Dr. Melissa Watcher, MD

Dr. Melissa Watcher, MD

Dermatology  ·  
Female  ·  
60 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Melissa Watcher, MD is a dermatologist in Newport Beach, CA and has been practicing for 25 years. She specializes in dermatology.Read her story

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20162 SW Birch St Ste 250

Newport Beach, CA 92660
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • MultiPlan

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Top Care Areas

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Destruction of Malignant Skin Lesion
very high
more than 99% of peers
very high
more than 99% of peers
Hair Loss
very high
more than 98% of peers

Dr. Watcher's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Dr. Watcher's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Watcher "Dr. Melissa Watcher is a board-certified dermatologist in Newport Beach, California and has been practicing for more than 25 years."

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Watcher "Dr. Melissa Watcher grew up in Orange County graduating from University of California - Irvine with a Bachelor s degree in Bioscience. She then attended University of California - Davis medical school and completed her internship in Internal medicine at University California San Francisco. She returned to Southern California to complete her training in dermatology at University California Irvine. Dr. Watcher has been practicing in Orange County for more than twenty-five years providing the highest level of general medical and surgical dermatology including Mohs surgery. She is an active member of the American Society for Mohs Surgery and board certified by the American Board of Dermatology. Teaching is another passion of Dr. Watcher s and she has shared her expertise through hundreds of hours spent with students of the Physician Assistant Program at Western University in Pomona. She received the Patients Choice Award 2010 and Compassionate Doctor Recognition 2010-2012. Dr. Watcher s varied interests include travel, antiquing with friends, and being an avid spectator for her children s sporting events. As an avid runner, she can be found putting on her running shoes and hitting the trails around the nearby back bay."


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1  Specialties

  • Dermatology

1  Board Certifications

  • Dermatology
    Accredited by: American Board of Dermatology*

16  Conditions Treated

9  Procedures

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Adjacent Tissue Transfer
  • Destruction of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Destruction of Malignant Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Skin Cancer
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Mohs Surgery

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.


  • University Of California, Davis, School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1989
  • University Of California San Francisco
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1990
  • University Calif Irvine
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1993

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Watcher has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Watcher's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Watcher to family and friends
8 total reviews (1 has a comment)

Likelihood to Recommend (8)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Watcher's 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 (1)

The visit was extremely long with very limited time with the provider. Dr. Watcher was visiting multiple patients; she would come in and go out of the room for long periods of time. The provider's recommendations were not helpful. I would not return.
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