Our Philosophy

Ayana Dermatology has the best dermatology specialists in fort lauderdale.

Our dermatology specialists provide comprehensive treatments for medical, surgical and cosmetic skin, hair and nail concerns for patients of all ages, genders and ethnicities. Our philosophy at Ayana Dermatology is to deliver ethical, quality and highly individualized care to each and every patient.  At Ayana Dermatology, we have the best dermatology specialists in Fort Lauderdale who are dedicated to providing intelligent and accurate diagnoses with unique and effective treatment options.  We strive for clarity in all of our communication, and want our patients to have a full-spectrum understanding to make informed and reasonable decisions about your skincare and health.  At Ayana Dermatology, our goal is for everyone who walks through our doors to achieve healthy, radiant skin with a natural aesthetic touch.Using the latest, most cutting edge technology and a bespoke approach to evidence-based therapeutic modalities, we offer a straightforward solution to your skin’s needs.

The word Ayana means “eternal blossom” or “beautiful flower” in Somali. In Hebrew, it is derived from the word Maayan, meaning “spring of water”. At the core of our practice is a focus on maintaining your skin’s eternal and perpetual health. Like the enduring outflow of water from a spring, and a beautiful, blossoming flower, our skin should be given the tools to continue improving and thriving as we age over time.

Cherise M. Levi, DO, FAAD, FAOCD

dermatology specialists in Fort Lauderdale

founder & Board certified dermatologist

Dr. Cherise Mizrahi-Levi is an industry leading Board-Certified Dermatologist who trained and practiced for several years in the heart of New York City. Founding partners, Dr. Levi and her husband Adir Levi, opened Ayana Dermatology in order to infuse their authentic Manhattan expertise and knowledge into a state-of-the-art practice approach.

As one of the best dermatologists in Fort Lauderdale, specializing in both medical and cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Levi’s philosophy is to create and nourish the health and radiance of her patients’ skin by emphasizing rejuvenation and natural aesthetics. She fosters the link between mind and body, incorporating the role that nutrition, stress optimization, and homeostasis of all body systems plays towards attaining complete skin health. Her practice approach is a customized treatment plan for each individual to achieve the harmonious balance between restoration of overall health and glowing skin.

Dr. Levi graduated summa cum laude of Psi Sigma Alpha National Honor Society from the University of Florida, with a dual degree in chemistry and nutritional science, and later at the top of her medical school class at Nova Southeastern University. She served as Chief Resident in the rigorous dermatology residency program at St. Barnabas Hospital, a Level II Trauma Center in Bronx, New York. During her subsequent years working in private practice in Manhattan, she simultaneously held the prestigious staff position as a faculty attending physician at Columbia University, New York Presbyterian Hospital. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, and an active member of several professional dermatology associations.

She has published numerous articles in the field of dermatology, as well as conducting NIH-sponsored research for the treatment of children with atopic dermatitis. She has lectured nationally on her extensive research involving product development for skin pigmentation and the treatment of melasma. Her unique expertise and passion for biologically active cosmeceuticals began during her time working side by side with the leading chemist for a renowned skin care company, helping to develop and test formulations.

Dr. Levi has cared for patients internationally, having travelled to rural communities in India to educate local providers, help rebuild schools and administer medical care. She has led global health panels, community outreach and charity galas for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Emerging Leader’s organization. Throughout her career, Dr. Levi has taken pride in educating and mentoring as she taught young physicians both in her private practice and as a hospital faculty member. She is dedicated to providing the highest quality of skincare, incorporating advanced technology into the latest and most cutting edge developments in the field of dermatology. In her free time, she is a devoted wife and mother, with a passion for yoga, skiing, the ocean, music and travel.


The interior and exterior of Ayana Dermatology was designed to create a restful, soothing and inviting atmosphere with a touch of classic elegance. We preserved the native architecture of this mid-century modern building, while restoring and updating all elements inside the space. The result is a calm and luxurious waiting room with an understated yet robust color palette. Prioritizing the health and safety of our patients, we created the medical exam space to be bright, polished and drenched with natural lighting. The aesthetic is rich in architectural authenticity, with clean, simple lines maintained from the building’s original construct.