Dr. Catherine Carretero, MD

Dr. Catherine Carretero, MD

Dermatology  |  
Female  |  
45 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Catherine Carretero, MD is a dermatology doctor who practices in Denver, CO. She is 45 years old and has been practicing for 16 years. Read her story

Lower Highlands Dermatology

2150 W 29th Ave Ste 600

Denver, CO 80211
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Golden Rule
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Humana
  • Medicare
  • Meritain Health
  • MultiPlan

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Top Care Areas


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more than 77% of peers
Itchy Skin
more than 70% of peers
Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
more than 56% of peers

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Dr. Carretero's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Carretero "Dr. Catherine Carretero-Ferrufino was born and raised in Detroit Michigan. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and her Medical Degree in Detroit Michigan at Wayne State University. While at Wayne State she was a member of the national medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha. Following medical school, she went on to complete her medical internship and dermatology residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit Michigan. While at Henry Ford Dr. Carretero received both the Henry Ford Hospital and Michigan Dermatological Society awards for outstanding resident research. She presented at the American Academy of Dermatology in both 2004 & 2005, and published several scientific articles. Throughout medical school and residency Dr. Carretero served as a tutor and mentor to high-school students preparing for college entrance exams. She also had the opportunity to work in the health care system in Spain, on two separate occasions during both medical school and residency, so that she could improve her communication with her many Spanish speaking patients. Following residency Dr. Carretero moved to Colorado and started her own practice in the lower highlands (lowerhighlandsdermatology.com), where she also lives. She enjoys seeing patients of all ages and does take special pride in being able to serve the large Latino community in the Denver area, as she is fluent in Spanish. Dr. Carretero is a past board member of the Level One Society of the Denver Health Foundation and Project PAVE(promoting alternatives to violence through education). She is an active member of Robby’s Friends (a non-profit serving children with cancer). She has also appeared in Elle magazine, The Denver Post, and on Colorado Fox morning news. Dr. Carretero is a board certified dermatologist, a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, a member of the Colorado Medical Society, Denver Medical Society and the Colorado Dermatological Society. "


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Carretero "The skin care professionals at Lower Highlands Dermatology at Prima Clinic are pleased to welcome you to our practice. We want our patients across Denver, Lakewood and Arvada to be informed decision makers and to fully understand any health issues you face. We know how hectic life can be and are committed to making our practice convenient and accessible. We want you to feel confident that when you choose Lower Highlands Dermatology at Prima Clinic in Denver, you're working with specialist dermatologists and other professionals who are qualified, experienced and caring. Through our current suite of services, which includes Dysport treatments, skin cancer treatment, acne treatment, Botox injections and much more, we’re ready to help you achieve your ideal skin appearance."


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  • Dermatology

Board Certifications

  • Dermatology
    Accredited by: American Board of Dermatology*

Conditions Treated

  • Acne
  • Actinic Keratosis
  • Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
  • Benign Tumor
  • Birthmark
  • Boil
  • Cyst
  • Dermatitis
  • Eczema and Contact Dermatitis Due to Detergents
  • Hair Conditions
  • Hair Loss
  • Itchy Skin
  • Mole
  • Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
  • Pediatric Dermatologic Disorders
  • Poison Ivy Poisoning
  • Psoriasis
  • Rash
  • Rosacea
  • Scars
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis
  • Seborrheic Keratosis
  • Shingles
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Diseases
  • Skin Infections
  • Telogen Effluvium
  • Varicose Veins
  • Warts
  • Wrinkles


  • Botox® Injection
  • Chemical Peel
  • Dermabrasion
  • Dermal Filler
  • Destruction of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Dysport Injection
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Fraxel Laser Treatment
  • Kybella Treatment for Submental Fat
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Shaving of Skin Lesion
  • Ultherapy®

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Colorado.

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.


  • University of Michigan / Ann Arbor
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1994
  • Wayne State University School of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2001
  • Henry Ford Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Henry Ford Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Carretero has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

  • Phoenix Ophthalmological Society, Past President

Dr. Carretero's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Carretero to family and friends
based on 19 total reviews (7 with comments)
Dr. Carretero's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (7)
Denver, CO |
quick, convenient and to the point. nice office too!
Sedalia, CO |
I've seen both Dr. Carretero and the nurse/aesthetician - Maggie. I came in for one issue and Dr. Carretero proactively pointed out an irregular skin mark I hadn't noticed. And Maggie did a great job of treating my skin - it looks fantastic. I got carded when I went out tonight!
Denver, CO |
The office staff doesn't know what they are doing. WORST customer service I have ever had in a professional office. Purchased a package treatment and the final treatment could not be done. I waited for over 40 minutes past my appointment time to be told this and not offered any compensation for the hassle of driving there, waiting over 40 minutes past my original appointment time and not being able to get my final micodermabrasion appointment honored because of training issues, staff issues.
Denver, CO |
I will NOT be back. My visit lasted maybe 5 minutes.When I was waiting in the room, I overheard Dr. Carretero talking to the student that she does not have much time today (there is a big gap at the top of the room, close to the ceiling, it's a charming but old building). She said I would have to make another appointment for her to check my body for any moles etc. So disappointing even more so since my visit was so short! She is only pushing the products she sells in her office.
Denver |
The first time I went to Dr. Carretero 2 years ago, she was thorough and great however when I saw her this year my experience was anything but. I've had Melanoma 3 times and over 15 excisions for all levels of atypia and I was feeling uneasy about a new one and she wouldn't come out to see me because my student health insurance wasn't going to kick in for another week and wanted me to pay the base rate of $250. Then when I finally came back in she was dismissive and cold.
in Parker CO |
I would NOT recommend this Dr. or office. My daughter went to her for an acne problem. She prescribed a medication that is no longer being produced and our insurance will not pay for the generic version. We made many calls to the office over a 2 week period and never received calls back. When we did finally get a call back, the person was rude and got angry when we couldn't come in on the day she wanted. (It was the first day of school). Very unprofessional.
in Denver, CO |
Not a good experience at all. I went there because I had acne issues and a situation with my scalp. I went in there very worried trying to get help to find a solution. She came in, I told her about my problem, she didn't even took a look at my face, told me that it looked fine to her, recommend Neutrogena face wash, saw my scalp, said I didn't have anything, left. SERIOUSLY?! literally 5 minutes. AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL
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Dr. Carretero accepts 17 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Golden Rule
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Humana
    Humana HMO
    Humana PPO
  • Medicare
  • Meritain Health
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
  • PHCS
  • Rocky Mountain Health Plans
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO
    United Healthcare

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Hospitals where Dr. Carretero has admitting privileges

Presbyterian/Saint Luke's Medical Center
1719 E 19th Ave
Denver, CO 80218
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Rose Medical Center
4567 E 9th Ave
Denver, CO 80220
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