All professionals at Southern Colorado Dermatology maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our staff's experience and training.
Right to left: Rebecca, Adrianne, Lisa, Dr Schmidt, Dr Nakamura, Dr Ahmed, Karen, Amanda and Yvonne.
Krystal Nakamura, MD
Dr. Krystal Nakamura, MD, FAAD is a Board Certified Dermatologist and a Mayo Clinic graduate. She is a native of Pueblo, born at St. Mary Corwin Hospital; graduated from Colorado State University-Fort Collins with a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering; subsequently went to Yale University for a Masters in Biomedical Engineering and then went to Tulane University and Mayo Clinic for her medical degree and residency. She has been practicing dermatology for over 14 years. She specializes in skin cancer exams and surgery, autoimmune diseases, general dermatology and cosmetic procedures.
Dr. Iftikhar (Ifty) Ahmed, MD
Dr. Ifty Ahmed is a board certified Dermatologist, Dermatopathologist and Anatomic Pathologist who has over 25 years of experience practicing Dermatology and Dermatopathology. Dr. Ahmed completed his training at the University of Utah (Internship and Anatomic Pathology residency) and at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota (Dermatology residency). Dr. Ahmed was an Academic Professor of Dermatology, Senior Consultant in Dermatology, Director of Dermatopathology and Co-Director of the Dermatopathology fellowship program at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Ahmed has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Dermatologic Surgery and International Journal of Dermatology and continues to serve on the editorial panel of the American Journal of Dermatopathology. Dr. Ahmed is the recipient of several practices and teaching awards and has over 100 published abstracts and manuscripts to his credit. Dr. Ahmed has delivered over 200 national and international presentations in Dermatology and Dermatopathology. He enjoys his free time traveling, reading, fly fishing and skiing.
Dr. Schmidt is a *board certified dermatologist *and a *Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology*. He has been elected to leadership positions in this professional organization. He is also board certified in Internal Medicine.
While limiting his practice to dermatology, his internal medicine background provides him with additional expertise when dealing with disorders affecting the skin and other body systems.
He was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended public schools. He graduated from *Drexel University *with a B.S. in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in environmental engineering. He received his medical degree from *Boston University School of Medicine*. After graduation from medical school, he completed a full three-year residency in Internal Medicine at *Brown University-Rhode Island Hospital*, Providence, Rhode Island. He then served his country for 2 years as a commissioned medical officer, rank Lt. Commander, in the *United States Public Health Service,* stationed on the Navajo and Hopi Indian Reservations at Tuba City, Arizona. Following his tour of duty, Dr. Schmidt then completed a three-year Dermatology residency at the *Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania* located in Philadelphia.
Dr. Schmidt is on active staff at Parkview Episcopal Medical Center. He served as Chief of Staff from 1991-1993.
In addition to private practice, Dr. Schmidt is an *international teaching dermatologist *to the country of Ukraine. As Visiting Professor he contributes 6 weeks a year of his time to this humanitarian effort. His IRS-approved non-profit foundation, Veselka, provides medical equipment and educational grants to Ukrainian dermatologists for training in the U.S. He has been recognized by the President of Ukraine for his humanitarian efforts to this country over the past 19 years.
Outside of medicine, Dr. Schmidt enjoys skiing, scuba diving, hunting, traveling, and motorcycling. He is a PADI-certified assistant scuba instructor. He is also an active licensed private pilot and an *FAA Aviation Medical Examiner*.
Dr. Schmidt has resided and practiced in Pueblo since 1984. He is an honorably discharged medical officer *veteran.*
Karen - Practice Manager
Karen is the Practice Manager for Southern Colorado Dermatology Clinic. She is a native of Pueblo earned an AAS Degree and has worked in the health insurance industry for over 25 years and has been with Southern Colorado Dermatology for nine years.
Yvonne - Medical Assistant
Yvonne was born and raised in Pueblo. She received her AOS degree in Medical Assisting in 2006. She has been in the medical field for 12 years and has worked for Dr. Nakamura since 2008. She is certified for the Alma Laser and our Ultherapy treatment.