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Talking Top Tens: Dana Stern

Broad-Certified Dermatologist and Nail Specialist


Dr. Dana Stern is one of the most trusted and respected nail specialists in the country. She is also one of the only board certified dermatologists who devotes her entire practice to the diagnosis, treatment, and surgery of the nail. The nail expert of choice for the media and hailed by Vogue magazine as “the go-to dermatologist for nail disorders and cosmetic conditions relating to nail disease,” her eponymous line, Dr. Dana Beauty was born after her patients expressed their frustration with the nail treatment choices on the market. Drawing from over a decade of nail expertise and her vast knowledge of product chemistry, Dr. Dana set out to change the way we care for our nails. As a busy mom of three boys, Dr. Dana formulates products that are easy to use and provide instant results. She also believes beauty inspires strength and confidence, and should not be achieved with compromise to health. You can learn more about Dana by checking out and following her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

And more with Dana Stern…

Your current Netflix addiction:

Better Call Saul! Breaking Bad was possibly one of my favorite shows ever (I love a good chemistry lab!). I usually fall asleep within the first 10 minutes of any show and so it takes me several nights to get through an episode but it is worth it!

What do you love most about your work:

I am a problem solver and there is nothing more satisfying than to be able to treat an issue that someone has suffered with for years or to make a life saving diagnosis. Being able to create innovative problem/solution oriented nail products enables me to help a large population of people who are in need of a solution.

Your most recent culinary discovery and obsession:

My friend, Carissa Waechter of Carissa’s Breads recently moved her headquarters to a bake shop in East Hampton. When she first opened I decided to pay her a visit, and she handed me a croissant that had just come out of the oven and was possibly the best thing I have ever eaten. She is a baking goddess (and I am not afraid of bread!). 

At 9 a.m. each day, you are:

My day starts early, and by 9 a.m. the kids are off to school and I am working.

A secret talent we should know about:

I’ve always been very athletic. Now that my boys are involved in a lot of sports I will often throw on a batting helmet or play a little two-on-two touch football, and they are always very impressed with their mother’s skills!

You decompress each day by:

Transcendental Meditation (TM). I meditate twice a day thanks to Bob Roth, CEO of the David Lynch Foundation who taught me this life changing skill.  

Nail color currently on your hands and feet:

Our 9-Free Nail Color, of course! Gayle is on my hands and Judy is on my toes.

Where does your credit card get the most use:

Amazon! I live full time in Amagansett, NY where we don’t have access to a lot of larger retail stores, especially in the off-season, and so I rely on my Amazon prime account for almost everything these days! As a mother of three boys, we are constantly in need of stuff.

Your whole day was just cancelled and your schedule is wide open, what do you do:

A run on the beach with my basset hound Bo and then a quick dip in the ocean followed by an outdoor shower, heaven! 

Something you never see going out of style is:

Healthy, beautiful nails! We are all living in a handheld world where the focus is on the hand. Healthy, beautiful nails are more important than ever before.