Dr. Michael Messina, MD

DermatologyMaleAge 41

Dermatology

Dr. Michael Messina, MD is a Dermatologist in Palm Desert, CA. Dr. Messina has extensive experience in Mohs Surgery, Skin Cancer & Excision, and Skin Conditions. He is affiliated with Loma Linda University Medical Center. His office is not accepting new patients.

Dr. Michael Messina, MD

Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Specialists

44311 Monterey Ave Palm Desert, CA 92260

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Frequently Treated by Dr. Messina

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Messina treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Messina treats other conditions, please contact the office at (760) 773-6616.

Mohs Surgery

Mohs surgery is a procedure that treats some types of skin cancer by removing a precise amount of tissue in order to remove cancer cells while sparing as much healthy tissue as possible.Compare with other Mohs Surgery specialists.

Dr. Messina is experienced in the area of Mohs Surgery. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

Based on claims data for 2 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Dr. Messina
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Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
Mohs Defect Reconstruction Surgery
Mohs Surgery
Destruction of Malignant Skin Lesion
Normal
Frequency
High
Frequency
Very High
Frequency

Skin Cancer & Excision

Oncologists diagnose and treat cancers of the skin, including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma.Compare with other Skin Cancer & Excision specialists.

Dr. Messina is experienced in the area of Skin Cancer & Excision. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

Based on claims data for 16 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Dr. Messina
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Actinic Keratosis
Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
Excision of Skin Lesion
Skin Cancer
Normal
Frequency
High
Frequency
Very High
Frequency

Skin Conditions

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Dr. Messina is experienced in the area of Skin Conditions. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

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Seborrheic Keratosis
Seborrheic Dermatitis
Ringworm
Varicose Eczema
Normal
Frequency
High
Frequency
Very High
Frequency

Cosmetic Skin Procedures

Cosmetic dermatologists diagnose and treat condition of the skin that affect appearance, such as age spots, wrinkles, unwanted hair, and acne scars.Compare with other Cosmetic Skin Procedures specialists.

Dr. Messina is experienced in the area of Cosmetic Skin Procedures. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

Based on claims data for 10 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Dr. Messina
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Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
Excision of Skin Lesion
Destruction of Benign Skin Lesion
Skin Discoloration
Normal
Frequency
High
Frequency
Very High
Frequency
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Dr. Messina's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Actinic Keratosis
  • Athlete's Foot
  • Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Boil
  • Carcinoma in Situ of Skin
  • Cellulitis
  • Cold Sore
  • Contact Dermatitis
  • Dermatitis
  • Dermatitis Due to Drugs
  • Destruction of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Destruction of Malignant Skin Lesion
  • Dry Skin
  • Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Skin Cancer
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
  • Folliculitis
  • Fungal Nail Infection
  • Granuloma of Skin
  • Hair Loss
  • Herpes Simplex Infection
  • Hives
  • Intertrigo
  • Itchy Skin
  • Keloid Scar
  • Lichen Planus
  • Lipomas
  • Melanoma
  • Melanoma Screening
  • Mohs Defect Reconstruction Surgery
  • Mohs Surgery
  • Mole Evaluation
  • Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
  • Pemphigoid
  • Psoriasis
  • Ringworm
  • Rosacea
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis
  • Seborrheic Keratosis
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Discoloration
  • Skin Ulcer
  • Spider Veins
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Telogen Effluvium
  • Tinea Versicolor
  • Varicose Eczema
  • Varicose Veins
  • Warts

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(760) 773-6616

Dr. Messina accepts the following insurance:

Anthem
$0 Cost Share AI-AN (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual Via Exchange)-CA HMO
Advantage-CA HMO
Advantage-CA PPO
Balanced (Prudent Buyer)-CA PPO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Individual-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Large Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Small Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Individual-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Large Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Small Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Student Health-CA PPO
Blue Cross-CA HMO-POS
Bronze (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze 60 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Bronze 60 AI-AN (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Bronze 60 D (Pathway - HMO/ Individual)-CA HMO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Bronze w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Dignity Health Custom Advantage-CA HMO
Dignity Health EPO / PPO-CA
Dignity Health PHC EPO & HDP/HSA-CA
Dignity Health Ventura EPO/PPO-CA
EPO-CA
Gold (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Gold (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold 80 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Gold 80 AI-AN (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Gold 80 D (Pathway - HMO/ Individual)-CA HMO
Gold Advantage-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Gold Priority Select-CA HMO
Gold Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Lumenos Plans-CA PPO
Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP) - Prudent Buyer-CA PPO
MemorialCare Custom-CA PPO
Minimum Coverage-CA HMO
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
National (BlueCard) PPO
Pathway X - Network-CA HMO
PERS Choice / PERSCare Providers-CA PPO
PERS Select-CA HMO
PERS Traditional-CA HMO
Platinum (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Platinum (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Platinum 90 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Platinum 90 AI-AN (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Platinum 90 D (Pathway - HMO/ Individual)-CA HMO
Platinum Priority Select-CA HMO
Platinum Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Priority Select-CA HMO
Select Plus-CA HMO
Select-CA HMO
Silver (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Silver (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver 70 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Silver 70 AI-AN (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Silver 70 Off Exchange (Pathway - HMO/ Individual)-CA HMO
Silver 73 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Silver 87 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Silver 94 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Silver Advantage-CA PPO
Silver EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Silver EPO w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Priority Select-CA HMO
Silver Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Silver w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
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USC Plan (Two Tiered Network)-CA HMO
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Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
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Cigna
Cigna HMO
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Dr. Messina's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Messina

4.7

Based on 20 ratings

5 Stars
90%
(18)
4 Stars
0%
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
10%
(2)
1 Star
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Dr. Messina was so flexible with me when I had severe acne and found a way around taking oral acne medications. I’ve been seeing him for 5+ years and my skin has never been better! Thank you so much!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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La quinta , CA – Dec 06, 2018
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I can't thank Dr. Messina and staff enough today. I feel like I am going to get better and might be on the road to recovery. The office was very organized and Dr. Messina, spent time and explained really what was going on with my skin and the reasons why I can hardly walk. He explained why my rash and or Eczema or Psoriasis is the way it is and has broken out so badly. I am excited with for the next few days with HOPE and a plan to be a whole lot better real soon. Thank you so much!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Brenda Devlin in PALM DESERT, CA – Aug 04, 2018
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Dr. Messina is the best dermatologist my wife and I have ever gone to. He has a great personality which matches his superb skill level. We highly recommend him!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
8 people found this helpful
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C. Roy Argall in Palm Desert, CA – May 04, 2017
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Dr. Messina is 5 stars in my book. I'm glad he is no longer at West Dermatology. The lower grades are for the staff at West Dermatology. The receptionists/schedulers are disengaged and need to be trained in customer service. Wait times are always long. On my last visit, I checked in and saw the Dr. Later I found that my insurance denied paying due to my referral being out of date. Why didn't the scheduler or receptionist notify me when I scheduled or checked in?
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
7 people found this helpful
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Walt – Apr 18, 2017
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We have known Dr. Messina for several years now and every single visit, have we been thoroughly satisfied with his expertise in what route we need to take in every single instance. We highly recommend him to all of our family, friends and anyone looking for someone with highest integrity and professionalism in this field of dermatology! :)
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
19 people found this helpful
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Shaughne & AC in Rancho Mirage, CA – Aug 12, 2016
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About Me

Biography

I have been taking care of patients in the Coachella valley for many years now and the importance of understanding what a patient desires in a dermatologist...Read more

Specialties

  • Dermatology
  • Cosmetic Dermatology
  • Dermatologic Surgery
  • Mohs Micrographic Surgery
  • Pediatric Dermatology
  • Procedural Dermatology

Board Certifications

Education

2014
MOHS
2011
Loma Linda University
Residency Hospital
2008
Los Angeles County Harbor - UCLA Medical Center
Internship Hospital

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Dr. Michael Messina, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Messina frequently treats Mohs Surgery, Skin Cancer & Excision, and Skin Conditions. See all practice areas where Dr. Messina specializes.

Where is Dr. Michael Messina, MD's office located?

Dr. Messina's office is located at 44311 Monterey Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Michael Messina, MD speak?

Dr. Messina speaks Spanish and English. View profile to see all.

Does Dr. Michael Messina, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Messina has not yet indicated whether they offer telehealth services. Please contact the office to check for availability/eligibility.

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Locations

Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Specialists

Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Specialists44311 Monterey Ave Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Messina is affiliated with the following hospital. Select the hospital below to learn more.

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Loma Linda University Medical Center

Loma Linda, CA

79% Patients that would definitely recommend, 9% higher than the national average

1 Award Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2022)