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Teledermatology Visits

Our doctors are now offering teledermatology (virtual visits) to our patients! It's easy and most insurance companies are covering these visits. If you are interested in teledermatology, call our office at 410-203-0607 and we will be happy to schedule you with one of our providers!


COVID-19-Coronavirus

We are taking precautions to make sure you are safe during your visit! 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 are at risk because of other health issues.
  • You have been in contact with someone who has developed Coronavirus within the past 14 days.
  • You have travelled internationally or been on a cruise within the past 2 weeks
  • If you are over 60 years old, you are asked to use your own discretion and decide if you would like to keep or reschedule your appointment.

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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.

Patient Portal: Directions are as Easy as 1-2-3!

If you have already set up an account, click here.
If you do not have an account set up on our portal, click the blue Patient Portal box to the left .

1. Review Demographics tab THEN
2. Complete On Line Patient Medical History under Forms tab THEN
3. Under the Messages tab, Send the Office a Message saying your forms are complete!

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 hours notice to avoid being assessed a $50.00 cancellation fee. Surgical and cosmetic appointments require 48 hours notice. Saturday and Sunday do not count since we are closed on the weekend. Appointments can be cancelled by calling 410-203-0607 or using Contact Us on this website. For your convenience, messages can be left 24-hours a day.

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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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  • Esther Cohen, P.A.

    With over 40 years of experience, Esther Cohen was one of the first  Physician Assistants in the country.  She received her degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Health Services/Essex Community College Physician Assistant program in 1974 and trained at the Johns Hopkins Department of Dermatology. Treating adults and children, she has worked in the field of dermatology since 1980. She offers comprehensive services for a wide variety of skin, hair, and nail problems and is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

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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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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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