Madison Skin & Laser Center


Dr. Brandith Irwin

Brandith Irwin, MD, is a board certified dermatologist and founder of Madison Skin & Laser Center in Seattle, Washington.   She is also Co-Founder of a website focused on accurate consumer education on nonsurgical, aesthetic procedures and products, in the context of a global conversation about beauty, self-esteem and inclusiveness.

Dr. Irwin is also the  author of  2 books The Surgery-Free Makeover: All You Need to Know For Great Skin and a Younger Face (Da Capo Press) and Your Best Face: Looking Your Best Without Plastic Surgery (Hay House). She has been quoted or cited in the national press from the Associated Press and Allure to Self magazine. Seattle Magazine has three times named her one of Seattle’s best dermatologists based on a poll of 2,500-area doctors.

Brandith holds board certification in both internal medicine and dermatology, and is a member of the International Society of Laser Surgeons, the American Academy of Dermatology, and many other professional associations. She was graduated with honors from the University of Washington Medical School in 1984 and did residencies in both internal medicine and dermatology there as well. She received one of the few National Dermatology Foundation Research Fellowship Awards in 1990, and has been a clinical faculty member at the University of Washington.

She enjoys multiple sports, travelling and spending time with friends and family.


Rebecca Patton, PA-C

Rebecca is a nationally certified physician assistant and guest lecturer at several pacific northwest universities. She has over 10 years experience in medical and cosmetic dermatology.

Rebecca provides both medical, basic surgical, and cosmetic dermatology services at our Seattle dermatology office.  She joined Madison Skin & Laser Center’s dermatology practice in Seattle in January 2004, after three years at a busy urgent and primary care medical practice in Michigan, where she did a significant amount of dermatology.

Rebecca was raised in Michigan and received her Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University in 1995. She completed her Masters degree with distinction in Physician Assistant studies from Pacific University in Oregon in 2000, and trained at sites throughout the Pacific Northwest. Rebecca now considers herself a Seattleite and enjoys traveling, skiing, and boating with her family.


Rita Bauer, R.N.

For over 11 years, Rita has served as Dr. Brandith Irwin’s trusted licensed Registered Nurse and leader in assisting with multiple medical and cosmetic dermatology procedures, and multiple patient consults.  In addition to her extensive experience in dermatology, Rita has 15 additional years of professional experience as licensed Registered Nurse from the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle.  Rita has her own clinic hours in which she offers Botox & filler injections, and sclerotherapy – all treatments in which she has advanced training.  When not providing exceptional patient care, Rita enjoys spending time with her husband, son and daughter, and also welcomes opportunities to run outdoors with friends. 


Vio Mirza,R.N.

Vio is licensed Registered Nurse who has dedicated her last 10 years of her nursing career to cosmetic dermatology.  This experience is supported by her 10 additional years of professional work in Mohs skin cancer surgery and surgical nursing.  Vio maintains active membership in the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, and offers clinic hours Fraxel, IPL/Photorejuvenation, Thermage, Laser Hair Removal and Botox injections.  When not in clinic, Vio may be found spending time with husband and daughter, reading non-fiction books or listening to classical music.


Melissa Paulson, R.N.

Melissa is a licensed Registered Nurse and committed team-member who is passionate about patient education and strives to ensure that patients are well-informed about dermatologic conditions and treatments.  Melissa brings experience and training from the University of Washington, School of Nursing, where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  She maintains her own clinic hours in which she offers microdermabrasion, peels and acne surgeries.  When not with her valued patients, Melissa may be found with her husband Scott, training for an upcoming marathon or back-packing through the Pasayten Wilderness.