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SPECIAL NOTICE: Due to COVID-19 we are now offering Telehealth Appointments. Call either office to schedule. Also, please call to reschedule your appointment if you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, fever or cough. For updated information about the Coronavirus, please visit the CDC website.

Dear Patients,

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, please be assured that our utmost concern is the health and safety of our patients.

It is and has always been our intention to maintain the highest safety and sanitation standards at our Dermatology practice.

Thankfully, the nature of the patient demographic in Dermatology is one of the “healthy” , non-contagious patient.

Rest assured, we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and make you feel comfortable to come to your dermatology appointment.

I want you to know that last week with the news of the COVID-19 outbreak I issued directive to my team to:

- Sanitize patient exam rooms thoroughly after each patient with Clorox wipes and Clorox solution.

- Wipe down all surfaces from doorknobs, chairs, faucets, toilet bowl handles, seats, front desk, all public surfaces, etc., constantly and consistently throughout the day with Clorox wipes and Clorox solution.

- Wash their hands for the 20 second minimum before and after each patient and as always to use anti-bacterial gel throughout the day.

-Strategically place anti-bacterial gel around the office which is accessible to all our patients for their use while on our premises.

- Decrease patient waiting time in the waiting room as much as possible and escort patients into their private sanitized exam rooms so contact with others is limited.

- Put signs on our entrance door discouraging those with fever, cough, shortness of breath from entering the premises

We have asked that staff remain home if they are symptomatic and to take care of themselves so as not to put anyone else at risk.

Lastly and most importantly, we ask that you join us in our efforts to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus and maintain the sanitation of our office by:

1) NOT coming to your Dermatology appointment if you have fever, cough, shortness of breath. If you call us and explain that you have these symptoms, we will give you an expedited appointment once you are recovered.

2) Practice Good Hand Hygiene – wash hands often.

3) Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

4) Please do not bring others with you to your appointment; limit it to just one other person if it is absolutely necessary.

Thank you for your loyalty and we join you in the quest to maintain good health and calm during this time. We look forward to seeing you!


Tania Cohen DMSc, PA-C & Melville Hughes, MD

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As leading experts in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology...

We are committed to providing you with comprehensive diagnosis and care of all dermatological conditions.

Melville H. Hughes, M.D. is a Board Certified Dermatologist, who graduated from Cornell Medical College in 1995 and has been in private practice for over 16 years.

Tania D. Cohen, DMSc, PA-C is a Certified Physician Assistant who graduated from Albany Medical College in 2002, and has been providing dermatology services for the past 13 years. See our About page.

From routine checkups to acne, psoriasis and herpes treatments, we are equipped to handle all of your dermatology needs. We offer a full array of skin treatments to help you achieve your goals. Read more about our Medical Services and Cosmetic Services

We have two convenient locations to serve you. Call us to schedule an appointment with our dermatologist today!

Poughkeepsie / LaGrange:
1 Bushwick Rd., Suite D
Poughkeepsie, New York 12603
(Corner of Rt 55 & Titusville Rd)
(845) 471-5095
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Hyde Park:
7 Pine Woods Rd, Suite 5
Hyde Park, New York 12538
(Off Rt 9, just past McDonald's)
(845) 229-DERM (3376)
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We look forward to seeing you!

The Dutchess Derm staff

Office Hours

Poughkeepsie / LaGrange
Dr. Hughes:
Monday9:00am - 3:00pm
Tuesday9:00am - 4:45pm
Wednesday1:00pm - 6:45pm
Thursday9:00am - 4:45pm
FridayCall for availability
Tania Cohen:
FridayCall for availability

Hyde Park
Tania Cohen:
Mon - Thurs9:00am - 4:30pm
Dr. Hughes:
Wednesday8:30am - 11:30am
FridayCall for availability

Cancellation Policy

24 HOUR NOTICE is required for all cancellations or reschedules.

A $25 fee will be charged if appointment is missed, canceled or rescheduled with less than 24 hour notice.

Forms: (pdf format)

Telehealth Consent Forms

New Patient Forms

HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices

Supplemental Patient Intake Form
(Dr. Hughes Patients Only)

Medical Record Release

Please print and complete the appropriate forms, and bring them with you to your appointment.

Insurance & Payment:

We accept most major insurance. See this list of insurance carriers with whom we participate, our payment policy and returned check policy.

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