Dr. Van Zander is board certified in dermatology. Prior to joining the Menlo Medical Clinic, she practiced dermatology at Tribeca Skin Center in Manhattan, New York. She has expertise in general, pediatric and cosmetic dermatology. Outside medicine, she enjoys cooking, hiking, swimming and spending time with her husband, three children, and their family dog.

Professional Summary

Education & Certifications
  • Residency: University of Chicago Hospitals Dermatology Residency (2002) IL
  • Internship: University of Chicago Hospitals Internal Medicine Residency (2001) IL
  • Residency: New York University Dermatology Residency (2004) NY
  • Board Certification, American Board of Dermatology, Dermatology (2004)
  • Residency, NYU - Department of Dermatology, NY (2004)
  • Medical Education, University of Chicago Pritzker, IL (2000)
  • B.A., Stanford University, Human Biology (1995)

Honors & Awards
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Medical Honors Society (1999)
  • Calvin Fentress Research Fellowship Award, Fentress Research Fellowship (1999)
  • Citation for Outstanding Academic Achievement, American Medical Women's Association (2000)

Practice Locations

Menlo Medical Clinic in Menlo Park - 321 Middlefield Menlo Park, CA
Menlo Park, CA

321 Middlefield Road

Menlo Park , CA 94025

(650) 498-6500

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Dr Vanzander is very good
Excellent care
Dr Van Zander takes her time, listens to concerns and is professional!
A special person and a very doctor.
Dr. Vanzander gives valued medical information , answers all of our questions and never makes us feel rushed. I appreciate her awareness of my son’s challenges (from developmental disability) and that it has not impeded access to quality medical care. Additionally, Dr. Vanzander is always friendly and supportive.
Dr. VanZander is top flight!
Dr Van Zander is the best.
I just answered this in prior question, but will repeat…I appreciate Dr. Vanzander’s wise and sensitive care of my son, a conserved young adult with significant disabilities. His communication is limited, but I believe he appreciates it, too. Thank you.
I am extremely happy with the quality of care I receive from Dr. Vanzander.
Wonderful appointment as always!
Dr Van Zander did an excellent job of making me feel comfortable about examining my outer labia.
very vigilant, caring, excellent at diagnosing my various lesions
Dr. Van Zander is a very competent and lovely doctor!
Dr. Vanzander is wonderfully kind and caring. We appreciate her expertise and her thoughtful care.
First time in awhile I felt welcomed by a doctor and one who remembered my grandson after 2 years!
Great place all the way around
Dr VanZander is gentle, thorough, thoughtful and knowledgeable, and a good listener. I can’t imagine a better care provider.
enjoyed meeting the Dr. and the medical assistant. They were very organized and efficient.
Extremely happy with visit outcome
Excellent care provided by Dr. VanZander
Dr. Vanzander made us feel comfortable and showed a genuine interest in hearing our concerns. She answered all of our questions in a detailed but easy to understand way. She gave thorough explanations of the plan going forward. We greatly appreciate her care.
Dr Van Zander is great
She has actually become a good friend to me over the years of service.
The doctor is outstanding. A very caring doctor
She is exceptional, always has been.
Dr. Vanzander is the best doctor. She is excellent.
Outstanding Professional Medical service - excellent in every respect
Very thorough
Dr. Van Zander is an excellent doctor - kind, knowledgeable,compassionate and thorough.,
She is wonderful caring and thorough
Dr. Van Zander is excellent. I wish it was easier to get appointments for a full body scan.
Dr. Van Zander is terrific.
a short wait but a great visit
She is an excellent provider and very thorough.
Dr Van Zander is the best dermatologist I have ever had.
Everyone was friendly and caring
Dr. Van Zander always provides excellent care.
Good communicator
Dr. vanZander is the best!
Dr Van Zander is one of the best doctors at MMC. Highly recommend!
Dr Vanzander saw me right away.
On time appointment, very efficient
She is very attentive and gives a thorough exam
Dr. VanZander is top flight!
Listens well. Gives clear answers
Dr VanZander is the absolute best!
She is terrific!
Dr Van Zander is great
Excellent experience
Nice, friendly, knowledge doctor and staff
Great facility, experienced and friendly support staff and excellent physician in Dr. Joellen VanZander
Dr. Vanzander was thorough, sensitive to my situation, and extremely helpful.
Very thorough. Informative Doctor.
Excellent doctor
Dr VanZander is excellent, but would not recommend d/t limited apptiontment availability
My Physician is Excellent .
Dr. Vanzander is superb. Very much appreciate the schedule flexibility and the rapid response to my needs.
Dr.Vanzander and her staff are amazing. Very friendly, helpful. I highly recommend!
Dr. VanZander is excellent and lovely to work with. Good questions, clear responses, gentle touch, thorough understanding of my needs. Couldn't ask for more.
Very caring and knowledgeable.
All aspects of the visit were excellent and professional in every way.
I have nothing but good things to say about Dr. Vanzander & the staff at her office.
Great personal interaction. The Doc must have hundreds of patients but somehow makes you feel like you're the only one.
Very thorough, professional and personable!
Dr. Van Zander is wonderful and thoughtful and listens.
Very knowledgeable, friendly and caring. Excellent dermatologist.
was grateful for her straight forward approach
Prompt, efficient, pleasant, professional
Very nice and helpful doctor.
Dr. VanZander is very warm, friendly, and knowledgeable = a winning combination.
Dr Van Zander saved my life finding an in situation melanoma. She’s thorough, professional, and personable.
She’s a great doctor
Great doctor!!
Dr. Vanzander was well prepared and knowledgeable.
a real pleasure to come to Middlefield Menlo quality on every floor,,,,tanks
Dr. Van Zander gave me a diagnosis for my issue and prescribed meds. Great personality too! Warm & soothing.
Dr. Van Zander is thorough in her examinations and provides careful explanations.
Always courteous, professional, and efficient.
Caring good listener
Excellent doctor!
Dr van Zander is the best!!!
Great team
She is very nice and helpful.
Excellent physician
Dr. Van Zander is outstanding.
Such a lovely group of professionals. It was very refreshing to be cared for so well.
I love Dr. Van Zander and here team, HOWEVER, they are so heavily booked that I feel like they don't have time for more patients and when people ask for a recommendation it is usually because they want to see someone right then.
Excellent doctor and excellent care
excellent doctor and efficient staff
Dr Vanzander & her staff are wonderful.
Very friendly, professional, and detailed.
Whole team was excellent . Courteous, helpful and efficient .
Dr Vanzander is a wonderful dermatologist. Very thorough, professional while finding time to connect with the patient on a personal leve.
Thank you Dr V. Appreciate your good care!
Very good in most every way
Very informative and helpful puts me at ease
Very thorough, professional, personable, FANTASTIC in every way!
Dr. Vanzander is a knowledgeable, personable doctor who watches over my freckled body and keeps me safe from skin cancer through preventative treatments and if-needed surgeries. I appreciate and recommend her.
Excellent high standard of care with a doctor who really cares
Everything ran right on time and everyone I interacted with was wonderful. Dr. VanZander was really great and took the time to listen to all my concerns and talk through my various options.
Always very happy with my visit to Dr BanZander.
I always feel I'm getting fine attention & care from Dr. VanZander
It was great, but felt a bit rushed.
Excellent physician, thorough, respectful, and answers questions thoroughly.
Professional, engaging and makes patient feel comfortable/confident with procedures
She is the best with the perfect office manners and discussion with clarity
Dr. Vanzander offered careful, useful explanations prior to initiating a biopsy.
As always, excellent, fruitful visit. Thanks!
Excellent doctor and supporting medical team.
I was seen 40 minutes after my appointment time.
very thorough
Dr. VanZander is excellent.
Dr. VanZander is excellent. We love going to her.
Very efficient and Dr. van Zander is very thorough and kind.
Dr. Van Zander is amazing.
VanZander is THE BEST! Always thorough, never does anything unnecessary. All of my questions get answered. I drive four hours just for her!
Dr. Vanzander was very professional and helpful
Dr VanZander is a professional and very talented physician.
Dr VZ is great
Such a better experience, great customer service
Dr Vanzander is excellent at explaining what she is doing & why. Her team are all professional, timely & willing to help with any request you might have.
Excellent and empathetic physician.
Excellent-Dr. Van Zander
Very nice experiance
It is a pleasure to meet with Dr. Van Zander who is incredibly competent and kind.
Dr Van Zander is a wonderful physician - very knowledgeable, personable, & clear. Excellent care.
Dr. Vanzander is great!
Excellent experience.
Excellent doctor. Thoughtful, easy to talk with.
excellent skills and patient interaction
She is nice and she explains things well
Friendly, efficient, knowledgeable care!
Excellent care and attention to detail...
very professional and personable
Dr. Van Zander is the best! She fully explains everything and takes the time to get to know you. She was able to fit me in for a followup visit while there.
She is wonderful and very thorough
Very caring and encouraging.
I have recommended Dr. van Zander to several friends and colleagues.
Do not go any other doctor. Dr. Vanslander is the best and love going to her. She is so nice and makes my visit outstanding!!
Dr. VanZander has a good eye for signs of possible cancer, and she is diligent in her efforts. She is friendly and engaging.
JoEllen is a thorough, patient, pragmatic, experienced and expert professional
Very attentive, listened to all my concerns and gave great recommendations.
Dr. VanZander is excellent! She is personable, knowledgeable, and amazing at identifying changes with my multitude of freckles and moles to identify skin cancer. Very thankful that she is on my team.
She is always very pleasant and professional. I trust what she tells me. I have confidence in her evaluation of the situation.
First appointment with Dr. VanZander, I was very impressed with her thoroughness.
She’s great always makes you feel at ease
She is a great doctor. She listens and takes her time. We really appreciate her care for our family.
Short wait time. Responsive, thorough, listening Dr. who explained things
She is very caring and professional! Thank you!
Very thorough
She is the best: experienced, caring, approachable.
Dr Vanzander made an extra effort to see me at the last minute at the end of her day. I really appreciated that.
Dr VanZander provides great care. Thanks!
Dr. VanZander is the best!
Excellent care
Dr. Vanzander and her team were excellent as always.
Dr. Van Zander is amazing!!!
My family and I have been seeing her for quite a few years. We highly recommend her!
Dr. Van Zander is outstanding and truly goes the extra mile for her patients. She creates an atmosphere where the patient feels comfortable and confident in the care being received.
responsive and connecting
Always professional and engaged
She is an exceklent privider
I feel like dermatologists just do skin cancer. I have yet to be made to feel comfortable enough to talk about preventative care. I always feel rushed and like I’m inconveniencing them. The doctor was fine and probably better than most but I just don’t feel like they care.
Always exceptional care and staff. Highly recommend
Dr. Van Zander and all of the staff are outstanding.
Appointment was on time. I always have a very good, thorough annual check-up with Dr. Vanzander.
She is a terrific doctor and person
Best dermatologist ever
Wonderful doctor, careful. caring, expert.
Dr. Vanzander is very thorough, professional, & clearly explains what she is doing & why.
Dr. Van Zander is absolutely top flight.
Confident, very complete and professional
VERY knowledgeable, experienced, confident, trustworthy
As usual excellent professional friendly. Could not be better
Dr. Can Zander is very thorough and very kind.
Dr. Van Zander is a fine physician.
Excellent in every way!
Dr van Zander has wonderful bedside manner!
Excellent knowledge and care.
Thank you for continued care.
Professional and courteous
She is terrific and an expert at her craft.
Dr. Van Zander is very thoughtful and caring. She provides information in such a way that it is easily understood. She is a very good doctor.
I am happy with Menlo Clinic and very happy with the care I get from Dr. Van Zander.
She is very concerned of the issues at hand.
I am very satisfied by the results of the treatment under her care. She had to do some research to find remedies for my uncommon situation, and I am grateful that she took the time to do that.
She was very good.
One of my favorite doctors, ever!
My entire family is under Dr. Van Zander care - and we all think v. highly of her!
Dr.VanZander is the best.
Extremely good care provider!!! Very helpful.
We have and do recommend Dr VanZander to others. They all like her and feel very confident in her abilities and that their skin care is her priority
Glad I found this provider!
Dr. Van Zander is a very caring and professional physician. I am so fortunate to have her as my dermatologist. I have complete confidence in her.
MY entire family is beingtaken care of by Dr Vanzander
Outstanding physician!
Dr. Van Zander is very thorough, knowledgeable, and personable. The best.
Dr. Van Zander is a very capable and friendly Dr. who knows how to put her patients at ease.
Yes, Dr. VanZander is very good, thorough and gives good info with which to decide on treatment. I highly recommend her!
Dr. Van Zander is great. Very personable, very interested in how you're doing. Listens to all of your questions and gives you answers that are easy to understand.
Dr Vanzander is awesome
Knowledgeable & professional
Dr. VanZander is the best. Thoughtful, thorough, expert - and a warm human being.
She is the best! I trust her with my life.
It has become difficult to get appointments with the good doctors but still recommend them
Excellent care and rapport
Would not return myself
JoEllen VanZander is knowledgeable, personable, and skilled. She knows how to put a patient at ease; she’s dexterous and does even painful procedures practically painlessly. She listens and has thoughtful responses even to the most basic questions. I can’t imagine a better caregiver.
I am extremely happy with the quality of care I get from Dr. Van Zander
Very competent, very open and caring.
Dr Vanzander was very kind, professional, thorough and prescribed medication to treat my problem. I would highly recommend her.
Thank you for your service.
If you are referring to Dr. Van Zander, I would recommend her without hesitation.
Dr. VanZander is excellent. The absolute best!
Dr. Van Zander is an excellent doctor.
Excellent doctor
Excellent and caring - highly recommend Dr Van Zander
A first class physician.
Great doctor, great video visit, thank you!
Dr. Van Zander is amazing--a fantastic doctor, she explains everything both medical language and terminology and then lay terminology. She never makes the patient feel self-conscious or that any question or concern is foolish. She has a warm, friendly, efficient, professional, attentive manner. She is the best.
Dr. Van Zander is professional and inspires confidence
I have absolute confidence in Dr. Vanzander, her abilities, knowledge and advice, so completely fellow her recommendations. Overall, an excellent experience.
Dr. Van Zanader is extremely thorough.
Dr. Van Zander is kind, thorough, a great listener and wonderful about explaining things.
Wonderful care provider, provided detailed information about my condition and solutions
dr was awesome
Dr. VanZander is excellent and I have recommender her to others
Dr. Van Zander is an excellent physician; I have total confidence in her.
I am so glad that Dr. Van Zander is my dermatologist. She is compassionate and caring and very thorough in her examinations. I have complete confidence in her.
Dr. VanZander was thorough. We had an action plan within a few minutes of the exam. I would recommend Dr. VanZander to by family and friends.
really high praise for Dr. Vanzander!
It is always a pleasant experience at MMC.
always satisfied
Dr. Van Zander offers outstanding Health Care. She is knowledgeable, caring, helpful, and sensitive.
Dr Van Zander is great. Careful, professional, kind
Always attentive. Cares about me and my family. Excellent partner in health decision making
My doctor provided overall excellent care, explaining the reason for and performing a biopsy procedure, and giving me all related information needed.
Dr. Van Zander is very knowledgeable, sensitive to my needs, friendly, and kind.
Dr. VanZander is fabulous. She was informative and direct, including recommending I treat something right away. She was also very responsive to my questions, and very kind. I already have recommended her to a colleague who was looking for an excellent dermatologist.
Dr. VanZander is an excellent doctor/dermatologist. All of my family members are patients of Dr. Van Zander because the of great care we always receive.
I have settled for long wait to get an appt. because I like my care provider so much.
Dr VZ is always pleasant, professional and thorough
I am a HUGE fan of Dr.VanZander. She makes me feel so comfortable and explains things very well. She feels safe and easy to work with. I would HIGHLY recommend her!
I mentioned prior problems on trips about skin conditions - she give her a heads up and she would order meds ahead of time if needed SHE LISTENS.
Dr. Van Zander is right on top of things and an extremely nice doctor. I have often recommended her to others.
Friendly, informative, all good!!
Dr Van Zander is great!
Very efficient -
The dermatologist was trying to flex her medical knowledge by describing everything in esoteric terms, we are not doctors, we're patients. Speak english. Also was just plain useless and did not pay attention. Poor bedside manner, dismissive of my concerns.
Dr. JoEllen VanZender has always been thorough, caring, friendly and efficient.
Excellent care in every way!
My favorite doctor.
Dr. Van Zander is the best.
I am very happy with the quality of care I receive from Dr. Van Zander.
LOVE Dr VanZander
very short follow up appt and was referred to surgeon
doctor remembered me, related on a personal level s as well as professional
She listens well.
I think Dr. VanZander is amongst the very best physicians I have encountered
Quite high marks here.
I love Dr. Vanzander. Can't say enough good things about her.
good experience, excellent, caring, knowledgeable doctor
Dr. VanZander is an excellent professional. She is thorough in her examination and listens carefully to my comments and questions. I feel very fortunate to have her as my dermatologist.
Dr. VanZander is the best . Great Doc and very special as a person
Dr VanZander is very compassionate and a great doctor.
This doctor is great, however she is extremely hard to get appointments with because she has too many patients
Dr. Van Zaner is an outstanding Physician. She is very knowledgeable, caring, supportive, and sensitive. I am fortunate to receive my care from her.
all excellent
Dr. Vanzander is thorough, thoughtful, and gentle.
I always had a good experience.
She is great.
she is an excellent clinician. kind and caring. the best!!
JoEllen is a rock star!
Dr. van Zander is quite good. I have had many skin cancers and feel confident that together we are managing their treatmentand actively working to prevent future cancers.
Dr. VanZander was very engaged and helpful.
excellent attentive care from Dr Vanzander
The appointments are too rushed because of time schedule. Appointments are for only a 15 minute window. Sometimes things take longer and need to be discussed.
understood the problem
Dr. JoEllen Vanzander always takes the time to chat a bit to get to know you. I don't feel like I'm on an assembly line but rather part of a community and that we are a team working together on my healthcare
All was friendly, efficient, and informative. I have a longstanding patient relationship with Dr. VanZander, and the checkup was excellent as usual.
Dr. van Zander is the best. So kind, smart, and professional.
This was a semi-annual whole-body exam for assorted skin cancers. No biopsies this time, which was a nice outcome. Dr. V was characteristically thorough. No complaints; only praise.
dr van Zander goes above and beyond for me every time and remembers all of my family and our issues and all of our concerns.
She was wonderful, as was her staff.
Dr. Van Zander was perfect. Was not alarmist about possible cancer, was efficient in removing lesion & asked my preference regarding where to send biopsy. Could not have done better.
I am very grateful for Dr. VanZander
Dr Van Zander is an extraordinary physician in both her medical and personal skills. She takes the extra time to connect with me every time we have an appointment and always guides me expertly in terms of taking care of my skin needs
Dr, Van Zander is great.
All good!
She already has too many patients.
Dr. Vanzander is an excellent physician - very careful and very compassionate I have referred 2 friends to her and they are very happy with her care.
Nothing but the best!
Both Dr. Kamal and Dr. Van Zander are wonderful, the two doctors that I saw on this day. Each doctor takes their time to explain everything to me and are both very thorough.
Dr Van Zander was excellent proficient, empathetic and helpful
grateful that Dr VanZander could see me because of my concerns and worries. about an issue. Her knowledge and expertise is much appreciated. she consistently over the years knows exactly what to do. she's the best.
I really like my doctor. She is thorough and concerned for my welfare.
Wonderful doctor & person!!
Dr. Van Zander is fantastic. Thorough, caring, helpful.
Dr. VanZander and her entire staff are truly exceptional
Dr. Van Zander is an excellent dermatologist; very caring, cautious, helpful, compassionate.
She is the BEST!!!!!!
Dr VanZander is one of the best care providers I've ever seen
I am grateful for the competence of Dr Vanzander, and her helpfulness.
Dr. VanZander was great at listening to what my concerns were, and gave answers that were very informative and helpful.
Always feel well cared for by Dr VanZander and her staff
I went and scared and came out feeling confident. thank you Doctor Van Zander
Dr. Van Xander is an outstanding Dermatologist and Physician. Not only am I extremely likely to recommend her, I did recommend her to a friend the day of my visit.
No better doctor than Dr. Van Zander!
Dr VanZander and staff are excellent.
I know very few doctors more competent, proficient, and caring than doctor vanzander. on a scale of zero to five I would give her six!
Dr. VanZander is very competent and friendly
I would not recommend her to anyone only because her practice is already overcrowded
Emailed right away when I had question.
I have absolute trust in Dr VanZander. A caring professional
Dr. Van Zander is amazing! I would very highly recommend her.
Dr. Van Zander is always professional but kind and friendly !!
Doctor did a great job of explaining to me everything about the exam she was giving me. She suggested medications that I may need if I wanted them and was very good about answering my questions. Overall was a very good experience with assistants and the Doctor.
Dr. Vanzander is an excellent doctor in so many respects. This was my first visit, however, she has previously provided excellent care to my husband for a few years and mydaughters.
Dr. VanZander is a terrific doctor. I have used her for years, and I am very happy with the care I receive
Dr. VanZander was professional, thorough, and efficient. She did a good job of explaining what the various dots on my body were.
excellent doctor
I have never had a "bad" experience at Dr. VanZander's office. Everyone is professional, friendly and efficient. Dr. VanZander is the best.
She's great!
even though Dr BanZander was busy, she never rushed. I felt I was her only patient, only concern
I was pleasantly surprised by how much time Dr. Van Zander spent with me. She sat down and really engaged in a conversation with me about my concerns. It didn't feel rushed at all. Felt listened to and cared for.
Dr. Vanzander is the best! "Physician of the year!"
Dr. VanZander accommodated me when I asked for a special appointment so that she could look at a spot which she had treated a couple of months before and about which I was concerned. She examined it and explained why she was not concerned about it right now but that we should watch it until I see her again on Aug. 1. I totally trust her judgment.
There aren't enough superlatives to describe Dr. Van Zander. She has been my dermatologist for many years -- she is a great diagnostician, does not do unnecessary biopsies, takes time to explain her findings, is efficient but also very caring. I trust her completely with my skin care and think she is a most wonderful human being.
Dr. Van Zander is caring, knowledgeable, and compassionate. I am fortunate to have her care.
Dr. VanZander is quite wonderful. Her insight, gentle care, warmth and thoughtfulness is genuinely appreciated.
Dr.Van Zander is an excellent physician. She is caring, professional and listens to my questions and concerns
Excellent - wouldn't be better!
I appreciate that Dr. VanZander doesn't perform unneccesary procedures and takes ample time to answer my many questions.
Loved Dr. VanZander. Very friendly and thorough.
I have recommended Dr VanZander already. Several family members and friends have seen er.
really appreciated the time she spent with me. she really took time to give me thorough answers to my questions, no rushing, even though I was keeping her late.
excellent doctor
I totally trust Dr. VanZander. She's the best.
dr van zander is fantastic and top of the Bay Area
I am very happy with Dr. Vanzander - She takes the time that is necessary and includes me in decisions that need to be made.
Dr. Van Zander always provides excellent care.
Dr. Vanzander is a wonderful physician. She knows what she is doing and was able to explain my condition to me. She also told me what to expect during the course of my treatment. She also followed up with her staff to call me regarding test results, as well as emailed questions I sent her.
I think Dr. VanZander is terrific! Not only is she very knowledgeable and thorough, she is a kind and compassionate person. We have great chats about cat and Broadway shows while she is burning off my skin cancers. I look forward to my visits with her, as strange as that may seem.
Vanzander is the best. Excellent at follow up. Very thorough.
Dr VanZander is professional, caring, kind, clear and responsive. I trust her and am thankful for her as my physician on my care team.
she is the best!
The office visit was a good experience.
Excellent physician!
Dr Vanzander is the best!
excellent doctor
Dr. Van Zander was working with a Resident and was very thoughtful and attentive to my needs as well as working with the Resident.
Dr. VanZander is thorough and explains what she is doing when she examines you which I appreciate.
Dr. VanZander is the best. I have I I complete confidence in her competence and trust her with my life.
Dr. VanZander is an excellent doctor.
I greatly appreciate the way the hot tabs write down all their notes and post them in my online account, as I often forget some of the finer details.
Dr. VanZander is an excellent physician with excellent communication skills. she seems genuinely concerned about me and my issues.
Outstanding care. The Doctor is caring, knowledgeable, and compassionate. I am glad to receive care from Dr. Van Zander.
She is the very best!
Excellent dermatologist always friendly and listens to patient. I would recommend to my friends/family
Dr VanZander inspires confidence, both with her knowledge and her friendly conversation.
good visit
the doctor came 20 min after the scheduled time. I can understand that. I felt rushed during my visit while explaining my issue and asking wuedtions. in less than 15 min., the doctor hurried out of the room.
Dr. Vanzander was concerned, compassionate and thoughtful. She made us very comfortable & confident.
Dr. Vanzander is patient-friendly, experienced and thorough. She took adequate time to explain biopsy results and treatment strategy as well as side effects to be anticipated with the treatment prescribed.
I would re commend this care provider very highly. however I wouldn't send a dead cow to many of his colleagues
I visited my doctor because of an upcoming procedure that I was extremely anxious about. Although I felt I knew what her advice and recommendation would be, I very much appreciated her validating my concerns and offering other solutions. She explained the side effects I should expect with the alternative choice and I felt she would have been supportive in whatever decision I made. i am grateful my concerns were professionally addressed and taken seriously.
Dr. Vanzander is great!
Dr. VanZander is an exceptional doctor and I am grateful that she has been my husband's and my doctor through rashes, basal cell carcinoma, melanoma, and side effects of radiation and chemo treatment. She will always fit us in if it's serious, which is much appreciated. Her warm, concerned, and pleasant personality are matched by the quality of care she delivers.
Dr VanZander is the consummate professional with extensive knowledge and attention to every question that I asked.
Good experience.
Dr. Van Zander requires a wait but she is worth waiting for.
Dr Van Zander is one of the best dermatologists in the Bay area
Excellent doctor
Wonderful doctor.
LOVE Dr. Van Zander!
One of the best doctors in Menlo Medical! I recommended for my wife to be Dr. Van Zander's patient.
Dr. Vanzander was very careful analyzing my skin condition and made sure she had the fullest tests run to treat. I feel I was listened to and best care given.
dr vanzander is outstanding.
Dr VanZander is absolutely fantastic on all fronts. I feel fortunate to be one of her long-term paternita.
Had a great experience with Dr. VanZander -- felt she spent a lot more time with me than I expected from a busy specialist and even more so than the time pediatric dermatologists typically spend with their patients from my own work experience. Impressed by her ability to be very informative, genuinely concerned, and efficient -- an admirable balance between professionalism and relatability -- throughout the visit.
Overall a great experience! one I had been avoiding.
Very good doctor!
Dr. Van zander is absolutely THE BEST...she really takes GREAT care of me.
Very friendly and approachable. Answered all my concerns thoroughly.
Dr. Vanzander is an excellent dermatologist and would recommend her to anyone.
I was surprised to see how hurried the doctor was, usually she is very patient. It might have been because she was running late. Whatever, the patient should always come first.
I have recommended Dr. Vanzander to colleagues. She is knowledgeable and caring.
Great doctor!
Dr. VanZander is awesome
Dr. VZ greeted me when she entered the exam room and told me right away to be sure to be SPECIFIC with the schedulers in the future. I told her I thought I had been specific!! She very kindly did full-skin check, which I greatly appreciated.
My concern about recommending this provider is the wait for an appointment.
She is one of my favorite doctors. Shows a real interest in how I'm doing and remembers personal things about me that she asks about. We both share an interest in books.
I have total confidence in Dr. VanZander, as always.
I waited 2 months to see Dr. Vanzander and she was worth the wait! Shows concern and takes the time to explain her diagnosis. The most amazing dermatologist I have ever seen. I recommend her to everyone I know!
She is extremely competent and helpful. She also thinks about me and what is going on with my body before she starts treatments.
The care offered by Dr. Van Zander is outstanding. She is so knowledgeable, caring, sensitive, and supportive.I feel fortunate to receive care from her.
I was embarrassed about my problem and the doctor made me feel at ease.
Dr. Vanzander is a truly exceptional dermatologist. She has kept meticulous track of my skin anomalies which has made it easier for me to avoid non-necessary biopsies.
Dr VanZander is excellent, her knowledge, care,concern, consideration.
Dr. Vanzander showed exceptional compassion for my medical condition and processes to remedy.
Dr. VanZander is always helpful - clear, articulate, thoughtful and understanding. I appreciate her knowledge and thoroughness, even when the issues are minor.
Dr. Van Zander.....excellent medical care.....excellent interaction with patient on communication level
Dr. Vanzander is excellent.
Dr. VanZander is great. I have recommend to a friend who now sees her. Despite having to wait I would not change doctors.
I have been going to Dr. Van Zander for years, have complete confidence in her.
Dr. Vanzander is the best. She is professional, caring, friendly and very, very thorough. As a result, she found a mole on my back that she "didn't like," did a biopsy and sent it in for analysis. It turned out to be early-stage melanoma. I'm grateful for her persistence.
Dr. Van Zander is simply outstanding.
Dr. Vanzander is excellent.
I would and have recomended Dr. Vanzander she is Great!!
Excellent/first class physician when I trust to treat my family. Very caring and sincere.
Dr. Vanzander is great!
The nurse (Carlene??) was very good at explaining what happened with my I see day and really reassured me. She was very clear and detailed and or explanations. I learned a lot.
I always feel I have plenty of time with the Dr. Never feel rushed.
Dr. Van Zander is quite good. I am very happy with the quality of care she provides.
I have seen Dr VanZander three times, I think, and I have great confidence in her ability and concentration.
always a good experience
Dr Van Zander is the best dermatologist that I've ever had. Appreciate all the care she has given me over the years
Dr. Van Zander is an excellent doctor.
EVERYTHING about my experience was positive - I'm so grateful
Among other Stanford physicians, I would rate Dr. Vanzander highly.
Dr. Vanzander is always caring, kind gentle and thorough.
very happy with knowledge, treatment, education of the patient, and quality of listening skills. Dr. J. Vanzander is the best!
love her
Dr. Vanzander is always professional, friendly and attentive.
Seemed rushed, but helped me by writing down the recommendations.
Dr. Vanzander is one of your really terrific doctors - compassionate, interested, sensible - understands patients have time constraints; listens, remembers!
Dr. Vanzander is terrific. I am very grateful for her care.
appreciated that I was concerned about some spots on my face and Dr Van Zander's saw me within 24 hours. excellent. no better health care or doctors anywhere. Menlo Clinic is the gold std.
I am very satisfied w/the medical staff and the care they provide.
Dr Van Zander is the best!
I have great confidence in Dr. Vanzander knowledge & skill. She is easy to confide in and responsive to my concerns. She is a first-rate dermatologist!
JoEllen is Awesome
This was my second visit with Dr Van Zander. She is both competent and personable.
My doctor gave me a written hand out as well a verbal explanation. Even though I had this procedure done with a different institution, I had never gotten such a thorough explanation. I really appreciated my doctor explaining some of these points with me, as simple as they were, it was helpful for me to understand. I'm sure it gets tedious to go over simple instructions with patients, but from the patient's perspective, it displays caring, respect, & an individualization of care that makes one feel more than just a number. Thank you for that!
Dr. Van Zander is terrific. I have recommended her to several other people. She is very approachable, listens and addresses concerns/answers questions fully.
Great Staff
She is very well informed and gave me information and suggestions on my condition that prior 2 doctors didn't have.
Dr. Van Zander is warm and caring, thorough and competent.
Dr Van Zander is super competent and personable---great doctor!
I will continue to drive to Stanford from the East Bay to see Dr. Van Zander. Her kindness and attention to treatment are unparalleled.
great experience
Awesome Dr's
Dr. Vanzander is terrific. She put me at ease immediately and I have confidence in the treatment she provided.
The actual time of the doctor so brief, I always feel rushed when I'm there with the doctor
always excellent
Only reason for low mark re recommending is the difficulty in making appointments for the short term, and delays in meeting my appointment time.
had mole removed, disclaimer, I guess your attorney's require, found off putting
Very good.
I like working with Dr Guardino very much. I feel that he has an interest in my health outcome.
The information was very clear and my questions and my wife's questions all answered satisfactorily.
I have high confidence in and great appreciation for the care provided by Dr Vanzander.
very thorough and kind! very much appreciated the time the doctor spent with me
recommended to multiple friends
Dr. Vanzander is a great provider as she always is.
Excellent presence
It would have been helpful if the doctor had included the diagnosis on the post-visit handout, as the name was not familiar to me and I couldn't remember it until I looked it up on Web MD! Otherwise, the visit was exemplary.
Physician gave a thorough exam and took precautionary measures.
love her!!!
Dr. VanZander has always been, and continues to be, excellent. I recommend her to anyone needing a dermatologist.
Dr. always very cheery and professional.
Great doctor.
Dr. Van Zander is a very caring and pleasant person, with excellent skills and knowledge.
Dr. VanZander and staff are excellent ... and a cut above most care provided by Stanford
dr VZ is awesome
Dr. Vanzander was wonderful.
This was my second visit with Dr. Van Zander. She is very approachable, instills confidence.
Dr. VanZander is great.
I felt very well taken care of by the entire team providing service--it was very efficient and professional.
Dr. VanZander is always very kind and caring and communicates clearly.
Doctor was very compassionate, understanding, and reassuring. I really like her manner.
Dr. Van Zander is an excellent doctor. She takes the time to clearly explain my options when it comes to possible surgical treatments and the pros and cons of each option.
Dr. Van Zander is a thorough, caring physician. She explains problems and solutions in detail, and her follow-up is superb. A patient couldn't ask for more. The assistant, however, who gives care instructions could use a brush-up in tactful ways to speak to patients.
Excellent. Dr. Vanzander is the best dermatologist I've ever had - caring, compassionate, the consummate professional.
I am wholly pleased with Dr. Vanzander's approach, philosophy of practice, and willingness to explore options for treatment and timing of treatment.
I have been really impressed with your Dermatology Department and specifically Dr. Vanzander who took over for Dr. Leu. I have complete faith that she will find out what is wrong with me. She and her assistant follow up each step of the way and call me- no one does that anymore. It really makes a patient feel like they are not lost in the loop
Dr Van Zander is fantastic
She is excellent!
Dr. Vanzander is awesome!
Dr. Van Zander was very personable, knowledgeable, and efficient.
very professional
Love Dr. JoEllen VanZander and her assistant a lot - lucky to have them as my caregivers.
Dr. Van Zander is wonderful. I was visiting California from Maryland and I scheduled my appointment with Dr Van Zander so I could see her for my yearly check up.
attentive caring manner
All good. Only challenge was that she was backed up with other appointments and had to rush a bit at the end.
Dr. Van Zander is the best dermatologist!
Dr. Vanzander is very professional is very familiar with my medical history and previous skin conditions/treatment.
Dr Van Zander is unquestionably the best dermatologist I've ever doctored with.
Appointment was a good, experience, even with the little delay.
Dr. VanZander is fantastic, she's on my short list of best physicians I've seen. Friendly, professional, actually listens to patient concerns and looks into them during the exam, then provides confident and clear options for addressing them if needed.
I feel very fortunate to have Dr. Vanzander as my physician. She is knowledgeable, caring and supportive.
Dr. Van Zander is a caring physician with exemplary expertise. She is thorough and detailed in her explanations. she takes care to make sure I understand the procedures and results.
Dr. Vanzander is terrific!
Dr. Van Zander was warm, business like, engaged (great eye contact indicating careful listening), thorough, and utterly clear.
great experience. I feel well taken care of by Dr. VanZander and team.
Dr VanZander is really great. Clear, kind, professional.
Dr. VanZande is great - thorough and professional but personable and very easy to communicate with.
Dr VanZander is outstanding
it takes a long time to see her if you need to be seen before scheduled appointment.
Dr. Van Zander is an excellent doctor. She is very thorough, very knowledgeable and cordial.
Dr. Van Zander is a very caring professional.
Dr. Van Zander provided excellent, compassionate care while being efficient.
Dr. VanZander is fantastic. She has been kind and thorough from the very first time I saw her. I would recommend her without reservation.
Dr. VanZander is knowledgeable and thorough, communicates well, is flexible and understanding.
The physician is truly an asset to your practice. She is so caring, supportive helpful and knowledgeable. I CERTAINLY WOULD recommend her. I truly appreciate the fact that she is my physician!!
Dr. Van Zander was fantastic. She made me feel like the problem I was having was totally normal and not my fault, which I appreciate. She also gave me lots of options for what to do about it but made it clear that it was perfectly safe not to do anything at all.
would recommend
she is the best! she solves all the mysteries!
I am always pleased with the care I get from Dr. Van Zander and her crew. By the way, the times referenced previously in my wait times are only estimates - I don't wear a watch. But the wait times were definitely not excessive.
have recommended my doctor to others
I am quite grateful for the quality of care provided by Dr VanZander and for the personal interest she takes in her patients. She's terrific.
Dr. vanZander was excellent. Very efficient.
Dr. Vanzander is consistently terrific, she has a very pleasant demeanor and is very knowledgeable and thorough but also caring. I have great confidence in her and would always recommend her to other patients needing to see a dermatologist.
Dr. Van Zander is an ace. I hope she doesn't follow the other excellent former Menlo doctors and leave.
Visits to Menlo clinic are always pleasant
I have been seeing Dr. for many years. She is very knowledgeable of my visits.
Dr. Van Zander is very professional, informed, courteous and friendly. She is very efficient in her examination and always discusses her findings, care programs and results of tests previously completed.
Dr. Vanzander is always friendly and professional. She spends time talking to and explaining things to you.
I have already recommended her.
Dr. was late (I understand), but as a result was rushed. I didn't feel she was very empathetic regarding my concerns, but perhaps that's because she knew I had nothing to worry about.
Dr. VanZander is outstanding and I highly recommend her.
I trust Dr. VanZander completely.
Dr VZ is the best - really smart, extremely competent and really caring
Dr. VanZander is excellent.
Dr. VanZander was terrific
I always feel the doctor has taken plenty of time examining me.
I appreciated getting the biopsy done right then without a follow-up visit
The doctor provided exceptional care.
Dr. Vanzander is an outstanding physician. She has always provided me with excellent care.
All fine
She is the best!
dr. was very knowledgeable and thorough. She gave me information that I had not previously been given.
I was feeling embarrassed, but Dr. Vansander was very disarming and kind. I felt heard and cared for. I was also very appreciative that the staff were able to get me in the same day, because I was in pain.
if there were a higher rating I would give it.
Dr. VanZander is wonderful. I am going through a hard time and she gave me all the time and concern I needed
Doctor's schedule is very closely packed with patients.
Dr. Susan Garay and Dr. JoEllen VanZander both provided excellent care during my recent emergency visit for a severe allergic reaction to amoxicillin. Dr. Garay immediately made time to see me even though her schedule was completely full that day, and Dr. VanZander also saw me immediately afterwards though I had no appointment. The medicine prescribed was extremely effective, and most of the symptoms were almost gone by the next day. Melissa (Dr. Garay's nurse) also called the next day to follow up on the remaining symptom. I'm deeply grateful for and extremely impressed by the care that I received, and will recommend them to friends and family. Please forward my comments to Dr. Garay, Dr. VanZander, and Melissa.
Dr. VanZander knows that I "speak medical", and she can speak with me as if to a peer. I was there to seek better control of the psoriasis on my scalp, to assess whether phototherapy might work on my scalp, and if there were another topical solution (both meanings) to my flareup. Because I'm an informed patient who does her own research, I'm able to speak on her level, and she to me, at that level, and I really appreciate it. I learned this time that my sebaceous cysts will not turn into basal cell carcinoma, which has been a worry of mine. She had a chart that clearly showed the difference in pathological behaviour, and allowed me to understand instantly, once I saw it. I really appreciate the quality of information I get from Dr. VanZander and her staff.
Very knowledgeable & caring.
Dr. Vanzander is a very warm and caring person and I trust her judgment & expertise completely.
Dr. Van Zander is a very nice person and a very caring physician. She naturally speaks very fast and sometimes doesn't enunciate very clearly, so I sometimes have trouble understanding her and have to ask her to please repeat.
I did recommend this doctor to my husband I liked her so much.
I received a verbal referral for treatment at the Stanford Derm office but was not given any information on how or when to contact them or the process on which the appointment would be scheduled. I asked the front desk and there was some confusion until they left spoke to the doctor and returned informing me that the Stanford Derm department would contact me by phone.
great doctor!
I appreciated that the doctor herself make sure she talk to me personally about the results of my biopsy.
She was great! Listened carefully to my concerns, was very thorough in her exam, and didn't make me feel rushed even though the appointment booked was shorter than turned out to be needed and I know she was probably running late.
She took care of the questionable area right away, biopsied it and called me with results as soon as they were back. She also took care of the routine procedure that I had booked out a month away for which I am very grateful!!
Excellent, compassionate M.D. very intelligent as well.
I have recommended her to a friend. Dr. Vanzander is terrific.
I used to work at MMC and can see why everyone LOVES Dr. Vanzander. She really made me feel like she cared about my problem and wanted to find a solution.

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