Meet Dr. Chesahna Kindred
Dr. Chesahna Kindred is a board-certified dermatologist, researcher, published author, and national speaker. She grew up in South Central Los Angeles, an area of California known for its tough streets and strong community spirit, and a place where overcoming adversity was not simply a choice, but a way of life. It was this environment that planted the seed for Dr. Kindred’s future in her field, cultivating a strong ambition and drive to serve her community, empowering people through beauty.
Growing up, she quickly garnered a reputation for her love of education and her desire to help others achieve their goals. It was this drive that led her to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. Dr. Kindred began her studies at the University of Southern California where she received her Bachelor of Science with a minor in Spanish. She then relocated to Ohio where she continued to push herself in her educational pursuits, earning not just her MD degree, but also an MBA at the University of Cincinnati.
Dr. Kindred was awarded a full scholarship as a Yates Fellow for the MBA program, where she was only the third person in the history of the University of Cincinnati to receive the dual MD/MBA degree. She then took up her residency and fellowship at Howard University, an institution that pioneered Ethnic Dermatology. It was here that Dr. Kindred gained her passion and focus on hair loss and ethnic skin.
Soon after graduating from her dermatology residency at Howard University, she became a leading dermatologist at MedStar Health in the Baltimore area. Five years later, she founded Kindred Hair & Skin Center in Columbia, Maryland where she treats people of all ages and ethnicities.
Dr. Kindred remains on the cutting-edge of hair loss treatment, performing Platelet Rich Fibrin Matrix, or PRFM/PRP, on a regular basis. Currently, she owns the only dermatology office with a full-service salon that specializes in hair loss.
Locally, Dr. Kindred is heavily involved in community service, often organizing health fairs, mentoring aspiring doctors, and working with local churches and community organizations to help educate and empower the community at large.
Within the field of dermatology, Dr. Kindred is
- Founder and President, Onyx Medical Society
- Chair of the National Medical Association, Dermatology Section
- Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD)
- Member of the Women’s Dermatological Society, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, Maryland Dermatologic Society and Monumental Dermatology Society
Outside of dermatology, Dr. Kindred is
- Chair of the African American Community Roundtable, Health Committee
- Leader of Celebration Church Health & Wellness Ministry
- Deacon at Celebration Church at Columbia
She has also been featured on
- Disney’s Doc McStuffins
- WMAR Baltimore ABC News
- WJZ Baltimore CBS News
- WBFF Baltimore Fox News
- Dermatology Times
Dr. Kindred has several publications concerning an array of dermatologic topics including co-writing chapters in leading dermatology textbooks. Her publications include but are not limited to hair loss, skin cancer, and treatments in patients with skin of color. Philosophically, her focus of “Empowering through beauty” has resonated with patients worldwide. Understanding the desire people have to feel as beautiful outside as they do within, Dr. Kindred helps them achieve the balance that allows people to feel complete. True beauty is not about vanity, but instead about empowering one’s self to have the confidence to live life to the fullest.