SkinMD Staff

All professionals at SkinMD maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our staff's experience and training.

Dr. Jacobson

Ellen Jacobson, MD


Dr. Ellen Jacobson, a West Nashville native, began her journey into medicine by volunteering during three summers in rural Latin America with the Amigos de las Americas program, providing vaccinations against childhood diseases and basic dental care. Her experience led to an interest in medicine which she pursued after graduating cum laude from the University of the South where she was awarded a B.S. degree with dual majors in Spanish and Biology.


In 1982 Dr. Jacobson enrolled in the University of Tennessee Center for Health Science in Memphis where she was awarded her M.D. degree in 1986. While in medical school, she diagnosed a family member with a malignant melanoma. This experience generated an interest in dermatology.


After two years at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Jacobson entered the Dermatology Residency Program at the University of Tennessee and became certified by the American Board of Dermatology in 1991.


Dr. Jacobson is very active professionally as well as in her community. She recently served on the Mayor’s Green Ribbon Committee on Environmental Sustainability. She is a member of the following local, state and national organizations:


Appointment Hours:
Monday-Thursday, 7:00 am to 4:30pm
and Friday from 8:00 am to noon


Kate - Nurse Practitioner

Kate Meriwether, Nurse Practitioner/Cosmetic Injector

Kate is a native Nashvillian who graduated from Harding Academy and The Harpeth Hall School. In 2002, she received her BS in Nursing from Auburn University. Kate has RN experience in a variety of specialty areas, including Post-Op Recovery, Labor and Delivery, and Mohs Micrographic Surgery (skin cancer removal). In December 2010, she graduated from Vanderbilt University’s School of Nursing with an MSN degree in the specialty areas of both Women’s Health and Adult Health.


Kate is married to Jonathan Meriwether, a physician assistant with Tennessee Orthopedic Alliance; they have a daughter and a son. In her free time, Kate enjoys spending time outside with her family, including their two bulldogs- Belle and Charlie. Kate also enjoys exercising for fitness, playing tennis, volunteering at her children’s schools, and spending time with her friends. She is also involved in the Junior League of Nashville and St. George’s Church.


Kate has had a passion for skin since her time spent in Dermatology as an RN. Having the opportunity to teach patients about their skin, especially about sun damage correction and prevention, is one of her favorite parts of being a Nurse Practitioner. She has also been trained to perform many of our aesthetic procedures, including Botox, dermal fillers, Kybella, and micro needling. Kate is accepting new patients and looks forward to seeing you to develop a treatment plan that works for you!


Appointment Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
8:30am to 4:30pm


Medical Aesthetician - Samantha

Samantha Pekol, Medical Aesthetician

Samantha “Sam” was born and raised in Parker, CO where she got her first Aesthetic License from Xenon International Academy in August of 2013. She continued her education throughout the years while working at a medical spa in Highlands Ranch, CO. After working in the industry for 4 years, she decided that she needed a change of scenery and moved to Nashville, TN in August of 2016. This has been her best life adventure yet! She attended Empire Beauty School in Brentwood, TN and completed additional clinical hands-on hours.


In her free time, Samantha enjoys being out and about with friends and family and listening to live music downtown! She also enjoys being active whether it’s going for a walk with her rescue dog Beckett or getting exercise while shopping!


Samantha says, “From as far back as I can remember, I’ve always been intrigued by the health and beauty of our skin. Over the years, this dynamic, knowledgeable industry has turned into a passion and career for me. I would consider myself a result-driven Medical Aesthetician specializing in teen acne treatments and aging skin treatments such as Microneedling, medical-grade chemical peels, and advanced skincare. I look forward to reading your skin’s past, treating your skin’s present, and guiding you to a healthy skin future!”


Appointment Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 8:30 am to 4:00pm
Friday: 8:30 am to 11:30am


American Academy of Dermatology      Tennessee Women in Medicine     American board of Dermatology