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About The West Institute

With the most advanced non-surgical technology, techniques & products available, Board-Certified Dermatologist Dr. Tina West and her experienced team keep you looking your best at every age. 

Dr. West’s “Skip the Scalpel” philosophy focuses on using the most advanced minimally invasive technology to maintain the health and appearance of the skin. 

Led by Dr. Tina West, the West Institute staff work to ensure every visit to the West Institute is an enjoyable one.

Dr. Tina WestDr. Tina West, MD, PC

Dr. Tina B. West, founder of the West Institute, is a board-certified Dermatologist and leading expert in cosmetic dermatology, laser surgery and body contouring procedures.

With her “Skip the Scalpel” philosophy, Dr. West utilizes the most advanced minimally invasive technology to maintain the health and appearance of the skin of the face and body in women and men for life. 

Dr. West has served as a consultant and injectable trainer for Allergan and Galderma, training other physicians in advanced treatment techniques using Restylane, Perlane, Scupltra and Dysport as well as Botox. She participated in the original phase III FDA clinical trials for the approval of Botox Cosmetic.  Most recently, The West Institute and Dr. West have been designated as National Trainers for Kybella, the new non-surgical treatment for double chin. Dr. West also specializes in Cellulaze laser treatment, the first FDA-approved procedure to significantly improve the appearance of cellulite.

An accomplished lecturer and author, Dr. West has been published in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks on a  variety of topics, including laser skin resurfacing for the treatment of aging and acne scarring, as well as other non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures.  Dr. West has also been featured in Cosmopolitan, Men’s Fitness, Glamour, Washingtonian, Washingtonian Mom and other national publications. 

Dr. West has been in practice since 1996 and is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and a member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery.  She is a repeat recipient of the Patient’s Choice Award, a national award bestowed upon physicians based on their patients’ appreciation and praise for the quality of care and service they provide, as well as the Compassionate Doctor’s Award, On-Time Award and Top 10 Doctor in both Maryland and the Washington Metro Area, and has been designated as a TopDoc in Washingtonian Magazine.

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Tracy Kessler

Medical Assistant

For established patients of the West Institute, Tracy is the familiar face assisting Dr. West on a daily basis.  Tracy began her medical career in the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman, and proudly served for over 6 years.  She continued on to civilian healthcare and has worked in the field for 20 + years.

Tracy brought her experience to the West Institute nearly a decade ago, and continues to provide patients with the highest level of personalized care.  Helping patients look and feel their best is what she enjoys the most.

Dawn Bloomer

Front Desk Receptionist

KaT Butterfoss

Registered Nurse

KaT is a Registered Nurse and a graduate of Georgetown University’s Accelerated Second Degree BSN Program.  She also has a BS in Psychology from Penn State and is a licensed esthetician.

KaT has over 9 years of experience in the skin care industry and is passionate about expanding her knowledge of new technologies and treatments in cosmetic nursing.  She strives to provide her patients with high quality, individually-tailored skin care services.

KaT is also proud to be a new mom having welcomed her first child, Chase Alexander, in August of 2015.

Chelsea Grimes

Medical Esthetician 

Chelsea is a licensed aesthetician and a graduate of the Aveda Institute in Washington DC.  In conjunction with her aesthetic experience, Chelsea completed her Nursing education and received her LPN in 2010.

Chelsea has over 6 years of aesthetic experience in both the plastic surgery and dermatology field.

Chelsea’s intention is to share her passion and knowledge for aesthetics to help people achieve optimal skin health goals and feel better about themselves. She believes there is nothing more rewarding than helping people feel more confident in their own skin.

Holly Gross

Front Desk Manager

Holly is the newest addition to our team at the West Institute, bringing with her more than 10 years of medical office experience.

Holly began her career in fashion merchandising and maintains her great sense of style today. She is well known for her ability to “make things happen”.  Above all, she is recognized for her warmth and connection with people.

Holly is an active member of her community, having served in leadership roles as PTA president and fundraising chair for her children’s schools. She keeps current on all things news, entertainment, and fashion.

Originally from the Chicago area, Holly relocated to Washington, DC several years ago. She lives in Chevy Chase with her husband and two boys.