Dr. Kate Zibilich Holcomb founded Pure Dermatology in 2016 based on the idea of using safe and effective treatments to help patients maintain their pure skin health and beauty. She strives to make patients continue to look like their “pure selves” and not unnatural or overdone. Her unique approach takes into account the patient’s own concerns while considering the whole face and skin and how to maintain balance and not treat the face in parts. She combines the use of injectables, lasers and energy devices and medical grade skincare and skin treatments to improve on each patient’s natural and pure beauty.
Dr. Holcomb has served as a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Tulane University School of Medicine since 2014 where she supervises the dermatology residents in cosmetic clinic. She also teaches the family medicine residents at East Jefferson Hospital. She actively participates in clinical studies on FDA clinical trials as well as cosmetic products and procedures
Dr. Holcomb has specialized training in patch testing, contact dermatitis and treating ethnic skin types. Dr. Holcomb has suffered with acne since her teenage years and she is passionate about the treatment of acne and rosacea and the associated scarring and pigmentation.
Dr. Holcomb also speaks for a number of companies on dermatology treatments, aesthetic injectables, and has published in numerous academic publications and presented at national meetings on topics ranging from dermatopathology to genetic disorders to sexually transmitted diseases.
Dr. Holcomb is a native New Orleanian and graduated valedictorian from Dominican High School. She then attained her BS from Tulane University on a full academic scholarship. After college, she attended Tulane University School of Public Health, conducted research on malaria, and assisted with medical research in Indonesia in the year before attending medical school. Dr. Holcomb graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine in 2004 with the Mark Gibbs III graduation award and stayed at Tulane to complete her internal medicine internship. She concluded her dermatology training in New York City at Saint Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Mount Sinai in 2008 and was elected chief resident in her final year. During residency, Dr. Holcomb received the American Society of Dermatologic Surgeons Resident Scholarship 2 years in a row and The American Academy of Dermatology International Society Annual Meeting Travel Grant and was able to train with dermatology experts in Florida, New York, Scotland and New Orleans. She was responsible for the Botox cosmetic training portion of the residency since she was a first year resident.
After graduating from residency, Dr. Holcomb entered active duty with the U.S. Navy to fulfill her commitment for the Health Professions Scholarship Program. Dr. Holcomb served as a clinical professor and staff dermatologist for the National Capital Consortium Dermatology Residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. She served on a humanitarian mission in Senegal, Africa, and then worked at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune where she was a staff dermatologist, a member of the pharmacy and therapeutics committee and an assistant professor for the family medicine. She completed her service in 2012 and received an honorable discharge as a lieutenant commander.
Dr. Holcomb is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society of Dermatologic Surgeons, American Acne and Rosacea Society, Skin of Color Society, North American Contact Dermatitis Society, Louisiana Dermatological Society and Women’s Dermatologic Society for which she has served on a number of committees.
Dr. Holcomb enjoys everything New Orleans: cooking, eating, talking about food, and making and wearing costumes for Halloween and Mardi Gras. She also loves to listen to music and travel with her husband Mark and sons Paul and Christopher. She has one “old cat,” Luna and has fallen in love with dogs after adopting a Boston terrier-French bulldog mix named Daisy.