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.


Kristen Foster, PA-C, PhD

Kristen is committed to providing excellent care for patients with dermatologic conditions. Her practice offers evaluation and treatment of the below:

• Skin cancers and precancerous lesions, including melanomas
• Acne and rosacea;
• Moles and full body skin exams
• Warts, cysts, skin tags, and other growths;
• Rashes and different types of eczema and dermatitis;
• Psoriasis and she is experienced with medications called biologics
• Skin infections
• Many other skin diseases.

Before joining Madison Skin & Laser Center, Kristen practiced at the University of Washington Dermatology Clinic, where she treated a variety of general dermatologic conditions. She participated in faculty patient care conferences, where patients with challenging dermatologic conditions were discussed to determine a treatment plan. She also cared for many patients with compromised immune systems.

Prior to UW Derm clinic, she also practiced at Florida Dermatologic Surgery and Aesthetics Institute. She is certified and an active member of the Society for Dermatology Physician Assistants.

Helping patients treat their conditions, so that they can stop focusing on the skin problem, and get back to focusing on their lives, is so important. Kristen also enjoys educating patients, so they can be involved and proactive in their care.

• Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the Medical University of South Carolina
• Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at the Medical University of South Carolina
• B.A. from the College of Charleston

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children, as well as exploring all that Seattle has to offer.


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.