Laura Buford, MD

Laura Buford, M.D.

Laura Buford, MD is a board certified dermatology who attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, where she earned a Doctor of Medicine with Special Distinction. She graduated in the top 5% of her graduating class and was elected into Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. After completing a transitional year internship at The Colorado Health Foundation – Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, she completed her dermatology specialty training at the University of Chicago Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Buford completed her baccalaureate studies at Oklahoma State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She then attended the University of Arizona where she earned a Master of Science in Medical Pharmacology with an emphasis in Extracorporeal Circulation. She worked as a certified clinical perfusionist for several years before starting medical school, which led to her interest in wound healing, vascular disorders, platelet gel, and scars. Her other professional interests include adult and pediatric medical dermatology, skin cancer prevention and treatment, and cosmetic dermatology.

Meet Dr. Laura Buford

Dr. Buford is active in various medical organizations including the American Academy of Dermatology, the Texas Medical Association, and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. She has been involved in basic science and clinical research throughout her education and clinical training. She has authored scientific publications and has presented at a variety of society meetings at both the state and national level. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering in community outreach projects and local philanthropies.

Dr. Buford currently sees patients at our Dripping Springs location.

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Testimonials about Dr. Buford

  • “My visit was great! No need to change or add anything. I love everyone there!” — Deborah C. (May 4, 2021)
  • “Always prompt. Dr. Laura attentive and thorough.” — Michael C. (April 29, 2021)
  • “This was my first time going to the Dripping Springs location. Dr. Buford, the MA/RN, and front desk staff were incredibly kind and happy and personable. I’ve always seen Dr. Ramirez and I highly highly recommend her! Now that we’ve moved, I’m happy the Dripping Springs office and Dr. Buford are so welcoming and professional as well!” — Erica H. (April 20, 2021)
  • “I was very pleased. I didn’t have to wait, the office was very clean, the Medical Assistant was confident and kind, the doctor was very knowledgeable and gentle. Couldn’t have asked for more. The procedure went fast with very little discomfort. I will make an appointment for my husband.” — Virgina P. (April 14, 2021)
  • “A great experience that exceeded my expectations!” — Mark M. (April 13, 2021)
  • “All around great service!!” — Veronica T. (April 2, 2021)
  • “Everyone was great. Very nice staff. Dr. Buford awesome and helps make you comfortable. She is very personable and easy to talk to.” — Cynthia D. (March 30, 2021)
  • “Dr. Buford is always friendly, thorough and ultimately professional. I feel extremely confident in her care.” — Mark S. (March 25, 2021)
  • “Wonderful experience! Thank You!” — Claudia S. (March 25, 2021)
  • “This was the best Dr. appointment I have ever had. Everyone was so professional and nice. I felt so comfortable and cared for. Thank you!! Keep up the good work! Amazing!!” — Traci L. (March 22, 2021)
  • “Dr. Buford is extremely professional, very knowledgeable, has a great bedside manner, and is polite.” — James T. (March 19, 2021)
  • “I felt so comfortable and everyone was amazing!” — Renee D. (March 19, 2021)
  • “I went first time yesterday to visit the doctor. I am very pleased with the doctor and all the staff.” — Sabrina M. (March 4, 2021)
  • “Staff was extremely polite and knowledgeable. I went in for a routine skin check. They did an amazing job of explaining the process that lay before me and preparing me in the event of any skin issues. I ended up needing a biopsy done and it went quickly and relatively painlessly. Just the initial pinch from the prick of the numbing agent. In and out very quickly. Thanks as always!!” — Charles T. (March 4, 2021)
  • “Dr Buford and her MA are amazing. I wasn’t crazy about going in for these procedures, but they made them completely painless. Can’t praise them enough.” — Kevin Z. (March 3, 2021)
  • “Dr. Buford is great! I’ve seen her for medical and cosmetic reasons and she’s wonderful at both. I’ve recommended her to many, many people.” — Bonnie R. (March 3, 2021)
  • “I absolutely love Dr. Buford. She interacts so well with my teens, showing interest in them and providing advice. I trust her completely and switched to her myself.” — Brooke S. (March 3, 2021)
  • “Laura Buford is a very nice and qualified Doctor. Really examines you completely.” — Sue L. (February 27, 2021)
  • “I had a virtual visit and the entire process was educational, convenient and my issues were resolved in a very timely manner.” — Darryl S. (February 25, 2021)
  • “Everyone was very personable and accommodating. I like Dr. Buford very much. She is very capable, informative, and caring.” — Gay K. (February 24, 2021)
  • “I was really impressed with the office and staff! You all made an unpleasant reason for visiting an overall great experience!” — Amy K. (February 9, 2021)
  • “My recent visit was exemplary. I felt cared for, listened to and respected. Everyone was on time, on task and very friendly and professional. I will definitely be back and I have already recommended you to friends and family.” — Beth K. (February 8, 2021)
  • “Great experience. Have a follow up visit already scheduled and feel like I found a dermatologist I can use forever now.” — Patrick K. (February 4, 2021)
  • “Staff and doctors are kind and professional. Highly recommend.” — Adam D. (February 3, 2021)
  • ” Very friendly doctor and staff who offer quick quality service.” — John P. (February 2, 2021)
  • “Dr Buford diagnosed what five other physicians scratched their heads about. Very pleased.” — Mary Y. (January 28, 2021)
  • “A very caring staff. I’m very impressed with Dr. Buford. She’s thorough with her examinations, always happy to answer any questions that may arise during the exam.” — Kathy S. (January 28, 2021)
  • “Highly recommend! Best service I’ve received by a doctor and/or medical assistant since covid started. It was the first time I felt HEARD regarding my acne and embarrassing scars from a breast augmentation. Seeing the dermatologist have at least 3 face coverings on and a face shield, helped me relax tremendously since I work with the elderly. I will be back again. My scars have already improved tremendously less than 24 hours after my appointment. Wow!! I want to thank the Dermatologist and her medical assistant for listening & caring when I felt hopeless, embarrassed, angry and frustrated.” — Crystal W. (January 28, 2021)
  • “Everyone was very personable and made me feel right at home. In the past I’ve had dermatologists just freeze or cut something off so quickly with zero warning and I was afraid it would be the same kind of deal. I was given the perfect amount of warning. There is a sweet spot between too much warning and not enough (haha) and this experience was perfect. I’m really excited to return and get my skin in better shape.” — Randi C. (January 21, 2021)
  • “No waiting and Dr. Buford was awesome! She made me feel comfortable from the minute she walked in the door! She was personable, professional and took the time to answer all of my questions! I appreciate that she discussed my options and we planned my treatment together. I never felt rushed…. which is rare these days. Thank you!” — Kelly F. (January 21, 2021)
  • “Dr. Buford is fantastic.” — Chloe P. (January 15, 2021)
  • “What an amazing office. Everyone was so nice and the nurse explained everything in detail and I felt totally relaxed during my exam. 5 Stars!!” — Sarah G. (January 15, 2021)
  • “Great job and very personable staff. Thanks!” — Michael M. (January 13, 2021)
  • “Dr. Buford, Rosie, and the staff are all very knowledgeable and caring. Appointments are very efficient yet they answer all of our questions and explain everything thoroughly. We love Westlake Dermatology in Belterra!” — Madden M. (January 5, 2021)
  • “Loved my Nurse and Doc! “ — Meredith F. (January 5, 2021)
  • “Great experience at the Dripping Springs location! Everyone is so sweet, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. Won’t go anywhere else.” — Lindy H. (December 31, 2020)
  • “Dr. Buford was very kind and responsive to my needs.” — James N. (December 17, 2020)
  • “I absolutely love everyone at the Belterra location. Friendly and attentive. Dr. Buford is thorough with the exam, answers all my questions and addresses my concerns.” — Steele F. (December 16, 2020)
  • “I was surprised how painless it all was.” — Andrew H. (December 14, 2020)
  • “I was very impressed with how timely I was seen and taken care of! I felt cared for and heard by Dr. Buford and the whole staff.” — Laura P. (December 11, 2020)
  • “What a great experience! Dr. Bufford & her staff are so professional & upbeat.” — Travis C. (December 11, 2020)
  • “I am a devoted fan, been coming to WD for 10 years. Love all the providers and staff. Big Fan….” — Mary C. (December 4, 2020)
  • “Dr. Buford and the entire Belterra staff has been amazing!!! I’ve been seeing them regularly for the last few months, due to pregnancy skin issues and the entire staff has gone above and beyond for me! I’m so thankful for this team!” — Paige M. (December 4, 2020)
  • “This is a very nice office, run efficiently. Dr Buford instilled in me a high level of trust as she and staff are knowledgeable and no nonsense, yet friendly. I am relieved to find this practice and will be back here for other dermatology needs.” — Barbara R. (December 2, 2020)
  • “It was great. Fast, professional and friendly – from the front desk to the assistant to the dr – everything was excellent!” — Victor P. (December 2, 2020)
  • “The Belterra location is extremely clean, everyone I dealt with was very friendly and professional. Very efficiently run office. Dr Buford was great!” — Wanda S. (November 6, 2020)
  • “Great experience. Staff and physician were outstanding and very helpful.” — Nancy G. (November 5, 2020)
  • “Very friendly and professional staff and doctor! Answered all my questions and gave recommendations as desired.” — Sharon H. (October 23, 2020)
  • “I am very satisfied. You can tell that Dr. Buford really cares about her patients and wants to make sure they receive the best care.” — Mackenzie C. (October 22, 2020)
  • “I felt very comfortable with the staff and physician and look forward to coming back!” — Renee D. (October 22, 2020)
  • “This was my first visit to your office and I was pleasantly surprised with the excellent service from both Dr Buford and staff. Dr Buford was highly personable, interested in my concerns and provided relevant treatment.” — Yvonne G. (October 21, 2020)
  • “I love the new Westlake Dermatology location in Dripping Springs. The atmosphere of the office is serene and beautiful. The staff are so friendly and accommodating and I love how thorough my physician is with my check up.” — Janelle A. (October 8, 2020)
  • “Very comfortable environment and nice staff and physician.” — William G. (October 7, 2020)
  • “Staff and Doctor was friendly and efficient!” — Debroah C. (October 2, 2020)
  • “I was highly impressed with this office and staff. (I found Dr. Buford through the NextDoor app.) I appreciated that I could fill out the new patient forms online before my appointment, which made check-in a breeze. Dr. Buford was attentive and I didn’t feel “rushed” through the visit. I will definitely keep her as my dermatologist!” — Pamela S. (September 30, 2020)
  • “Dr Buford and her Medical Assistant are awesome! They are always so friendly and make my visits enjoyable. Keep up the great work!” — Chrystal H. (September 28, 2020)
  • “Everything was great, and I loved Dr. Buford.” — Wanda B. (September 24, 2020)
  • “Dr Buford was awesome! My whole experience with Westlake Derm In Belterra Village was excellent and looking forward to visiting again in the future!!” — Angela C. (September 23, 2020)
  • “Overall, my husband and I were very happy with the staff and doctor at Westlake Dermatology’s Dripping Springs location. She was thorough and made us feel very comfortable with our skin exams. We have found our dermatologist.” — Scott B. (September 23, 2020)
  • “It was fine in all ways. Dr and assistant were fantastic.” — Chad H. (September 16, 2020)
  • “Dr. B is so nice and caring.” — Violet B. (September 14, 2020)
  • “My experience was great. The staff are very professional. Dr Buford is excellent! professional, personable and very caring. She listens. I am thankful and relieved to have her as my Dermatologist.” — Grainne B. (September 13, 2020)
  • “The doctor was amazing from start to finish!” — Melissa B. (September 10, 2020)
  • “Knowledgeable. Kind. Caring. Knew exactly what my rash was and gave a quick and accurate diagnosis and plan of treatment.” — Sara T. (September 4, 2020)
  • “Jen, Jade, and Dr. Buford are all great at the DS WD. I loved my experience! Thank you.” — Nicole D. (September 4, 2020)
  • “Very prompt service and Dr. Buford and staff were very friendly and addressed all my concerns completely!” — Sarina F. (September 3, 2020)
  • “Dr. Buford is amazing. Thanks so much.” — John C. (September 2, 2020)
  • “The entire staff was amazing. I felt very comfortable there. This was my third dermatologist visit and I am beyond lucky to find them and amazed at the service, care, and attention by Dr Buford and team.” — Woodmir G. (August 27, 2020)
  • “Although this was my first time to visit WD, the environment was warm and welcoming. Felt as if I had known Jessica, Jade and Dr. Buford for years and it seemed like they cared about my comfort and safety (COVID-19 protocols were outstanding). Also was confident with Dr. Buford’s approach, appreciated her step-by-step explanations and look forward to letting our friends know about WD and the positive experience I had.” — Alice A. (August 7, 2020)
  • “Everyone I know is singing Dr Buford’s praises. We are so fortunate to have this office in Belterra Village.” — Sarah P. (August 4, 2020)
  • “They are so kind; it was more comfortable than I imagined and I will be getting more services from them as will my friends. Being kind and caring goes a long way! Great work!” — Rachel A. (July 30, 2020)
  • “Dr. Buford is the best doctor I’ve ever had! She treated my son with the upmost respect and made him feel comfortable!” — Mason H. (July 30, 2020)
  • “The whole team is awesome! I have been visiting dermatologists my whole life, Dr. Laura Buford is hands-down my favorite. She has incredible bedside manner and patiently listened to me spew 34 years of medical history and struggles. I was overwhelmed with a sense of relief leaving WD Belterra. I finally feel like I’ve found someone who sees me, not just as a patient, but a woman who is struggling physically, emotionally and mentally. We need more Doctors like this.” — Kate S. (July 29, 2020)
  • “The appointment was great. Supportive and attentive staff. Informative doctor.” — Ralph A. (July 16, 2020)
  • “Very quick…very thorough! Fantastic experience.” — Stephanie S. (July 15, 2020)
  • “Dr. Buford is a wonderful provider, though I hadn’t been able to see her for over a year I felt she still had a personal connection to me. I wasn’t just another patient coming in the door. I highly recommend her.” — Catherine R. (July 15, 2020)
  • “Very friendly staff at front. Medical doc and assistant outstanding. Took very good care of me. Explained exactly what they were going to do on procedure.” — Edward B. (July 15, 2020)
  • “The staff and Dr. Laura were very personable. I was satisfied with the time they took with me and the treatment plan.” — Brenda W. (July 13, 2020)
  • “I loved the doctor. She was very caring and took her time to listen to my concerns.” — Isabel A. (July 8, 2020)
  • “It was very easy to make an appointment and fill out all the paperwork in advance. Dr. Buford was knowledgeable and easy to talk to.” — Robin V. (July 4, 2020)
  • “Dr. Laura Buford rocks. She is that rare doc who educates about your situation, is interested, unhurried, and great personality!” — Janet S. (July 2, 2020)
  • “Great care team!” — Brandy M. (July 2, 2020)
  • “Great experience, great doctor, great staff!!” — Laurel W. (June 27, 2020)
  • “My visit with Dr. Buford was so enjoyable. She actually had on a triple layer of masks. It was great to be closely examined and know I was totally safe. Dr. Buford is clearly interested in my health and takes time to not only examine but to listen to any concerns. Dr. Buford and her staff seem genuinely interested in my well being. Thanks!” — Dennis D. (June 236, 2020)
  • “Friendly, professional staff. Dr. Buford takes the time to discuss your concerns and needs.” — Leona M. (June 23, 2020)
  • “Everything was great! The entire staff was very kind and friendly. Dr. B was so great! This is an amazing place! Keep up the good work!” — Jana K. (June 22, 2020)
  • “Everything is wonderful. I love all the staff, especially Dr. Buford. I recommend to friends all the time!” — Megan S. (June 15, 2020)
  • “Dr. Buford has a wonderful way to communicate and a delightful manner. You never feel rushed, and she genuinely seems to care about you as a patient. She is proactive and explains things very patiently.” — Stuart S. (June 11, 2020)
  • “I cannot say enough about the chair side manner of Dr. Bufford. My lip injections are perfect. Very conservative and very professional. Will be back again to see her! Also will be referring friends and family her way!” — Stormy D. (June 3, 2020)
  • “Wonderful experience.” — Lizbeth F. (June 1, 2020)
  • “First visit and was very satisfied with the staff at entrance and the medical staff. So glad I found Dr Buford.” — Sharon W. (June 1, 2020)
  • “Dr. Buford has a friendly demeanor that she combines with careful attentive care. I look forward to my appointments, and I’m confident I’m in good hands.” — John P. (May 28, 2020)
  • “It was a great visit!” — Janet B. (March 19, 2020)
  • “My first visit was easy, comfortable and productive! Enjoyed meeting the doctor, she has a very appealing manner. Will def come back.” — Deborah C. (March 3, 2020)
  • “I love my visits to WD – Dr. Buford is so kind and knowledgeable, and I know I’m always in great hands with her office for any of my medical or cosmetic dermatology needs.” — Morgan D. (February 27, 2020)
  • “Dr Buford is an angel! She always listens to concerns. Her treatment always feels appropriate and balanced.” — Amy A. (February 26, 2020)
  • “Everyone is so nice and attentive. The doctor is so laid back and easy to talk to and very sweet. This is my 2nd time there for fillers and it will b the only place I’d go to. They’re very good at prepping your face and they make sure everything is sterile, I really like that! I’d recommend anyone to go there!” — Liz R. (February 20, 2020)
  • “We love the Dripping Springs office. They’re always on time, the staff is fabulous, and we LOVE Dr. Buford!” — Ella S. (February 18, 2020)
  • “The entire visit was great and love how thorough Dr. Buford is!” — Sarina F. (February 6, 2020)
  • “Dr. Buford is very personable and made me feel very comfortable during my office visit. The entire Dripping Springs staff was a joy to work with.” — Michelle W. (February 6, 2020)
  • “I had an excellent experience. I was greeted in a warm and friendly way and the physician was very professional and helpful. Highly recommend!!” — Mark S. (January 31, 2020)
  • “Great experience across the board.” — Corby J. (December 6, 2019)
  • “The Dripping Springs office was very nice. The doctor was very familiar with issues with my underlying medical condition. It was a very unique experience.” — David K. (October 30, 2019)
  • “Dr . Laura Buford was an exceptional Dr. made me feel very comfortable and not feel very intimidated ! She’s my Dr. forever.” — Richard G. (October 22, 2019)
  • “I am not a fan of going to see any sort of physician and was actually nervous about what I might have had to get done. Dr. Buford and her staff were so sweet and gentle with my feelings. I didn’t feel like an idiot asking questions and the Dr. answers everything in such an informative, yet kind way .
    I have officially found my dermatologist!!!!”
    — Yoly F. (October 18, 2019)
  • “Dr. Laura answered all of my questions, provided a thorough examination with painless treatment -AND- she has really good interpersonal skills!!! Overall terrific experience, I strongly recommend Westlake Dermatology!!!” — Mark R. (October 8, 2019)
  • “I love the new Dripping Springs location. It’s closer to my house. The office was beautiful, clean, and simply decorated. The staff was very welcoming and friendly. The medical staff was thorough with my skin check and answered all of the questions I had regarding types of sunscreen to use. I even got a bunch of samples to try out. I’ll definitely be back to this location.” — Janelle A. (October 3, 2019)
  • “Dr Buford was amazing. She was friendly, knowledgeable, flexible, and supportive. I will continue to come to her and recommend her to others.” — Amy L. (September 26, 2019)
  • “Dr. Buford was amazing. She was so down to earth and easy to talk to. She really took her time explaining everything to me. I absolutely could not be happier with my visit. Her nurse was also great and made me feel right at home. Thank you Westlake Dermatology for opening an office in Belterra Village, it is a great addition to our neighborhood.” — Cary E. (September 13, 2019)
  • “I rarely write opinions on services that I have received but I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Buford. We will be following her to any office she moves to within Westlake Dermatology.” — Suzanne S. (August 22, 2019)
  • “Everything was great! Thank you!” — Ann K. (August 21, 2019)
  • “Everyone was very kind and helpful! Thank you!” — Jennifer R. (August 15, 2019)
  • “Knowledgeable staff with the patience to answer any and all questions (and even write the information down for you)!” — James T. (August 8, 2019)
  • “I had such a good experience, was a bit freaked out that y’all would be cutting something off my arm, but all in all it took less than 5 minutes and the staff was so friendly and professional. Thank you so much!” — Sean H. (August 5, 2019)
  • “Great first time to the dermatologist. Learned a lot and am excited for the help with my acne!” — Marilyn M. (July 18, 2019)
  • “After having a disappointing experience at another dermatologist’s office, I was happy with everything from checking in, communications with all staff members, and especially my interactions with Dr. Laura Buford. She answered my questions and made recommendations when I wasn’t sure which way to go.” — Richard H. (July 15, 2019)
  • “All staff, ranging from the front desk, medical assistants, and doctor, were all extremely courteous and enthusiastic. Each person made me feel like a valued client.” — Michael B. (July 14, 2019)
  • “Everyone was awesome and made me feel like my total well-being was important to them. The doctor also didn’t rush me through and was very personable.” — Jocelyn B. (July 14, 2019)
  • “I really enjoy the friendly and knowledgeable staff. They truly are committed to finding the correct treatment for you and not trying to sell you something you don’t need.” — Stephen B. (July 11, 2019)
  • “I was really impressed with this entire experience. Everyone was warm, professional, and efficient. My questions were answered, my concerns were taken seriously, and we were seen right away. I was initially concerned that a practice that was not specifically geared toward pediatric patients would not know how to interact patiently with my shy four year old but I was wrong. They were all wonderful. I would absolutely recommend this practice.” — Even R. (July 2, 2019)
  • “Everything about my visit went well. Beautiful place with very nice employees.” — Janie B. (June 27, 2019)
  • “Nice office, staff and Docs! Was a very pleasant visit.” — Stephen S. (June 21, 2019)
  • “Great experience! Great service! Great doctor!” — Anat M. (June 20, 2019)
  • “This is the only place I go for dermatology and skin needs! Every doctor I have ever seen is top notch. Dr. Laura Buford was excellent and referred me to a specialist. I refer everyone to WD!” — Lisa S. (June 17, 2019)
  • “Everything was great. Treatment was immediately effective.” — Derek R. (June 12, 2019)
  • “Everything was great!” — Alecia N. (June 12, 2019)
  • “My visit was great from the reception to nurse and especially Dr. Buford. All superb. Thanks.” — Donnis D. (June 5, 2019)
  • “Dr. Buford is awesome! So personable and laid back. The entire staff is friendly and professional.” — Amy E. (May 30, 2019)
  • “WL Derm is an awesome place! Drs. Laura and Valerie are amazing!” — Diane D. (May 6, 2019)
  • “My visit was so much better than expected. I know I had precancerous areas which were confirmed. They were removed quickly with little pain during my first visit. The area treated was small and healed quickly. Biopsies also performed with no need to return for a second visit. This will totally keep me in compliance with regular preventive visits which are so important when you get to be my age (65). Thank you!” — Pandora W. (April 16, 2019)