About Us

We are highly trained, renowned physicians and staff. All of our physicians are board-certified and known internationally for their expertise. We are often recognized as one of the best places in Boston to see a dermatologist.
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Our dermatologists are committed to providing comprehensive patient care.
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Our team is credentialed as dermatology technicians and is meticulously trained to best care for our patients.

Dermatology Review Patient

Everyone was so kind and the process of going through the appointment was so easy!

– Ilana Keusch, patient



Emmy Graber, MD, MBA

Founder and President of The Dermatology Institute of Boston
Emmy M. Graber, MD, MBA

Emmy M. Graber, MD, MBA is the Founder of The Dermatology Institute of Boston, a private practice in Boston, Massachusetts. With over ten years experience, Dr. Graber, a board-certified dermatologist, treats a wide range of dermatologic issues and specializes in acne and cosmetic dermatology. She is currently an Affiliate Clinical Instructor at Northeastern University and has extensive experience teaching students of all types.
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More about Dr. Graber: GraberMD.com

 

Freya Meyer, MD

Dermatologist

Freya Meyer, MD

Freya Meyer, MD is a board-certified dermatologist with interests in all facets of the field, including general, pediatric, and cosmetic dermatology. Under the tutelage of internationally renowned dermatologists and scientists, Dr. Meyer received a premier medical education.
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Ali Al-Haseni, MD

Dermatologist

Ali Al-Haseni, MD

Ali Al-Haseni, MD is a board-certified dermatologist with additional specialty training in cutaneous oncology (i.e. skin cancer). He has expertise in skin cancer diagnosis and treatment and is skilled in general dermatology, surgical dermatology and cosmetic dermatology.
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Shiri Nawrocki, MD (Coming in September)

Dermatologist

Shiri Nawrocki, MD

Dr. Shiri Nawrocki, MD is a board-certified dermatologist with a particular interest in acne, eczema, skin cancer, and cosmetic dermatology. She graduated summa cum laude from the competitive combined BA/MD program at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey, where she graduated with a Distinction in Research.
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Ashton Frulla, MSN, NP-C, DCNP (coming in September)

Nurse Practitioner

Ashton Frulla, MSN, NP-C, DCNP

Ashton Frulla, MSN, NP-C, DCNP, is a board-certified and dermatology-certified nurse practitioner, bringing several years of clinical experience and expertise to his practice. He has been serving patients in New York City since 2017 and has recently relocated to Boston to join the Dermatology Institute of Boston. Ashton is an active member of the Nurse Practitioner Society of the Dermatology Nurses’ Association and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
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Kirsten Swenson, MS, MBA

Executive Director

Kirsten Swenson

Kirsten joined the practice in 2019 as a Medical Assistant and was shortly thereafter promoted to the Director of Clinical Operations and Research where she led the team of medical assistants, coordinated the clinical research, and oversaw the daily clinical operations of the practice. After graduating in 2017 with her MBA, she later went on to obtain her MS in Medical Science from Boston University School of Medicine. She has a diverse background with over 10 years of experience in many healthcare settings, including hospital-based, residential, and private practice. Her passions in the workplace include strategic planning, mentorship, and continuous process improvement with a goal of providing the highest quality of care to patients. Kirsten is currently attending the Physician Assistant (PA) program at Boston University School of Medicine. She is looking forward to becoming a PA in the future, allowing her to combine her passions for clinical care and leadership.

 

Lawren Smith

Registered Nurse

Lawren Smith - registered nurse in Boston

Lawren Smith, RN is a registered nurse with over 15 years of medical experience, 6 of those years in nursing. The majority of her nursing career has been at UMass in the pediatric emergency department. Lawren is Laser and IPL safety certified. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Morgan Leasure

Lead Medical Assistant

Morgan Leasure
Morgan graduated in May of 2023 with a BA in Cognitive Science with a concentration
in Neuroscience from the University of Virginia. Morgan hopes to pursue Physician Assistant school in
the future. In her free time, Morgan enjoys skiing, hiking, baking, and spending time with friends.

Jacob Bouzaglou

Medical Assistant

Jacob Bouzaglou
Jacob graduated from the The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in
2021, and has most
recently completed a post-baccalaureate program at Northeastern University. Jacob wishes to pursue
medical school and become a physician. In his free time, he likes to spend time with his dog, and play
basketball with friends.

 

Ana De Campos

Medical Assistant

Ana De Campos
Ana graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 2023 with a Bachelor of Arts in
Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism. In the future, Ana plans to apply to medical school and become
a physician. She enjoys cooking, playing volleyball, and exploring Boston in her free time.

Tim McGrath

Medical Assistant

Tim McGrath
Tim graduated from Boston College in 2022 with a Bachelor of Science degree in
Psychology. He is currently enrolled in the Northeastern University Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical
program and plans to pursue medical school. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, skiing, and
learning geography.

 

Megan Valerius

Medical Assistant

Megan Valerius
Megan graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science in 2021. She is currently completing her master’s degree in medical science from Boston University. Megan plans on applying to PA schools in the future. In her free time, she enjoys reading, being outside, and exploring Boston with friends.

Jayda Pham

Medical Assistant

Jayda Pham
Jayda is an undergraduate student at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, majoring in Premedical Health Studies. She plans to pursue medical school in the future and become a physician. In her free time, Jayda likes to cook, watch Korean dramas, and learn Vietnamese.

 

Lydia Gomez

Medical Assistant

Lydia Gomez
Lydia is a second-year undergraduate student at Northeastern University. Lydia is a chemistry major with a minor in law and public policy on a pre-med track. In her free time, she enjoys Latin dancing and cooking.

Allison Birch

Patient Care Coordinator

Allison Birch
Allison graduated from the University of Maine in 2016 with a degree in political science. She recently left her career in law to pursue a new job in the medical field. In her free time Allison likes to read, travel and spend time with friends.

 

Gregory Brinton

Patient Care Coordinator

Gregory Brinton
Gregory came to DIB after serving 24 years in the military, 20 of those years being medical experience in both the Army and Navy. In addition to his military experience, he was both an EMT-I and Paramedic in North Carolina at Cumberland County EMS and Fort Bragg EMS. Gregory served for 2 years in the Peace Corps doing volunteer work in healthcare in Togo West Africa and has plans to pursue medical school in the near future.

Rohan Ravirala

Patient Care Coordinator

Rohan Ravirala
Rohan graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2022 with a BA in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. He hopes to pursue a career in medicine as a physician. In his free time, Rohan enjoys learning classical dance and exploring Boston.

 

Veronica Aguilera

Patient Care Coordinator

Veronica Aguilera
Veronica earned her BS in Biology and BA in Natural and Applied Sciences from the Honors College at Florida International University in 2020. She is currently a master’s student pursuing a degree in Medical Science at the Boston University School of Medicine. She currently serves as a spiritual/academic mentor at Boston University for undergraduate students and is actively involved in research in the field of Oncology at Brigham Women’s Hospital. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, trying new coffee shops, and exploring the outdoors.

Drew Gilworth

Patient Care Coordinator Intern

Drew Gilworth
Drew is a third-year Northeastern student in the Bouve College majoring in Health Science with a minor in Spanish Language. During her free time, she enjoys volunteering at Veterinary Hospitals and traveling with friends and family.

 

Selma Osei

Patient Care Coordinator Intern

Selma Osei
Selma is an undergraduate student at Northeastern University majoring in Health Science with a minor in Cell & Molecular Biology. She plans on attending medical school in the near future. In her free time, Selma enjoys watching hockey, reading, and baking.

 

Our team is comprised of caring, kind Certified Dermatology Technicians who strive to provide compassionate, professional health care and customer service.

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Frequently Asked Dermatology Questions

What does it mean to be a board-certified dermatologist?

A board-certified dermatologist is a highly skilled doctor (M.D.) whose expertise includes diagnosing and treating ailments on the skin, nails, and hair. They have years of experience in the field of dermatology, and they are essential to the services that dermatology clinics provide.

They can also practice their profession in hospitals and other related healthcare facilities. For a dermatologist to become board certified, they have to meet a substantial amount of eligibility requirements in addition to passing the necessary exams. By the time you’ve sat in a board-certified dermatologist’s office, they have already spent:

    • 4 years of undergraduate education getting a Bachelor’s degree
    • 4 years in medical school earning their M.D. or D.O. degree
    • 4 years in residency training, where they specialize in the field of dermatology
    • Passed medical school licensing exams and board certification exams

Some dermatologists complete additional years of training after residency to subspecialize in surgical dermatology (medical dermatology), cosmetic dermatology, or pediatric dermatology. However, all of them are well-versed in a baseline of treatments to handle many common disorders regarding hair, skin, and nails. A board-certified dermatologist is a dedicated individual with significant knowledge and passion for medical dermatology.

Are there different types of dermatologists?

The field of dermatology comes with a long range of available treatments, and some dermatologists also specialize in a specific category of dermatology. Many choose to continue their education after residency to broaden their skillset and provide more value to their patients. This continuing education is called a fellowship, of which there are four primary sub-categories or “branches” that focus on particular disorders and treatment solutions. These include surgical dermatology (namely, Mohs surgery), cosmetic dermatology, dermatopathology, and pediatric dermatology. It takes a minimum of 12 years to become a general dermatologist, and more if one of these fellowships is done.

Is it important to see a dermatologist?

It’s inevitable that any dermatologist would advocate for at least a yearly visit, but the importance of these visits usually goes unnoticed by many people. The skin is one of the most sensitive organs of the human body, and it plays an integral role in our overall health. Moreover, a long list of disorders and physical changes happen with the skin over time, and regular checkups with a dermatologist will let you know if anything sticks out from the norm.

The skin’s condition can also be very telling for anything that might be happening inside the body. It isn’t uncommon for an internal illness to show signs of illness through the appearance of the skin. Although many individuals may not be able to come to this conclusion themselves, a dermatologist can pick up on these changes instantly.

Additionally, visiting a dermatologist can give you the power to be proactive about an ailment or disorder that might be slowly developing internally or externally. If a dermatologist finds something odd about the skin, they know exactly which steps need to be taken next to ensure the patient’s well-being in the long run.

How much is a dermatologist visit?

This is guaranteed to vary based on the expertise, location, and method of treatment, but there’s a general range that you can expect with most dermatology visits. Within the U.S., it’s common for a dermatologist visit to cost anywhere between $100 to $300. Most types of visits will be covered by insurance. Your dermatologist will be transparent about the costs you can expect and will let you know what services are covered by insurance and which are not.

If you happen to need specialized, ongoing treatments, you can expect these costs to rise, and some will be more expensive than others. Nevertheless, you’ll always have the ability to discuss your options with your dermatologist so you can take the most cost-effective approach.

Initial visits usually entail a consultation and a general checkup of your current condition. If anything needs to be explored further, your dermatologist will suggest various treatments that cater to your specific needs.

When should you start seeing a dermatologist?

It’s recommended that those over the age of 18 should start looking into seeing a dermatologist annually for skin cancer screenings, especially if you have a strong family history of skin cancer. This is a good starting point for those who may not be suffering from any specific disorders. Regardless of age, if you’re noticing adverse effects on your skin, hair, or nails, it never hurts to consult a dermatologist about it.

Many different disorders in the field of dermatology can quietly develop over time without you noticing. When you go to a dermatology checkup, their expertise will be able to pick up on any visible abnormalities. In extreme cases, some disorders can be life-threatening, and the health of your skin, hair, and nails shouldn’t be taken lightly.

You also want to work with a skilled dermatologist you can rely on, and if you’re looking for a dermatologist in Boston, we offer multi-faceted solutions that ensure your health stays on track. Whether you’re currently dealing with a particular disorder or haven’t seen a dermatologist in quite some time, don’t wait to reach out to us and schedule an appointment.

Are dermatologist visits covered by insurance?

Most medical dermatology visits and procedures are covered by insurance. This may vary depending on the exact terms of your insurance plan, but you can expect insurance assistance when it comes to medical dermatology visits.

However, it’s common for insurance companies to avoid providing any assistance when it comes to cosmetic dermatology. This is because the treatments are cosmetic in nature and don’t focus on anything medically related. You can expect to pay for most cosmetic dermatology procedures out of pocket.

 


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Important Announcement

Dear Patients,

Our goal here at The Dermatology of Institute of Boston is protect the health of our patients and staff. To continue caring for our patients during these uncertain times, while strictly adhering to the guidelines set by the CDC, we will be only offering virtual consultations. For some patients, an in person visit is best, but if you feel that your concern could be addressed online, this may be a convenient option for you.

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