Dr. Catherine Carretero, MD

Dr. Catherine Carretero, MD

Dermatology  ·  
Female  ·  
45 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Catherine Carretero, MD is a dermatologist in Denver, CO and has been practicing for 17 years. She specializes in dermatology.Read her story

Lower Highlands Dermatology

2150 W 29th Ave Ste 600

Denver, CO 80211
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Insurance Accepted

  • 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

See how frequently Dr. Carretero performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

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

Dr. Carretero's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

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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1  Specialties

  • Dermatology

1  Board Certifications

  • Dermatology
    Accredited by: American Board of Dermatology*

30  Conditions Treated

13  Procedures

  • 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
19 total reviews (7 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (19)

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  • 3
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  • 1

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)

quick, convenient and to the point. nice office too!
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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!
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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...more
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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...more
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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...more
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