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Highest quality skin care services.

Carson Dermatology offers dedicated, full-service medical and surgical skin care with personalized treatments for Nevada and Northern California. We diagnose and treat all disorders of skin, hair, and nails for all ages– along with over 45 years of extensive expertise in skin cancer treatment and surgery including Melanoma and Mohs Surgery. Our talented doctors strive for the highest quality dermatology care for all our patients, in a gracious and welcoming atmosphere.

Providing professional care in a comfortable environment.

Dedicated to helping others, our strength comes from mentoring our employees and patients, making people a priority. Supportive, responsive, and consistent, Carson Dermatology’s drive comes from protecting and caring for others. We are humble and hard-working with solid values, and the first to lend a hand, an ear, or a shoulder.




Our Doctors and Physician’s Assistants are trained with up-to-date knowledge from some of the best schools.



Our new facility features the newest technologies for efficient and safe procedures in a comfortable environment.


We are contracted with most insurance providers and participate with Medicare.

If your insurance is not included in the listed providers, please confirm with our receptionist that your insurance is covered before making an appointment.


Anthem BC / BS

Assurant Health



Medicare Advantage Plans

Medicare / Tricare



Universal Healthcare


University of Utah


Hometown Health

Mutual of Omaha

PEBP / State of NV





Great West


United Health Care


United American


Meet Our Team

  • Jay S. Adams
    Partner / M.D.

    Dr. Jay Adams was born and raised in Michigan.  He attended college and medical school there under scholarship from the United States Air Force.  He subsequently trained in pathology and then dermatology under Air Force sponsorship and served twenty years in the Air Force, stationed in Hawaii, Alaska, Texas, Ohio and Washington.  He joined Carson Dermatology in 1998 and practices medical and surgical dermatology including the use of Mohs Micrographic Surgery for the treatment of skin cancer.  He is married to Dr. Ruth Adams also of Carson Dermatology and they have two daughters Emily and Claire. 

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  • Ruth E. Adams
    Partner / M.D.

    Ruth Adams, MD is a board certified dermatologist. She attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia for her undergraduate education and graduated from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio with a medical degree. She studied as an intern in Pediatrics at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana and then completed her Dermatology residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

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  • Alan Tack
    Partner / M.D.

    Dr. D. Alan Tack joined Carson Dermatology in 2005. He moved to Nevada at an early age and grew up in Las Vegas. Dr. Tack attended UNLV, where he obtained a Bachelor in Science. He then received his medical degree from the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

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  • Max Gratrix
    Partner / M.D.

    Dr. Max Gratrix joined Carson Dermatology in 2017 after serving eleven years on active duty in the United States Army.  He received his medical degree as an honor graduate from the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland and completed his internship and dermatology residency at Brooke Army and Wilford Hall Medical Centers in San Antonio, Texas, where he received comprehensive training in medical and surgical dermatology.

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  • Melanie Buckley

    Melanie Buckley is a Certified Physician Assistant who has specialized in the practice of dermatology for the past 9 years.

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  • Janice Jones

    Janice Jones is a licensed and certified Physician Assistant, a fellow member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants as well as the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and is board certified through the NCCPA.

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  • Melanie Adams
    PA-C, MPAS

    Melanie Adams, PA-C, MPAS is a certified Physician Assistant who has been in practice for 20 years.  She has specialized in Dermatology since 2007.

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Featured Articles

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  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa

    Hidradenitis suppurativa, also known as acne inversa, is an inflammatory disease that causes bumps to appear on the skin. While these bumps may resemble pimples or boils, they typically appear in places where acne does not, such as the underarms and groin. Many people have HS for life. When the condition ...

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  • Herpes Simplex

    Herpes simplex is a common viral infection. If you’ve ever had a cold sore, you’ve been infected with the herpes simplex virus. Most cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), which is why HSV-1 is also called “oral herpes.” A different yet closely related herpes simplex virus, ...

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  • Lichen Planus

    Lichen planus is a skin disease that also is common inside the mouth. It also can affect your genitals, scalp, fingernails and toenails. WHAT DOES LICHEN PLANUS LOOK LIKE? On each part of the body, lichen planus looks somewhat different. The following describes what you can see on each part of the body. Skin On ...

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  • Acne

    If you have acne, also called acne vulgaris, you’re not alone. It is the most common skin condition in the United States. Approximately 40 to 50 million Americans have acne. Most are teens and young adults but it can occur at any age.Newborns get acne. Children get acne. Even menopausal women get acne. At ...

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  • Lupus and Your Skin

    Lupus is an autoimmune disease, a condition in which your body’s immune system attacks healthy cells. Lupus can affect many organs in your body, including your skin. The skin is affected in approximately two-thirds of people who have lupus. Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) flare WHAT IS LUPUS? There ...

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  • How to Protect Yourself from the Sun

    Anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of skin color. Avoiding overexposure to the sun is the most preventable way to reduce your risk for all skin cancers, including melanoma, the deadliest form. Seeking shade, wearing protective clothing and applying sunscreen are important ways to protect your skin ...

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  • Skin Cancer

    Skin cancer is the most common cancer. Current estimates are that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. When detected early, skin cancer is highly treatable. The most common warning signs of skin cancer include changes in size, shape, or color of a mole or other skin lesion or ...

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  • Moles

    Moles are common. In fact, light-skinned adults typically have 10 to 40 “common” or “normal” moles on their skin. When you talk to your dermatologist about your moles, he or she may use the word “nevus.” Nevus is the medical term for mole. When your dermatologist is talking about two or more ...

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  • Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)

    Hyperhidrosis is excess sweating. We all need to sweat to keep our bodies cool. However, people with hyperhidrosis seem to have overactive sweat glands. They may sweat even when their body does not need cooling. Many people who have hyperhidrosis sweat from one or more areas of the body. Most often, ...

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  • Laser Hair Reduction

    Unwanted hair is a concern for many people. If unwanted hair bothers you, you may want to discuss this with your dermatologist. Many dermatologists offer treatment for unwanted hair. One treatment option is laser hair removal. Laser hair removal reduces the amount of unwanted hair. A laser sends beams ...

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