Dr. Carla Retief, MD

Dr. Carla Retief, MD

Dermatology  |  
Female  |  
50 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Carla Retief, MD is a dermatology doctor who practices in Nashville, TN. She is 50 years old and has been practicing for 23 years. Read her story

Retief Skin Center

4301 Hillsboro Pike Ste 200

Nashville, TN 37215
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Assurant Health
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
  • Cigna
  • CoreSource
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Golden Rule
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Humana
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • MultiPlan

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Herpes Simplex Infection
more than 71% of peers
Cold Sore
more than 67% of peers
Actinic Keratosis
more than 62% of peers

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Dr. Retief's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Retief "Born with an artistic eye and an innate passion to help others, Dr. Carla Retief, leads an accomplished and respected staff at The Retief Skin Center, located in Nashville, Tennessee. The Huntingdon, Tennessee native graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1989 from Vanderbilt University where she attended on an academic scholarship. Retief obtained her medical degree from The University of Tennessee Memphis, again receiving her degree Alpha Omega Alpha. Upon graduation, Retief became an invaluable addition to the Internal Medicine team at Northwestern Medical Center and Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital during her dermatology residencies, both in Chicago, Illinois. She excelled in the advanced surgical management of skin disorders, reconstructive surgery and laser surgery at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s becoming the chief resident in dermatology in her final year in residency in 1998. Upon completion of her residency, she was selected as one of the top dermatologists in the world to begin a Mohs Micographic Surgery Fellowship, emphasing on skin oncology, Mohs Micrographic, Laser and Reconstructive Surgery. The fellowship, approved by the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology, was completed in 1999 at The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston. During this fellowship under the guidance of then President of the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology, she performed over 1000 Mohs Surgery and Reconstructive cases in addition to hundreds of cosmetic and laser cases. Since 1999, Dr. Retief have been practicing and a leader in her field. The Middle Tennessee area is where she has built her uniquely poised practice. With her exceptional training and successful cases, she can offer many state of the art treatments for most skin conditions. She currently removes 800-1000 skin cancers per year using Mohs Micrographic Surgery. Additionally, she performs a variety of cosmetic procedures and surgeries under local anesthesia. Dr. Retief continues to be one of the leaders in the management of facial skin cancer and advanced minimally invasive cosmetic techniques, also performed with local anesthesia. She has been published in The Journal of Dermatologic Surgery and The Achieves of Dermatology. Over the past 10 years, Dr Retief has developed her own line of prescription skincare product to effect radical changes in the appearance and overall health of skin over a short period of time. Her patented formula is curated in her laboratory in Nashville experiencing exponential growth each year that continues to introduce new and improved products to the line. Buffrx (by prescription only) will soon be made available to a select number of dermatology offices across the country. She is a fellow of the American College of Mohs Microscopic Surgery and Cucaneous Disease, American Society of Dermatological Surgery and the American Academy of Dermatology. As a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society, as well as a member of the Tennessee Medical Association and the Tennessee Medical Association, she continues to provide insights and research in her fields of practice to her patience and the medical world. She has surgical privileges at two of Nashville’s top hospitals, Baptist and the Centennial Medical Center."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Retief ""Treat the cause, not the symptoms"

It is our pleasure to welcome you to our practice. We are dedicated to serving your needs and achieving quality results. Our goal is to provide a professional environment with the quality of care that you have come to expect in a medical practice. We are confident that our services and friendly staff will exceed your expectations and make you feel right at home."


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  • Dermatology
  • Anti-Aging Medicine
  • Cosmetic Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Dermatology
    Accredited by: American Board of Dermatology*

Conditions Treated

  • Acne
  • Actinic Keratosis
  • Athlete's Foot
  • Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Benign Tumor
  • Birthmark
  • Cancer
  • Candidiasis of Skin and Nails
  • Cold Sore
  • Dandruff
  • Dermatitis
  • Dry Skin
  • Folliculitis
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fungal Infections
  • Fungal Nail Infection
  • Hair Loss
  • Herpes Simplex Infection
  • Hives
  • Intertrigo
  • Itchy Skin
  • Keloid Scar
  • Melanoma
  • Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
  • Rash
  • Ringworm
  • Rosacea
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis
  • Seborrheic Keratosis
  • Skin Aging
  • Skin Allergy
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Discoloration
  • Skin Diseases
  • Skin Infections
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Tinea Versicolor
  • Warts


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  • Acne Surgery
  • Adjacent Tissue Transfer
  • Dermal Filler
  • Destruction of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Destruction of Malignant Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Skin Cancer
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Facial Peel
  • Hair Removal
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Mohs Surgery
  • Mole Evaluation
  • Mole Removal
  • Shaving of Skin Lesion
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Skin Resurfacing
  • Skin Screenings
  • Skin Tag Removal
  • Wart Removal

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Tennessee.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Vanderbilt University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1992
  • University of Tennessee Health Science Center
    Medical School | Graduated 1994
  • Northwestern Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Rush-Presbyterian St Luke's Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • The Medical University Of South Carolina
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Retief has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society, Member
  • American Academy of Dermatology, Fellow
  • American College of Mohs Microscopic Surgery and Cucaneous Disease, Fellow
  • American Society of Dermatological Surgery, Fellow
  • Tennessee Medical Association, Member

Dr. Retief's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Retief to family and friends
based on 49 total reviews (7 with comments)
Dr. Retief's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (7)
in Kingston Springs, TN |
My experiences with Dr.Retief and her staff are nothing but wonderful.She accurately diagnosed two skin cancers and treated them immediately with skill and care.I found her to be compassionate, respectful and with a great sense of humor.She and her staff made me feel at ease all through the process. After seeing a couple of other dermatologists in the area,who were unprofessional and abrasive, I had given up finding the right doctor. Thank God I found her, she and her staff are truly the best.
Bowie, MD |
So caring, the best Dermatologist I've ever had.
in Franklin, TN |
Unbelievably skilled in both medical & cosmetic ends of her practice. I have sent my entire family to Retief Skin Center ..........Dr. Retief looks at your face like a canvas to art work on, she left my father's face scar free after complete skin cancer removal .......a self developed skin care line formulated to your skins specific needs leaves you needing to go no where else for care. Funny,loving & a beautiful soul who cares for you like a family member, that's how your treated by Dr. Retief
Nashville, TN |
I went in to see Dr. Retief for a skin issue over the summer. She was very thorough and had a great beside manner. Her staff was great and very friendly. Everyone was so laid back & easy to talk to. The other thing I liked about my visit is that Dr. Retief evaluated my skin and recommended I try her BuffRx line. Being that I have sensitive skin I'm always hesitant about trying anything new but I love them. The magic milk, reverse eye cream and formula 19 are all amazing, my skin is glowing.
Nashville, TN |
I love my visits to Retief Skin Center! Whether I see Dr. Retief or her PA, Missy Howd, the staff is very professional, and the office has a low stress environment. The waiting room doesn't even feel like a doctor's office with it's décor and brightness. Dr. Retief is not pushy with cosmetics but is amazing when it comes to her recommendations and procedures. She is also an incredible surgeon when it comes to skin cancer surgeries. I would highly recommend this office for all of your needs!
in Brentwood, TN |
I've bee seeing Dr. Retief for about 15 years. She has done a great job of keeping me looking naturally young, not palstic!
in Franklin, TN |
Individual patient care and satisfaction is of the highest importance to Dr. Retief. She has endless patience and will listen and respond carefully to any/all concerns and questions. Once something needs or is chosen to be done, she is also a ninja when it comes to distraction! For example when my daughter needed a mole removed for biopsy, she had kiddie music playing as we came in to the room so that they could sing along and talk about that. My daughter hardly noticed the procedure. :)
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Dr. Retief accepts 17 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Assurant Health
  • AvMed
    Open Access
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
    Network S
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
  • CoreSource
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Golden Rule
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Humana
    Choice Care Network PPO
    Choice Care PPO
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • POMCO Group
  • Tricare
    TriCare for Life
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Retief has admitting privileges

Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital
2000 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37236
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