Hi I’m Dr. Michelle Jeffries. I’m a Board-Certified Dermatologist and I’m also board-certified in Pediatric Dermatology and Integrative Medicine. And you may not know this, but I also have a Masters degree in Psychology.

I know, a little nerdy of me to be triple board-certified and have a masters degree, but let me explain.

Let’s start with the skin. I think the skin is the most amazing part of our body and I love learning about how it works and interacts with the rest of the body. Even when I was little, I used to sit with the encyclopedia of the human body on my lap while watching cartoons! Our encyclopedia had an insert with several layered clear pages and with each page you turned you would reveal a deeper layer of the human body. The first layer was the skin, next page was all of the muscles, then the organs, then the blood vessels and then the nerves, etc. I couldn’t wait to learn how it all worked and I just knew I was going to be a doctor.

But in college I had two people very close to me die suddenly…. which impacted me a lot (will share more about this later). So I decided to pursue psychology instead….but my passion for medicine never died. I found myself sitting in on anatomy and physiology classes in my “spare time” in my graduate program in psychology and it fascinated me then just as much as it did when I was little. So after I received my masters degree in psychology….I went on to medical school.

During medical school I found myself still struggling with bad acne that had been there since my teenage years, I had skin rashes that I had been dealing with since college, and I had to have some atypical moles removed. Because of these personal struggles with my skin, I found myself drawn to a career in dermatology, but I also wanted to work with kids. I was thrilled to find out that I could be both an adult and a pediatric dermatologist. So during my dermatology training, I also completed fellowship training and board certification in Pediatric Dermatology.

At the end of my dermatology training, I found out that I had some health issues that I didn’t have answers to (….lots more about this later!). I started to look for answers outside of traditional medicine. This led me to something really interesting called Integrative Medicine. Integrative Medicine blends together traditional medicine with alternative medicine, nutrition, herbs, supplements, natural medicine and many other modalities. It does not favor one modality or perspective over the other, but blends them together to find the best solution to address health issues from a holistic perspective. It helped heal my health issue and I knew I had to bring this approach into my dermatology practice so I completed fellowship training and board certification in Integrative Medicine.

All of this training has led me to a very unique approach to skin health called Integrative Dermatology where I blend traditional medicine with natural medicine and I see skin from a holistic perspective.

So now that you know a little bit about nerdy me, I look forward to getting to know you and working together to address your skin and health concerns.

Love,

Dr. J

Client Testimonials

Speaking Appearances and Honors

Phoenix MagazineVoted Top Doctor of 2018 and 2019

Integrative Dermatology SymposiumFeatured Speaker at the 2019 Conference

American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) – 2019 Speaker


Podcast Appearances

PCOS Diva Podcast
The Soul Frequency Show

Mind Body Spirit – Skin Health  – The Soul Frequency Show

What is an Integrative Dermatologist?


An Integrative Dermatologist is a board-certified dermatologist who has had formal training in both Dermatology and Integrative Medicine.

Integrative Dermatology is a unique approach to skin issues that blends together traditional medicine and natural medicine. It does not favor one modality of medicine over another, but rather brings them together in combination to best address skin conditions from a holistic perspective.

Typically, an Integrative Dermatologist will customize their evaluation and treatment of health issues to the individual within their context at that time. They understand that context and health issues change and they provide flexibility in their treatment plan to allow for personal evolution and change.

What is Integrative Medicine?


Integrative medicine brings together traditional medicine and natural medicine rather than just implementing only one of these modalities/perspectives.

There are several fellowship programs available for health care providers interested in Integrative Medicine. Integrative Medicine practitioners appreciate that each branch of medicine has something to offer and there are times when a blend is appropriate and other times when one modality may fit more than another.

Additionally, they view the relationship between patient and physician as a partnership and seek to evaluate and treat the whole person (mind/body/spirit).

What is a Board-Certified Dermatologist?


A board-certified dermatologist is a physician who specialize in treating health issues related to the skin, hair and nails.

They have completed college, 4 years of allopathic (MD) or osteopathic (DO) medical school, an internship year, a 3-year dermatology residency program and passed the rigorous dermatology board examination.

Some dermatologists subspecialize within the field of dermatology and complete further training in fellowships such as Pediatric Dermatology, Micrographic Surgery & Dermatologic Oncology, Dermatopathology and Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery.

When and Why You Should See a Board Certified Dermatologist

​American Academy of Dermatology Association ​