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Dr. Ava Shamban, MD
Dermatologist (skin)
28 years of experience
Accepting new patients

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Overall Rating:
3.0
  • Currently 3 of 4 stars
Total Ratings

28

Total Reviews

23

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Ease of Appointment:
  • Currently 4 of 4 stars
Promptness:
  • Currently 3.25 of 4 stars
Courteous Staff:
  • Currently 4 of 4 stars
Accurate Diagnosis:
  • Currently 4 of 4 stars
Bedside Manner:
  • Currently 4 of 4 stars
Spends Time with Me:
  • Currently 4 of 4 stars
Follows Up After Visit:
  • Currently 4 of 4 stars
Average Wait: 16 minutes
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  • Currently 4 of 4 stars
 |  THE BEST  |  show details
Apr 9th, 2012

they are so amazing they work with all skin type i fell amazing when i leave and makes you fell sl comfortable everytime i go and always look your best i see alot of celeb's hen i go love it there

  • Currently 4 of 4 stars
 |  Best Dermatologist Ever  |  show details
by Dixie on Feb 16th, 2010

Dr. Shamban is fantastic. I have been a patient of hers for over 20 years. My 3 children and my husband are all patients and we have had numerous issues over the years including severe sun damage/skin cancer as well as many cosmetic issues. She is a pro. I always know that I am in good hands and I feel confident that my treatment is safe, accurate and i always have a great result. I will always be forever grateful to have such a caring, smart and insightful MD in my corner.

  • Currently 4 of 4 stars
 |  Ava Shamban, My Hero  |  show details
by Judy Blue Eyes on Dec 2nd, 2009 on citysearch.com

I recently had facial laser treatment that left me disfigured after 5 weeks. My face had a significant scar under my left eye and a small scar under my right eye. My skin was red, uneven, and blotchy on both sides of my face. I travelled over 100 miles to see Ava Shamban to help me. She has been simply amazing. Although she is an extremely succesfull doctor with a busy practice, I have found her to be extremely kind and compassionate. I am not a celebrity, but she always seems to find time in her schedule for me. I feel extremely fortunate in having found Ava, and I give her my highest recommendation for someone searching for a fantastic dermatologist as well as a genuinely kind person.

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  • Currently 4 of 4 stars
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by napaluvr at Citysearch on Apr 21st, 2008 on citysearch.com

I was totally happy with my recent experience at Dr. Shamban`s office, altho I didnt` see her I saw a physician`s assistant. I was treated promptly and couretously by the staff and all my questions mostly about insurance were answered right away. My skin problem was medical in nature as opposed to cosmetic, and fortunately has cleared up and shouldn`t reoccur. Now I`d like to return to the Laser Institute for some cosmetic work! All in all very professional.

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  • Currently 4 of 4 stars
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by napaluvr on Apr 21st, 2008 on citysearch.com

I was totally happy with my recent experience at Dr. Shamban's office, altho I didnt' see her (I saw a physician's assistant). I was treated promptly and couretously by the staff and all my questions (mostly about insurance) were answered right away. My

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  • Currently 4 of 4 stars
 |  Looks spa-like, but really good medically  |  show details
by artistmom at Citysearch on Apr 7th, 2008 on citysearch.com

I was at another, very well-respected derm, practice with my teenage daughter and her skin, after two courses of accutane, was looking horrific. they jut didnt seem to really care about the disfiguring cosmetic aspects of the dises of acne. A few treatments with Dr. Shamban and her very sweet and patient staff have left my daughter`s skin smooth and glowing. She is even thinking of wearing a strapless dress to Prom, for the first time ever! Yes, the practice is busy and it looks more spa-like than medical, but Dr. Ava is completely certified medically, it`s all covered by insurance and you can`t argue with the results! Go for it - you won`t be sorry .

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  • Currently 4 of 4 stars
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by artistmom on Apr 7th, 2008 on citysearch.com

I was at another, very well-respected derm, practice with my teenage daughter and her skin, after two courses of accutane, was looking horrific. they jut didn;t seem to really care about the disfiguring cosmetic aspects of the dises of acne. A few treatm

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  • Currently 1 of 4 stars
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by NeenahReviews on Feb 23rd, 2008 on citysearch.com

I went to see Dr Shamban a couple of weeks ago. The entrance of her space on Santa Monica Blvd is fresh and snazzy, but clearly hasn't been carefully thought all the way through. The tiny waiting area was so crowded, that I couldn't even sit down to fill

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  • Currently 1 of 4 stars
 |  Not recommended!  |  show details
by NeenahReviews at Citysearch on Feb 23rd, 2008 on citysearch.com

I went to see Dr Shamban a couple of weeks ago. The entrance of her space on Santa Monica Blvd is fresh and snazzy, but clearly hasn`t been carefully thought all the way through. The tiny waiting area was so crowded, that I couldn`t even sit down to fill out my paperwork. And, when I finally did manage to score a place to sit down, Dr Shamban made me wait an hour for my appointment. I quizzed her staff, and apparently making patients wait forever or in other words, poor time management on Dr Shamban`s end is pretty much the norm there. I walked. Good doctorpatient relationships are based on mutual respect, and that includes respect for each other`s time. Dr Shamban may be great at what she doesbut she`s certainly not the only choice.

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  • Currently 3 of 4 stars
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by kathysears on Feb 1st, 2008 on citysearch.com

There are few medical day spas - maybe none - where I live (western MA), so I was so happy to find Dr Shamban when I recently stayed in LA. She was very cordial and candid about what my skin needed. I had two laser treatments and a peel and the results a

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  • Currently 3 of 4 stars
 |  Shamban a lucky find!  |  show details
by kathysears at Citysearch on Feb 1st, 2008 on citysearch.com

There are few medical day spas - maybe none - where I live western MA, so I was so happy to find Dr Shamban when I recently stayed in LA. She was very cordial and candid about what my skin needed. I had two laser treatments and a peel and the results are noticeable! I am so happy with the improvements, thanks to Dr. Shamban and her super nurses Robin and Erin. I have a chance to come back in the summer and I definitely will make another appointment at the laser institute. I wish Dr. Shamban had a practice in my part of the world. My experience was very positive.

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  • Currently 3 of 4 stars
 |  Felt confident  |  show details
by ssinclair at Citysearch on Jan 1st, 2008 on citysearch.com

Wow! My expericences at the Laser Institute have been fine. The med staff nurses and doctor made me feel confident about the procedures I had 2 laser treatments, one biopsy & a medical peel. They explained the procdures beforehand and then, in one case, even followed up with a phone call in the evening! The estheticians were very sweet and thorough with my treatments too. Everyone was on time and gracious plus friendly. I am not wild about the parking there but I will defintely go back next time I need a derm office.

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  • Currently 3 of 4 stars
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by ssinclair on Jan 1st, 2008 on citysearch.com

Wow! My expericences at the Laser Institute have been fine. The med staff (nurses and doctor) made me feel confident about the procedures I had (2 laser treatments, one biopsy & a medical peel). They explained the procdures beforehand and then, in one c

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  • Currently 4 of 4 stars
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by jake74 on Nov 26th, 2007 on citysearch.com

I have visited the Laser Institute countless times in the past four or five years, and have never encountered any negativity, un-professionalism, or un-satisfactory treatment from any staff member or doctor. I walk in and feel welcomed and have always bee

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  • Currently 4 of 4 stars
 |  Amazing patient services, and life changing results.  |  show details
by jake74 at Citysearch on Nov 26th, 2007 on citysearch.com

I have visited the Laser Institute countless times in the past four or five years, and have never encountered any negativity, un-professionalism, or un-satisfactory treatment from any staff member or doctor. I walk in and feel welcomed and have always been treated with respect and professionalism. I walk in and the staff knows my name. If I`m having a skin problem, I feel comfortable and able to speak only about my medical history and personal background. About a year ago I visited the Laser Institute to have something removed I thought would harm me for life, only to have it disappear after just a couple sessions of treatment.

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  • Currently 1 of 4 stars
 |  Don`t Even Think About It!  |  show details
by johnson99 at Citysearch on Oct 16th, 2007 on citysearch.com

Worst experience I ever had with any medical care. I came in to have one tiny spot on my face lasered, and left six months later with a one-inch 3rd degree burn scar on my face and red skin patches all over my neck. I learned the hard way NEVER let anyone near your face with a laser unless they are a licensed, qualified and very experienced medical doctor. Don`t let anyone tell you a nurse, nurse practitioner, trained technician, medical assistant, aesthetician or cosmetologist is qualified to do this safely! Not only do I not recommend them, I think laws are desperately needed to regulate these type of clinics for the safety of the consumer. Stay away! They will only vacuum your wallet andor your insurance company while endangering your health and safety.

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  • Currently 1 of 4 stars
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by johnson99 on Oct 16th, 2007 on citysearch.com

Worst experience I ever had with any medical care. I came in to have one tiny spot on my face lasered, and left six months later with a one-inch 3rd degree burn scar on my face and red skin patches all over my neck. I learned the hard way: NEVER let anyon

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  • Currently 4 of 4 stars
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by sbriffett on Oct 4th, 2007 on citysearch.com

I feel LUCKY to have found Ava Shamban & practice. Been 2 other derm docs b4. - not satisfied w/ them. Dr. S., the RN's and PA's always give me prompt courteous service. They even go out of their way to accomodate me when traffic makes me late. Dr. S ve

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  • Currently 4 of 4 stars
 |  Trusted dermatologist  |  show details
by sbriffett at Citysearch on Oct 4th, 2007 on citysearch.com

I feel LUCKY to have found Ava Shamban & practice. Been 2 other derm docs b4. - not satisfied w them. Dr. S., the RN`s and PA`s always give me prompt courteous service. They even go out of their way to accomodate me when traffic makes me late. Dr. S very skilled and artisitc w botox - not like other docs who jabbed away. Never feel pressured to try a new procedure or treatment - appreacite that! Gracious and professional staff. I feel confident there. Will return. Absolutely.

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  • Currently 2 of 4 stars
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by rachelkap on Dec 5th, 2006 on citysearch.com

A disaster. Arrogant. Overpriced. Incompetent Assistants. Will burn your skin and your wallet. This town is full of competent dermatologists who care more about their patients than their television profiles. Run, don't walk, in the opposite directio

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  • Currently 2 of 4 stars
 |  The worst in town.... avoid at all costs...  |  show details
by rachelkap at Citysearch on Dec 5th, 2006 on citysearch.com

A disaster. Arrogant. Overpriced. Incompetent Assistants. Will burn your skin and your wallet. This town is full of competent dermatologists who care more about their patients than their television profiles. Run, don`t walk, in the opposite direction. This woman is BAD news. She doesn`t care about her patients, only her publicity. And the ATTITUDE. Unless you`re an A celebrity, don`t even try. And if you are, why bother. Arnie Klein on his worst day is better than this girl on her best.....

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  • Currently 1 of 4 stars
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by atqueamemus at Citysearch on Nov 22nd, 2005 on citysearch.com

though it has good ambiance and nice staff, it is apparently only good for special treatments, not for dermatologist visits. first, the staff told me by phone my appointment was on one day, and entered it into the computer on a different day, so i had to wait a long time. luckily, they could fit me in. unfortunately, the doctor prescribed me with expensive medications that made the condition worse. i had to go to another doctor and it was better within a few days. what a bad experience.

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  • Currently 1 of 4 stars
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by atqueamemus on Nov 22nd, 2005 on citysearch.com

though it has good ambiance and nice staff, it is apparently only good for special treatments, not for dermatologist visits. first, the staff told me by phone my appointment was on one day, and entered it into the computer on a different day, so i had to

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