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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



Firstly, our office has not closed and I will not be retiring any time soon. :-)

We are asking patients to postpone routine skin checks at this time, unless there is a specific concern that needs evaluated. We are asking patients without a history of skin cancer to skip their yearly skin checks for now. We are making our best effort to triage our patients with a history of skin cancer on a case by case basis. 

We are trying to manage what we can via telehealth and use in-person office visits for problems that cannot otherwise be resolved. We encourage patients to communicate with our office by sending photos of concerning lesions. 

I will update on the website when the county's COVID-19 tier status changes and our office policies adjust accordingly.

We are committed to patient and staff safety, including our high-risk oncology neighbors.  Please contact us if you have any questions. Together, we will get through this! 




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.