Central Iowa Dermatology

Welcome to Central Iowa Dermatology

We hope that you will choose us to be the new home for your dermatologic needs. We know how hectic life can be, and strive to make our practice the most welcoming and efficient option for patients in the Des Moines metro and surrounding suburbs. 

Our Services

Medical

We treat all ages and skin types for all conditions involving the skin, hair, or nails.
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Surgical

Surgical

Skilled and comprehensive removal of both cancerous as well as benign growths.
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Cosmetic

Cosmetic

These preventative and restorative treatments aim to repair skin damage that has accumulated over a lifetime.
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Dr. Eric Harlan
Marly Harlan, PA-C
Chey Anne Sorum, LE
Ann Carlson, PA-C
Emily Erickson, PA-C
Betsy Van Haaften, PA-C

Our Providers

We specialize in developing relationships with families to provide treatment across multiple generations, from newborns to nineties-plus. We want our Des Moines-area customers to feel confident and comfortable knowing that they are being treated by doctors and qualified professionals who continually train with current dermatology best practices and treatment modalities. From checking moles and other skin lesions, to managing skin conditions from mild to severe, our expertise is totally focused on providing personalized plans for safe and cost-effective treatment.

Dr. Eric Harlan

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Dr. Eric Harlan is the founder and director of Central Iowa Dermatology. He grew up in Des Moines and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Iowa. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, completing his residency at the Mayo Clinic. He’s been working in private practice in Des Moines since 2011.

Eric is passionate about delivering personalized, expert care to patients of all ages and skin types. He is a board certified dermatologist who provides the full spectrum of dermatologic care and treatments, from medical to cosmetic. As a fellow of the American Society for Mohs Surgeons, Dr. Harlan performs Mohs surgery for skin cancers on the face, ears, hands, and other locations based on the size and aggressiveness of the cancer.

Outside of work, he loves spending time with his wife and four children. He often jokes that he is a doctor by day and a taxi driver by night helping his amazing wife shuttle their kids to their various activities. In his rare spare time, he enjoys reading, traveling, skiing, and anything active from going to the gym to running obstacle/mud races. He prides himself on being a native hard working Iowan and enjoys caring for his

Marly Harlan, PA-C

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Marly Harlan grew up in western Iowa and graduated cum laude from the University of Iowa. She then went on to attend the number one rated Physician Assistant program in the entire country at the University of Iowa in 2005.

Marly has a particular interest in the cosmetic side of dermatology. She has been doing injectables such as Botox/Dysport and fillers such as Juvederm/Restylane/etc for the last fourteen years. She enjoys forming lasting relationships with patients working together to optimize their skin’s health and appearance. Being a runner, Marly stresses that taking care of your skin is a marathon, not a sprint. It is a lifelong journey, and the steps you take today to repair and protect your skin will pay off both today and for years to come.


Aside from cosmetic dermatology, Marly is extremely active with her four kids, volunteering at school and with their various activities such as cheer, ninja warrior, and many sports.

Chey Anne Sorum, LE

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Chey Anne Sorum is a licensed esthetician and surgical technologist with over 10 years experience in the medical field. She offers a range of cosmetic treatments and extensive product knowledge.

Chey Anne prides herself on the personalized care she provides to each of her patients. She continually attends educational events to keep up with the latest in the aesthetic world.

When not in the office, Chey Anne enjoys spending time with her husband, four children and fur babies

Catherine “Ann” Carlson, PA-C

Ann Carlson is a board certified Physician Assistant. Prior to joining Central Iowa Dermatology, she has been practicing as an advanced practicioner for five years. She grew up in Clive and graduated from Waukee High School. 

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Ann Carlson is a board certified Physician Assistant. Prior to joining Central Iowa Dermatology, she has been practicing as an advanced practicioner for five years. She grew up in Clive and graduated from Waukee High School.

Ann earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree from the University of Iowa, followed by a Master of Medical Science degree from Mercer University Physician Assistant Program in Atlanta, Georgia

In her free time, Ann enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 hound dogs, traveling, and doing home improvement projects.

Emily Erickson, PA-C

Emily Erickson is a board certified Physician Assistant accredited by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

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Emily Erickson is a board certified Physician Assistant accredited by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). A Dubuque, IA native, Emily completed her undergraduate degree with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Northern Iowa. She then earned her Masters degree in Physician Assistant studies from the University of Iowa in 2009. She is an active member of professional societies including the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants.

Emily and her husband have two children and live in Urbandale. In her spare time, Emily enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Betsy Van Haaften, PA-C

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Betsy grew up in Pella, IA where she studied Biology at Central College. She graduated from Des Moines University in 2020, earning her Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Iowa Physician Assistant Society.

In her free time, Betsy enjoys Monday night trivia, traveling, and making music with her friends.