Dermatology & Laser Center

Torrey Pines Dermatology & Laser Center offers the latest, most innovative, and proven treatments in cosmetic dermatology and skin care.



Torrey Pines Dermatology & Laser Center is La Jolla’s premier skin care resource, providing both medical and cosmetic treatments in a highly professional, warm, and welcoming atmosphere.

About Dr. Richards

After completing 13 years of dermatologic and Mohs surgery training in some of the best institutions in the country, Dr. Kristen Richards decided to return to her home town of La Jolla, CA.  It was in 2001 that she had a vision to start her own comprehensive dermatology practice, including general, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology, and she first opened the doors of Torrey Pines Dermatology & Laser Center in October of that year.  It has been extremely fulfilling for her to see her dream come to fruition and she is thrilled to be celebrating her 20th anniversary of practice this year!  Having grown up in La Jolla, Dr. Richards especially enjoys treating friends, family and neighbors and holds herself and her staff to the highest professional standards while operating in a down-to-earth, friendly environment.
We look forward to welcoming you to our practice!
Dr. Kristen Richards

Torrey Pines Team

At Torrey Pines Dermatology & Laser Center our providers are board-certified and our staff is highly trained and ready to ensure that all of our patients experience the utmost in professionalism from the beginning to the end of their visit.

Kristen Richards, MD

Founder & CEO, Torrey Pines Dermatology & Laser Center

Dr. Richards received her dermatology specialty training at Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago, following an internship in pediatrics at the University Hospitals of Cleveland. After completing her residency, Dr. Richards pursued her interest in skin cancer surgery and reconstruction through a fellowship in Mohs micrographic surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Dr. Richards maintains staff privileges at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, where she was the Dermatology Department Head. She is double board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology in Dermatology and Mohs Micrographic Surgery.

Conveniently located to serve La Jolla, Del Mar, and San Diego.

Browse Our Services & Treatments

At Torrey Pines Dermatology & Laser Center our providers offer a wide range of services including general, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. Services include comprehensive skin checks, Mohs micrographic surgery, laser treatments, botox injections, dermal fillers, sclerotherapy and microneedling with PRP. We offer a full spectrum of esthetician services, as well.


The cosmetic dermatology professionals at Torrey Pines Dermatology & Laser Center in the San Diego area use many cosmetic treatments for the your skin.


Our dermatologists specialize in many skin conditions and treatments for your skin.

Mohs Surgery

Mohs is a specialized micrographic surgical technique used to remove cancerous lesions in the skin.

View Results from Actual patients

Before & After Gallery


Cosmetic Patients

At Torrey Pines Dermatology & Laser Center we take science seriously and offer cutting edge treatments to transform our patients’ skin no matter what the skin condition.


Mohs Surgery Patients

Our Mohs surgery gallery shows how this type of skin cancer correction can return facial features back to a normal state. Dr. Kristen Richards, our Founder and CEO is one of very few fellowship-trained Mohs micrographic surgeons here in San Diego.


“Always excellent. Both of us have seen many a derm over the years for enjoying too much beach-time working on our “tans.” We’ve been to many derms over the years and have never experienced the fine care we receive at your office. The staff and doc so very competent and professional. Thank you.”

– Don and Mary

“Always impressed with the professionalism and attentiveness of the office staff. Dr. Richards is meticulous with a gentle touch and takes the time to answer your questions. You never feel rushed and always leave with a feeling of being well taken care of. Highly recommend.”

– Greg. G.

“I just had my first appt. w/ Dr. Richards the other day…she couldn’t have been more nice….I love her tenacity in trying to figure out what is causing my 6 month skin problem. The 2 ladies at the front desk were so welcoming and kind. I’ll be seeing Dr. Richards for further diagnosis and treatment!”

– Marsha M.

Contact Us

Office Hours

MTWF | 8:30am - 5:00pm

Th | 9am - 4:30pm

Saturday & Sunday | Closed


Conveniently located on the Scripps Hospital campus in La Jolla inside the Ximed Building.

9850 Genesee Ave Suite 460
La Jolla, CA 92037