Dr. Michele Carpenter, MD

Breast Surgical OncologyFemaleAge 63

Dr. Carpenter
Accepting new patients

Ucla Breast Health City of Orange

1010 W La Veta Ave Ste 475 Orange, CA 92868

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(714) 565-0166

Dr. Michele Carpenter, MD is a Breast Surgical Oncology Specialist in Orange, CA. She is affiliated with medical facilities Saddleback Medical Center and St. Joseph Hospital Orange. She is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Carpenter to book an appointment.

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Dr. Carpenter is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital Orange Orange, a highly rated hospital.

At a Glance

  • Explains Conditions Well
    Patients said this doctor explains conditions well. See reviews
  • Practices at Top Hospital
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Experience
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No malpractice claims found for California
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Carpenter's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Carpenter performs Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision more than 98% of her peers

Dr. Carpenter performs this procedure more than 98% of her peers

Ductal Carcinoma in Situ
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Carpenter treats Ductal Carcinoma in Situ more than 97% of her peers

Dr. Carpenter treats this condition more than 97% of her peers

Breast Cancer
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Carpenter treats Breast Cancer more than 96% of her peers

Dr. Carpenter treats this condition more than 96% of her peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Angiosarcoma of the Breast
  • Basal Type Breast Cancer
  • Breast Cancer Recurrence
  • Ductal Carcinoma in Situ
  • Inflammatory Breast Cancer
  • Invasive Breast Cancer
  • Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
  • Invasive Lobular Carcinoma
  • Locally Advanced Breast Cancer
  • Lymphoma of the Breast
  • Male Breast Cancer
  • Malignant Breast Tumor
  • Metastatic Breast Cancer
  • Osteosarcoma of the Breast
  • Pre-Invasive Breast Cancer
  • Radiation-Induced Angiosarcoma of the Breast
  • Secretory Breast Carcinoma
  • Tubular Carcinoma
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Dr. Carpenter's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Axillary Lymph Node Dissection
  • Breast Brachytherapy
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Cancer Surgery
  • Breast Diseases
  • Breast Lift Surgery
  • Breast Lump
  • Ductal Carcinoma in Situ
  • Excision of Breast Tumor
  • Lipomas
  • Lobular Carconima
  • Lumpectomy
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Mastectomy
  • Oncoplastic Surgery
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Puncture Aspiration
  • Sentinel Node Biopsy
  • Skin-Sparing Mastectomy
  • Wound Repair

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(714) 565-0166

Dr. Carpenter accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Basic HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
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 EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Bronze Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze Select w/ H.S.A (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
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 Advantage-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Gold Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Gold Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Lumenos Plans-CA PPO
Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP) - Prudent Buyer-CA PPO
MemorialCare Custom-CA PPO
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
National (BlueCard) PPO
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 Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Platinum Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Select (PERS Select Providers)-CA PPO
Select Plus-CA HMO
Select PPO (Select Network)-CA PPO
Select-CA HMO
Select-CA PPO
Silver (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Silver (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
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 Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Silver Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Select w/ H.S.A (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Tenet Network-CA PPO
Traditional
Traditional PPO
UC Care-CA PPO
UC CORE-CA PPO
UC Health Savings Plan-CA
UC High Option Supplement to Medicare-CA
UC Medicare with Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Medicare without Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Resident and Fellows-CA PPO
UCSHIP-CA PPO
USC Plan (Two Tiered Network)-CA HMO
Vivity-CA HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CaliforniaCare HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
Select Plus HMO
Select PPO
Blue Shield of California
Access Plus Savenet
Local Access Plus HMO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Open Access
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Health Net of California
Large Group HMO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Options PPO
PacifiCare HMO

Dr. Carpenter's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Carpenter

4.8

Based on 40 ratings

5 Stars
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(37)
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2 Stars
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1 Star
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World class experience. She spent so much time with me reviewing results and really made sure I connected with what was happening, and understood everything. I really liked her staff too. Very kind and compassionate.
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
1 person found this helpful
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J. Riley – May 11, 2021
I have heard that Dr.Carpenter has a long experience in breast cancer surgery. She freed me a lot of my bad surgery and suffering. For me, she is the best doctor in the world. She is world class Doctor!!
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
3 people found this helpful
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Orange – Nov 26, 2020
My experience with Dr. Carpenter has been all positive. She took the time to explain my imaging and pathology reports as well as my options during my initial visit. This allowed me to make an informed decision about my care. I felt supported in my decision. She also told me about her upcoming vacation time so I would understand the scheduling choices for my mastectomies. I have been very pleased with my medical team during this overwhelming cancer treatment journey.
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
5 people found this helpful
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Gloria Peak – Aug 27, 2020
This is Michele Carpenter and I apologize to Bill L that I came across that way and since I cannot access my profile to privately respond today for some reason, I am openly apologizing to you and your wife. I wish you the best in the future. Sincerely I mean this as I have rarely had this experienced by my patients.
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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MMC – Jul 22, 2019
I did not have a positive experience with Michele Carpenter. She was condescending and defensive when we asked more questions about the surgery. She said, " I already explained this several times before"! We were calm so she back tracked but still for a surgeon to show that they were having a bad day is never good.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
What could be improved
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
2 people found this helpful
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Bill L. – Jul 02, 2019
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I was referred to Dr. carpenter by my GP as I was feeling apprehensive about a breast that looked “different”. Being a 20 yr breast cancer survivor I’m always paranoid about my breasts! I saw Dr. c Carpenter in the next week after explaining my apprehension and the receptionist worked me in... very thoughtful. Turns out all was well and Dr.Carpenter was so nice and sweet. I really liked her manner. I am going to go to her yearly now after my mammogram. She’s great
2 people found this helpful
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Mar 28, 2019
Amazing Dr! Takes her time, very good bedside manner, explains everything so we can understand all options and treatments available. She recommended my oncologist and plastic surgeon, the three of them gave me such great treatment! Having breast cancer and a mastectomy was a very hard journey to be on, but she made the journey so much easier, I can’t say enough about her and her staff! Highly recommend Dr Carpenter??
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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Judy in Tison, CA – Nov 29, 2018
Dr. Carpenter is an excellent Doctor. Any one would be blessed to have her as their doctor.
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
4 people found this helpful
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Mar 14, 2018
Dr. Carpenter is amazing! She explained my diagnosis to me thoroughly and why certain treatments were necessary. She is knowledgeable and an excellent surgeon. She performed a lumpectomy and my breast looks great. It doesn't look like I had surgery. My scar healed quickly and no longer visible. I would recommend her to anyone that needs a surgeon without hesitation.
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
20 people found this helpful
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Oceanside, CA – Mar 29, 2017

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About Me

Care Philosophy

I believe that every person needs to be treated as an individual. She needs to be in charge of her care and have as much information that is needed to...Read more

Specialties

  • Breast Surgical Oncology
  • General Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

Georgetown Univeristy
Medical School
1989
Naval Medical Center
Residency Hospital
1984
Naval Medical Center
Internship Hospital
1979
University of Scranton
Undergraduate School
,

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Dr. Michele Carpenter, MD accepting new patients?

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What are Dr. Michele Carpenter, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Carpenter frequently treats Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision, Ductal Carcinoma in Situ, and Breast Cancer. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Carpenter treats.

Where is Dr. Michele Carpenter, MD's office located?

Dr. Carpenter's office is located at 1010 W La Veta Ave Ste 475, Orange, CA 92868. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Practice

Ucla Breast Health City of Orange1010 W La Veta Ave Ste 475 Orange, CA 92868
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Carpenter is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

Saddleback Medical Center

Laguna Hills, CA

73% Patient Experience Rating, 4% higher than the national average

5 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Gastrointestinal Surgery Excellence Award™ (2022)

St. Joseph Hospital Orange

Orange, CA

79% Patient Experience Rating, 10% higher than the national average

7 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020)