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WE HAVE MOVED TO A NEW ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS SYSTEM!

We are excited to announce that we have updated our EHR to enhance the patient experience! We do anticipate some delays as we transition, but hope for it to be an overall smooth process for both patients and our staff.

WHAT'S NEW?

  • NEW patient portal - see link above to log into your portal. If you are unsure of the information needed to login, call or text us and we'd be happy to help get you set up! You will now be able to access your office notes with more ease of access!
  • Register prior to your appointment - update and verify your information, take a picture of your insurance card and photo ID, and sign some of our consent forms ahead of time! 
  • e-Check-in: when you come to our office for an appointment, you will have the option to check in at our front desk OR scan our QR code for e-registration on your phone or one of our iPads.

COVID-19-Coronavirus

We are taking precautions to make sure you are safe during your visit! We are encouraging all who enter our office to wear a mask, however, it is not mandatory.

Please reschedule your appointment if  any of the following apply to you:

  • You have a fever over 100.4F, are coughing, have unusual shortness of breath,
  • You have been in contact with someone who has developed Coronavirus within the past 14 days.
  • You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days.


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    Information about Our Office

    Whether you are a child, adolescent, or adult, our experienced dermatologists are committed to offering state-of-the-art care for concerns related to your skin, hair, and nails. We also offer cosmetic services to enhance your appearance and rejuvenate your skin!

    Our goal at Dermatology & Advanced Skin Care is to help you more clearly understand your skin concerns and treatment options. We invite you to explore information on this website so that you may begin to understand diseases of the skin and how you can look your best. During your appointment, our dermatologists will discuss with you the most recent trends in dermatology so we can work together to achieve a positive outcome.

    Please take a few moments to look through this site to get a better feel for Dermatology & Advanced Skin Care's capabilities and services. We also invite you to call our Ellicott City office at any time to request an appointment or ask any questions. Thank you.

    Can't keep your appointment?

    Be informed! Cancelling your appointment impacts 2 - YOU and the other person who would love to have your appointment time!   If you are unable to keep your appointment, be courteous! Kindly provide 24 business hours notice to avoid being assessed a $50.00 cancellation fee for medical dermatology appointments. Surgical and cosmetic appointments require 48 business hours notice and are assessed a $100 cancellation fee. Saturday and Sunday do not count since we are closed on the weekend. Appointments can be cancelled by calling or texting 410-203-0607 or using Contact Us on this website. For your convenience, messages can be left 24-hours a day.

    Meet Our Providers

    • Smitha Kuppalli, M.D.

      Dr. Kuppalli received her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed her residency in Dermatology at the University of Virginia. She is board certified in Dermatology. Prior to returning to her home roots in Howard County, she was on faculty at the Unversity of Virginia School of Medicine and, more recently, was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology at Columbia University. 

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    • Nicholas Girardi, M.D.

      Dr. Girardi graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia and completed his Dermatology residency at Johns Hopkins Medical Institution where he was the Chief Resident.  He enjoys practicing all aspects of dermatology including the diagnosis and treatment of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers, acne, psoriasis, and eczema.  He is also skilled in cosmetic procedures such as the use of lasers, dermal fillers, and Botox.   

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    • Aerlyn Dawn, M.D.
      Mohs Surgeon

      Dr. Dawn attended Harvard University for his undergraduate studies and received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine. After his internship at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, he completed his Dermatology residency at the University Pennsylvania and then completed a fellowship in Mohs surgery and procedural dermatology in Philadelphia. He has authored numerous scientific articles and book chapters and has presented at national dermatology and dermatologic surgery meetings. 

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    • Meredith Sagal, CRNP

      Meredith Sagal, FNP-C, CRNP graduated cum laude from Villanova University with her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She began her career as a trauma intensive care nurse at the world renowned University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. After this, Meredith attended Duke University for her Master’s degree in Nursing. Meredith has attained a vast medical knowledge base throughout her many years of providing medical care, in areas such as emergency medicine, trauma, orthopedics, and surgical intensive care.

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    Hours of Operation

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    Dermatology & Advanced Skin Care

    Monday:

    8:00 am-5:00 pm

    Tuesday:

    8:00 am-5:00 pm

    Wednesday:

    8:00 am-5:00 pm

    Thursday:

    8:00 am-5:00 pm

    Friday:

    8:00 am-5:00 pm

    Saturday:

    Closed

    Sunday:

    Closed

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