Dr. Molly C.E. Cowdrey, Board-Certified Dermatologist, Joins Optima Dermatology

February 2023

Optima Dermatology & Medical Aesthetics Welcomes Dr. Cowdrey’s Expertise in Medical and Surgical Dermatology to Our Bedford, NH Practice

Board-Certified Dermatologist Molly C.E. Cowdrey, MD, FAAD, is joining Optima Dermatology’s newest practice in Bedford, NH to provide medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology services to patients in the Manchester areas.

Dr. Cowdrey has been serving patients in New England including Boston and New York City since 2018 and is committed to delivering an exceptional patient experience.

Dr. Cowdrey completed her medicine internship and dermatology residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center where she served as Chief Resident. Following residency, she was appointed director of the Allergic Contact Dermatitis and Patch Testing Clinic at Beth Israel-Lahey Health. During this time, she was a preceptor for dermatology residents from Harvard University-Massachusetts General Hospital and medical students from Tufts University. She completed medical school at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine in New York, and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado with a double major in integrative physiology and molecular biology.

Dr. Cowdrey is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, a member of the American Contact Dermatitis Society and has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed dermatology journals including Journal of Cutaneous Pathology and Cutis.  

A Commitment to Industry-Leading Dermatology Services

Dr. Cowdrey’s approach to patient care reflects Optima Dermatology’s commitment to treating every patient the way we would want our friends and family to be treated. She is dedicated to providing a comprehensive and personalized experience for each patient. 

Dr. Cowdrey offers a variety of medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology treatments for patients of all ages, including general dermatology such as skin cancer, eczema, acne, psoriasis, and others, as well as medical aesthetic services, including neurotoxin injections (such as Botox® and Dysport®), fillers, laser treatments and more.

We recently had the opportunity to learn more about Dr. Cowdrey, her approach, and the path that led her to pursue a career as a board-certified dermatologist.

Where did you go to college?

The University of Colorado at Boulder.

What made you decide to pursue a career in dermatology?

After college, I worked in New York City as a dermatology medical assistant and loved it! This was my first exposure to the field of dermatology, and it sparked my interest in medicine. Coincidentally, also during my time in New York, I developed contact allergies and underwent extended patch testing. I was grateful for the specialists who solved the mystery and significantly improved my quality of life. Collectively, these experiences inspired me to attend medical school and solidified my specific passion for dermatology.  

What is your number one tip when it comes to taking care of your skin?

Always, always wear sunscreen! Rain, shine, snow, clouds, in cars, indoors, and outdoors. Pick a moisturizer with SPF 30 or higher and apply it to your face, ears, neck, and the backs of your hands EVERY DAY.

What is your favorite aspect of being a dermatologist?

I love the variety in dermatology. I interact with patients of all ages and see a range of conditions from skin cancer, and acne, to preventive care, surgery, cosmetics, and more. The days are never boring!

How would you describe your approach to treating patients?

My approach to dermatologic care involves attentively listening to patients and tailoring treatment plans to meet their individual needs and goals. I really enjoy connecting with patients on a deeper level, sharing in the joy of their successes, hearing their stories, and learning about them as a person.

What is one thing you want your patients to know about you?

I feel a deep connection to my patients because of the care I received as a dermatology patient. I understand what it’s like to have a skin condition that requires advanced diagnosis and specialized treatment. I draw upon this experience when evaluating patients and designing individualized care plans to meet their goals. 

What do you like to do when you are not in the office treating patients?

I always enjoy reading a good book, antiquing, exercising, and taking in the natural beauty and ample history all around us in New Hampshire! Most recently, I have really enjoyed doing home projects and renovations with my husband, Tom. 

What to Expect From Dermatology Care From Dr. Cowdrey and Her Team

If you’re seeking medical, surgical or cosmetic dermatological care, Dr. Cowdrey and her team at Optima Dermatology offer a wide range of services and have advanced training and experience to ensure the highest quality of care. 

View a complete list of our dermatology services, and come in to learn more about our approach to patient care. Dr. Cowdrey is accepting new patients at our Bedford, NH location. Give us a call at 855-277-9689 to schedule an appointment today!