Our story

Why choose hope in a jar when you can get results from leading dermatologists?

Our mission

In many respects, healthcare is broken – for patients and doctors. Dermatology is no exception.

If you have skin issues, the best care you can get is from a dermatologist. Yet, most zip codes don’t have a dermatologist. And if they do, there’s a 3-month wait...if your primary care doctor will refer you. And, when you do see the dermatologist, you'll have about 5 minutes.

It gets worse. If your issue is “cosmetic”, insurance won’t cover treatment. You’ll spend an average of $100 in co-pay's. And a personalized, multi-component prescription in one tube means another $100 dollars and a trip to your local compounding pharmacy.

Unfortunately, you’ll need to repeat this process several times a year - especially if you want to perfect your regimen or have new issues affecting your skin health.

But it doesn’t have to be like this.

We founded docent to provide convenient access to high impact, long-term skincare from a dermatologist.  A prescription treatment regimen delivered to your door. No three-month wait for an appointment. No referrals. No pricey deductibles or co-pays. Just an effective, customized plan that evolves as much as you do on your journey to ultimate skin health.  

Our founders

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Meet Sierra

I thought that acne was something I had left behind in high school so you can imagine my frustration when it came back with a vengeance as an adult. In spite of spending my entire career working in health-tech and immersing myself in the science and business of medicine, I couldn't find a solution to this mysterious issue. What I did find was a community of women struggling with the same concerns as me which kept me going on my mission to find the solution that I knew was out there. When I finally found the clinical solution that I had been searching for along with a way to bring that relief to the everyone else that was struggling alongside me, there was no question that it was the right move, and docent was born.

Sierra completed her undergraduate education at Stanford University, before working at Cancer Treatment Centers of America to launch their telehealth capabilities.

Meet Nathan

As a physician, I know first-hand how doctors can powerfully impact patients’ lives. Physicians have the training and knowledge to provide high-quality clinical care, and they have the ability to use prescription therapy that produces tangible results. As an entrepreneur, I believe in the transformative power of technology to increase access to healthcare.  We are bringing those together in docent.

Dr. Gunn completed his medical training at UCSF. He has since focused on creating healthcare companies that increase quality and decrease cost care for patients, and combat physician burnout.

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Brand

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Marketing

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Our investors

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