Get To Know Our Dermatologists

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Aimee PaikDoctorateDegreeAmerican Board of DermatologyBoard Certified DermatologistChief Medical OfficerDermatologist100A dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in conditions involving the skin, hair, and nails. A dermatologist can identify and treat more than 3,000 conditions. These conditions include eczema, psoriasis, and skin cancer, among many others.
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Medically reviewed by Aimee Paik, MD

Written by Annie Lam

Last updated 8/2/2021

Here at Apostrophe, we’re proud to connect all of our patients with board-certified dermatologists. Our amazing team of dermatologists is committed to empowering you to feel confident in your own skin. You might be wondering, what is a board-certified dermatologist, and why are they the best physicians to treat my skin? We’re introducing you to some of our Apostrophe derms and their qualifications and training to identify and treat your unique skin. 

What is a dermatologist?

A dermatologist is a doctor that specializes in conditions involving the skin, hair, and nails. Fun fact: dermatologists are able to identify and treat over 3000 conditions. They are very well trained in skin and have gone through extensive coursework. Becoming a dermatologist is a true commitment - every derm goes through 4 years of college for a bachelor’s degree, 4 years of medical school, a 1 year internship, and 3 years of residency. To top it off, dermatology is an extremely competitive field. In 2021, there were only 478 residency spots nationwide. So you know that your derm went through competitive training to be able to treat you and your skin. 

Why is “board-certified” important?

On top of the rigorous coursework to become a dermatologist, board-certified derms take it a step further. In order to become board-certified, a dermatologist must take and pass a challenging exam on their coursework in dermatology. Board certification comes from the American Board of Dermatology. This extra step shows that board-certified dermatologists are the most well trained to treat skin conditions like acne and rosacea. Rest assured knowing that our board-certified derms are providing “top tier” treatment for you. 

Meet some of our dermatologists

Bradley Beckman, MD

What made you decide to become a dermatologist? 

I actually went through the first 3 years of medical school certain I was going to be an internist but did a 4-week dermatology elective my senior year. I fell in love with the incredible uniqueness of the specialty.

How long have you been a dermatologist? Why did you decide to work in teledermatology?

I started my dermatology residency in 1979 and opened a private practice in 1982. After 34 years of a very successful solo practice with intense patient volume, the idea of seeing patients from home was very intriguing. Soon I realized that teledermatology was the wave of the future. 

Teledermatology offers patients the option of expertise from an experienced board-certified dermatologist but they are seen much more quickly than traditional medicine. It allows patients who don’t have insurance the opportunity to get affordable, expert care. There’s a lot less stress for me as a doctor, and I am able to help the vast majority with great, happy patients. It’s a true win-win! 

What is your favorite part of being a dermatologist? 

My favorite part is seeing and hearing the satisfaction of the patients. The great joy in changing patients’ skin to give them more self-confidence and going to bed every night knowing my best is indeed good enough. There’s so much joy seeing the transformation of patients and their smiling faces on follow-up pics. 

Maggie Kober, MD

What made you decide to become a dermatologist? 

For me, dermatology has the perfect blend of medicine, cosmetics and surgery. 

How long have you been a dermatologist? Why did you decide to work in teledermatology?

I’ve been a dermatologist for six years and think Apostrophe is an incredible company! Our ability to expand access to dermatologists and provide excellent medications sets us apart. In general, teledermatology provides specialty care to those who may not have the ability to see a dermatologist in person. 

What is your favorite part of being a dermatologist? 

I’ve found that improving the appearance of the skin often increases a patient’s self-esteem and sense of well-being. Being able to help others on both the medical and emotional level is my favorite part of being a dermatologist. 

Mary Braden, MD

What made you decide to become a dermatologist? 

Dermatology is a great specialty because we get to see all ages and do a mixture of clinical medicine and procedures. I am also board certified in dermatopathology, which allows me to interpret the results of skin biopsies. It is an excellent mix of independent work, as well as the socialization and satisfaction I get from working in clinic with my patients and staff. 

How long have you been a dermatologist? Why did you decide to work in teledermatology?

I graduated from residency in 2014. I have been in clinical practice since that time. I love working for Apostrophe because I believe we deliver quality care with board certified expertise from the comfort of a patient's home. Covid led to a greater understanding of how we can utilize technology to deliver medical care in a safe and effective way. It also allows me to spend more time at home with my family, while still working and using my skills.

What is your favorite part of being a dermatologist? 

Seeing a patient go from having low self esteem due to the appearance of their skin to a more thriving, happy person when we can help improve the condition of their skin.

We're so grateful to be able to connect you all with board-certified dermatologists that are passionate about what they do. If you're looking for treatment for skin concerns like acne and rosacea, start your online dermatologist visit today!

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