PictureDrs. Haydee Knott and Alison Kang.

Feel-good stories have been scarce during the pandemic, so we like to celebrate each and every one of them we find out about.  

Mill Valley resident Dr. Haydee Knott, who opened her own Mill Valley Dermatology practice in the Shelter Bay office complex near Piatti Restaurant in 2016, has joined fellow dermatologist Dr. Alison Kang on a second location. 

That practice, called Marin Skin, is located at 619 East Blithedale Ave. at Camino Alto, the former office of Dr. Curtis Robinson, who relocated to Miller Avenue. Marin Skin offers general dermatology services but also offers more aesthetic services such as laser, botox and fillers.

“Best of all, it has a large pink couch (see below right),” Knott says. “I’ve always wanted a pink velvet couch and with 3 kids, 2 dogs and 1 cat, I finally have my wish.”

Born in Mexico, Knott was raised in San Diego and later Los Angeles, where her extended family remains. She went to UCSD and then medical school at the University of Vermont. It was during her senior rotations back at UCSD that she met her husband Daniel Knott, now the director of Facial Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at UCSF Medical Center, in 1998. The couple’s journey took them both to the Cleveland Clinic in their respective fields for many years, and eventually to the Bay Area in 2011.

PictureMarin Skin’s pink couch. Courtesy image.

Knott says her practice is driven by her desire to get back to basics and the entire reason she chose medicine and dermatology in particular: spending time with patients.

“I just got fed up with assembly-line style dermatology and dreamed of opening my ideal clinic,” Knott says. “I decided to go back to patient care as it was practiced during my residency training, when the mantra of ‘putting patients first’ was the rule instead of the exception.”

In the midst of all that, Haydee Knott pursued her passion in music and learned to play cello while studying at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the couple began having children. When Knott garnered a fellowship in Cosmetic and Laser Surgery at University of California-San Francisco, she encouraged her husband to follow suit. He did just that, now specializing in head, neck and facial plastic reconstruction, particularly for cancer patients.

“Life is so crazy and exciting right now,” she says.

The 411: Marin Skin is at at 619 East Blithedale Ave. at Camino Alto. MORE INFO.

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