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OUR PHYSICIANS

Dr. Sonabend and his associates provide comprehensive skin care for your medical, surgical, and cosmetic needs. We treat a wide variety of skin conditions in patients of all ages. We always provide excellent patient care in a relaxed environment. Our friendly providers and staff always take their time to ensure you have a great experience and get the absolute best care possi

Michael Sonabend, M.D.

Michael L. Sonabend, MD, has never settled for less than excellence. After finishing at the top of his high school class, he entered an elite accelerated 7-year medical program at Boston University. He was awarded both his medical sciences degree and his medical degree summa cum laude, was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honors society, and was elected president of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honors society.

Michael L. Sonabend, MD, Dermatology Clinic in Sugar Land, TX
Dr. Sonabend did his medical internship at St. Vincent’s Hospital in the Boston area, where he was named intern of the year. He then moved to Houston, Texas, and completed his residency in dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine. Upon completing his training, he received the Tad Johnson Award given to the most outstanding graduating resident. Prior to joining US Dermatology Medical Group, Dr. Sonabend worked with Nigro Dermatology in the West University area for four years.

Dr. Sonabend was awarded the 2011 Patient’s Choice award given to highest rated dermatologists in Houston. He maintains his appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine and is involved in resident teaching. He has authored over a dozen scientific publications, has performed clinical research in lasers, and is involved in clinical research for psoriasis. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and an active member of the Texas Medical Association, Harris County Medical Society, and Houston Dermatologic Society.

Dr. Sonabend practices a wide range of medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology. He has a particular passion and interest in laser technology, advances in the treatment of psoriasis, skin cancer treatments including non-surgical approaches, and reversal of photoaging with an emphasis on therapies that have both medical and cosmetic benefits.

Out of the office, Dr. Sonabend enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children.

Maura J. Holcomb, M.D.

Maura J. Holcomb, M.D.

Maura J. Holcomb, M.D. is the author of more than 60 papers on clinical interests that include psoriasis, acne, melanoma, tropical dermatology, and photosensitive skin disorders. Her work has been published in the International Journal of Dermatology, Dermatology Online Journal, Journal of Cutaneous Pathology, and other dermatological publications, including numerous Continuing Medical Education articles for ClinicalAdvisor.com’s Dermatology Clinic.

Dr. Holcomb has also collaborated on several presentations of dermatological research at conferences of the Texas Dermatological Society, American Society of Dermatopathology, and American Academy of Dermatology.

A native Texan, Dr. Holcomb graduated at the top of her high school class in East Texas before attending Texas A&M University, where she graduated magna cum laude, obtaining degrees in both biology and psychology.

Dr. Holcomb received her M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine on a full scholarship. She completed her medical internship at The Methodist Hospital in Houston and her dermatology residency at Baylor. She conducted clinical research at the Department of Dermatology at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, and received the Debra Chester Kalter Award for Outstanding Student Research in Dermatology. Graduating in the top 10% of her class, she was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.

During medical school, Dr. Holcomb spent two months volunteering at a leprosy hospital in Nepal, and she plans to continue volunteering internationally. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, travelling off the beaten path, and scuba diving.

Jennifer L. Maender, M.D.

Jennifer L. Maender, M.D.

Jennifer L. Maender, MD earned her college degree at Tulane University in New Orleans, graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Cell & Molecular Biology. She attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine during which time she was elected to the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. After obtaining her medical degree, then moved to Houston, Texas, completed an internship in medicine at St. Joseph Hospital, and dermatology residency training at Baylor College of Medicine, where she was chosen to serve as Chief Resident of Dermatology.

Dr. Maender has authored numerous articles published in peer-reviewed medical journals and participated in the early stages of exciting research that has culminated in the development of a vaccine for HSV-2 currently undergoing clinical trials.  She has presented case reviews at state and national meetings on rare dermatologic diagnoses.  Dr. Maender is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, Texas Dermatological Society, Houston Dermatological Society, and Harris County Medical Society.

After her training, Dr. Maender worked for 5 years in clinical practice in Bellaire, TX before settling into her current practice in Sugarland, TX in 2013.  Dr. Maender specializes in medical and surgical dermatology with a focused interest in autoimmune bullous diseases, pediatric dermatology, and psoriasis.  She is a fluent Spanish speaker.  Outside the office, Dr. Maender is a proud mom to two young children and enjoys reading, hiking, and swimming.

Payel Patel, D.O., FAOCD

Payal Patel, D.O., FAOCD

Dr. Payal Patel is a Board-certified Dermatologist, and is Fellowship-trained in Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Procedural Dermatology (advanced dermatologic surgery, cosmetic and laser procedures, and advanced facial reconstructions). Dr. Patel specializes in removing skin cancer using a technique that results in excellent cure rates while ultimately achieving the best cosmetic outcome possible.

Dr. Patel is from Houston, Texas and graduated from the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center with her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her Internship at University Hospitals Richmond Medical Center in Ohio and Dermatology Residency at Michigan State University-Genesys Regional Medical Center, where Dr. Patel was chosen to serve as Chief Resident in Dermatology. Dr. Patel then went on to complete a competitive and prestigious ACGME Fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Procedural Dermatology at Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons in New Jersey.

Dr. Patel is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American College of Mohs Surgery, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, Texas Medical Association, Texas Dermatological Society, Houston Dermatological Society, and Harris County Medical Society. Dr. Patel is a staff member at St. Luke’s Hospital at The Vintage. She has published numerous articles in well-known journals and presented many lectures on various dermatology topics, including her specialty, Mohs Micrographic Surgery.

Dr. Patel looks forward to serving you for years to come.

Kathy Nguyen, FNP, BC

Kathy Nguyen, FNP, BC

Kathy Nguyen, FNP, BC received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Utah. She was awarded with an academic scholarship to complete a Master of Science in Nursing in the competitive Family Nurse Practitioner Program and graduated with 3.9 GPA. She worked as a Nurse Practitioner at South Valley Dermatology in Utah for 4 years where she gained substantial experience in Clinical and Cosmetic Dermatology.

After getting married, she moved to her new home in Houston, Texas and worked at Texas Rheumatology Center for 4 years, diagnosing and treating patients with systemic autoimmune diseases and rare autoimmune skin disorders. She was a sub-investigator for numerous dermatology and rheumatology clinical trials. Prior to joining our practice, Kathy worked with a Mohs Surgeon at Dermatology and Skin Cancer Specialists of Houston diagnosing and treating skin cancer and other skin disorders.

Kathy Nguyen is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner. She is also a Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner. he is one of only a few dermatology-certified nurse practitioners in the state of Texas. Kathy is a lifetime member of Sigma Theta Tau, an international honor society of nursing. She is also a member of Texas Nurse Practitioner and Dermatology Nurses’ Association.