Dr. Michelle Pelle, MD

Dr. Michelle Pelle, MD

Dermatology •  Female • Age 49

  
Accepting new patients

Dr. Michelle Pelle, MD is a Dermatologist in San Diego, CA and has over 23 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Pelle has more experience with Dermatologic Care, Dermatologic Oncology, and Cosmetic Dermatology than other specialists in her area. She graduated from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University medical school in 1997. She is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego. She is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Pelle to book an appointment.


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MedDerm Dermatology

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MedDerm Dermatology3965 5th Ave Ste 200 San Diego, CA 92103
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MedDerm Dermatology3965 5th Ave Ste 200 San Diego, CA 92103
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4.8

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She is more knowledgeable than any other dermatologist that I have seen for Psoriasis. She conducts a thorough skin examination, keeps meticulous records of patient visits, asks pertinent questions that you as a patient would not have realized was important, and knows about drug coverage through insurance. Excellent bedside manners too. She is decisive, very good in communication with patients using layman’s terms, and therefore, I have complete faith in her working in medical dermatology. Some dermatologists out there are mostly into cosmetic dermatology nowadays, that’s why.
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Dr Pelle is very knowledgeable, matter of fact and instills confidence. I have been seeing her for over 5 years and I am very satisfied.
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Amazing! I've consulted with several dermatologists but Dr. Pelle got it! My case is complex and involves autoimmune disease. She went into "detective mode" immediately and whatever the outcome, it was SUCH a relief to find someone who is knowledgeable and truly listens. I'm confident FINALLY that someone will get to the bottom of what I've struggled with for years and many visits to dermatologists who haven't a clue!
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Marie B – Jan 17, 2020
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Great Staff and Office.
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  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Apr 26, 2018
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Dr. Pelle seems to be a good doctor. My issues are about the administration of her offices. It seems to be geared more towards cosmetic dermatology than towards medical dermatology. It can take months to get an appointment. On my last visit, the Dr was > 30 minutes late with no warning from the staff. I ended up simply leaving. Also, they failed to get advance approval on a procedure and wanted me to sign a paper agreeing to pay if insurance didn't without advance notice to me.
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
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San Diego – Mar 16, 2018
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Dr Pelle is an outstanding Dermatologist but getting a follow-up appointment is a discouraging process. Getting a same day of next day appointment is next to impossible. They should not even suggested these two as pausible optios cause they are not. Her staff in friendly and with the exeption of Lynne, thefront desk receptionist is actually rude and lacks common sense. Dr. Pelle is always rushed and spends very little time with each patient. In addition, she speaks very fast and uses jargon.
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elvie in San Diego – Jan 04, 2018
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Called to inquire about having a procedure for PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy, after already having a consult with another provider. With such good reviews, I was shocked by the curtness of the receptionists (spoke with 2 receptionist -both unhelpful); first receptionist didn't even know they offered PRP. Other providers in the area are upfront about the cost of the procedure, this practice would not give me any info unless I would come in and pay a $100 consult fee.
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San Diego, CA – Oct 10, 2017
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Dr. Pelle is so great that I have gone out of my network and paid out of pocket to see her.
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D. Dodson in San Diego, CA – Sep 22, 2017
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I went to Dr. Pelle for a rash I have consistently had all over my entire body since 2007. I had been to a half dozen dermatologists in the past 9 years and each gave me a different diagnosis, while never resolving the problem. This rash has been a very uncomfortable, unsightly, ongoing problem. I did my research and found Dr. Pelle and knew she was the right person to see. It took two months to get in, but it was worth the wait. I have confidence she will get the job done. Kim Jeffery Carlsbad
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Kimberly Jeffery in Carlsbad, CA – Oct 13, 2016
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I've gone to Dr. Pelle, twice now. About three years ago for some warts on my hands, probably got them paddling outrigger in Mission Bay. Just recently had some skin tags on my neck. Both times, she took care of them on my first visit. I went to two dermatologists before, by far, Dr Pelle is the Best. Minimal discomfort with numbing requirements. Highly recommend her, very kind, easy to talk to. Obviously getting an appointment can have a lead time, but she's worth the wait!
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Rick D in San Diego, CA – May 06, 2016
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Dr. Pelle is top notch! Extremely professional, while also friendly and approachable. She is a brilliant doctor, very organized and thorough. She explains diseases,symptoms and treatments very well. The patient truly feels at ease and involved in their plan of care. Never rushed, you feel as though you are her only concern during your appointment. The office staff is friendly, organized and as accommodating as possible. My family makes the trip from Temecula to see Dr. Pelle- she is that good.
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Marlene Wilcox in Murrieta, CA – Mar 15, 2016
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Frequently Treated by Dr. Pelle

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Pelle treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Pelle treats other conditions, please contact the office at (619) 542-0013.

Dermatologic Care

Dermatologists diagnose, treat and screen for conditions affecting the skin, including skin cancer, psoriasis, eczema, acne, rosacea, and hair loss.Compare with other Dermatologic Care specialists.

Dr. Pelle typically treats 64% more often than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 21 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Dermatitis
Rosacea
Actinic Keratosis
Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
Normal Frequency
High Frequency
Very High Frequency
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Dermatologic Oncology

Oncologists diagnose and treat cancers of the skin, including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma.Compare with other Dermatologic Oncology specialists.

Dr. Pelle typically treats 48% more often than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 9 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Actinic Keratosis
Excision of Skin Lesion
Skin Cancer
Melanoma
Normal Frequency
High Frequency
Very High Frequency
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Cosmetic Dermatology

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 Dermatology specialists.

Dr. Pelle typically treats 55% more often than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 6 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Hair Loss
Excision of Skin Lesion
Destruction of Benign Skin Lesion
Acne
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High Frequency
Very High Frequency
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Dr. Pelle's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Acanthosis Nigricans
  • Acne
  • Acne Keloid
  • Acne Scar Removal
  • Acne Surgery
  • Actinic Keratosis
  • Adjacent Tissue Transfer
  • Adult Acne
  • Age Spots
  • Aged or Sun-Damaged Skin Treatment
  • Aging Face
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Angioma
  • Athlete's Foot
  • Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
  • Atypical Mole
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bacterial Infections
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Bedsores
  • Belotero® Injection
  • Biopsy of Affected Tissue
  • Birthmark
  • Blu-U® Acne Light Treatment
  • Boil
  • Botox® Injection
  • Burn Injuries
  • Cancer
  • Candidiasis of Skin and Nails
  • Canker Sore
  • Captique™ Injection
  • Carcinoma in Situ of Skin
  • Cellulite
  • Cellulitis
  • Chemical Peel
  • Chickenpox
  • Choroidal Melanoma
  • Clammy Skin
  • CO2 Laser Treatment for Skin Lesions
  • Cold Sore
  • Collagen Injection
  • Congenital Malignant Melanoma
  • Connective Tissue Disorders
  • Contact Dermatitis
  • Cosmetic Botox® Injection
  • Cosmetic Laser Surgery
  • Cosmetic Neck Surgery
  • Cosmetic Procedure
  • Cosmetic Xeomin® Injection
  • Cryosurgery
  • Cryosurgery for Skin Lesions
  • Cryotherapy for Warts
  • Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Cyst
  • Cyst Aspiration
  • Dandruff
  • Dermabrasion
  • Dermabrasion and Dermaplaning
  • Dermal Filler
  • Dermal Melanoma
  • Dermatitis
  • Dermatitis Due to Drugs
  • Dermatitis Herpetiformis
  • Dermatitis Herpetiformis-Related Allergy
  • Dermatology Procedure
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Dermoid Cyst
  • Destruction of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Destruction of Malignant Skin Lesion
  • Destruction of Penile Lesion
  • Discoid Lupus
  • Dry Skin
  • Dysport Injection
  • Electrocautery
  • Electrocoagulation
  • Electrosurgery
  • Endovenous Laser Treatment
  • Epidermoid Carcinoma
  • Erythema Multiforme
  • Excessive Sweating
  • Excision
  • Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Cyst
  • Excision of Lipoma
  • Excision of Skin Cancer
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Soft Tissue Lesion
  • Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
  • Excisional Biopsy
  • External Ear Disorders
  • Eyelid Eczema
  • Facial Peel
  • Facial Rejuvenation
  • Folliculitis
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fractional Ablative Laser Treatment
  • Fractional Non-Ablative Laser Treatment
  • Freckle
  • Fungal Infections
  • Fungal Nail Infection
  • Genital Herpes
  • Glycolic Acid Skin Care Treatment
  • Granuloma of Skin
  • Hair Loss
  • Hair Removal
  • Hand Eczema
  • Hemangioma
  • Herpes Simplex Infection
  • Hidradenitis
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa
  • Hives
  • Hylaform Injection
  • Impetigo
  • In-Office Skin Procedure
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Insect Bites and Stings
  • Intense Pulse Light
  • Intertrigo
  • Itchy Skin
  • Jock Itch
  • Juvéderm® Injection
  • Juvéderm® Ultra Plus XC Injection
  • Juvéderm® Voluma® Injection
  • Keloid Scar
  • Keratosis
  • KTP Laser Treatment
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Laser Nail Treatment
  • Laser Office Procedure
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing
  • Laser Spider Vein Treatment
  • Laser Surgery
  • Laser Surgery for Skin Conditions
  • Laser Treatment of Varicose Veins
  • Laser Vein Removal
  • Lash Enhancer
  • LED Light Treatment for Acne
  • Leg and Foot Ulcers
  • Lesion
  • Lice
  • Lichen Planopilaris
  • Lichen Planus
  • Lipomas
  • Localized Fat Deposits
  • Malignant Melanoma of Ciliary Body
  • Malignant Melanoma of Iris
  • Melanoma
  • Melanoma-Astrocytoma Syndrome
  • Mesotherapy
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Mohs Surgery
  • Mole
  • Mole Evaluation
  • Mole Removal
  • Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
  • Molluscum Contagiosum Infection
  • Nail and Nail Bed Infection
  • Nail Care
  • Nail Diseases
  • Nail Psoriasis
  • Narrow Band UVB Light for Psoriasis
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Non-Cosmetic Botox® Injection
  • Pemphigoid
  • Pemphigus
  • Perlane® Injection
  • Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
  • Photosensitivity
  • Pigmentation Disorders
  • Pityriasis Rosea
  • Plantar Wart
  • Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, or Poison Sumac Poisoning
  • Port Wine Stain
  • Psoriasis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Pulsed Dye Laser Treatment
  • Q-Switched Nd:YAG Laser Treatment
  • Radiesse® Injections
  • Rash
  • Repair of Pigmentation Defect
  • Restylane® Injections
  • Ringworm
  • Rosacea
  • Scabies
  • Scar Revision Surgery
  • Scars
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis
  • Seborrheic Keratosis
  • Second-Degree Burns
  • Shaving of Skin Lesion
  • Shingles
  • Skin Aging
  • Skin Allergy
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Cancer Removal
  • Skin Cancer Surgery With Reconstruction
  • Skin Discoloration
  • Skin Diseases
  • Skin Diseases, Vesiculobullous
  • Skin Diseases, Viral
  • Skin Grafts
  • Skin Infections
  • Skin Laxity
  • Skin Lesion
  • Skin Procedures
  • Skin Screenings
  • Skin Surgery
  • Skin Tag Removal
  • Skin Ulcer
  • Soft Tissue Tumor Removal
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Staph Infection
  • Stretch Marks
  • Sunburn
  • Sweaty Palms
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Telogen Effluvium
  • Thinning of Skin
  • Tinea Versicolor
  • Titan Skin Tightening
  • Ulcer
  • Varicose Vein Surgery
  • Varicose Veins
  • Vasculitis
  • Venous Sclerotherapy
  • Vitiligo
  • Wart Removal
  • Wart Treatment
  • Warts
  • Wounds
  • Wrinkle Reduction by Injection

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(619) 535-3548

Dr. Pelle accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Choice PPO
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 Priority Select-CA HMO
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 Traditional-CA HMO
Platinum (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Platinum (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Platinum Priority Select-CA HMO
Platinum Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Platinum Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Priority Select-CA HMO
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 Priority Select-CA HMO
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
Assurant Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Care Connection PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
CaliforniaCare HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
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
LocalPlus
Open Access
Open Access Plus
Coventry Health Care
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Guardian
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Medicaid
Medical Mutual of Ohio
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
UniCare
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Options PPO
PacifiCare
PacifiCare HMO
PacifiCare PPO
United Healthcare
WellCare
WellCare PPO
WellPoint
Worker's Compensation
Worker's Compensation WC

About Me

Care Philosophy

MedDerm is a state of the art skin care center in San Diego, California offering both traditional and innovative therapies for common and rare skin disorders....Read more

Biography

Michelle T. Pelle, M.D., a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology, specializes in medical care for severe skin diseases, skin cancers and general...Read more

Specialties

  • Dermatology

Board Certifications

Education

2002
Univ of PA Med Ctr
Fellowship Hospital
2001
Geisinger Medical Center
Residency Hospital
1998
Univ of Pittsburgh
Internship Hospital
1997
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
Medical School

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Academy of Dermatology, Member
  • American Society of Mohs Surgery, Member
  • Medical Dermatologic Society, Member
  • San Diego Dermatologic Society, Member

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Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego

San Diego, CA

66% Patient experience rating, 3% lower than the national average

  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2019, 2018)
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