Dr. Michelle Pelle, MD

Dermatology ·  Female · Age 48

  826 Reviews

Dr. Michelle Pelle, MD is a dermatologist in San Diego, CA and has been practicing for 21 years. She specializes in dermatology, cosmetic dermatologic surgery, and more.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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(619) 229-9571

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No malpractice claims found for California
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Dr. Pelle's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Dr. Pelle treats Dermatitis more than 96% of her peers

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

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Dr. Pelle treats Hair Loss more than 93% of her peers

Dr. Pelle treats this condition more than 93% of her peers

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Dr. Pelle treats Rosacea more than 93% of her peers

Dr. Pelle treats this condition more than 93% of her peers

Dr. Pelle's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • 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
  • Biopsy of Affected Tissue
  • Birthmark
  • Boil
  • Burn Injuries
  • Cancer
  • Candidiasis of Skin and Nails
  • Canker Sore
  • Carcinoma in Situ of Skin
  • Cellulite
  • Cellulitis
  • Chemical Peel
  • Chickenpox
  • Cold Sore
  • Connective Tissue Disorders
  • Contact Dermatitis
  • Cosmetic Laser Surgery
  • Cosmetic Neck Surgery
  • Cosmetic Procedure
  • Cryosurgery
  • Cryosurgery for Skin Lesions
  • Cryotherapy for Warts
  • Cyst
  • Cyst Aspiration
  • Dandruff
  • Dermabrasion
  • Dermabrasion and Dermaplaning
  • Dermal Filler
  • Dermal Melanoma
  • Dermatitis
  • Dermatitis Due to Drugs
  • 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
  • Hives
  • Impetigo
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • In-Office Skin Procedure
  • Insect Bites and Stings
  • Intense Pulse Light
  • Intertrigo
  • Itchy Skin
  • Jock Itch
  • 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
  • Lash Enhancer
  • LED Light Treatment for Acne
  • Leg and Foot Ulcers
  • Lesion
  • Lice
  • Lichen Planus
  • Lipomas
  • Localized Fat Deposits
  • Melanoma
  • 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
  • Pemphigoid
  • Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
  • Photosensitivity
  • Pigmentation Disorders
  • Plantar Wart
  • Port Wine Stain
  • Psoriasis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Pulsed Dye Laser Treatment
  • Q-Switched Nd:YAG Laser Treatment
  • Rash
  • Repair of Pigmentation Defect
  • 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 Surgery With Reconstruction
  • Skin Discoloration
  • Skin Diseases
  • Skin Grafts
  • Skin Infections
  • Skin Laxity
  • Skin Procedures
  • Skin Screenings
  • Skin Surgery
  • Skin Tag Removal
  • Skin Ulcer
  • 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
  • Wart Removal
  • Wart Treatment
  • Warts
  • Wrinkle Reduction by Injection

About Me

Dr. Pelle specializes in the care of severe skin diseases, general dermatology, cosmetic rejuvenation procedures and minimally invasive laser therapies. MedDerm also boasts one of the most comprehensive Phototherapy Centers in California for the trea...


  • Dermatology
  • Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery
  • Cosmetic Dermatology
  • Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Board Certifications


Univ of Pittsburgh
Internship Hospital
Geisinger Medical Center
Residency Hospital
Univ Of Pa Med Ctr
Fellowship Hospital
Jefferson Medical College Of Thomas Jefferson University, Thomas Jefferson University
Medical School
Franklin and Marshall College
Undergraduate School


  • Spanish
  • English


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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67% Patient experience rating, 2% lower than the national average

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