DR. ANDREW B. MENKES
Since 1984, Dr. Menkes continues to offer the superb, personalized care that has established him as a highly respected and trusted dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon. His peers have recognized him as one of the top physicians in the San Francisco Bay Area in multiple publications, including Consumer Checkbook, San Francisco Focus Magazine and San Jose Magazine. View full bio
Dr. Menkes was born and grew up in Toronto, Canada. A happy, normal childhood began embedding in his character the values that would lead to a life of caring for others. Growing up in the same neighborhood with the same friends and extended family, even through his college years, instilled in him a sense of security and self-understanding that helped form a personality dedicated to service.
Many mentors along the way, including a dedicated mother and industrious father, influenced his ideas and evolution. One such mentor stands out in his thinking. While completing his internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto's Wellesley Hospital, he met and worked with a resident physician whom he attempts to emulate to this day. Dr Menkes describes him with an attitude of deep respect and admiration.
"He set a high standard of excellence that I felt determined to achieve. Aside from performing an intelligent, efficient analysis of a patient's medical problem, he always listened intently to the person behind the patient and then exercised his extraordinary instincts to prescribe the best treatment. Aside from applying his consummate medical skill, he practiced patience, humility and respect-all with a compassionate human touch. Never did I see him misuse his authority with those in his care."
Another major influence in the life of Dr. Menkes took place after he completed his internship. Although pleased with the nurturing benefits he gained from remaining in the same community all his life, he felt the need to explore other vistas. This prompted him to take a year and a half off and embark on a life-changing adventure, a trip around the world. Traveling through Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Far East and Australia, he found his mind and heart opening to the diversity and richness of other people, languages and cultures.
This profound and expanding experience helped him examine fresh ideas and consider new career options. While traveling, he even enrolled in a residency-training program in General and Orthopedic surgery at Australia's University of Sydney. Returning home, his residency training in Internal Medicine continued at the University of Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital, but he quickly moved on for more of the same preparation at Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.
At the end of those experiences and other explorations, he decided that a Dermatology practice would best serve his personality and interests. Once again, he found himself in residency training, this time in Dermatology at the University of California in San Diego, followed by the completion of a Laser and Photobiology Fellowship in the Department of Dermatology at Harvard University. He then set up his private practice of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery in Mountain View, California. While building his practice, he also worked periodically as an Emergency Room Physician at Redwood City's Sequoia Hospital, an experience he considers critical in rounding out his medical knowledge and skills.
Today, Dr. Menkes enjoys the satisfaction of having built an outstanding practice in Mountain View since 1984. Aside from an enduring passion for his craft, he enjoys skiing, golf, music and theater. In addition, he applies the depth and breadth of his extensive background and training with great humility, believing that a physician's schooling never ends.
His vision of the future for The Menkes Clinic and Surgery Center, filled with great anticipation, encompasses challenges and opportunities he trusts will lead to a higher standard of excellence in comprehensive skin care, one characterized by uncompromising principles, ethics and quality. New technology, treatments and breakthroughs reinforce his belief in the promise that Dermatologic and Cosmetic Medicine holds to enhance the lives of the patients he serves. He looks ahead to the evolution of his practice with the same exhilaration he felt when embarking on his adventure around the world many years ago.
- Private practice of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery (1984-Present)
- Graduate of the University of Toronto Medical School (1974)
- Practiced Emergency Room medicine from (1979-1980)
- Trained in Internal Medicine-University of Toronto and Pacific Presbyterian Hospital, San Francisco (1974-1978)
- Trained in Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery-UCSD and Harvard University (1980-1983)
- Completed a Laser and Photobiology Fellowship in the Department of Dermatology at Harvard University
- Training in General and Orthopedic Surgery-University of Sydney, Australia (1976)
- 2000 hours experience in Emergency Medicine
- Board Certified, American board of Dermatology
- Board Certified, American board of Internal Medicine
- Fellow, American Academy of Dermatology
- Fellow, American Society for Mohs Surgery
- Fellow, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Dermatology)
- Fellow, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Internal Medicine)
- Member, American Society of Dermatologic Surgeons
- Member, International Society of Dermatologic Surgeons
- Member, San Francisco Dermatology Society
- U.C.S.F. Faculty
- Member AMA, CMA and Santa Clara County Medical Society
DR. LILLIAN SOOHOO
Dr. Soohoo joins Dr. Andrew B. Menkes and his team at The Menkes Clinic and Surgery Center as an established dermatologist with over 19 years of experience in both private practice and as a faculty dermatologist at Stanford. She earned her undergraduate degree in Human Biology at Stanford and her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She completed her dermatology residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland where she served as Chief Resident. Dr. Soohoo is board certified in both general and pediatric dermatology, and has expertise in a wide range of cosmetic dermatology services.
In addition to her busy practice, Dr. Soohoo serves as Adjunct Clinical Faculty of Dermatology at Stanford University School of Medicine. Her goal is to provide the highest level of dermatologic care to patients in a friendly, comfortable environment. View full bio
Dr. Soohoo is a Board Certified dermatologist who has been in private practice in the Silicon Valley for over 14 years. A graduate of Stanford University with a degree in Human Biology, Dr. Soohoo received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She completed her dermatology residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland where she served as Chief Resident.
Dr. Soohoo is Board Certified in both general and pediatric dermatology, and also has expertise in a wide range of cosmetic dermatology services.
In addition to her busy practice, Dr. Soohoo serves as a Clinical Instructor of Dermatology at Stanford University School of Medicine. Her interests include general, cosmetic and pediatric dermatology. Dr. Soohoo's goal is to provide the highest level of dermatologic care to patients in a friendly, comfortable environment.
- 1985 A.B., with honors, Human Biology, Stanford University
- 1989 M.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
- 1989-1990, Internship, Pediatrics, UC San Diego School of Medicine
- 1990-1992, Resident in Dermatology, University Hospitals of Cleveland
- 1992-1993, Chief Resident in Dermatology, University Hospitals of Cleveland
- 1993-1994, Private Practice, Seattle, Washington
- 1993-1994 Clinical Instructor, Department of Dermatology, University of Washington Childrens' Hospital and Harborview Hospital, Seattle, WA
- 1996-present, Clinical Adjunct Clinical Faculty of Dermatology, Stanford University School of Medicine
- Board Certified, Dermatology
- Board Certified, Pediatric Dermatology
- Fellow, American Academy of Dermatology
- Fellow, Society for Pediatric Dermatology
- Member, Santa Clara County Medical Association
- Member, San Francisco Dermatologic Society
MARY ROZELLE, PA-C
Mary Rozelle is a nationally certified physician assistant, a fellow member of the California Academy of Physician Assistants, and a Diplomate member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, that is a recognized distinction with the American Academy of Dermatology. She excitedly joins The Menkes Clinic and Surgery Center, after over four years working in the Stanford Dermatologic Surgery Clinic.
Mary was born in Taiwan, and grew up in Tehran, Iran and Dallas, Texas. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Genetics from Texas A&M University, and a Master of Science degree in Genetics from the University of Minnesota. Her thesis project was on the genetics of alopecia.
Subsequently, she graduated from the Physician Assistant program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, and then went on to earn a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant studies from the University of Nebraska, where her research paper was about squamous and basal cell skin cancers and surgical options.
Mary brings to The Menkes Clinic and Surgery Center her long-term passion for dermatology, as well as her enthusiasm for efficient, patient-centered care. Outside of clinical obligations, she adores spending quality time with her little daughter and husband; lap swimming; and hiking.
Patient Care Coordinator
Karen applies more than 10 years of extensive and diverse experience in the field of cosmetic/aesthetic dermatology to her work at The Menkes Clinic and Surgery Center. Forming working partnerships with patients to help them make wise and informed decisions about their skin care needs drives a major part of that work.
From the initial consultation, through the actual procedure and post-treatment checkups, she stays with patients to ensure their goals are met. This close working relationship helps them remain informed about their options and alleviates the apprehension that sometimes accompanies cosmetic treatment.
It all begins with the complimentary consultation she offers and results in a personalized skin-rejuvenation program tailored to each individual's requirements. The information and care Karen provides builds the patient's trust and comfort level which is so essential before any procedure. She is truly a valuable asset to the clinic's mission.
A decade of laser experience and advanced certifications in laser technology makes Sylvia an expert in treating all skin types for laser hair removal and skin rejuvenation.
Sylvia has an instinctive nurturing personality that makes aesthetic and surgical nursing a natural career focus. Compassionate and detail oriented, she will personalize your treatments to fit your needs, delivering the highest quality of care.
In her free time, Sylvia enjoys gardening and traveling with her family.
Shawna, has been in the beauty industry for over 7 years. Her personal approach to skin care, and her belief that every skin type deserves personalized attention is the hallmark of her unique treatments. Shawna's passion for skin care began with her own experience with chronic acne. Today she brings a great deal of consideration, compassion to all her clients. Shawna brings her expertise, caring and strong educational background to work at The Menkes Clinic and Surgery Center.
Clinical Manager, RN, BSN, MS
Julie brings to The Menkes Clinic and Surgery Center more than 3 decades of extensive and diverse experience in the medical field. Julie’s latest job was at El Camino Hospital where she enjoyed working in critical care and most recently the post anesthesia care unit. She holds a national certification in perianesthesia care—a perfect fit for running and maintaining national certification of the Menkes Clinic and Surgery Center. Julie credits her years of volunteering with giving her the understanding of teamwork. Her biggest adjustment has been going from being the expert in post anesthesia care to the generalist at The Menkes Clinic and Surgery Center. She feels that having obtained a masters in emergency administration has prepared her well for the role of wearing many different hats at The Menkes Clinic and Surgery Center.
Julie is passionate about customer service and finds it personally rewarding to make every patient's experience the best possible. She's excited about the opportunity to be at The Menkes Clinic and Surgery Center where "all of my coworkers are just as passionate about teamwork and great customer care".
In one sense, Kendel is the face of The Menkes Clinic and Surgery Center since she is often the first person patients see as they arrive. She helps set the tone of the clinic by ensuring that when they walk through the door they discover a positive, helpful and personable environment.
The office management and supervisory positions Kendal has held in a wide range of medical operations, including a medical group of 40 physicians, a single physician dermatology practice and a large cosmetic dermatology medical center, have all prepared her to handle her current important duties.
The hectic business of running a busy clinic front office requires the ability to orchestrate the flow of patients in an orderly and calm manner. With the help of a great team, Kendal applies her effective formula.
At home, she relaxes by playing with her three dogs, watching movies or listening to music.
Medical Receptionist and MA
Yesenia has always wanted to work in the medical field, even as a young girl she has always enjoyed helping others. In 2008 she completed a certified Medical Assisting course through Boston Reed College and did a year and a half externship at a family practice and eventually went on to a full time job as a medical receptionist and Medical Assistant at a nephrology office before joining The Menkes Clinic and Surgery Center in 2012 as a Medical receptionist. In her free time Yesenia enjoys spending time with her family and visiting new places.
Tara brings 15 years of experience working in medical clinics to her job at The Menkes Clinc. As a talented person, she functions in a number of areas; in the front as office receptionist, in the back office as a medical assistant with dermatology patients and in the Operating Room as an OR Tech where she assists Dr. Menkes in performing cosmetic procedures. She is also a Mohs Tech and assists Dr. Menkes with Mohs surgical procedures.
Tara appreciates the collaborative approach and teamwork environment that Dr. Menkes has built with his staff. She is passionate about being a member of the team and believes that our patients have a positive experience when they are the recipients of the caring and helpful attitude displayed by the staff.
In her free time, Tara loves spending time with her husband and 3 children.
Meredith joined The Menkes Clinic and Surgery Center team in 2009. She brought with her to the clinic several years of experience in dermatology and a particular interest in the field. In addition to her experience in dermatology, Meredith has also worked in the fields of emergency medicine, women's health, primary care and pediatrics. A Bachelor's degree in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior from UC Davis prepared her well for her work in the medical field.
Outside of her work caring for patients, Meredith enjoys reading, travelling, and playing outdoors with her children.
Espie recently joined The Menkes Clinic and Surgery Center as a nationally certified medical assistant. Her compassion and caring qualities made her choose to switch her career from accounting and finance to something more personally rewarding. She loves to travel and learn the different culture and people's way of life. A native of the Philippines, she can speak tagalog fluently.
Francis attended Everest College in San Jose, CA and is a nationally certified medical assistant. His background in customer service and experience working in medical offices makes him a welcomed addition to The Menkes Clinic and Surgery Center. He primarily works in the back office assisting Dr. Menkes, and as a MOHS technician helping with surgical procedures. When not at the office he enjoys spending time with his family and working out at the gym.
Medical Billing Specialist
Jennifer's 10 years experience in the medical industry has perfected her organizational skills in the billing department. She expertly helps patients tackle their complicated questions and resolves problems efficiently. When she's not attending San Jose State University, she enjoys word searches, trying new restaurants, and being surrounded by people that make her laugh.