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Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd is a board certified dermatologist specializing in the treatment of pigmentation disorders. She completed her undergraduate studies at Georgetown University and later earned her medical degree at the University of Miami School of Medicine. She completed her training in dermatology at the University of Miami where she also served as chief resident.

In 2002, Dr Woolery-Lloyd made history when she was appointed the Director of Ethnic Skincare at the University of Miami, heading the country’s first official cosmetic ethnic skincare department at a university.  As the Director of Ethnic Skincare, Dr. Woolery-Lloyd specializes in the treatment of cosmetic concerns common in skin of color. Doctors from across the country refer their most difficult cases to this specialized clinic.

As a specialist in hyperpigmentation, Dr Woolery-Lloyd set out to fill a void that she noticed was missing in her own practice as well as the overall skincare market. In 2010, she created Specific Beauty skincare, a highly effective skincare line with products free of hydroquinone and infused with natural ingredients that deliver radiant, even skin. Specific Beauty skincare has been honored with numerous prestigious awards including beauty awards from Prevention, People, Essence and Real Simple magazines.

In addition to running her business and her practice at the University of Miami, the board certified dermatologist sees patients in private practice.  The dedicated wife and mother of two loves spending with her family and giving back to her community through the Codella initiative which she helped found. This pioneering organization focuses on teaching under-represented girls 21st century skills in computer programming and introduces them to careers in science.

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