About Us


Michelle T. Pelle, M.D., is board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology and she specializes in medical care for autoimmune and allergic skin diseases, skin cancers and general adult and pediatric dermatologic disorders. She is a Principal Investigator in clinical research trials that study the effectiveness of therapy for many skin diseases. Additionally, she has over 15 years of experience in the performance of cosmetic and laser skin rejuvenation procedures.

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.

Dr. Pelle is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the Medical Dermatologic Society, the American Society of Mohs Surgery and the San Diego Dermatologic Society. View Dr. Pelle's complete curriculum vitae.

Katrina Woodhall, M.D., A California native, Dr. Katrina E Woodhall is a board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained dermatologic cosmetic surgeon. Dr. Woodhall earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from University California Riverside. She studied medicine and dermatology at Loma Linda University Medical School where she served as chief resident and graduated top of her class in 2007. Dr. Woodhall moved to San Diego to complete a prestigious, cosmetic fellowship training program. Her fellowship training included advanced techniques in cosmetic fillers, toxins, sclerotherapy, body sculpting, advanced surgical and cosmetic repairs (including Mohs), and a myriad of advanced laser treatments. Dr. Woodhall lead several clinic research studies during her cosmetic fellowship training and authored journal articles and book chapters published within cosmetic surgery literature. She enjoys all aspects of dermatology with a special focus on restoring youth and cosmetic correction. Her patients describe her as warm, caring and compassionate.

Patrick Blake, M.D., is a board-certified dermatologist. He grew up in the Cleveland, Ohio area and graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He attended medical school at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. He researched rare dermatologic diseases at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute/National Institute of Health; it was during this time he developed his passion for dermatology. He was honored to be chosen by faculty and peers as his medical school commencement speaker. He went on to complete his Internship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and his Residency in Dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He served as the Clinic Chief Resident for one of the country’s largest Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in Dallas, Texas. He was also involved in the design and execution of an ongoing clinical trial for cutaneous (skin) lupus. Dr. Blake teaches at UCSD as a Voluntary Clinical Instructor. Dr. Blake serves on several professional societies, but especially enjoys the American Academy of Dermatology Youth Education Committee. He has spent months abroad providing medical care in places such as Vellore, India and Lamay, Peru. In his spare time, he enjoys the company of family and friends.