Brought together by our shared interest in cosmetic, procedural, and medical dermatology and a mutual desire to give back to our island community, we’re here to help you achieve a better, healthier you.
- We believe that taking time out to care for the “skin you’re in” is a vital component of a modern, healthy lifestyle.
- We believe that looking and feeling good on the outside can have a huge impact on a person’s inner well being.
- We believe in a big-picture approach to skin care that encompasses all of the knowledge and modern medical advances at our disposal for optimal skin health.
- We believe that “quality care” and “exceptional service” are to be expected. Our commitment to you as health care professionals is to exceed those expectations.
Your trusted skin care specialists,
Dr. Carla Nip-Sakamoto, Dr. Miki Shirakawa Garcia, & Dr. Summer Chong
Dr. Nip-Sakamoto was born and raised in Hawaii and has provided high quality, skillful and compassionate care to our island community for over 20 years. Her expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology is borne out of a commitment to the highest standard in comprehensive personalized care of a wide range of dermatologic conditions. She has special interests in skin cancer, acne, psoriasis, eczema, and skin care/cosmetic/anti-aging procedures. She offers a variety of services and products that are selected to achieve your individual health and wellness goals.
Dr. Nip-Sakamoto is a proud graduate of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) at the University of Hawaii where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, graduating in the top 10 % of her class. She completed an internal medicine internship at the University of Hawaii where her mentors selected her as "Intern of the Year", and went on to receive her dermatology specialty training at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). With a strong desire to raise her family in Hawaii, she headed home and began private practice in the heart of Honolulu. Since 1998, she has been recognized annually by "Best Doctors in America " as well as one of America's "Top Doctors ".
She is Board-Certified and a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, an active member and past President of the Hawaii Dermatological Society, and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the John A. Burns School of Medicine. She is inspired by community service, volunteering for the American Cancer Society, the John A. Burns School of Medicine, and other non-profit organizations.
Dr. Carla, as she is referred to by long-time patients, is known for her warmth and kindness, her dedication to exceptional care, and her desire for best outcomes.
In her time away from the office, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling , and walks with her adorable Papillon, Kona. She and husband Rick have two amazing sons who are pursuing professional careers in Hawaii and on the mainland.
Interview with Dr.Garcia
Q: Tell us about yourself.
A: I grew up moving back and forth between Oahu and California. I graduated from the John A. Burns School of Medicine and completed my dermatology residency at UC Davis in Sacramento. I also did clinical research in autoimmune skin diseases at Stanford’s Department of Dermatology. I am an American Board of Dermatology board-certified dermatologist and I have a private practice at Queen’s Medical Center. I am also an assistant clinical professor in the JABSOM Department of Medicine. I am married and have two children. I love to do yoga and exercise. Right now my life mantra is BALANCE!
Q: How did you decide to specialize in dermatology?
A: I was thinking about specialties and initially wanted to do primary care. However, I realized that dermatologists were the happiest group of physicians and after shadowing a community physician, I realized that I loved taking care of the skin and doing procedures such as surgeries and injections. I am passionate about skin care and sun protection and that helps me in my everyday life and my medical practice.
Q: What are your dermatology interests?
A: I enjoy all aspects of dermatology including medical, surgical and cosmetic services for patients of all ages. It makes me happy when I know that I am helping others to feel good about themselves, whether that is treating acne on a teenager, or removing a mole that is bothersome, or doing lasers to improve brown spots. I can also take my personal love of skin care and translate that into finding skin care that is right for different patients.
Dr. Summer Chong is a board-certified dermatologist and fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. She has extensive knowledge in medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology with special interests in skin cancer prevention, psoriasis, eczema, acne, and aesthetic procedures. Dr. Chong is committed to providing the highest level of care for each of her patients so that they can achieve healthy, beautiful skin that they are happy and confident with.
Dr. Chong was born and raised on Oahu. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Santa Clara University before earning her medical degree from the University of Southern California (USC). In medical school, she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and Pathology Honor Society and also received the Dean’s recognition award twice. Dr. Chong also completed her dermatology residency training at USC, where she served as chief resident.
Prior to returning to Honolulu, she served as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Dermatology at USC where she provided didactic and clinical training for the residents. She also worked in private practices in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, California.
As a dermatologist, Dr. Chong feels fortunate to spend her days taking care of her patients and is dedicated to serving the people of Hawaii.
Marisa is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She was born and raised in Honolulu, attended Iolani School and earned her bachelor of science degree in Biochemistry from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. She went on to attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa, obtaining her bachelor of science in Nursing (BSN) degree and was recognized for her outstanding scholastic achievements by membership in the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. With a desire to advance her academic and clinical training, she added the degree of Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in May 2020 and transitioned to her new role thereafter.
Marisa’s interest and excitement in dermatology began while she was employed as a medical receptionist/medical assistant at Oahu Dermatology following her undergraduate studies and throughout nursing school. As a nurse practitioner, she looks forward to building on the relationships she has with our patients. Her special interests include acne, common skin rashes, and comprehensive skin wellness. Oahu Dermatology is excited to welcome Marisa to our skin care team. She brings a freshness and enthusiasm to our family of physicians and staff who always make personalized patient care our top priority.
In her spare time, Marisa enjoys spending time with family and friends, doing yoga, traveling, and playing with her dog, Benny.
Introducing Our Aestheticians
Find out more about skin health and proper skin care with our licensed aesthetician, Sheralyn Youart. Sheralyn joins Oahu Dermatology with over 20 years' experience in the industry. She is dedicated to aligning her expertise in skincare with the physicians at Oahu Dermatology to provide quality, therapeutic, results-driven treatments.