2011 AWIB Entrepreneurial Leadership Award Winner

Dr. Marie Jhin
CEO & Senior Dermatologist
Premier Dermatology & PIBU Spa

Premier Dermatology (www.premier-dermatology.com) and PIBU Spa is a dermatology practice and medical spa that specializes in medical, cosmetic and laser dermatology. It is based in the San Francisco area and boasts more than 15,000 patients. Premier Dermatology has an Acne Clinic, Anti-Aging Clinic and Weight Loss Clinic that provide the most innovative and progressive care available. The practice has more than a dozen employees and performs a variety of functions, making it one of the most recognized clinics in the country.

Marie is based in California, but she was born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in New York City. She graduated from Wellesley College and the Weill Cornell Medical College and headed out west to California, working for private dermatologists.  After an intense nine years of learning and growing, Marie wanted more control over the business and in 2003 she openedPremier Dermatology in the Bay Area.

Since opening its doors, Marie’s business has grown exponentially which is attributed to her excellent reputation, expertise and the care she shows for her patients.  As a Board Certified Dermatologist and Asian skin expert, Marie’s primary focus is on skin care. She has patients who travel from across the country to have a consultation with her. Marie states that she is thrilled when she sees how her patients’ lives have changed because their skin has improved.

Marie did not learn entrepreneurship at medical school and she credits business organizations and mentors for assisting her.  Her advice to entrepreneurs is “Find mentors that can give you advice and help you build your business so you can learn from their mistakes as well as accomplishments.”

Marie wanted to share her knowledge about having great skin with a wider audience and wrote a book on skincare titled “Asian Beauty Secrets: Ancient and Modern Tips from Japan, Korea and China”. The 2011 book covers inner and outer beauty and traces the history of beauty and skin care in the Far East, with relevant and timely tips and treatments for health and beauty regimens. She says “As a business woman, writing a book is something that gives you more credibility. It’s a good way to brand yourself and the product you are trying to sell”.

Marie’s work has been recognized countless times. The organization Doctors Improving Healthcare has rated her Top Doctor in the Bay area for the past three years and she is on the Who’s Who list for Executives and Professionals. She has been featured on numerous magazines including Seventeen and Oprah Magazine. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and member of the Women's Dermatologic Society. Maries also gives back in other ways by fundraising for organizations like the Skin Cancer Foundation.

As if not busy enough, Marie is on staff at Sequoia Hospital and the California Pacific Medical Center and is an Adjunct Clinical Instructor of Dermatology at Stanford University.

Marie beams with joy when she talks about how her children tell her they are proud of their mom. Marie lives in the Bay area with her son and two daughters.




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