Dr. Michelle Pelle, MD

Dr. Michelle Pelle, MD

Dermatology  ·  
Female  ·  
46 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Michelle Pelle, MD is a dermatologist in San Diego, CA and has been practicing for 20 years. She specializes in dermatology, cosmetic dermatologic surgery, and more.Read her story

MedDerm Dermatology

501 Washington St Ste 502

San Diego, CA 92103
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Guardian
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
  • MultiPlan
  • UniCare
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • WellCare

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Pelle performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

very high
more than 94% of peers
Skin Infections
very high
more than 93% of peers
very high
more than 92% of peers

Dr. Pelle's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Dr. Pelle's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Pelle "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 dermatologic disorders. She is a Principal Investigator in clinical research trials that study the effectiveness of skin therapies. Additionally, she has ten years of experience in the performance of cosmetic and laser rejuvenation procedures. She has been an invited speaker at many national and international clinical dermatology conferences. Dr. Pelle is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the Medical Dermatologic Society, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery and the San Diego Dermatologic Society. Dr. Pelle was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree in 1997 from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. She completed an Internal Medicine Internship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, followed by a Dermatology Residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. She then completed a two year Clinician-Educator fellowship as an Instructor at the University of Pennsylvania, where she specialized in autoimmune and medical dermatology. She has held Assistant Professorships at Boston University and at the University of California, San Diego. In 2006, she established MedDerm Associates to offer a service-oriented center for the focused management of skin disease. Dr. Pelle is married and has one son and one daughter. She enjoys art and design, skiing, kettlebells, and being a Mom."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Pelle "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 treatment of various skin disorders like psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo and skin cancers. In addition, Dr. Pelle and the MedDerm team are involved in clinical research trials aimed at advancing and refining therapy for various skin diseases."

4  Specialties

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

1  Board Certifications

  • Dermatology
    Accredited by: American Board of Dermatology*

109  Conditions Treated


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80  Procedures

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Acne Scar Removal
  • Acne Surgery
  • Adjacent Tissue Transfer
  • Aged or Sun-Damaged Skin Treatment
  • Biopsy of Affected Tissue
  • Chemical Peel
  • Cosmetic Laser Surgery
  • Cosmetic Neck Surgery
  • Cosmetic Procedure
  • Cryosurgery
  • Cryosurgery for Skin Lesions
  • Cryotherapy for Warts
  • Cyst Aspiration
  • Dermabrasion
  • Dermabrasion and Dermaplaning
  • Dermal Filler
  • Dermatology Procedure
  • Destruction of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Destruction of Malignant Skin Lesion
  • Destruction of Penile Lesion
  • Dysport Injection
  • Electrocautery
  • Electrocoagulation
  • Electrosurgery
  • Endovenous Laser Treatment
  • 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
  • Excisional Biopsy
  • Facial Peel
  • Facial Rejuvenation
  • Fractional Ablative Laser Treatment
  • Fractional Non-Ablative Laser Treatment
  • Glycolic Acid Skin Care Treatment
  • Hair Removal
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • In-Office Skin Procedure
  • Intense Pulse Light
  • 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
  • Mesotherapy
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Mohs Surgery
  • Mole Evaluation
  • Mole Removal
  • Nail Care
  • Narrow Band UVB Light for Psoriasis
  • Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
  • Pulsed Dye Laser Treatment
  • Q-Switched Nd:YAG Laser Treatment
  • Repair of Pigmentation Defect
  • Scar Revision Surgery
  • Shaving of Skin Lesion
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Skin Cancer Surgery With Reconstruction
  • Skin Grafts
  • Skin Procedures
  • Skin Screenings
  • Skin Surgery
  • Skin Tag Removal
  • Titan Skin Tightening
  • Varicose Vein Surgery
  • Wart Removal
  • Wart Treatment
  • Wrinkle Reduction by Injection


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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.


  • Franklin and Marshall College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1993
  • Jefferson Medical College
    Medical School | Graduated 1997
  • University of Pittsburgh
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2002
  • Geisinger Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2001
  • University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1998

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Pelle has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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

Dr. Pelle's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Pelle to family and friends
468 total reviews (7 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (469)

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  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Pelle's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (7)

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...more
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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...more
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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...more
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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...more
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