Natasha Sandy, M.D.
Dermatological Specialist
Expertise in hair and skin of all ethnicities

An exclusive one-on-one approach to skincare focusing on the total you. Because you are unique and your voice and skincare history tell a distinctive story, your health/skincare plan will be catered to your individual needs and wants. A multi-layered diagnostic system will aid in building a regimen that is tailored to your lifestyle. The use of traditional and non-traditional treatments will enhance your skin's appearance and your general health, so that you will reflect a healthy inside and reveal a glowing outside.

Columbia, Maryland: 410 696 7553

Manhattan, NY: 212 380 3199

Recent Commentary: Skin Cancer Awareness Month is this May. Here's What You Should Know.

Skin Cancer - Most Common Malignancy in the United States.

Caucasians are the primary patients diagnosed with skin cancer. Many people do not believe that non-Caucasian people are at risk. As a consequence skin cancer in Skin of Color is under diagnosed, outcomes are poor for these patients and poor skin cancer preventative care is practiced. Everyone regardless of ethnicity is at risk for skin cancer. Often people of color are diagnosed with skin cancer at later stages. This results in skin cancers in Skin of Color often being advanced and potentially fatal.

The most common skin cancers are Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) and Melanoma. These skin cancers are most commonly caused by UV rays from the sun damages the DNA in the skin and lead to cancer. This is why UV protection with the use of sunscreen daily is important. Squamous cell carcinoma which is the most common cancer seen in those with African descent can also be caused by chronic inflammation in areas of trauma, scar, burns, discoid lupus. Melanoma is most deadly of these skin cancer has increasing rates in Skin of Color. Well-known reggae artist Bob Marley actually died from Melanoma found on his toe that moved to his lungs not from smoking as is commonly believed. Melanoma can be found on sun-exposed areas and on palms and soles, particularly in Skin of Color.

So careful monitoring by patient through self-skin examination and by a physician is important along with daily sun protection with sunscreen and sun protective clothing.

How Does Sunscreen Work?

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Quick Tips: Skin Cancer Prevention and Sun Protection

  • Do regular skin examinations and report any new and/or changes of existing skin lesions to your doctor
  • Use sunscreen with BROAD SPECTRUM (UVA and UVB) protection with SPF greater than 30, regardless of complexion
  • Key ingredients in sunscreen: Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Avobenzone, Oxybenzone
  • Apply sunscreen 30 mins before sun/daylight exposure
  • Reapply at least every 2hours. Sooner if in water
  • Wear sunglasses with UV-absorbing lenses
  • Wear sun protective clothing with UPF 30 or more
  • Avoid tanning booths
  • Wear sunscreen with SPF every day
  • Sun damage can happen even in the car while driving.
  • Children can use sunscreen from 6 months of age.

Terms You Should Know

What Are UVA and UVB?
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is part of the light spectrum that reaches the earth from the sun. It has wavelengths shorter than visible light, making it invisible to the naked eye. Ultraviolet A (UVA) is the longer wave UV ray that causes skin Aging, and can cause skin cancer. Ultraviolet B (UVB) is the shorter wave UV ray that causes burns, and can cause skin cancer. Sunscreens contain ingredients that help prevent the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation from reaching the skin. Two types of ultraviolet radiation, UVA and UVB, damage the skin and increase your risk of skin cancer. Sunscreens have varing ability to protect against UVA and UVB.

What is SPF ( sun protection factor)?
SPF is a measure of a sunscreen's ability to prevent UVB from damaging the skin. For example, SPF 15 filters out approximately 93 percent of all UVB rays. SPF 30 keeps out 97 percent and SPF 50 keeps out 98 percent. Note this is only UVB. So it important to have sunscreen with ingredients to protect against UVA rays as well. Like Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Avobenzone, Oxybenzone.

What is Broad-Spectrum?
Broad-spectrum sunscreens protect the skin from both UVA and UVB rays. Ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) Is fraction of the sun’s ultraviolet rays can penetrate the fabric. For example, UPF of 50, lets just 1/50th of the sun’s UVR reach the skin, compared to, say, an everyday white cotton T-shirt, which has a UPF of only about 5.

Sunscreen Products & Sun Protective Clothing

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The Total You: Complete Skincare & Healthcare

Conditions Treated:

  • Hairloss, Nail Disease
  • Acne, Rosacea, Eczema,Psoriasis
  • Ingrown Hairs/Razor Bumps
  • Keloid
  • Skin Cancer
  • Mole Checks, Mole Removal
  • Skin Tags and Cyst removal
  • Allergy Patch Testing

Cosmetic Services:

  • Complexion Correction (uneven complexion, dark spots)
  • Anti- Aging Treatment
  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles Treatment
  • Liquid Face Lift
  • Liquid Brow Lift
  • Sun/Age spots
  • Redness
  • Injectable Fillers (Juverderm, Radiesse, Restylane, Perlane, Boletero)
  • Chemical Peels
  • Botox, Dysport

Health Services:

  • Weight Loss
  • Nurition
  • General Medical Concerns

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Contact Us at Our Office

Dr. Sandy has offices centrally located in Manhattan, New York and Columbia, Maryland.

Columbia, Maryland
410 696 7553
410 696 7510 fax

New York City
15 East 40th Street (Between 5th Avenue & Madison Avenue)
212 380 3199

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We do not participate in your current health insurance plan. However, we will gladly provide you with a Claims Form to ensure that you will be reimbursed for services covered by your health insurance.

Biography & Accreditations

Dr. Natasha SandyA board certified physician with specialist training in Dermatology, Dr. Sandy is the first graduate of the Clinical Dermatology Fellowship at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. This fellowship is one of two in the nation, aiming to meet the needs in healthcare for dermatological expertise. As a child, Dr. Sandy endured numerous hospital stays and doctors visits to manage her skin conditions. This provoked her interest in dermatology, but she recalls always wanting to be a doctor. So she cannot say which came first. Dr. Sandy also felt that the focus of her medical visits lacked a true assessment of the whole patient. As a result, her philosophy is to treat skin form the inside out, a “Holistic Approach to Skincare”. She is now Medical Director of Columbia Medical Skin Care and Dermatology, Columbia, Maryland and also practices in New York City.

Dr. Sandy has been very active in academia and the pursuit of meeting the dermatological needs of the underserved and Skin of Color. With a particular interest in developing fundamental dermatological expertise in general practitioners to be the unmet demands for dermatological services. She has participated in Health fairs and free Skin clinics both in here in the United States and the Caribbean. As a professor, she precepted and trained medical students and residents. She has lectured and tutored students on Dermatological Diseases and Procedures. She has also been active in curriculum development at both the medical graduate and post graduate level.

Dr. Sandy is a member of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and American Medical Association. In addition her fellowship and post graduate awards. She was also honored as a Women’s Health Scholar, PA Academy of Family Physician Scholarship Scholar and American Academy of Dermatology Medical Student Summer Scholar and All- American Scholar.

Some more recent publications include, “Dermatological Emergencies" American Family Physician Journal, Oct 2012 and her review on "Review on Dermatology for Skin of Color by Drs. Paul Kelly and Susan Taylor", April 2010 for Journal for Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

Dr. Sandy is licensed to practice in NJ, NY, TX and MD and is currently practicing in NY and MD.