About Us


Priya Patel, PA-C


Priya Patel is a board certified Physician Assistant and has over 10 years of experience in Dermatology. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in biology in 2008 and obtained her Masters in Medical Science Degree from Nova Southeastern University’s Physician Assistant Program in 2010. She is an active Diplomate Fellow member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants. While she has practiced general medical dermatology and cosmetic dermatology in Santa Monica, having struggled with breakouts herself, she has always had a passion for eradicating acne. When she’s not working, Priya enjoys traveling, wine tasting, and watching Georgia Football.

How It Started

In today’s world, we have access to so much information at our fingertips. While this can be great in many aspects, when it comes to skin care, it can be very confusing and overwhelming. We are all different, have different skin types, and our skin usually changes with time, so what works for one person may not work for another person and what worked for you two years ago may not work for you now. This is where I come in! I have always had a passion for dermatology, more specifically for acne and skin care. I’ve worked in dermatology for ten years, and I find treating acne to be most rewarding because of the positive impact it can have on one’s mental health. I think everyone should love the skin they’re in, and I will do whatever it takes to help accomplish that goal!

Rachel Tenzer
Medical Aesthetician

Rachel Tenzer was born and raised in Los Angeles, which sparked her interest in the beauty industry at a young age. She loves helping her clients reach their skincare goals and look and feel their best. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the beach, hiking, going to concerts, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her family and friends.

Elissa Schaffer
Aesthetic Registered Nurse

Elissa Schaffer grew up in Colorado but has been in Los Angeles for the past 2 years. She loves working in aesthetics and helping her patients reach their skincare and aesthetic goals. Her favorite treatments are microneedling and neurotoxin! On her downtime, she enjoys working out and going to the beach.

Ali Fitzgerald
Office Coordinator

Ali was born and raised in New York City and moved to Los Angeles recently. She has worked in the beauty industry for the past four years and is also a licensed nail technician. She loves building relationships with patients and helping them achieve their skincare goals. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring LA and spending time with her friends.

Courtney Phillips, MD


Dr. Courtney Phillips is a Board Certified Dermatologist. She received her medical degree and completed her residency at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Phillips also has a passion for acne, but practices general, pediatric, and cosmetic dermatology at Manhattan Dermatology and El Segundo Dermatology.

During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and staying active with running and boxing. We are so proud to have her as a part of our team!

The Pimple Place ® Solutions

Our mission is to provide excellent cosmetic and medical care to patients experiencing acne. We believe in applying medically proven data and personalizing acne solutions rather than employing a “one size fits all” approach.


Professional Treatment Services

Expect to leave with skin that’s fresh, hydrated, and totally happy. Our personalized treatments target stubborn acne and give your skin a fresh start.


Advanced Chemical Peels

Let’s deep dive into healing your skin. Our variety of chemical peels even skin tone, clear pore congestion, and exfoliate for a radiant complexion.


Cosmetic Treatments

Whether you’re planning to turn back time or want natural-looking volume, our cosmetic treatments have you covered.

How We Work

Our simple process is designed to address your skin’s unique condition. In three easy steps, we will create a solution that provides everything your skin needs to be clean, healthy, glowing, smooth, and every other amazing thing.


Your provider will speak with you regarding your specific skin concerns and discuss goals for a roadway to clear skin.


Your skin will be thoroughly examined and you will be prescribed medications if necessary based on your unique skin type.


Personalized treatments and skin care products will be recommended in order for you to achieve best results.

Ready to Go Gaga Over Acne-Free Skin?

Our expert providers are ready to help you get there. Book your appointment today for dermatology in Santa Monica.

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