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Dr. Heidi Gilchrist, MD

Dermatologist

Encinitas, CA

About Dr. Heidi Gilchrist

Dr. Heidi Gilchrist is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist who is devoted to providing excellent patient care. She is dedicated to providing each and every patient with a nurturing, comfortable, and thorough dermatology experience. Dr. Gilchrist has a solid foundational training in conventional western medicine, and she also emphasizes a holistic, integrated approach to skin health and disease prevention, including individualized dietary recommendations, natural skin conditioners, and mindfulness practices. After completing her dermatology residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Dr. Gilchrist went on to a fellowship at the University of Virginia Health System. She then spent 2 years enjoying the beauty of the Pacific Northwest while working for Kaiser Permanente in Portland, Oregon, before pursuing her dream of opening her own practice here in southern California. She is deeply happy to finally establish her roots in the Encinitas community.

In-network insurances

  • AARP
  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross

Specialties

  • Dermatologist

Practice names

Board certifications

  • American Board of Dermatology
  • Dermatopathology (Dermatology)

Education and training

  • Medical School - Louisiana State University, New Orleans, Doctor of Medicine
  • Louisiana State University, New Orleans, Residency in Dermatology
  • University of Virginia, Fellowship in Dermatopathology

Professional memberships

  • American Academy of Dermatology
  • American Society of Dermatopathology
  • American Medical Association

Awards and publications

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

Zocdoc awards

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Languages spoken

  • English

Provider's gender

Female

NPI number

1083804553

Overall rating
4.9
Recent reviews
Dr. GIlchrist and her office staff are wonderful. Very professional, yet warm and friendly. Highly recommended.
Dr. GIlchrist and her office staff are wonderful. Very professional, yet warm and friendly. Highly recommended.
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I had a terrible experience. I was looking for a holistic approach to skin treatment when I started breaking out alot. I paid out of pocket as the doctor was out of my network. I was prescribed antibiotics, the visit was less than 10 min and there was no follow up. The topical antibiotic that I spent a fortune on made my skin even worse. I would never recommend this doctor to anyone,
I had a terrible experience. I was looking for a holistic approach to skin treatment when I started breaking out a lot. I paid out of pocket as the doctor wasout of my network. I was prescribed antibiotics, the visit was less than 10 min and there was no follow up. The topical antibiotic that I spent a fortune on made my skin even worse. I would never recommend this doctor to anyone,
Initials hidden · October 24, 2016

Dr. Heidi Gilchrist's office location

Gilchrist Aesthetic & Medical Dermatology

345 Saxony Road, Suite 201

Encinitas, CA 92024

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Excellent. A real pro. We recommend her highly.

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Dr. GIlchrist and her office staff are wonderful. Very professional, yet warm and friendly. Highly recommended.

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No wait time and everyone is so pleasant!

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Very pleasant staff and excellent professional help from Dr. Gilchrist. Definitely recommend her.

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Very pleased with my visit

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Dr Gilchrist is kind, thorough,knowledgeablee!

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Very good doctor

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I had a terrible experience. I was looking for a holistic approach to skin treatment when I started breaking out a lot. I paid out of pocket as the doctor was out of my network. I was prescribed antibiotics, the visit was less than 10 min and there was no follow up. The topical antibiotic that I spent a fortune on made my skin even worse. I would never recommend this doctor to anyone,

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Waited in exam room for 35 minute past Appt time, unacceptable and disrespectful for any patient to set in gown alone waiting. Cancelled visit and demanded the prepayment refunded only to find patient behind me in waiting room standing at window with prescription in hand making future appointment. No real apology outside of "I hope you didn't wait too long", when she finally came into exam room.

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Very competent and wonderful bedside manner.

More than 1 year ago
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They cancelled our appointment the day before

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I have been going to Dr. Gilchrist for a few years now. She is excellent. I seriously love this Dr. She is very knowledgeable, thorough and very gentle.

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Always a great experience with Dr Gilchrist, her bedside manner is first class and her staff is equally lovely.

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Excellent.

More than 1 year ago
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She is is sweet and very thorough!

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I felt the consultation was thorough and all of my concerns were attended to.

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Great visit. Strange that ZocDoc had my appointment in their system for 8:30 when I received multiple confirmations that it was 9:30AM.

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This was my second visit to Dr. Gilchrist. Making the appointment was easy; I was able to make it a few weeks out for a convenient time. I walked in and was seen within a few minutes. The appointment went smoothly. Dr. Gilchrist is very nice and easy to talk to. She made my experience very smooth and enjoyable.

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Very pleased. An enjoyable consultation.

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Quick and to the point. Good expeience.

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Pleasant doc. Took all information herself;listened to my issues and recommended a course of action. I will be going back as needed

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Dr Gilchrist is the a-team.

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A visit with Dr. Gilchrist is always enjoyable no matter what the circumstances. She has an engaging personality and always seem to care about my wellness. She has performed minor surgeries for skin cancer on my face and arms with excellent results and minimal scarring.

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Sure was great! Schedule my next appt.

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She was awesome! Very welcoming!

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Excellent bedside manner, thorough,, clean facilities and very personable. Highly recommend.

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This medical office should give lessons to every other. Each staff member was warm and welcoming, which was such a change from others where you just feel like a number, another file to have to open up. Receptionist Elizabeth was exceptional in this regard, followed by nurse-assistant Yelli, who was just as warm and welcoming. All this followed by Dr. Gilchrist, cheerful, professional knowledgeable, but also the epitome of bedside manner...caring, compassionate, kind, in words, facial expressions,and touch. All in all, a delightful and memorable experience. Without a doubt, we would give this team an A+ ! Carole P.

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She helped me a lot. And I felt she was fair in pricing. Thank you, and Jesus Loves You.

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The best doctor in town !

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Dr. Gilchrist was absolutely amazing. Her ability to carefully explain everything and make sure myself and my fiancé understood was perfect. I had a skintag removed as well as a wart and both were fast, almost pain free and extremely affordable. The welcoming environment in the office and the friendliness of the staff makes this the only dermatologist I will ever see. I can't possibly recommend them any higher.

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Very much enjoyed meeting Dr. Gilchrist and she resolved of all the items for which had set up the appointment. A very pleasant and productive meeting.

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I felt very welcome by the staff and Doctor. A good experience over all. The Doctor got my issues dealt with quickly and efficiently . As they say "all good"

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So thorough and helpful!

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My first visit went well. I look forward to future visits.

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It went very well and quickly. I was pleased with the reception and all staff members were very courteous and professional.

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She is the best!

More than 1 year ago
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Dr. Gilchrist is a great! I highly recommend her.

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Dr, Gilchrist was kind, gentle, and compassionate. Will have more comments when treatment has begun.

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Heidi Gildchrist is an excellent doctor that never rushes you and listens to all your questions. She is exemplary in her practice and I highly recommend her to others.

More than 1 year ago
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All around excellent office staff and treatment.

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Extremely well-run office, clean, orderly and nicely decorated with a lot of printed information for patients to read if I had to wait. But I didn't have to wait at all! Staff and Dr. Gilchrist are all very personable, knowledgeable & professional. The doc, MA and office manager made a potentially unpleasant treatment as pleasant as it could be. I definitely recommend Gilchrist Dermatology.

More than 1 year ago
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, dr. Drgilchrist was very professional in her examination of my skin problems

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Like her very much!!!! Recommending her to friends and family!

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Dr. Gilchrist is so pleasant and easy to talk to. I appreciate her and her staff very much. Thank you!!

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Appt. went smoothly, Dr. Gilchrist was very helpful!

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I saw 30 minutes early and they were able to see me immediately! Doctor Gilchrest was in quickly. She was very professional, listened to all my concerns, and addressed them.

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Dr. Gilchrist is great at finding little tiny pre-cancerous spots on my skin & taking care of them right away. She gives good info without scolding me about my outdoor lifestyle. She's friendly & easy to talk to. Front office is very nice, too.

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She's great!

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Excellent, calm manner!

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She was very kind and took time to explain everything to me.

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