The Institute’s founder, Diana Parnell, M.D., is a board certified dermatologist with extensive experience and expertise in cosmetic and laser surgery as well as general dermatology. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and earned her MD degree at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. She interned, trained, and taught dermatology at the University of Wisconsin Medical School before moving to Marin County. Dr. Parnell served on the faculty of the University of California San Francisco Medical School for over 30 years, most recently as Assistant Clinical Professor.
Dr. Parnell has had extensive laser experience since 1986, having purchased and used more than 25 lasers in her career. She has been performing facial laser resurfacing and rejuvenation procedures since 1988. Her laser experience also includes removal of vascular lesions, hair removal, removal of seborrheic keratosis, pigmented lesions and tattoos, non-ablative skin tightening, laser treatment of nail fungus; Ultherapy, the only FDA-approved non-surgical procedure that lifts the brow, chin and neck; and CoolSculpting, non-surgical, non-invasive fat reduction.
Dr. Diana Parnell and her husband, Dr. Francis Parnell, an otolaryngologist, co-founded Parnell Pharmaceuticals. Their drive to research and create pharmaceuticals to sustain wellness and improve quality of life has led them to develop several successful products. In 1987, one such effort led to the FDA approval of a medication used to treat psoriasis. It was one of only 22 medications approved in the United States that year.
In addition to the American Academy of Dermatology, Dr. Parnell is a member of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery and the San Francisco Dermatological Society. She has been a long time member of the Marin Medical Society, the California Medical Association, the Pacific Dermatologic Association and the California Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.
She has served on the Medical Staff at Marin General Hospital and Kentfield Rehabilitation Hospital. She is a past member of the National Educational Faculty for Botox, which certified her to train other physicians in the administration of Botox Cosmetic.
She has served as an industry consultant for large corporations and has trained other physicians in laser and liposuction procedures. Dr. Parnell has been a featured speaker at medical events and other related forums throughout Marin County.
In 1992, Dr. Parnell was elected to the Marin Healthcare District Board and served 12 years, 7 of those years as Chair. She was a leader in the fight to return Marin General Hospital to community control.
She and her husband have 5 children and 10 grandchildren.
Dr. Parnell plays violin in the Mill Valley Philharmonic Orchestra.