Carolyn Tongson RefinedMD

Carolyn Tongson
Nurse Practioner

Carolyn began her career as an RN at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital working in the Neonatal ICU. Although she had a wonderful experience, the odd hours and stress of the job itself took a toll on her skin.

She began to see a dermatologist for the first time in her life. After some time she was back feeling and look healthy.

Carolyn was able to unwind after a long’s day work by getting facials at her dermatologist’s office. She learned that the outward appearance of our skin has a strong influence on our inner self esteem.  At that time, skin care became her passion. She decided to focus her career on dermatology and is very happy she made that decision.

For the last 8 years, Carolyn has worked in both cosmetic and general dermatology. She loves her line of work and truly cares about helping patients achieve healthy skin.

Curriculum Vita


Samuel Merritt University, Oakland, CA
Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, Summa Cum Laude

San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Magna Cum Laude

Carolyn’s Philosophy

“Love the skin you’re in because it is the largest, most visible organ of the body and acts as your face to the world.  Caring for your skin therefore is essential for your overall health and well-being.”

Carolyn Loves:

Nature, animals, hiking, running, travel, and experiencing new cultures.

Carolyn’s Specialty:

Botox® injections, acne, and total body exams to detect skin cancers and other lesions.