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Meet our team

Compassionate Care for all Ages

We strive for the highest quality of care and compassion when it comes to you and the health of your skin.

Our Dermatology Team

Brenda Shell

Previously Schneider


Brenda Shell (previously Schneider), PA-C brings years of experience in the diagnosis and management of skin conditions. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Florida, followed by work in diagnostic medical cytogenetic laboratories. She attended Emory University Medical School in Atlanta, Georgia where she received a Masters degree in Medical Science. She maintains national certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Brenda began her dermatology career in 1998 as a Physician Assistant in Atlanta with Kaiser Permanente prior to moving to Carroll County in 2003. She maintains memberships in the American Academy of Physician Associates, the Maryland Academy of Physician Associates, and the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants. She is skilled in the detection, prevention, and treatment of pre-cancer and skin cancer conditions, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of skin, hair and nails.


Katherine Bowes


Katherine Bowes began her career as a Dermatology physician assistant in 2003, and is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She received her undergraduate degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and her medical training at the Medical University of Ohio, where she received a Master of Biomedical Sciences degree.

Prior to joining Westminster Dermatology, Katherine practiced in Reston and Fairfax, Virginia. She is also a United States Navy veteran where she served as an intelligence officer. Katherine is skilled in the detection, prevention and treatment of pre-cancers and skin cancer conditions as well as the diagnosis and treatment of abnormalities of the skin, hair, and nails. Katherine enjoys traveling, hiking, family time, and her energetic mini-goldendoodle.

Kathryn Rudo


Dr. Rudo earned her undergraduate degree in Biology at Bucknell University and also has a Masters Degree in Microbiology. In 1981 she graduated from the University of Maryland School of medicine, earning election to AOA, the National Medical Honor Society. She completed her dermatology residency at the University of Maryland in 1985. Dr. Rudo served as Chief Resident in Dermatology in her final year and is board certified in Dermatology.

Dr. Rudo practices general dermatology and enjoys getting to know and take care of patients of all ages. When not working or being with her granddaughters, she enjoys playing golf and traveling, especially to our beautiful National Parks.


Rebecca Bower


Rebecca attended North Carolina State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude.  She confirmed her love of healthcare by volunteering with hospice for one year before receiving a master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from The University of Florida in 2003. 

Rebecca developed an interest in dermatology while growing up in Florida.  With fair skin, she gained an appreciation for and understanding of sunscreen protection and suspicious moles.  Becoming a mother also gave her more insight into sensitive skin issues and the importance of prescribing treatments that can be followed by busy parents with squirming children.


Rebecca enjoys skin cancer screenings using dermoscopy, treating inflammatory conditions of acne, eczema, psoriasis,

treating microbial conditions of nail fungus, warts, molluscum, infections, and performing medical procedures such as biopsies, liquid nitrogen, injections.


In addition to being certified through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and licensed through the Maryland Board of Physicians, Rebecca also belongs to American Academy of Physician Assistants, Maryland Academy of Physician Assistants and Society for Dermatology Physician Assistants.  

Brooke Bering

formerly Bennett


Brooke Bering (formerly Bennett), MHSc, PA-C, is a dedicated Dermatology physician assistant with extensive experience and expertise in skin health. An Eldersburg native, Brooke embarked on her journey in healthcare after receiving an undergraduate degree from McDaniel College, honing her skills as a medical assistant in dermatology for several years. This experience laid the foundation for her passion for dermatological care, inspiring her to pursue a PA degree which she obtained from Lock Haven University in 2010.

With a diverse background spanning urgent care, emergency medicine, and dermatology, Brooke brings a unique perspective to her practice and is committed to providing compassionate care to patients of all ages. She is dedicated to practicing evidence-based medicine, ensuring that each treatment plan is tailored to the individual needs of her patients. Specializing in skin cancer screenings, eczema, psoriasis, minor surgical procedures, injections, acne treatment, and general skin care, Brooke offers a comprehensive range of services to address various dermatological concerns.

Brooke's commitment to staying abreast of the latest advancements in dermatology is evident in her dedication to continuous learning and active involvement in professional organizations such as the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Maryland Association of Dermatology Physician Assistants, where she played a pivotal role as a founding member and previously served as treasurer.

Brooke lives in Howard county with her husband and two children. She enjoys being active on her bike, baking, spending time at the beach. 

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