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Michelle Pennie, MD
Board Certified Dermatologist

  • Your Sarasota Dermatologist Dr. Michelle Pennie is Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Mohs Surgeon
    Sarasota based Board Certified Dermatologist, Fellowship Trained Mohs Surgeon Dr. Michelle Pennie is a board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained . She completed her undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College, medical school and residency at Emory University and fellowship training with Dr. George Hruza at The Laser & Dermatologic Surgery Center in Chesterfield, Missouri.

    Exceptionally Qualified

    Dr. Pennie is one of only a handful of dermatologists on the West Coast of Florida who is fellowship trained in Mohs Micrographic Surgery, the most effective and precise treatment for most types of skin cancer. During her year-long fellowship training she performed hundreds of Mohs surgery procedures and advanced reconstructions.


    Dr. Pennie has served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Florida, teaching medical student and residents Mohs Micrographic surgery and advanced reconstruction techniques. Dr. Pennie is an active member of many national medical societies including:

    American Academy of Dermatology
    American College of Mohs Surgery
    American Academy of Dermatologic Surgeons


    In addition to her technical abilities and substantial experience, Dr. Pennie values her patients’ comfort and trust throughout their experience at Paradise Dermatology.

    • All patients will be greeted warmly by staff members in the office and on the phone.
    • Dr. Pennie takes the time to listen to her patients and address questions that arise.
    • Dr. Pennie takes the time before procedures such as Mohs surgery to explain how and why the procedure is performed. She strives to ensure her patients feel comfortable and confident they made the right decision.

    Dr. Pennie is originally from Portland, Oregon. She keeps busy with her twin boys, Christopher and Thomas, with travel, fitness and outdoor sports.


    2001 – 2005 | Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia – MD, Cum Laude

    1997 | Amos Tuck School of Business, Hanover, New Hampshire – Business Bridge Program

    1993 – 1997 | Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH – Bachelor of Arts in History


    Laser & Dermatologic Surgery Center, Chesterfield, MO

    2010 – 2011 | Mohs Micrographic Surgery & Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship under Dr. George Hruza

    Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

    2009 – 2010 | Chief Resident, Department of Dermatology

    2007 – 2009 | Resident, Department of Dermatology

    2006 – 2007 | Intern, Department of Medicine


    Diplomate, American Board of Dermatology

    Associate of the American College of Mohs Surgery


    2010 – present | State of Florida


    Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota, FL


    American Academy of Dermatology

    American College of Mohs Surgery

    American Society for Dermatologic Surgery

    Women’s Dermatologic Society – Member of Editorial Board

    Sarasota Dermatological Society


    University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

    2012 – present | Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dermatology

    • Cutaneous Surgical Oncology and Mohs Surgery

    Hawthorne Clinic and Research Center, Sarasota, FL

    8/2011-6/2012 | Physician, Dermatology, Mohs Surgery & Aesthetics

    • Built new dermatology practice providing general dermatology, Mohs surgery, and aesthetic services.
    • Lab director of CLIA certified pathology lab.


    Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

    2005 – 2006 | Research Fellow, Clinical and Outcomes Research Unit, Department of Dermatology

    • Completed analysis of Medicare datasets to determine survival outcomes and cost of treatment for melanoma patients.


    American Society for Mohs Histotechnology Annual Meeting – Chicago, Illinois – May 4, 2012

    Speaker – Pathology 101: Cell Structure Identification

    SunCoast ABC 7 News at Noon- Monthly Interview Series

    • Psoriasis and Cardiovascular Health – August 21, 2012
    • Sunscreen – new guidelines and controversies – July 10, 2012
    • Sunspots – causes and treatment – June 12, 2012
    • Facial fillers – how to get a natural look – April 12, 2012
    • Basic skin care products – March 8, 2012
    • Tanning beds, melanoma and teenagers – February 9, 2012
    • Vitamin D and the sun – January 12, 2012
    • Cosmetic skin care products as gifts – December 8, 2012
    • Skin problems in the elderly – November 17, 2012

    Emory Physician Assistant Program, Dermatology Lecture Series

    Lecturer: Introduction to Dermatology – January 2009.

    Georgia Society of Dermatologists Annual Meeting- Sea Island, GA

    Speaker: Pyoderma gangrenosum with myelodysplastic syndrome – June 2008.

    Emory University Department of Dermatology Grand Rounds – Atlanta, GA

    Speaker: Physicians and the Medicare Crisis – March 2008.

    2006 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology – San Francisco, CA

    Poster Presentation – Characteristics of dermatology residents at the SID Resident Retreat for Future Physician-Scientists, 2002-2005

    Poster Presentation – Factors influencing career choices of dermatology residency program graduates, 2004-2005

    Emory University Department of Dermatology Grand Rounds – Atlanta, GA

    Speaker: Tissue engineered skin substitutes – December 2005.


    Seidler AM, Pennie ML, Veledar E, Culler SD, Chen SC.  Economic burden of melanoma: a population-based analysis of the surveillance, epidemiology, and end results (SEER)-Medicare data.  Submitted for publication to the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

    Parker SRS, Dyson S, Brisman S, Pennie M, Swerlick RA, Khan R, Manos S, Korman N, Xia Z, Korman NJ.  Mortality rate of bullous pemphigoid: an evaluation of 223 patients and comparison with the mortality in the general population in the United States. J Am Acad Dermatol 2008;59:582-8.

    Pennie ML, Soon SL, Risser JB, Veledar E, Culler SD, Chen SC.  Melanoma outcomes for Medicare patients: association of stage and survival with detection by a dermatologist vs. a nondermatologist. Arch Dermatol 2007;143(4):488-84.

    Chen SC, Pennie ML, Kolm P, Warshaw EM, Weisberg EL, Brown KM, Ming ME, Weintraub WS.  Diagnosing and managing cutaneous pigmented lesions: primary care physicians versus dermatologists. J Gen Intern Med 2006;21:678-682.

    O’Reilly F, Traywick C, Pennie ML, Foster JK, Chen SC.  Baseline quality of life and anxiety in solid organ transplant recipients: a pilot study. Dermatol Surg 2006; 32(12);1480-5.


    6/2008 | Donald C. Abele Resident Symposium Award, Second Place Georgia Society of Dermatologists Annual Meeting
    5/2005 – present | AOA National Medical Honor Society
    6/2004 | Wright-Bentley Scholarship for academic achievements, civic and religious activities


    • Junior League of Sarasota, directed Night of Beauty Fundraiser for YMCA Homeless Youth, 2011-2012
    • Directed first-year resident dermatopathology sessions, 2008-2009
    • Project Coordinator, Project Sun Smart, a sun education program at local elementary schools; 2003-2004
    • President, Dermatology Interest Group; 2003-2004
    • Volunteer, Camp Stars, a weekend camp for children grieving the loss of a friend or family member; 2002-2004
    • Community Health Volunteer, Amigos de las Americas; implemented a rabies vaccine program in Ecuador; 1992


3355 Clark Road #101
Sarasota, Florida 34231

Phone: 941.921.4131
Fax: 941.921.4173


699 S. Indiana Ave
Englewood, FL 34223

Phone: 941.474.8811
Fax: 941.473.0058

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