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Nisha Desai, MD

As a general dermatologist, my goal is to provide my patients with complete and comprehensive dermatologic care. I enjoy every aspect of dermatology including general adult, pediatric dermatology and cosmetic dermatology. I also have a particular interest in the diagnosis and medical treatment of hair disorders. I enjoy building trusting relationships with every one of my patients, from newborns through the elderly, and every age in between.

I am a Midwesterner who fell in love with the Pacific Northwest! I was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and went on to complete my undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I attended medical school at the University of Toledo where I graduated Alpha Omega Alpha. After completing my residency at OHSU I decided to stay in the Portland area and joined NW Dermatology Institute in 2011. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my five children, playing the piano, rock climbing, and exploring the Pacific NW.

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Janet L. Roberts, MD

It has been my pleasure and passion to provide dermatological care to many of you for the past 30 years. The joy continues. I feel that my patients become friends as I strive to provide the best possible care. How fortunate I am to have truly loved my life’s work. My specialties continue to be hair-related disorders, cosmetic and general dermatology.

I moved to Portland over 30 years ago to complete my dermatology training and have never wanted to leave. I was raised in Southern California and Phoenix. I worked my way north pursuing my medical training. My husband and I raised our daughter (now a physician) and son (now an environmentalist) in Portland and feel very fortunate to have five lovely grandchildren. My passions outside of medicine include spending time with family, gardening, art and exotic traveling.

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Kerianne McKennon, PA-C

As a medical professional, I am committed to providing exceptional, individually-tailored care to my patients.  I enjoy seeing patients of all age ranges for a variety of medical and cosmetic dermatology needs. I am also interested in the treatment of hair disorders and am lucky enough to have been trained by the best – my fellow providers Dr. Desai and Dr. Roberts.  I look forward to making my patients feel welcome and well cared for here at NW Dermatology Institute.

Originally from Pennsylvania, I relocated to the beautiful Pacific Northwest in 2008 and now I can’t imagine living anywhere else!  My education concentration and career passion has always been dermatology, so I’m very excited to be a part of this field of medicine.  I am deeply committed to quality patient care and feel very lucky to have found such an amazing practice at NW Dermatology Institute. Outside of the clinic I enjoy traveling with my husband, cycling, hiking, good wine, Penn State football, and being a mother to my amazing children.

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Heather Cook, CMA (AAMA), CCRC – Research Coordinator

I have been with NW Dermatology Institute since June of 2011. I started my career as a medical assistant in 2008 and since joining this office, I have grown to love dermatology and research.  As a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator, the best part of my job is getting the opportunity to build relationships with so many great people.  I enjoy getting to contribute to the use of new and exciting treatments for a variety of medical and cosmetic conditions.

In my personal life, I have two beautiful boys and appreciate the humor and energy they bring to my life.  I enjoy various outdoor activities, dogs, cooking, music, and wine.  My boys and I also enjoy volunteering our time with the Special Olympics.

Extremely knowledgeable staff and wonderful environment. Highly recommended!
Comfortable atmosphere, kind treatment
I'm a new patient. Everyone on the staff from the front desk to the Dermatologist were fabulous. I was actually seen early for my appointment and my Dr. Had reviewed my records ahead and knew my history. Great, compassionate care. Thanks!!read more
Wonderful experience ~ from the front office staff to Dr. Roberts. They are highly knowledgeable and respectful and encouraging of you as a patient.read more
Beautiful office & pleasant staff. Convenient parking (in NW Portland - never a given). Dr Desai was very pleasant & thorough. Their follow up and recall system is efficient and you can complete most paperwork online (formatting could be improved, however). Definitely recommendread more
Very friendly doctors and staff and they were right on time with the appointment. I definitely recommend!
Very effecient & modern office.Setting up personal portal was very challenging for a average skills. Had to try several times. Step by step insrructions much needediread more
Came to the clinic for a skin check and found it to be very thorough, comfortable, and informative. Everything from the scheduling, online paperwork, check-in process, appointment itself, and check-out was smooth and I would highly recommend Dr. Desai (I already have to a family member!). I will be coming here for any future needs. Thanks, everyone!read more
Lovely space, professional and friendly staff supporting experienced physicians.
The office was beautiful and the staff was extremely friendly and got right in for my appt and tried the newst Botox that came out called Jeuveau I seriously saw results next day it was amazing , thank you everyone .read more
Very good attention and service. The doctor answer my consultations and took care of them with care and kindness. The location is very nice, clean and with beautiful views. The staff is professional and nice and the details like having coffee while you wait is a plus.read more
Dr. Desai and team are awesome!The clinic has a fantastic vibe and the staff is super friendly. They were on time and very efficient with my appointment.read more
Love the modern style of the office. All of the patient exam rooms are clean, organized, and stylish. The exam rooms have a nice view of the city as well. All of the staff are friendly and professional. I received excellent care here and would recommend.read more
I had to move my appointment as we were having car issues on our way from the coast to Portland. The staff was able to get me into a later appointment that day, with another provider. All staff was polite, knowledgeable, and hopefully helped putting me on a path towards healing!read more
I highly recommend Dr. Janet Roberts. She has a wonderful bedside manner, she is very knowledgeable, and very professional.read more