About the Idaho Dermatological Surgery & Laser Center in Southern Idaho

The Idaho Dermatologic Surgery and Laser center was founded in 2005 by Teri Cottingham, MD. We have been at our location on Curtis Road in the Boise Medical Arts Building since this time. Ashley Cafferty, PA-C was hired in 2007 to help meet the increasing dermatologic needs of the Treasure Valley. In 2015, additional office space was acquired, adding new exam rooms to this growing and expanding practice.

Dr. Teri Cottingham, MD

Dr. Teri Cottingham, MD is a board certified and fellowship trained dermatologic surgeon.

Originally from Portland, Oregon, she completed her undergraduate studies at Oregon State University and attended medical school at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland. From there, she completed an Internal Medicine internship at University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

Her Dermatology residency was at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Lastly, she completed a fellowship in Dermatologic Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. During this fellowship, she learned and perfected her Mohs Micrographic surgical technique as well as being involved in cutting edge research on lasers and other dermatologic surgical procedures.

She and her husband moved to Boise in 1998. They have 3 wonderful children.

Ashley Cafferty, PA-C, MPAS

Ashley was born and raised in Klamath Falls, Oregon and moved to Idaho in 1993 to attend Albertson College of Idaho. She received her Bachelor's degree in Biology in 1997 and spent the next few years working in public health, laboratory research, and pharmaceutical research. She completed her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. Joining the practice in 2007, she is excited to be working in the area of dermatologic surgery. She is a busy mom of two sons and enjoys spending time in the outdoors (wearing sunscreen and protective clothing of course) with their horses and dogs.

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Our Staff

Wendy Den-Herder, RN
Wendy attended Montana State University, Boise State University, and Ottawa University. She has worked as a nurse since 1981. She and her husband have lived in Boise since 1979. They have two adult children.
Ashley Gordy, RN
Ashley was born in Illinois and raised in Cave Creek, AZ. She has been in nursing since 2007 and an RN since 2009. She enjoys spending time with her son and husband.
Meg Ankeny, CPC, Billing Manager
Meg was born and raised in Massachusetts and has two children. Meg has been working in medical billing since 1996 and enjoys helping patients and with their insurance and medical billing needs.
Karmen Horkley, RMA
Karmen was born and raised in Boise. She has been a registered medical assistant since 1993. She enjoys spending time with her husband and five grandchildren.
Linda Robertson, Office Manager
Linda is an Idaho native and has worked in the medical field since 1995. She enjoys hiking, biking, and has a passion for gardening.
Cheri Ames, Histotech
Cheri was born & raised in Idaho, married for 28 years, raised 5 children & now has 4 grandsons with one on the way. She has been a registered medical assistant for over 12 years and a Histotech for ... Read more


I have had several moles and skin cancers removed over the years, under the care of various dermatologists and physicians. One of those surgeries had a very unsatisfactory result, leaving me with a deep scar, my nostril collapsed and unable to breathe through that side of my nose. After waiting for enough healing to have my nose reconstructed, I developed another cancer on the other side of my nose. I was very nervous about having another surgery and didn’t know who I should trust to help me this time. A friend recommended Dr. Cottingham, because of her expertise using the Mohs technique of cancer removal and dermatologic surgery for reconstruction. Dr. Cottingham and her staff are an outstanding team of highly skilled professionals. I immediately felt comfortable in her office because they were caring and took time to talk with me about my concerns. I have had two surgeries with Dr. Cottingham and both went very well. My results have been as good as I hoped for. If I develop other skin cancers in the future, I know I can trust this office to provide the best care because they are the best!

Buhl, ID

I have been a patient of Idaho Dermatologic Surgery and Laser Center for nine and half years. Dr. Cottingham and staff are professional, courteous and highly efficient. Dr. Cottingham, in my opinion, is a magician with the scalpel. Her ability to suture in a way that leaves no or minimal scarring is nothing short of amazing.

The staff at Idaho Dermatologic Surgery and Laser Center makes you feel at ease as soon as you arrive at the office. From receptionist Linda’s smiling face and friendly demeanor to her nursing staff’s competent, caring and empathetic work ethic, you will feel at ease and confident that you are getting the best care possible.
The lead nurse Wendy, with her bubbly and enthusiastic personality, is not only very qualified but will have you at ease in a moment about any surgery that is imminent.
On the other side of the office is the amazing pair of Ashley Cafferty PA-C and her assistant Karmen. Ashley takes care of all preventative and pre-surgery exams and identifies potential and existing skin disorders. She is very thorough and has a keen eye in her diagnosis of skin abnormalities.
Unfortunately, I am experiencing the effects of sun damage fro my earlier years in the sun without protection. I am grateful to have been referred to Dr. Cottingham and her staff. I have complete confidence in the care and education I receive at Idaho Dermatologic Surgery and Laser Center, between the early detection by Ashley Cafferty, the skillful hands of Dr. Cottingham and the care given by her entire staff.

-Nampa, ID

Dear Dr. Cottingham,

It is my pleasure to share with your patients my experience in having you and your staff as my Dermatologist. Idaho Dermatologic Surgery and Laser Center has performed numerous procedures for me over the last ten years. Dr. Cottingham has removed cancer from both of my eye lids, lips and scalp, the Mohs procedure she performs has been unbelievable. I have virtually no scaring or visible effects from any of the surgeries. Her staff is as friendly and helpful as possible, they know you your name when you arrive and are totally professional. I would recommend Dr. Cottingham to anyone who may need her services.

Warm regards,
Meridian, ID