed in my mid-twenties so need regular skin
checks now. I've tried several local doctors, and found some wanted to
biopsy everything (something I'd rather avoid if possible, since most of
the spots are on my face) and others left the decision up to me. I'm
really looking for someone in between, who's willing to make the call to
biopsy when something starts looking suspicious. I have a Blue Shield
PPO plan. Thanks for your recommendations!
I really like Cornelia Pessoa, 2500 Milvia #104, Berkeley, 486 1700.
It can sometimes take a while to get in to see her, but it's worth
There is a new dermatologist that I really like named Tomi Wall. She
previously worked and trained at Harvard and has been in Oakland for
just a few years. She is thorough, listens to all of my concerns,
and great at explaining just what I need. Although her expertise is
in laser surgery, she is great at both medical and cosmetic
dermatology. I recommend her highly!! Her office number is
I go to Dr. Mark Ruben in El Cerrito, and think he's fantastic. Very
friendly and caring, and thorough. I was recently diagnosed with a
basal cell carcinoma right in the middle of my nose (how
embarassing!), and Dr. Ruben sent me to a Mohs specialist, Dr. Geisse
in Vallejo who did an excellent job of removing the cancer (though I
found his attitude a bit negative).
--a basal cell carcinoma survivor
My husband and I both see Dr. Fung and are extemely happy with his
care. 510-452-0330, his office is located on Pill Hill/3300 Webster
We both had a basel cell cancer removed by him in the last 18months.
We are both light skinned, used to lay out in the sun to get a tan
and have lots of freckels and moles. He checks us closely but is able
to determine exactly which ones need to be sent to the lab. I
actually went to him for a mole I thought was suspect but he was able
to determine it was not a problem at this time (more a callus than a
mole) but that we would keep it under survielance - LOL
checking all spots
I am new to the area and have a similar skin cancer history as you
(just had Mohs surgery for the second time on my face).
I also have a Blue Shield PPO plan. I saw Dr. Tomi Wall in Oakland
(3300 Webster St.) for the first time in November, and was very
pleased with her. She was thorough, listened to my concerns, and
offered a sound opinion re: biopsy or not (ultimately she did do the
biopsy, and it was positive for basal cell). I would recommend her
highly. Good luck.
cb in alameda
I highly recommend Dr. Mark Rubin. His office is on Fairmount just
across from the El Cerrito Plaza. 510-527-8865.
Dermatologist for mole checks
I'm looking for a dermatologist in Berkeley/Albany/North Oakland or
downtown San Francisco who does excellent mole checks. I have a family
history of melanoma, and would like to find someone who is thorough and
conservative and takes photographs. Thank you.
Christine Avakoff MD 510-625-9930
I didn't realize that I hadn't had a true mapping until I saw her.
sunburn, freckle and mole queen
Camilla McCalmont is your doctor. 510 527 8865. She's located in El
Cerrito and is one of the most recommended docs (by other docs) for
cancer-related dermatology. She even goes through your hair to check
your scalp which I've never had anyone else do. She spotted a basel
cell carcinoma on my shoulder that everyone had told me was just
eczema. She's fabulous and I see her every 12 months religiously. Not
great bedside manner but she's incredibly thorough.
I need a good Dermatologist in East Bay
I am looking for a good dermatologist to help me with the following
issues: removal of facial mole, color spots from my pregnancy, and
Does anyone have a really great recommendation? I would like some
one who is perhaps also open to combining western and more holistic
methods of treatment.
I really like Cornelia Pessoa in Berkeley. 2500 Milvia, Ste.
104. 486-1700. She's very caring and takes a lot of time with
Dermatologist that uses more natural methods?
Does anyone know of a good Dermatologist that uses more natural methods,or at
least has those tendencies?
I've been very successfully using what is the most natural means
available: sunlight, or the exactly equivalent through UV lights.
There aren't too many dermatologists who use this -- the machines
are very expensive -- but the 'big guy' in the Bay Area is Dr. John
Koo of the UCSF dermatology clinic and skin care center in SF
(415-476-4701). They have a dozen or more state-of-the-art UV
cabinets, friendly nurses, and Dr. Koo himself is quite accessible.
(Intriguingly, he practiced as a psychiatrist before going into
dermatology many years ago.)
I recently went to see Dr. Kelly Hood, Dermatologist in Lafayette, for a
simple procedure. I found her to be kind and easy to talk to and I am
thinking about continueing with her. I wanted to know if anyone else has
had any experience with her and how they felt about it. Thanks for any
need a good local derm
Dr. Kelly Hood in Lafayette is a highly skilled, knowledgeable and
WONDERFUL dermatologist! I have been going to her for several years for
various minor procedures, a ''filler'' called juvaderm (she is an artist
with this!), and botox. No one can even tell I've had it - they just say
I look well-rested and my skin looks great. Dr. Hood is extremely careful
and gifted, as well as sweet and easy to talk to about sensitive issues. I
never have to wait more than 5 minutes in her well-run office (she doesn't
over-book), and I look great as a result of her work. Of course, she is
also known for surgical removal of skin cancers and other non-cosmetic
dermatology. She is more reasonably priced compared with some other
dermatologists in the East Bay. I even brought my little boy in for a
plantar's wart on his foot, and she was very gentle and comforting to him.
Happy with Dr. Hood
Dr. Ervin Epstein for skin cancer?
Does anyone have any detailed comments about the dermatologist Dr. Ervin
Epstein, particularly in the area of skin cancers. My husband has had a skin
condition for several years and needs an excellent Dr. who will be
aggressive with a diagnosis as the biopsy indicated the possibility of a
type of unusual cancer. My husband has had poor experience with other
dermatologists in the east bay, failure to be thorough, lack of knowledge,
etc. He will see Dr. Epstein in a month and he'd like to know if he'll be
seeing a top notch dermatologist or whether he should look elsewhere.
Though I can't comment on his expertise with skin cancer
issues, my husband did see Dr Epstein about two years ago for
an severe, full body rash.
What one GP had diagnosed as exfoliative dermatitis, Dr Epstein
called ''a variety of excema'' based on a visual examination
only. He refused to discuss cause, saying ''these things just
happen'' and dismissed the idea that it might be from a food
allergy, which we determined to be case later through another
practitioner. He prescribed prednisone, a cortisone cream,
atarax, and an antibiotic plus UV rays in his office sunbox
which ended up giving my husband sunburn. The treatment worked
eventually, but had a lot of side effects, and didn't allow any
way for my husband to stop using the products without huge
flareup, particularly since it didn't address the root cause,
only the symptom.
Furthermore, he seemed to use a magnifying headpiece like
glasses. If we had relied on Dr
Epstein's judgment, my husband would likely still be using the
cortisone cream and returning to his office regularly.
My both children have been patients of Dr. Epstein for years and only
had good experiences with him.
Although we mostly see him for annual melanoma checkups, he gives his
patients lots of attention, medical and personal. My older daughter
also had a bothersome skin condition that other doctors couldn't treat,
and Dr. Epstein handled it well and helped us get rid of it.
We like Dr. Epstein.
looking for a good dermatologist
I love Dr. Cornelia Pessoa, in Berkeley, 2500 Milvia #104, 486-1700. She's very
personable and a great doctor, very caring and competent.
Seeking current dermatologist recommendations
I am looking for a current recommendation for either Dr. Leslie
Hilger or Dr. David Paslin. I am in the Alta Bates Medical Group
and have Pacificare HMO plan. Thanks for any information.
Dr. Paslin is wonderful. He's very matter-of-fact, and he'll
spend as much time as you want answering questions and explaining
anything you ask. He has a very gentle touch and very good at
distracting nervous patients with conversation about other
things. (We talked about medieval English history!) I can't
recommend him highly enough.
Dr. Kathy Fang (pronounced 'Fong') is an amazing dermatologist. And the all-woman
office loves kids; they practically drool over them! :) There are stickers and
kids magazines in all the rooms (including many in the waiting room), and lots of
blank pads and pens to use for creative inspiration while waiting for the doctor.
As far as Dr. Fang is concerned, she is wonderful with kids, speaks fluent Chinese,
and has an intuitive sight for dermatological issues. She has been in practice for
over 10 years, and is a well-known and well-liked dermatologist in the Bay Area. As
far as medical insurance is concerned, she takes almost all PPO's, and HMO's
affiliated with the medical groups Alta Bates/Sutter Health, and Affinity. Another
lovely dermatologist joined the practice last August. The only negative thing I can
think of is the wait time--they are scheduling for the beginning of July, but they
do get cancellations.
The office loves kids: babies, toddlers, 'tweens, teens, and the Older Teens. :)
They have been known to happily hold or entertain the smaller, more fussy ones. And
their medical assistants are always happy to converse with a younger member of
society on the niceties of Barbie, the color pink, Thomas the Tank Engine, Power
Rangers, why we should not eat play-doh, which 'Sponge Bob' character is best, and
other important issues. The two medical assistants and Dr. Fang have kids of their
own, and are intimately familiar with 'kid stuff'.
My suggestion is to make an appointment with either doctor, and be put on a waiting
list in case of any cancellations.
The office is located in Albany (right on the border of El Cerrito), and there is
PLENTY of parking because we're on the edge of the El Cerrito Plaza parking lot.
Good location, and things to do if you inadvertantly arrive an hour early for your
appoitment by mistake. It happens!
The number is 510-524-0224.
By the way, if this seems even slightly biased, it is. I work for them, and am
happy to give a glorious recommendation for the office.
love my dermatologist
I love Dr. Ralph Bennett in Hayward. He is knowledgeable and kind. He
deals with skin, hair, nails, allergies, and cosmetic procedures. He used
to be a professor of dermatology at UCSF. Also, he is great with kids and
My daughter's doctor diagnosed a lesion on my daughter's face next to her eye as
cancer, and referred her to a dermatologist. My daughter has Medical. When she
called the dermatologist she was referred to, she was told the first appointment
available is in February of next year. Her doctor was able to get her a slot
sooner at the end of November. The lesion on her face is very active (goes through
this cycle of getting bigger, crusty then drying up and peeling) about once a
week. I am very concerned that she should wait so long to be seen by a specialist.
Can someone recommend a dermatologist, clinic, someone to call and advocate for
her, anything, so she can be seen sooner?
To the mother whose daughter has a skin cancer lesion on her face: My father has
skin cancer, and has for a long time. He lives in Berkeley and commutes all the way
to San Leandro, cuz he trusts one doctor, only, and has gone to him for YEARS! The
Dr. is very skilled at what he does and from what I can tell, VERY LITTLE MARK is
left by any burning or minor surgery that has been performed on my father. The
Dr.'s name is John Doux, MD, 13851 E 14th St # 308, San Leandro, CA 94578, (510)
0510. Good Luck
I had a skin cancer (basal cell) very near my eye as well. Just
to put you at ease, if your daughter has been diagnosed with
basal cell, basal cell is often very slow growing and waiting
several months to get it removed probably doesn't put her in
danger. Of course, when I was told that, it didn't make me feel
better. I wanted mine removed ASAP. While I only had a basal
cell, I opted for Moh's surgery to remove it given its proximity
to my eye. I went to UCSF's dermatology clinic, and they were
wonderful. I got an appointment for surgery within a month. If
you all can't use UCSF, you could keep trying other
dermatologists. While they often have long wait times, some
dermatologists reserve ''emergency'' appointment times and you can
ask for one. Good luck to your daughter
Dermatologist that excels in skin cancer screenings
I need a dermatologist that especially excels in skin cancer
screenings. I am very fair-skinned, and my brother (29 yrs)
and father have already had several suspicious moles removed.
I need to begin a yearly screening, and expect that I'll need
some 'work' done, so want to find the very best dermatologist
for this kind of thing. Anyone know who the best in the
Berkeley/East Bay is? I have Blue Cross insurance. Thank you
for your advice.
I highly recommend Dr. Kathy Fang in El Cerrito. She is both an
MD and a PhD. My husband and I (both very fair skinned) have been
seeing her for years for skin cancer screening and treatment of
pre-cancer spots. She removed a squamous cell carcinoma from my
back. She's great. I've also seen Dr. Wen (sp?) in her office and
she was great too. They can be reached at 524-0224.
My husband has skin cancer and goes to Les Hilger in Oakland. He has been great and is quite
personable. He is very difficult to get into, but I would try. linda
I am seeking recommendations for a thorough, investigative dermatologist in the
Oakland/Berkeley area. I am an adult who suffered from eczema as a child, have
continued to suffer from skin disorders, and am still being treated for eczema. I
am actually wondering if my problem is more rosacea than eczema, and I desperately
want a doctor to really help me get to the bottom of my skin problems and what is
triggering them. Insurance is not an issue, as I can check the coverage of any
doctors recommended. Thanks
Not liking the skin I'm in
I recommend Dr. Christine Avakoff, on Webster Street in Oakland,
452-0330. She is currently treating me for rosacea, and I
appreciate her approach. My previous dermatologist said the only
thing that would help was a topical antibiotic cream. But it did
nothing for me. Avakoff has prescribed a variety of treatments,
from topical creams to cleansers to vitamins. She's also open to
hearing what works with over-the-counter products because not
everyone responds the same way to the same thing(for me the big
change came when I started taking an Omega 3-6-9 oil suppliment).
Anyway, I've been trying various combinations of things with
Avakoff's help, and think I finally have my rosacea under
control. Avakoff also does various skin treatments that are
mostly cosmetic but have been shown to have a benefit for
rosacea. I may try one one of these years.
I have rosacea and am very happy with my treatment at Kaiser and I just
found out that
non-Kaiser members can see Kaiser doctors. I was quite surprised and
their rates are
reasonable. I saw Dr. Wilkins this week and he gave me unbiased
referrals, should I pursue them, for treatment for rosacea, spider and
and other types of laser treatments. He is affiliated with UCSF and also
gave me the
name of a UC affiliated dermalogist who he thinks is the best in the Bay
dermatologists want you to use their equipment which is not necessarily
treatment for you. I am more comfortable getting an opinion from a
doctor who is not
involved in the treatment
Has anyone used Dermatologist Dr. David Paslin in Oakland? There is
a chance Dr. Paslin would do the surgery on my father's finger and
I'm concerned - both in extracting the entire mass and in making it
as cosmetically appealing as possible. Anyone who has advice
regarding Dr. Paslin, please pass it on. Concerned Daughter
Dr. Paslin is great! He's very matter-of-fact, which can lead to the appearance
of callousness, so your view of his ''bedside manner'' will probably depend on
your own personality. That said, I found him to be kind, capable, helpful, and
considerate. He's certainly a very good dermatologist. I'd recommend him highly.
very satisfied customer
When my son was an infant, our pediatrician referred us to Dr. Paslin for a
relentless case of cradle cap. Subsequently, I went to Dr. P to have a mole/cyst
biopsy and removal. I have rarely met such a genuinely caring and kind doctor
-- clear yet very comforting. I will/would return in a heart beat. Highly
I have seen Dr. Paslin twice in the last 5 years for skin cancer checks. I have
never had him perform surgery on me. He was quite professional, and his advice
jived with what other dermatologists have told me in the past. He is an older
gentleman, which might put your father more at ease. I have switched
dermatologists because I was interested in having some cosmetic work done, and I
felt better in the hands of someone who had that line of work as a specialty. LR
Growing up in the South has left my face and chest full of sun
spots and I'm tired of looking 10 years older than my age and
wearing more make up than I'd like. I'm not interested in Botox
or fillers, but I would like a dermatologist that does chemical
peels and uses lasers for sun damage. Is there a Dr. out there that has worked wonders on your skin?
On the subject of great dermatologists, my pick is Dr. Edward Becker in
Walnut Creek. (925-945-7005.) I've seen several because I grew up in
Hawai'i 55 years ago, before sunscreen. I've had peels, cryosurgery,
and now I get real, put-you-to-sleep plastic surgery. If you have
insurance (mine's from Cal), I can't recommend this talented, personable
dermatologist highly enough.
Dr. Terri Dunn at 2828 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, is a fantastic
dermatologist! She regularly checks my fair skin for skin
cancer. She provides mole removal, botox treatment, skincare
advice, and much more. She is also a parent of young kids and
can give advice for how to keep their skin healthy. Her number
Dermatologist Cornelia (''Cate'') Pessoa in Berkeley is very
careful about cosmetic interventions. She just ''froze'' off
numerous sun spots on my face (in 5 minutes) -- way easier and
less costly than laser treatments and peels. You'll have dark
spots for one week max where each spray of freezing is done
(ugly, but it's just one week). I highly recommend Dr.
Pessoa. Have her check you all over for any suspicious moles,
Unless you are stuck on the idea of a dermatologist, I would
recommend visiting Lynn at Face Magic in Albany. She is a
wonderful, kind person, highly professional, very
knowledgeable, and great at what she does -- all sorts of skin
care, including laser peels and dermabrasion.
younger skin thanks to Lynn
I am a plastic surgeon in Berkeley, and I work with the skin
care line Obagi NuDerm. I have written about it previously on
this site, and I believe some of these are archived. In short,
what Obagi does is make your skin healthier by stimulating the
deeper layer of skin to rebuild its own collagen, elastic fibers
and water holding molecules. What make this line really work is
that they hold the patent on an agent that delivers the active
ingredients through the skin. Remember that skin functions as
an organ to keep things out. Your skin holds moisture better,
is firmer and more elastic because it is healthier. The
products also treat hyperpigmentation beautifully.
I want to caution you against looking for peels or laser
treatments. If your skin is really damaged, you thin it further
with these treatments rather than making it stronger.
If you want more information, feel free to call the office at
510 704-2170 or check out the website at www.artfulsurgery.com
Hope this helps.
Elizabeth Lee, MD
also recommended: plastic surgeon Elizabeth Lee
Any recommendations on the best place/practitioner to remove
spider veins? This is less a medical than a vanity concern, so
I imagine insurance won't cover me.
I recently had large varicose veins removed non-surgically by
Dr. Mark Isaacs. He also does surface spider veins. His work
was great. His service professional. All of the people on his
staff are very nice and very competent. I highly recommend
him. His office is in Walnut Creek but it only takes about 15
minutes to get there. One thing I really liked about him is
that he always runs on time. He does not overschedule. Since
I was squeezing in appointments between work and picking
up/driving kids, it was nice to be able to count on him to be
prompt. Good luck. I wish I had taken care of these things
years earlier. His office is called Vein Specialists of
Northern California (925) 945-8656. He has a website
I wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Mark Isaacs (Vein Specialist of Northern
California) for spider vein therapy. The veins aren't actually removed --
instead, a solution is injected into the veins, causing them to collapse and
eventually disappear. If you do a web search you'll find his site.
My treatment took three sessions and $1800, but I am very happy with the
results. Dr. Isaacs has a wonderful best-side manner and a great staff. I met
with another Berkeley physician but chose Dr. Isaacs despite his Walnut Creek
location. Veins are all he ''does.'' I actually found Dr. Isaacs through a
recommendaton on UCB Parents, so I second the recommendation!
Those lovely spider veins...I had mine worked on at Dr. Katie
Rodan's office in Oakland. Both she and her staff are fabulous.
My legs look so much better now! Although you should know
before you go the following(which I wasn't fully aware of):
1) It is painful (like lots of bee stings)
2) For best results you have to wear these awful compression
panty hose for 3-4 weeks all day. The type of hose rec. is a
very expensive ($140) hose from Johnson MEdical supply.
3) The bruising can last 3-5 weeks before you see the results.
4) Stay out of the sun after the procedure
5) Best to do this procedure in the winter when it is cold b/c
the compression hose is very hot and uncomfortable. I had my
veins done last April during a Bay Area ''heat wave'' type
weather and I was miserable.
Nicer legs now
Re: Serious Skin Care Advice Needed!
I started having some pretty serious complexion problems two years
ago, and tried a lot of things, including multiple trips to my primary care
physician. She actually told me to do things that exacerbated the
condition, and I finally went to Dr. Warren Dotz, a dermatologist whose
office is right next to Alta Bates. I was very impressed by him. He was
absolutely scrupulous in looking over my skin, inquiring about my
history, and coming up with a diagnosis. He is unhurried and thorough
during appointments. My skin looks quite nice now!
Has anyone had any of the following procedures - glycolic peels;
Obagi blue peels; laser light pulsing? What experience did you
have? Was there a recovery time? Did it really make a
difference? How much did you pay? What doctor did you use and
did/do you think s/he was understanding and helpful?
I have a lot of sun damage that has not changed with use of
I had a small red spot on my face removed by laser pulsing by a
dermatologist (Dr. Bloom). I had a very visible bruise
(substantially larger than the initial spot) that did not heal
completely for 3-4 weeks. The spot disappeared for a while,
but it or another one, has since taken its place.
I have been using the Obagi products, but not the blue peel, for dark pigment sun
damage. it has been great. I got it from the Epi-center Med Spa in San Francisco. I
had tried several thing prior, like glycolic peels that didn't work. I love the Obagi
stuff and highly recomend it. I htink I spent about $500 on a few appointments and
enough products to last about 1 yr. They also included Retin-a in the regimen, it
didn't work for me alone, but combined with the Obagi is great.
I am a plastic surgeon practicing in Berkeley. Although I am a
surgeon, in my practice, I see many people who are not
interested in surgery, per se, but who have a lot of sun damage
to their skin which increases risk for skin cancer and may make
them appear older than they actually are. I work with Obagi
NuDerm skin health system in helping to correct this damage. This is not a superficial, feel good program. It restores
health to the skin by stimulating the deeper layers to correct
damage from aging and sun exposure. Unlike peels such as
glycolic acid treatments which treat only the surface of the
skin, Obagi treats the entire thickness of the skin.
The skin's function as a body organ is to keep things out, so
when you apply Retin A by itself, it is only getting into the
most superficial layer of the skin, the epidermis. What Obagi
offers that is different than everything else out there is an
agent that delivers the Retin A through the skin so it reaches
the dermis, the deeper layer where a majority of sun damage and
aging changes occurs.
The Obagi Blue peel may be done as an adjunct to the NuDerm
treatment. It can treat dark spots and wrinkles which do not
respond completely to the skin care alone. You must pretreat
your skin with the NuDerm system for at least 8 weeks prior to
the peel, and I must say that a majority of patients who come in
specifically for the peel find the improvement with the 8 weeks
of prep to be so remarkable that they decide not to have the
peel at all!
This program is physician supervised only, it is not available
over the counter or from astheticians. It is the only skin care
I use in the office, because it helps my patients, unlike most
of the other lines out there which are expensive and feel nice
to use, but don't make any permanent improvements in skin health
and appearance. You can research the products at Obagi.com
Glycolic peels are very superficial and 'freshening' equivalent
to rubbing your face with a dry washcloth. They will do nothing
to permanently improve your skin's health.
The IPL laser is not really a laser, and also has very temporary
results. The deeper layer of the skin can be stimulated to
create more collagen and elastin, improving wrinkles and
firmness using the correct laser. The best one out there now is
the V-Beam by Candela. You can visit them on the web at
www.candelalaser.com. We are using this laser in the office.
Local Plastic Surgeon
I am in Berkeley and looking for a dermatologist who can remove
several sebaceous cysts from my scalp. Has anyone had ''things''
removed and can suggest someone...I am nervous about being left
with bald spots on the head.
My husband had a lump that he was told was a sebaceous cyst
removed by a plastic surgeon, Glen Lau. It turned out not to be
a sebaceous cyst and Dr. Lau was very kind and helpful. I've
heard from others Dr. Lau has a good reputation.
I'm desperately looking for a great dermatologist in the East
Bay Area. My chief complaints...visible facial capillaries,
enlarged pores, mild acne scarring, sun damage...and the list
could go on and on. Is there hope with such a long list of
flaws...I hope so!!!
Now that 40 is just a few years away, I'd love to really start
on a long term skin improvement program...one where I will be
able to enjoy visible results.
I'm really a newbie to this (have heard about lots of things
like Retin-A, laser facials...but haven't tried any)
Ideally, I would need a very proactive doctor who takes my
concerns seriously and offers tried and true solutions.
Any advice you have would be very much appreciated! If you have
any of the same skin concerns and have found things that work, I
would love to hear your suggestions.
I highly recommend Julie Billings in Oakland (she also has a
Lafayette office). She is booked many months in advance, but
there's good reason for it -she's fabulous. She's helped me
with acne problems and I've seen her anti-aging work on friends
who look great! I recently had a baby and have an appointment
to deal with the many new varicose/spider veins on my legs.
She's not cheap, but she's the best dermatologist I've ever
I highly recommend Dr. Katie Rodan. She deals with everything
you mentioned and is totally comfortable that you want better
looking skin. I got tired of ''clinical'' dermatologists and went
to her a few months back. My insurance does not pay, but it was
worth it. She is the same doctor who created Proactive and
Radiant - both of which I use with fantastic results. She's
located near Summit Hospital at 3300 Webster st. at (510) 763-
I've seen many dermatologists around the Bay Area and am curious
to hear responses to this post. I have many of the same skin
issues you mentioned and, though I can't recommend any one
dermatologist (most I've seen were just okay, some were
terrible), I did want to give you a heads-up on what to expect.
Many dermatologists now sell skin care product lines and will
give you a salesman's pitch to buy them. I'm not saying that
these products won't help your particular needs but they are
pricey and there were times that I wished I hadn't booked an
appointment with a doctor only to feel like I was at the Macy's
cosmetics counter. That has been my personal experience and I
hope that yours will be better one. Best of luck to you.
- felt pressured to buy
Hi - I like you, have had crap skin all of my life. In my mid-
30s I decided I had to do something about it. All the dermos
could do was address my rosacea, and prescribe drying, one-size-
fits-all creams, such as Retin-A, which really didn't do
anything for me. Then I started seeing an escthetician (I can't
spell it!) for regular facials and treatments and the results
have been excellent! She immediately exfoliated my skin and got
me onto a good, non-oily daily sunscreen. I couldn't be
happier. My skin is clear and fresh looking, and I've even
gotten comments on how much better it's looking. There are
still long term issues, like acne scarring and sun damage, but
I'm planning (and saving up for) microdermabrasion this winter
that will help diminish these flaws.
I like the idea that my facialist knows my skin intimately. Is
it pricey? It can be, but it's worth it. I try to get in for a
facial once a month. I just turned 40 and my skin hasn't glowed
like this since I was pregnant!
I am new to Walnut Creek and am looking for a dermatologist to
perform micro derm and/or a glycolic peel. Possibly botox,
too! Please let me know if any one has had a positive
experience with someone in or around the Walnut Creek area. I
had a really bad experience with a day spa so I would rather
stick to an actual dermatologist. Thanks!
Try Dr. Melinda Myers in Walnut Creek. She is amazing. I have
used her as my dermatologist since I was a teen and she knows
all the latest about skincare procedures.
I highly recommend Dr. Christine Lee. Her phone number is 925-
932-9389. She's located off of Ygnacio Valley Road by John
Muir Hospital. My skin has improved since I've gone to her.
I am seeking a top notch cosmetic dermatologist to remove a
basal cell carcinoma that is on the tip of my nose. Given the
very visible placement of this cancer, I want to find someone
who has a great deal of experience. I have been told MOHS
surgery is the best technique...so any dermatologist who is
experienced in this method would also be great. Finally, I need
someone who's with Alta Bates. I'd greatly appreciate any
I've checked the archives, but need someone with experience in
this type of technique AND who belongs to Alta Bates. Thank you.
Appreciates the Tip
I need to have a basal cell carcinoma removed. Can anyone
recommend a dermatologist in the Alta Bates Medical group for
this type of procedure? I'm particularly interested in
comments on surgical skill, apparent medical
knowledge/diagnostic talent, and quality of office staff.
I've seen the recommendations for Warren Dotz, but he is not
currently taking new patients. Comments are welcome on any
dermatologists affiliated with the Alta Bates Medical Group,
but from comments posted here and my PCP's recommendation, I'm
focusing on Ervin Epstein, Kathy Fang, and Terris Dunn.
My mother saw Dr. Kathy Fang in El Cerrito recently to remove a
suspicious growth (turned out to be benign). She was very pleased
with the doctor and the office staff. Best of luck.
i am looking for a dermatologist and or laser surgeon for my
face. i have sensitive/fair skin with lot's of broken
cappliaries, mild scarring and more wrinkles than i should for
my age- i would love a product and or procedure that would
address some of these issues- anyone out there had success?
I use Dr. Robert Aycock on San Miguel in Walnut Creek. He and
his staff are all wonderful. The laser surgery is an outpatient
process that only takes about 15 minutes per session and then
you can go right back to work. He also did some more extensive
procedures for me and everything came out great!
UCSF Dermatology and Laser Center at Union and Sutter in SF
is an excellent place to go. I got my severely scarred face resurfaced by laser
surgery conducted by Dr. Roy Grekin. He did a fantastic job. The surgery was
primarily for scarring, but took care of uneven skin tone, sun damage, wrinkles and
overall skin quality as well. I am very fair skinned and grew up in the Southwest.
The acne scars are not completely gone but unnoticeable to most people. My skin
glows and is young looking. People usually guess that I'm about 10 years younger
than I actually am. It was a difficult decision to make and Dr. Grekin would only do
the surgery if I understood the risks and was certain, because the recovery phase is
difficult and long, and there are risks. The skin takes months to heal and can be
very difficult to go through psychologically, and it is for some people very painful.
(Though, for me there was virtually no pain and I didn't need any post-surgical pain
medication.) It can take up to a year to a year and a half for full recovery (i.e., results
are completed - so your skin is always improving.) Any of the surgeons at UCSF
Derm and Laser Center can give you a consultation and I understand that all of them
are ranked as high as Dr. Grekin. Dr. Grekin was listed as one of the top laser
surgeons in the US in San Francisco Magazine last year.
For me it was worth the effort and expense ($5000).
Recommendations for spider vein removal
looked in the archives and couldn't find any recent
recommendations for spider vein removal. I''m looking for a
referral, and for feedback on the success and discomfort of the
procedure itself. Has anyone had any success with laser?
I recently had this procedure done by Dr. Isaacs, a specialist in Walnut
Creek. I also had a consult with another doctor in Berkeley but felt Dr.
Isaacs had far superior experience with spider veins. Although laser
was in vogue for a few years, Dr. Isaacs and the other doctor I spoke
with don't use it because it hasn't been shown to be as effective as
schlerotherapy. Unfortunately I can't tell you about the end result of my
treatment because I am in the middle of it. The procedure entails at
least three visits. It wasn't as painful as childbirth but it wasn't a picnic
either. If you are interested in hearing how it came out, feel free to check
back with me in a couple of months.
Dermatologist who can monitor me for skin cancer
I'm looking for a knowledgeable dermatologist who can monitor
me for skin cancer (I'm in my 40s and high risk) and also offer
some measured advice on procedures to improve the look of my
skin. I don't want somebody selling a bunch of pricey skin care
products or abrasion procedures so they can pay for their
latest laser gizmo. Anywhere in the Bay area. Thanks for any
My in-laws (who are in their 60's and lived in Miami for 35
years until recently moving out here) turned us on to Dr.
Binstock in Mill Valley at the Aesthetic Dermatology & Cosmetic
Surgery, Inc. at 535 Miller Ave. Both have had great success
with Dr. Binstock removing skin cancer cells from moles on
their face/head etc..My husband and I both just recently
visited him to remove questionable moles on our faces. He does
wonderful work...he removed a mole that I've had on my face
since about age 2 that had become suspicious of late. After
visiting with other dermatologists who were afraid to remove
the mole and took that ''wait and see'' attitude(which is
disconcerting after so many years).Dr. B took one look at it
and removed it,no scarring,no pain, and quick!
He did a wonderful reconstruction of my mom's nose that was
riddled with skin cancer that other dermatologists had ruined
over the years (not removing all the cancer cells and allowing
it to keep growing etc..) Now we can't even tell that she had
anything wrong with that area of her nose...I guess that's the
added benefit of having a derm. and plastic surgery practice.
there # is 415 383 5475
I recommend Dr. Hilger of Affiliates in Dermatology. I went to
him for years and sadly had to quit him when my insurance forced
me to change primary care physicians. He is thorough, very kind,
and really enjoys educating his patients on their skin and/or the
drugs he prescribes. I went through my forties with him when I
wanted all kinds of cosmetic things done. He was patient,
explained the benefits and limitations of different procedures
and, in the end, we did a few nonradical things that helped but
didn't cost me my life's savings. He is generous with his time
and he gives free samples, which was nice. His front desk staff
is overworked but there is a friendly feel to the office
environment. The downside is trying to get through on the phone.
He's in Oakland and Alameda.
I can recommend Cornelia Pessoa, M.D. She is in her late 40's
and is located at Milvia & Dwight Way in Berkeley. She has
monitored my moles and my sister's moles for many years as both
of us are at high risk for skin cancer. My 11 year old daughter
has begun seeing her for acne. Dr. Pessoa conservatively treats
conditions and does not recommend any kind of cosmetic stuff
unless she is specifically asked. Her office does have a laser
technician that comes in once a month with laser equipment to do
some cosmetic treatment, if you're interested.
My daughter had a suspicious mole removed which required a
couple of stitches. She did a great job (and only removes moles
if she really thinks its necessary, however, I've requested that
some moles be removed for cosmetic reasons and she has no
problem with that.)
bad skin expert
Re: dermatologist for sun-related rash
recommend, very highly, the dermatologist, Julie Billings, M.D.,
offices in Orinda and Oakland. She may be closed to new
patients, but is possible that one of her associates may be able
to see you. Because Dr. Billings is so good, her office
colleagues tends to be good, as well.
Re: Plastic Surgery for Acne Scars
The best person to help you with what and who your options are
would be an excellent dermatologist who does not have a vested
interest in what procedure you go with. Julie Billings, M.D. in
Oakland and Orinda is a superlative dermatologist, and though she
may be closed to new patients you might be able to finagle your
way in for a one-time consultation--explain that to the
receptionist. Julie is very academic, very knowledgeable, and
very lovely to deal with--she will know the best resource for
your particular type of scarring. My fear regarding going
straight to the plastic surgeon is that you might be talked into
a less-than-ideal procedure for your particular problem.
I wish you luck--I know that medicine has made a lot of advances
with mitigating, even obliterating, scarring.
Spider vein removal on legs
Does anyone have any recommendations for someone who does spider
vein removal on legs? My dermatologist recommended UCSF, and I
admit that the fact that they're a hospital lends a sense of
security about the quality of their services (real or imagined),
but they are VERY expensive! I don't know where else to try, so
I can compare prices, procedures, etc. I don't even know if
there are different methods being used, or if the only method is
to inject (saline, I think) at the site of each visible vein, as
I have heard.
Any information, recommendations or warnings would be greatly
appreciated. I feel too young to retire all my skirts and
I went with a friend to the EpiCure Laser Medical Center at 500
San Pablo Avenue, Albany, 527-3739, who was having some rather
large veins lasered. She saw Dr. Mamiko Kawai who was extremely
friendly and comforting. Their website is www.EpiCureLMC.com.
My friend was very happy with the results. It was I believe $150
for a consultation.
Has anyone seen a dermatologist that helped her with the usual
aging skin, eg. sun spots, wrinkles and the like? Someone up on
all the procedures like microdermabrasion, etc? I prefer someone
in the alta bates or summit areas.
I doubt that a dermatologist will be as helpful as you hope re
aging skin. MD's don't tend to know much about nutrition and are
generally overly cautious re supplements. That isn't their
specialty, medicine is. I take some wonderful and not expensive
supplements that I know have improved my skin... (it's an inside
job too!) Am glad to share my resource. As an RN, I believe them
to be safe and effe
Regarding a dermatologist: I would highly recommend Dr. Wm. Crain on
Webster in Oakland. My son likes him and he helped clear up my son's
acne. Both my husband and I have also gone to him and found him to be
Spider Vein removal
I'm thinking of having sclerotherapy done on my spider veins
and looked at the website for recent recommendations. I
found lots of recommendations for dermatologists, but none
specifically for treating spider veins. I'd also be interested in
hearing pros and cons from anyone who has had this
I highly recommend vein specialist, Dr. Mark Issacs in
Walnut Creek for sclerotherapy on spider veins. I got great
results. I had a large number of spider veins on my legs
and big blue veins (not vericose) behind my knees. Not only
do my legs look so much better, but the heavy achy feeling I
had (especially during my periods) is virtually gone now! It's
not cheap, and recovery takes some work - but it was worth
I can recommend a dermatologist in the East Bay. She's treated me for a few minor
conditions. Her treatments were appropriate and effective. She has an up front and
Dr. Cornelia Pessoa
2414 Ashby Ave.
-- Rachel H.
I second the recommendation of Cornelia Pessoa, dermotologist. She's cautious and
knowledgeable, as well as extremely personable. She really takes her time with
We're also on UHC (Choice) and both my son (at 4 mos.) and myself (mom) saw
McCalmont. Her office is in El Cerrito. She was one of the few
dermatologists on our plan
who could see us within 3 weeks.
I *highly* recommend Lesley Hilger; he's the best, I feel. Melissa
I really like Cornelia Pessoa at Telegraph and Ashby. Her no.
is 486 1700, 2414
I have been extremely happy with my visits with dermatologist Warren Dotz.
His office is in Berkeley near Alta Bates. I am a nurse practitioner and
think it is a compliment to Dr. DotzFs reputation and abilities that many of
my colleagues choose to see him as their dermatologist too.
Dr. Dotz has been very caring and friendly (actually he has a dry sense of
humor which can be quite amusing) on all my visits so far which has included
a skin cancer as well as several cosmetic procedures. What I especially like
is his intelligence and concern for detail. He has been sensitive to my
concerns and I have appreciated his confident but cautious approach to my
care (he tells me my options and risks).
I recently had the opportunity to refer my teen-age nephew to him for a
severe acne problem. I saw my sister's son the other day and the results were
truly remarkable! Totally clear, beautiful skin. We are all very grateful and
my nephew is thrilled.
Warren Dotz is my dermatologist. I highly recommend him. He has a very nice
office in a professional building near Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley.
I first saw him for a problem I was having on my wrist for which several
doctors, including another dermatologist, had given me cortisone creams. Dr.
Dotz examined it with a microscope of some sort, told me it was an uncommon
fungus infection and gave me some salve for it. Sure enough it went away
within days. I was very impressed!
Since that visit I have seen him a few more times. He is very pleasant and
courteous. I like his sincere, straight forward, "New Yorker" style. Seems to
have a great memory because he actually reminded me about a conversation we
had on a previous visit about my daughter. I feel very fortunate to have
found him as my dermatologist.
He also has a nice staff who were very helpful fitting me in on one occasion.
My internist is in Alta Bates Medical Group so he sends me to dermatologists
affiliated with that group. After having two previous dermatologists drop out
of the plan (who I thought were so-so), I was sent to Dr. Warren Dotz. I have
found him to be an excellent doctor and I have felt that I am in very capable
hands----since skin cancer runs in my family.
Dr. Dotz has a very direct approach which I like. If you are looking for a
doctor who tells jokes he is probably not for you. However, I have found his
bedside manner to be warm and sincere, friendly and respectful. I am a person
who likes explanations and Dr. Dotz seems very willing to do so. I think he
realizes that skin cancer checkups are stressful to me. So he has been very
reassuring. He has gotten to know my family (my husband and daughter see him
too) and always asks me how they are doing. Little conversations such as
these makes for pleasant office visits. All in all I have been extremely
pleased with my care with Dr. Dotz and am happy to recommend him.
I think Dr. Dotz is a wonderful dermatologist. My wife and I have been seeing
him for many years and we could not be more pleased with the treatment and
advice we have received. We have recommended him to several friends with
similar feedback. Dr. Dotz is always willing to take the time to
and explain issues that arise during our visits. He never fails to introduce
all the available current medical information we need to make informed
judgments. He is one of the few doctors that we've seen who presents us with
all the possible benefits as well as side effects of prescribed medications.
We appreciate the effort he makes to treat us as educated and valued
patients. He really cares about treating the whole patient. For example he is
the first doctor I ever had who always calls me personally to give me test
results. My wife had a potentially dangerous and unsightly mole removed from
her face several years back with remarkably successful results. I too have
had very successful skin treatments of what I had been previously told were
hard to treat skin conditions. All in all we have found Dr. Dotz to be a
warm, dedicated and totally professional physician. We think he is a
I wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Warren Dotz who is my dermatologist of five
years. I was referred to Dr. Dotz by several friends and my internist (who
said that he sends his wife and children to Dr. Dotz). What I liked most
about him is that he is very smart, sincere and explains things well. He was
the first dermatologist that we've see that actually recommended and took
photographs of my husbands moles. I also appreciated his approach to my
daughter... treating her complexion but always engaging her in a conversation
about her interests. Lastly, his staff is very friendly and can be very
helpful in making appointments as Dr. Dotz seems to be very much in demand
I've had nothing but great experiences with Lesley Hilger,
dermatologist. And this after my previous dermatologist, whom I also
greatly liked (Greta Clarke), quit HealthNet.
I have my skin checked annually (lots of moles!) and have had a couple of
moles removed by Dr. William Crain in Oakland. He seems competent and is
very straightforward. He shares his office with a woman dermatologist who
someone recently recommended to me, too. I have to be referred by my
primary doctor first, but I guess that might vary depending on your
insurance plan. He's located in the medical building near Summit
Hospital at 3300 Webster Street, with parking downstairs.
I can highly recommend Dr. Camilla McCalmont on Fairmont Ave. in El
Cerrito. She is very competent and professional. If you want more
information, please contact me.
i really like my dermatologist: Cornelia M. Pessoa, M.D.
on Ashby Avenue near Telegraph (549-4503). She was very
friendly and even did mind my spirited 2 year old hanging
around for the appt.
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