Dr. Kristen Richards, MD

Dr. Kristen Richards, MD

Dermatology  ·  
Female  ·  
Age 52
Dr. Kristen Richards, MD is a dermatologist in La Jolla, CA and has been practicing for 22 years. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1996 and specializes in dermatology.Read her story

9850 Genesee Ave Ste 460

La Jolla, CA 92037

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • MultiPlan

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Top Care Areas

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very high
more than 99% of peers
Actinic Keratosis
very high
more than 91% of peers
Fungal Nail Infection
very high
more than 90% of peers

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Dr. Richards' bio

This content was provided by Dr. Richards "Kristen Richards MD is a Board Certified Dermatologist and Fellowship trained Mohs Surgeon specializing in cosmetic dermatology, cosmetic laser treatments and skin cancer surgery and reconstruction. A native of La Jolla, Dr Richards received her BA degree from Stanford University and her MD degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland. Dr. Richards received her Dermatology specialty training at Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago fellowship an internship in Pediatrics at the University Hospitals of Cleveland. After completing her Residency. Dr. Richards pursued her interest in skin cancer surgery and reconstruction through a Fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center at Nashville."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Richards "Torrey Pines Dermatology, located conveniently on the Scripps Hospital campus in La Jolla, is committed to bringing state-of-the-art dermatological care to our San Diego patients in a comfortable, compassionate atmosphere. Torrey Pines Dermatology is La JollaA s premier skin care resource, providing both medical and cosmetic treatments in a highly professional, but warm and welcoming atmosphere."

1  Specialties

  • Dermatology

1  Board Certifications

  • Dermatology
    Accredited by: American Board of Dermatology*

53  Conditions Treated

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43  Procedures

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Acne Scar Removal
  • Active FX Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatment
  • Adjacent Tissue Transfer
  • Bellafill 
  • Belotero® Injection
  • Blu-U® Acne Light Treatment
  • Botox® Injection
  • Dermal Filler
  • Destruction of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Skin Cancer
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Facial Peel
  • Hair Removal
  • Intense Pulse Light
  • Juvederm Ultra Plus 
  • Juvéderm Volbella
  • Juvéderm® Voluma® Injection
  • Kybella Treatment for Submental Fat
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Mohs Defect Reconstruction Surgery
  • Mohs Surgery
  • Mole Evaluation
  • Mole Removal
  • Restylane Defyne
  • Restylane Refyne
  • SculpSure Laser Treatment
  • Sculptra™ Injection
  • Shaving of Skin Lesion
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Skin Cancer Removal
  • Skin Screenings
  • Skin Surgery
  • Skin Tag Removal
  • Ultherapy®
  • Vbeam Laser Treatment
  • Vollure 
  • Wart Removal
  • Wrinkle Reduction by Injection
  • Wrinkle Removal
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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1996
  • McGaw Med Center Of Northwestern
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Richards has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Richards' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Richards to family and friends
108 total reviews (4 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (108)

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Dr. Richards' Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (4)

I love Dr. Richards, have been going to her for years. However, I am leaving as her office/staff/PA, are so incompetent! Most reciently, I had to deal with Christine, PA. to get a refill on my d acne meds, clindamycian, 4 weeks of phone calls and stoping by the pharmacy 2 times, no refil! They ...more
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What a wonderful dermatologist. She's very knowledgeable about various treatments and what works for my skin. She is very conscientious and doesn't overdo fillers. I've also seen her PA who is just as good. I would highly recommend her for any cosmetic procedure as they have the full gamut...more
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Exceptional staff with state of the art procedures. Dr. Richards is an excellent professional.
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I think this Doctor more care about Personal Revenue then about patient. I waited for appointment about 3 month. When I came to the office on time I waited 20 minutes before invited to the room. My size is XXX, but I got the robe Small size. I wait another 20 minutes in the patient room and then...more
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