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Coastal Pores and skin and Eye Institute now able to serve Encinitas, Carmel Valley and native communities for eyecare and dermatology wants

Coastal Skin and Eye Institute seeks to expand its reach to meet the dermatological, ophthalmic and other needs of the community in and around Carmel Valley and Encinitas. They are a leading dermatology and ophthalmology practice in northern San Diego County with locations in Carmel Valley and Encinitas.

“We provide medical, surgical and cosmetic care for a variety of skin and eye conditions,” said April Lynne Dionela, practice manager at Coastal Skin and Eye Institute.

Christopher Crosby MD, PhD

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Skin care specialist Christopher Crosby MD, PhD is a board-certified dermatologist whose career began at Duke University. He earned both his MD and PhD degrees from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. An internship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center followed. While studying dermatology at Emory University, Dr. Crosby then as senior physician. With an insatiable thirst for knowledge, he completed a demanding fellowship (accredited by ACGME) at the University of California, San Francisco, in Mohs micrographic surgery and procedural dermatology.

Dr. Crosby is one of the few fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons in the San Diego area. He has a particular interest in Mohs surgery and reconstructive dermatologic surgery for skin cancer. He understands that a diagnosis of skin cancer can have a devastating impact on a patient's emotional well-being, and he recognizes the amazing impact of compassionate, effective treatment.

Neeta Varshney, MD

Neeta Varshney, MD

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Coastal Skin and Eye specializes in eye care and employs both an optician and an ophthalmologist. Neeta Varshney, MD, is a board-certified general ophthalmologist trained in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases. Dr. Varshney is an experienced surgeon and enjoys using the latest technologies available to provide the highest level of care to her patients. Dr. A native of Southern California, Varshney comes from a family of doctors. After graduating high school at the top of her class, she later graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she double majored in biology and psychology. She received her medical degree (MD) with honors from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in 2009. Dr. Varshney's expertise includes cataract and refractive surgery, the assessment and treatment of glaucoma (including laser treatments), macular degeneration, and diabetic eye disease.

A client treatment at Coastal Skin and Eye Institute.

A client treatment at Coastal Skin and Eye Institute.

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Dr. Connor Caldwell is a board-certified optometrist who was interested in healthcare from a young age. He began his journey in high school, where he was nominated to attend an elite summer course for young professionals and aspiring physicians, the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine at UC Berkeley. Here he discovered his passion for the field of eye health and continued his medical journey with a bachelor's degree in Integrative Physiology from the University of Colorado. Dr. Caldwell was one of 50 students accepted into the Arizona College of Optometry. He trained with leading optometrists from around the world in many areas including ocular prosthetics, low vision services, electrodiagnostics and specialty contact lens fitting.

San Diego has more than 200 days of sunshine each year. Regular skin cancer screenings at Coastal Skin and Eye Institute can detect the disease when simpler, less invasive treatments are still possible. An important part of the process is also identifying any abnormalities during self-checks at home.

Coastal Skin and Eye Institute also treats patients with conditions such as acne, moles, skin growths and more. On the cosmetic side, they offer treatments like Botox, laser, microneedling and more. The practice also offers eye exams, including testing for problems such as glaucoma and macular degeneration. In addition to these tests, they can perform vision tests and help choose glasses and contact lenses. Overall, patient reviews praise Coastal Skin and Eye Institute for its “super friendly” staff, its “wide range of services from general skin care to cosmetic procedures,” and “the best service in my 20-year purchasing history.” Glasses” and for having staff who “really make you feel like you are in good and safe hands”.

Coastal Skin and Eye Institute has locations at 5500 Carmel Mountain Rd., Suite 206, in Carmel Valley and 477 N. El Camino Real, Suite C300, in Encinitas. Carmel Valley office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Encinitas office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Coastal Skin and Eye Institute also accepts Medicare and most PPO and vision insurance plans. The Coastal Skin and Eye Institute's Carmel Valley office offers dermatology, optometry and ophthalmology, and the Encinitas office currently offers ophthalmology.

Coastal Skin and Eye Institute will also debut a more patient-focused website. Patients can use the website to book appointments, learn more about the doctors and obtain other information related to their skin and eye care needs. For more information, visit – Coastal Skin and Eye Institute report

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