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Dr. Allen aims to make a difference in the lives of her patients by providing the highest quality care in a comfortable environment.
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Appointment Request

We are accepting new patients only by doctor referral for biopsy proven skin cancers at this time.  For established patients we've made requesting an appointment easy.
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COVID-19 Update

MAY 2021 - A long overdue update!

Obviously much has changed since our last update. The office is essentially open to all established patient appointments. – i.e. we are doing routine skin checks and evaluating non-urgent problems. However, we will continue to keep the door locked, our appointments are still spaced generously to prevent interaction between patients, and masks are required for everyone, even if vaccinated.

COVID cases are down and vaccinations are up, but we advise a healthy dose of caution for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. The central coast appears to be doing well at the moment, however there are many places around the world that have had surges when they let down their guard. Suffice it to say that caution is still warranted.

We are still offering telemedicine visits for some patients, especially when it comes to refills of medications when it is a routine matter that does not require in-person consultation. 

Please contact us if you need anything – we are here to help.


Karen D. Allen MD

Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology

Fellow of the American Society for Mohs Surgery

Welcome! Thanks for visiting! We want all our patients to be informed decision makers and fully understand any health issues you face. That's why we've developed a web site loaded with valuable information about dermatology and skin problems and treatments. We encourage you to visit this site whenever you have concern about your skin.

Our web site also provides you with background about our staff, office hours, insurance policies, appointment procedures, maps, directions to our office in San Luis Obispo and other useful information. We know how hectic life can be and are committed to making our practice convenient and accessible. And we want you to feel confident that when you choose our office, you're working with a doctor and other professionals who are qualified, experienced and caring.

Please take a few moments to look through this site to get a better feel for our services. We also invite you to call our San Luis Obispo office at any time to request an appointment or ask any questions. Thank you.