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September 9, 2021

Dermatology Laser Del Mar Joins West Dermatology

West Dermatology continues to grow! We are excited to announce the addition of Dermatology Laser of Del Mar (DLDM) to our network of providers. 

DLDM was founded in 2004 by Deborah H. Atkin, MD, a board-certified Dermatologist who focuses on cosmetic and general dermatology. Dr. Atkin attended the University of California, Santa Barbara as an undergraduate. She then attended medical school training at the University of California, Los Angeles where she was credited with cofounding the first ever student run medical clinic for the homeless population. This clinic continues to successfully operate today.

During her final year of medical school, Dr. Atkin worked as a volunteer surgeon in South Africa and was involved in research in Photodynamic Therapy.

Dr. Atkin completed an internal medicine internship at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, San Diego. This was followed by dermatology residency at the University of Arizona, Tucson.

Dr. Atkin is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, as well as the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.

For over a decade, Dr. Atkin has been active in philanthropic efforts including fundraising for the American Liver Foundation and Nick’s Picks (, a charity originally founded with her son Nick, just before his successful liver transplant in 2012.

Dr. Atkin is originally from New York but has lived the last 20 plus years in Del Mar, California with her husband Chris and children Nick and Lexie.

Assisting Dr. Atkin is Danielle Patton, a board certified Physician Assistant, licensed by the State of California. Danielle received her medical education from Touro University California where she graduated with honors. She earned a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies along with a Master of Public Health. She is a member of the American Academy of Physicians Assistants (AAPA), the Society for Dermatology Physician Assistants and is currently a Diplomate Fellow candidate in Dermatology. Danielle received her undergraduate education at the University of San Diego where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Neuroscience with a pre-med concentration and a minor in Spanish. She also competed as a Division 1 athlete for the University of San Diego. Danielle is originally from New Jersey and currently lives in Encinitas with her husband Taylor. 

DLDM is a great addition to our network of neighborhood practices. With each new location we add, we gain new expertise and new patients.

Please join me in giving a warm welcome to Dr. Atkin and Danielle Patton!

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