Meet the Doctors & Providers

Narin “Dr. Joe” Apisarnthanarax, M.D., F.A.A.D.

Narin “Dr.Joe” Apisarnthanarax, M.D., F.A.A.D. is affectionately known as “Dr. Joe” to his patients. A native of the Clear Lake area of Houston, TX, he graduated from St. John High School before attending Washington University in St. Louis, MO. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and then attended the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

Upon finishing medical school, Dr. Joe completed a residency at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, one of the leading research universities in the country. In addition, Dr. Joe conducted three years of skin cancer research at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, located at the University of Texas. Dr. Joe currently teaches medical and physician assistant students while serving as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

Dr. Joe is recognized as an authority on dermatology and has been published in medical publications and medical textbooks. In practice, his specialties revolve around skin cancer and psoriasis.  He has been regarded as an expert on cutaneous lymphomas, which are cancers of white blood cells that affect the skin. Dr. Joe also has a keen eye for aesthetics and is an artistic master at cosmetic dermatology and laser procedures.

Dr. Joe is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology. He is also a member of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, and a Fellow with the American Academy of Dermatology. He has been in private practice for nearly 10 years and has hospital privileges at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in Webster, TX.

Dr. Joe is proud to welcome new patients to Clear Lake Dermatology.

David Raimer, M.D., F.A.A.D.

David Raimer, M.D. is an ACGME Fellowship trained Mohs micrographic surgeon and American Board of Dermatology-certified dermatologist. Born and raised in Galveston, Texas, Dr. Raimer completed his undergraduate studies at Tulane University in New Orleans and then attended medical school at the University ofTexas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston. He completed both his internal medicine internship and dermatology residency at UTMB and then achieved expert training in Mohs micrographic surgery and procedural dermatology at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Dr. Raimer performs all Mohs surgery cases and other advanced skin surgery procedures at Clear Lake Dermatology.


Prapand “Dr. A” Apisarnthanarax, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Prapand “Dr.A” Apisarnthanarax, M.D., F.A.C.P., is a Board-certified Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and is also board-certified in Dermatopathology. Dr. A graduated with his Bachelor’s degree at Chulalongkorn University and medical degree at Siriraj University, both prestigious universities in Bangkok, Thailand. He completed his Dermatology residency training at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Dr. A achieved Board certification in Dermatopathology and went on to serve on the faculty of the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston  as an Associate Professor and as Director of Dermatopathology for 10 years. He established the current dermatology practice now known as Clear Lake Dermatology in 1981. Dr. A. has been an author on 25 publications throughout his career. He has particular interests in skin cancers and serves as the dermatopathologist for the practice.


Stephanie Kokolis, PA-C

DocStephanieStephanie Kokolis, PA-C is proud to be a lifelong Houston native, attending high school at the prestigious St. John’s School and earning her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Baylor College of Medicine where she graduated with High Honors.

Prior to discovering her passion for dermatology, Stephanie received a Bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University’s Business Honor Program and worked as a financial analyst in Houston’s energy industry.  Stephanie has completed specialized training by Dr. Joe and the physicians at Clear Lake Dermatology and currently works under their supervision to diagnose and treat dermatological diseases and conditions and to help provide high patient quality of care.  She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is licensed by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners. Stephanie is a member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants and the Texas Association of Physician Assistants. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring Houston’s diverse dining scene.


Heather Tran, MSPA, PA-C

Heather Tran, MSPA, PA-C is proud to be a lifelong native of League City, Texas.  She graduated from Clear Creek High School, then received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.  Her passion of dermatology was discovered early in life, after spending summers in high school shadowing and working with her uncle whom is a dermatologist in Orange County, California.  Upon completing college, Heather spent a year as a medical assistant for a dermatology practice where she took keen interest to the visual inspection, physical diagnosis, and patient education associated with this field.

Heather then migrated to the beautiful Savannah, Georgia to earn her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at South University with honors.  During PA school, she chose dermatology as her elective rotation where she gained extensive dermatological experience in a rural city of Georgia.   Now, Heather has moved back to her hometown to serve her community offering excellent patient care and education.  She has received comprehensive dermatological training under Dr. Joe and the physicians at Clear Lake Dermatology.  Establishing long-term relationships with patients and helping them control and clear their skin conditions brings Heather ultimate fulfillment.


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