Alison Small M.D.

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Assistant Professor of Dermatology School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.7 out of 5 (307 Ratings, 66 Comments)


  • Dermatology

Special focus on

  • Dermatology (Pediatric)
  • Genetic Skin Disorders
  • Hemangiomas and Vascular Birthmarks


  • M.D., University of Arizona, Tucson Arizona United States 2012
  • Internship:

    • Pediatric Internship, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • Residency:

    • Dermatology, University of California, San Francisco
  • Fellowship:

    • Pediatric Dermatology, University of California, San Francisco
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Dermatology


Alison Small, M.D. sees patients with a wide range of skin, hair and nail disorders at OHSU’s Center for Health & Healing, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, and Randall Children’s Hospital. She enjoys helping patients with common dermatologic conditions such as acne, eczema, rashes, birthmarks, and other lumps and bumps. She has particular interests in vascular anomalies (hemangiomas, venous and lymphatic malformations, port wine stains, overgrowth syndromes) and genetic skin disorders. She enjoys teaching and is lucky to have medical students, residents, and fellows working with her to learn and care for patients.

Alison grew up in Tempe, Arizona before living in San Francisco for her dermatology training and pediatric dermatology fellowship. She has now settled in Oregon with her husband, and they have quickly fallen in love with the Pacific Northwest and all the beauty and adventure it has to offer. In her free time Dr. Small enjoys traveling, cooking (and eating!), hiking, and riding bikes.

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Memberships and associations

  • American Academy of Dermatology
  • Society for Pediatric Dermatology

Patient Ratings

4.7 out of 5 (307 Ratings, 66 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Oct 21, 2019

    Dr Small took time to answer all our questions.She seemed as though her expertise and knowledge was very high.

  • Oct 18, 2019

    Dr. Small was wonderful!!! She was very attentive to our concerns, clearly communicated the situation and was kind in her demeanor.

  • Sep 06, 2019

    Dr. Small is always warm and friendly - but I can tell she is VERY busy because she tries to get in and out of the room as quickly as possible.

  • Sep 01, 2019

    Well informed and doctors were kind.

  • Aug 26, 2019

    Yes, Dr. Small was really great, she was thorough, and we enjoyed her and [Name] is doing great. So we would just like to thank her for being able to get laser surgery for [Name] since we've been trying for so many years, and she did a great job. Thank you. [Name]

  • Aug 11, 2019

    Staff was amazing with my daughter

  • Aug 01, 2019

    It was great. The staff was nice, well informed, on time and quite pleasant.

  • Jul 23, 2019

    She was knowledgeable and had a good personality.

  • Jul 20, 2019

    Dr. Smalls was very, very, very sweet, very accommodating. She answered all my questions. She made me feel like I was very informed and I have a lot of options and, you know, I just really appreciate that in a provider and I... I'm very thankful for her. She's a great doctor.

  • Jul 19, 2019

    She was friendly, on time, explained everything and answered all my new mom questions

  • Jul 10, 2019

    There was not a long wait and the staff was very friendly.

  • Jun 28, 2019

    Yes, I am happy with with the doctor. She's she was very nice with me and my daughter. Thank you so much. I appreciate it.

  • Jun 16, 2019

    She is nice and explained all my concerns.

  • Jun 11, 2019

    The staff was very helpful and quick

  • Jun 07, 2019

    The doctor was very nice and very knowledgeable

  • Jun 06, 2019

    She was very personable and has knowledge on the issue

  • May 25, 2019

    She was honest, professional. and good doctor.

  • May 25, 2019

    She is a good listener and addressed all of our concerns.

  • May 25, 2019

    Our daughter always receives excellent care from Dr. Small. Dr. Small is attentive, thorough, caring, and professional.

  • May 17, 2019

    Everyone was very kind. Dr. Small was amazing and was able to give us some answers to things that weren?t even intended for that visit. It just showed us how attentive she was to our daughter. She opened a door for us to look further into our daughter?s health and get the right treatment for her.

  • May 01, 2019

    She cares about her patients and takes time to explain.

  • May 01, 2019

    Dr. Small and her team were extremely efficient, courteous, professional and knowledgeable. I would not hesitate to bring my son back to be evaluated by Dr. Small and her team. Also of note. Dr. Barton was working with Dr. Small and Dr. Barton was also pretty pretty fantastic.

  • Apr 26, 2019

    She was very thorough and took her time to listen to our concerns and address each one of them. She made us feel comfortable with her caring demeanor.

  • Apr 19, 2019

    Professional and explained action steps well

  • Apr 17, 2019

    The check in process seemed a bit chaotic and disorganized however everything else about the visit was great! All of the staff were friendly and helpful and the atmosphere was verify kid friendly.

  • Apr 11, 2019

    Dr. Small was very knowledgeable and had a calm presence.

  • Apr 11, 2019

    Everyone from front desk to doctor was very friendly and took their time with us. Answered all our questions.

  • Apr 01, 2019

    Dr. Small and staff were completely informative, empathetic, and really made sure that we were aware that they cared about making us comfortable!

  • Mar 22, 2019

    Very efficient , professional, friendly, knowledgeable.

  • Mar 22, 2019

    Dr. Small was attentive to our concerns and thorough in her exam and advice. She interacts well with [Name] and creates a comfortable yet professional atmosphere. We are very happy to have our child in her care.

  • Nov 18, 2018

    The service that we received by Dr. Small her staff has been exceptional. We truly appreciate the time and compassion of everyone helping us and our daughter with our dermatology issue. We would highly recommended and we are very satisfied.

  • Nov 15, 2018

    Allison Small was great and we love her.

  • Nov 03, 2018

    Appointment was on time. My questions were answered.

  • Nov 03, 2018

    Provider is great, but wait was to long. It?s hard to wait with one year old for 45 minutes. I was surprised that there were no toys in the room since it?s pediatric facility.

  • Nov 03, 2018

    Knowledge, kind, explained clearly.

  • Oct 20, 2018

    She was very helpful and gave me a good deal of feedback which I always appreciate.

  • Oct 20, 2018

    Allison was amazing, very knowledgable and compassionate. She put us at ease about the treatments for our son.

  • Oct 09, 2018

    Informational and direct. Much appreciated~

  • Oct 06, 2018

    Good staff

  • Sep 29, 2018

    Dr. Alison Smalls was kind and welcoming. She was patience and professional. Answered my questions without being judgement or belittling. Intelligent and kind doctor!!

  • Sep 27, 2018

    They are always efficient and I feel like they listen!

  • Sep 25, 2018

    We had a great experience, all of the staff was beyond exceptional! We felt so welcome and comfortable.

  • Sep 19, 2018

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Dr. Small. She is very thorough and has a pleasant disposition with my teenage daughter.

  • Sep 15, 2018

    Dr. Small was attentive and helpful.

  • Sep 14, 2018

    We loved how kind she was and she talked to us in a way that was easy to understand. We could tell she really cared about our son.

  • Sep 14, 2018

    We were advised by our pediatrician to make an appointment to have a birthmark reviewed. This was our first time at Dorenbechers.

  • Sep 13, 2018

    From my experience with Dr. Small, she is very professional, "knows her stuff" quite well and is able to articulate the technical terms in a way for a lay-person to easily understand. I also appreciate her bedside manner, which is necessary when dealing with a child-patient and a concerned parent.

  • Sep 13, 2018

    Wonder! I received more information as she explained things to the student.

  • Sep 07, 2018

    It was a good experience. Everyone explained things well and I could understand. I liked their concern for my child.

  • Sep 07, 2018

    Friendly and comforting demeanor. She is very patient with questions and encourages us to ask more.she does a great job thoroughly explaining things to us in an easy to understand way. Our child is very comfortable with her and happy to see her.

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