Dr. Michael Lai, MD

Dr. Michael Lai, MD

Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism  |  
Male  |  
65 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Michael Lai, MD is an endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism doctor who practices in Pismo Beach, CA. He is 65 years old and has been practicing for 40 years.

Central Coast Endocrinology

911 Oak Park Blvd Ste 105

Pismo Beach, CA 93449
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Accepted insurance

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

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Top Care Areas


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very high
more than 99% of peers
Diabetes Counseling
very high
more than 99% of peers
Testicular Dysfunction
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Care Philosophy

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  • Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

Board Certifications

  • Diabetes, Metabolism & Endocrinology
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*
  • Internal Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*

Conditions Treated

  • Abnormal Thyroid
  • Acromegaly and Gigantism
  • Adrenal Gland Diseases
  • Adrenal Incidentaloma
  • Adrenal Insufficiency
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autoimmune Thyroid Diseases
  • Benign Tumor
  • Bone Disorders
  • Breast Diseases
  • Calcium Metabolism Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH)
  • Cushing's Syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • Diabetes Insipidus
  • Diabetes Type 1
  • Diabetes Type 2
  • Diabetes With Renal Manifestations
  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Female Infertility
  • Goiter
  • Graves' Disease
  • Growth Hormone Deficiency
  • Gynecomastia
  • Hashimoto's Disease
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Hyperkalemia
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hypokalemia
  • Hypoparathyroidism
  • Hypopituitarism
  • Hyposmolality and Hyponatremia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Kidney Disease
  • Lipid Disorders
  • Malaise and Fatigue
  • Menstrual Disorders (incl. Dysmenorrhea)
  • Obesity
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Disease
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Tumor: Other than Malignant
  • Pheochromocytoma
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Pregnancy-Related Disorders
  • Proteinuria
  • Retina Diseases
  • Rickets
  • Symptomatic Menopause
  • Testicular Dysfunction
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Cyst
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Thyroiditis
  • Vitamin D Deficiency


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  • Continuous Glucose Monitoring
  • Diabetes Counseling
  • Obesity Counseling
  • Physical Examination
  • Thyroid Biopsy
  • Thyroid Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy
  • Ultrasound, Thyroid
  • Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy

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.


  • David Geffen School Of Medicine At UCLA, University Of California, Los Angeles
    Medical School | Graduated 1977
  • St Marys Med Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1978
  • St Marys Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1980
  • Long Beach Va Med Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1982

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Lai has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Lai's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Lai to family and friends
based on 42 total reviews (6 with comments)
Dr. Lai's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (6)
Local Slo County resident |
I've been seen by this office for a year and I've not been happy with the quality of care I've received or the office staff. They have NO hours posted in the SLO office, Dr. Lai doesn't listen to your concerns very well, and Lacey, the manager is unhelpful and extremely rude! The $40 no show fee originally stated in their paper work magically became $100. It's just not ok! They have low ratings everywhere! So it's not just me!
Santa Maria, CA |
My daughter had an appointment with Dr Lai and the Dr had her take some labs. It has been over two months and I have left several messages for the Dr to return my call to give me the results of the tests and I still have not received a call. Also, the office staff is very rude and very unorganized. I am in the process of switching to anther doctor in Santa Barbara...
in Santa Maria, CA |
Excellent endocrinologist. He asked questions that no other doctor has ever asked me. Very good bedside manner and genuinely interested in your health. I would highly recommend him to anyone!
in Morro Bay |
We haven't met Dr. Lai, yet, but Molly our Diabetes Educator was excellent! She was very clear and concise and made everything simple. Cindy, the Nurse Practitioner, was excellent also. She's compassionate, professional, and very knowledgeable. She readily returns calls. You must wait awhile in the lobby, but as we learned, it's because the practitioners spend as much time as you need for your visit.
He does not take the time to answer your questions and he tends to talk over you. I have been going with this Dr. For more than a year and it's always the same thing. I don't think he is very helpful. Also, the staff is not very friendly
in Santa Maria |
Dr Lai took time to listen and diagnose my complicated problems. He has always been kind and attentive to my needs. I have seen him for 17 years and he has saved my life.
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Now Accepting New Patients
This provider offers the following appointment availability:
Next Day
Dr. Lai accepts 6 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
  • Blue Shield of California
    Access Plus Savenet
    Local Access Plus HMO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO

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Lompoc Valley Medical Center
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