Dr. Melissa Camouse

Dr. Melissa Camouse is a board-certified dermatologist who provides comprehensive care of skin, hair and nails to patients of all ages. She received her dermatologic training from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition to her residency training, she also completed a research fellowship in cutaneous photobiology at Case Western. There, she focused on the effects of ultraviolet radiation on human skin. She published numerous articles on this subject and researched topical antioxidant serums and sunscreens in conjunction with Neutrogena, Estée Lauder, Clinique, and Origins. Her expertise in these areas has proved to be a valuable asset to practicing dermatology in sunny southern California.

Dr. Camouse has been practicing dermatology in California since 2007. She resides in the South Bay with her husband, Dr. Ke, and three children. A native Midwesterner, Dr. Camouse enjoys the year-round temperate weather and promotes healthy sun habits to protect the skin without compromising a healthy outdoor lifestyle. She is passionate about skin cancer prevention and early detection through patient education and regular skin exams.

Dr. Malcolm Ke

Born and raised in Southern California, Dr. Ke received his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School and completed his internship in general surgery at the University of California, San Francisco East Bay Program. Prior to starting his dermatology residency, he received a National Institutes of Health Research Scientist Award to study cutaneous lymphoma and photodynamic therapy at Case Western Reserve University, where he completed research fellowships in both Investigative and Molecular Dermatology as well as Cutaneous Oncology with an emphasis in melanoma and lymphoma. He then completed his dermatology residency at Case Western Reserve University. A Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology, Dr. Ke also completed a fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery, Lasers, and Cosmetic Dermatology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a Fellow in the American College of Mohs Surgery and performs approximately 1500 skin cancer surgical cases annually for the past ten years.

Before moving back to California, Dr. Ke served as the Director of the Skin Surgery, Laser, and Aesthetic Center of Case Western Reserve University. Currently an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the University of California, Los Angeles, Dr. Ke enjoys volunteering at the VA teaching the principles of Mohs surgery and advanced facial reconstruction to the dermatology residents and fellows.

Dr. Ke also serves on several scientific advisory boards for new cancer and laser therapies and on the editorial board for Dermatologic Surgery, the official publication for the American College of Mohs Surgery, and the Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, the official publication of the International Society of Cutaneous and Laser Surgery.

Dr. Ke enjoys spending quality time with his family including going to the beach, playing tennis, golf, and guitar, and enjoying good food!

Dr. Jeffrey Hick

Dr. Jeffrey Hick is a board certified dermatologist and micrographic dermatologic (Mohs) surgeon. He received his medical degree from Wake Forest University and completed an internal medicine internship at the University of Utah. He finished his dermatology residency at Los Angeles County/University of Southern California (LAC/USC) where he served as a chief resident during his final year. After completing his residency in 2012, Dr. Hick began practicing medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology in Orange County and the South Bay.

Dr Hick is passionate about skin cancer and finding the best treatment for every patient. His comprehensive approach to skin cancer involves thorough skin examination, skin cancer prevention, and individualized treatment plans based on his patients’ specific medical history and lifestyle. His approach to cosmetic dermatology is the subtle use of injectables to provide natural-looking improvement. Dr. Hick is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society for Mohs Surgery and is a member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Additionally, Dr. Hick is a volunteer Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at LAC/USC hospital where he teaches surgical skills to dermatology residents.

As an Orange County native and resident, Dr. Hick enjoys sailing, surfing, playing guitar, snowboarding and spending time with his wife Bonnie and their cat, Sylvester.

Dr. Derek Ho

Derek Ho, MD, FAAD is a board-certified dermatologist with a fellowship in clinical research. Dr. Ho is excited to return back to Southern California following his dermatology residency at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University in Brooklyn, NY.

A native of Hong Kong, Dr. Ho grew up in Arcadia, California, and is the first physician in his family. After high school, he headed east for his undergraduate education at the prestigious Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. After earning his Bachelor of Science in molecular and cellular biology, he returned to California for a gap year and served as a volunteer with City Year Los Angeles through AmeriCorps, teaching and helping underserved youth with classroom homework and after school recreational activities.

He returned to the East Coast for medical school and earned his degree from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine with a distinction in research. His training focused on patients of all ages, from pediatrics to seniors. He also gained tremendous experience treating skin-of-color and ethnic patients as Brooklyn has a prominent African American, Caribbean and Asian population.

It was during medical school that Dr. Ho found his passion for dermatology and research. He took a two-year leave of absence during medical school to pursue a fellowship in clinical research at the University of California, Davis in Sacramento. Dr. Ho has since published more than 30 indexed and peer-reviewed dermatology manuscripts and given podium presentations at dermatology conferences both nationally and internationally.

During residency, Dr. Ho served as resident director for cosmetic dermatology, helping to organize educational sessions and collaborating with industry to empower his co-residents with knowledge on the latest cosmetic treatment options. “It’s a keen aesthetic eye and meticulous attention to detail by the physician. It is not the paint, but the painter’s artistry that creates naturally beautiful results.”

Dr. Ho sees medical, surgical and cosmetic patients.

Dr. Ho is bilingual, speaking Chinese and English. When he’s not working, Dr. Ho enjoys traveling, especially internationally to see family overseas. He also enjoys water sports, cooking, “firing up the grill,” and spending quality time with family and friends. His motto is: “Cherish every single moment.”

Dr. Lydia Kim

Dr. Lydia Kim is a board-certified dermatologist deeply committed to providing exceptional patient care and helping her patients achieve healthy, beautiful skin. Her dedication extends to her role as an advocate in the fight against skin cancer, where she specializes in skin screenings, early detection, and effective treatment options. She possesses a skillful hand in procedural and cosmetic dermatology, offering skin cancer surgeries and aesthetic techniques to enhance the skin’s health and appearance. She enjoys treating patients of all ages. Her expertise extends to managing common skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, moles, atopic dermatitis, and psoriasis. Her commitment to staying at the forefront of medical advancement ensures that her patients receive the best possible care.

Dr. Kim received her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, WI. She completed her transitional internship year at MacNeal Hospital in Chicago. She completed her dermatology residency at the University of Wisconsin where she served as the chief resident during her final year. Prior to joining Clear Dermatology, Dr. Kim was the Assistant Chief of Dermatology with The Permanente Medical Group in the Central Valley.

Beyond her medical career, Dr. Kim finds joy in exploring new adventures with her husband Han and their two energetic toddler daughters, Kara and Lily. They share their home with two Wheaten Terriers, Milo and Mia. Her personal interests include traveling, savoring culinary delights, and staying active.

Dr. Dennis Nguyen

An Orange County native, proud to be serving the community as a Board-certified Dermatologist and Fellowship-trained Mohs Surgeon.

Dr. Nguyen grew up in Anaheim and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Following college, Dr. Nguyen continued his work in the UCSF Melanoma Sentinel Lymph Node Program, in addition to research of autologous melanoma vaccines. He graduated from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine as a prestigious Regents Scholar in 2004. From there, Dr. Nguyen, completed his dermatology residency at University Hospitals/Case Western in Cleveland before pursuing a Mohs Surgery and Procedural Dermatology fellowship at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

Upon fellowship graduation in 2009, he joined The Permanente Medial Group and later, the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. In this setting, he was able to practice comprehensive medical dermatology, but also hone his interests in skin cancer and cutaneous oncology. Dr. Nguyen has performed over 10,000 cases of Mohs micrographic surgery and reconstruction during this time, treating all manners of common and rare, complex skin malignancies . His fellowship-training and extensive experience makes him specifically qualified for the meticulous work of skin cancer removal and the art of facial reconstruction.

Dr. Nguyen is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American College of Mohs Surgery, and member of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery. He reviews articles for publication in the journal Dermatologic Surgery.

Dr. Nguyen enjoys travel, photography, and the foods and rich cultural opportunities that Southern California provides. He enjoys these offerings alongside his wife Alyssa, son Theodore, and their dog Crick.

Erica Brown, PA-C

Erica Brown is a board certified physician assistant and has been working in the medical community since 2001. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She then went on to attend USC where she completed her graduate training to receive a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and her Physician Assistant Certification per NCCPA guidelines. She has been a dermatology Physician Assistant since 2007 and is very excited to be a part of the Clear Dermatology team.

Erica enjoys caring for patients of all ages, and treats medical dermatology conditions such as acne, psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, rashes, warts, and also performs skin exams to screen for skin cancers. She is skilled in performing skin biopsies and cryosurgery, and is experienced in various cosmetic procedures such as Botox and lasers. Erica has been assisting in Mohs surgeries since she first started practicing in dermatology, and has also worked in clinical research. She continues her medical education through attending medical education conferences annually.

Outside of work, Erica enjoys spending quality time with her family, and loves being active and outdoors. She is an avid traveler and likes to keep up with her favorite hobbies such as yoga, running, and beach volleyball.