Meet Dr. Kristen Richards

Kristen Richards, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist and Founder of Torrey Pines Dermatology and Laser Center in La Jolla, CA.

Kristen Richards, MD

Founder and CEO, Torrey Pines Dermatology & Laser Center

  • Founder and CEO, Torrey Pines Dermatology & Laser Center
  • A native of La Jolla, this talented dermatologist received her Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University and her medical doctorate from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland
  • 2021 American Board of Dermatology’s Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery Subspecialty Certification

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 a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American College of Mohs Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology.

As an international relations major at Stanford, Dr. Richards has spent a substantial amount of time living and training overseas. She most recently spent a year living in Spain with her three boys and is now fluent in Spanish. She thoroughly enjoys treating her Spanish-speaking patients and patients from all over the world.

Services provided by Kristen Richards, M.D.

Dermatology Skin Condition Services

  • Acne

  • Atopic Dermatitis

  • Psoriasis

  • Rosacea

  • Atypical Moles

  • Melasma

  • Actinic Keratoses

  • Warts

  • Skin Cancer Screening

  • Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer

  • Melanoma

  • Mohs Surgery

Cosmetic Injectables and Fillers

  • Botox

  • Bellafill

  • Dysport

  • Kybella

  • Juvederm

  • Sculptra

  • Voluma

  • Volbella

Cosmetic Laser Treatments

  • VBeam Laser

  • Laser Hair Removal

  • Blu Lite

  • IPL® Photofacials

  • ActiveFX™ Laser Treatment

  • DeepFX Laser Treatment

  • TotalFX Laser Skin Rejuvenation

  • Nd:YAG Vein Removal

Additional Cosmetic Services

  • Ultherapy

  • Microneedling + PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma)

  • Customized Cosmetic Treatments for Men

  • Customized Cosmetic Treatments for Patients with Skin of Color

  • Hand Rejuvenation Treatments