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Dr. Sonia Lamel, MD

Dermatologist

Professional statement

Dr. Sonia A. Lamel is a board-certified dermatologist and a bay area local. She completed her undergraduate studies at Brown University while also competing as an All-American water polo player. After completing medical school at St. George’s University and internship in internal medicine at Boston University, she began pursuing dermatology. She completed dermatology residency at New York Medical College where she served as chief resident. Sonia is passionate about cosmetic and medical dermatology, and additionally about dermatology research with her areas of expertise including teledermatology, skin absorption, clinical trial design, and wound healing. She has been a part of research teams at University of California Davis, San Francisco, and served as faculty during her time at University of Miami. She has led many studies and authored approximately 25 publications in peer reviewed dermatology journals and textbooks. Sonia was also granted a Gold Triangle Award from the American Academy of Dermatology for work in community outreach and her promotion of skin cancer awareness.

In-network insurances

  • AARP
  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross

Specialties

  • Dermatologist

Practice names

Board certifications

  • American Board of Dermatology

Education and training

  • Boston University, Internship in Internal Medicine
  • Brown University (Bachelor's)
  • Medical School - St. George's University School of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine
  • New York Medical College, Residency in Dermatology

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Languages spoken

  • English

Provider's gender

Female

NPI number

1124254719

Office locations

Berman Skin Institute

3581 Palmer Dr, Suite 203

Cameron Park, CA 95682

Berman Skin Institute

100 Pringle Avenue, Suite 425

Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Berman Skin Institute

One Daniel Burnham Court, Suite 350C

San Francisco, CA 94109

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Dr.Lamel was very sweet, professional and even wrote down the instructions for me.
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Good dermatologist for basic treatments! Just a heads up, wait times for other people in the waiting room were ~30 minutes. The check-in documents you fill out online through Zocdoc had to be refilled out in person as well as insurance verification.
Less than 3 months ago
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I am new to the Bay Area and was looking for a new doctor to help treat my acne and scars. For my initial consultation, Dr. Lamel made me feel rushed and quickly tried to prescribe me Accutane, even though I'dalready done a round of it and said I didn't want to go so extreme again. Honestly, I felt like she didn't even look at my skin. I won't be coming back because she didn't give me the confidence she would actually help resolve my skin issues.
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Dr Lamel was extremely helpful and took the time to truly listen. I've found over the years that many Dermatologists don't exactly take the time with their patients, it's usually very conveyor belt type medicine. But Dr Lamel was extremely attentive,and very engaged. I'm very happy I went to see her!
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It was a very good experience. So glad to have found Dr Lamel.
Less than 3 months ago
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Got an appointment quick and easy, procedure well explained, well executed. Great experience, can only recommend.
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She's very knowledgeable and I look forward to my next appointment The office is very friendly and helpful also
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She was professional and answered all my questions. Instilled confidence.
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She’s great! Loved her energy and professionalism.
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She was treating me and unknowingly spilled acid down my crotch and upper thigh leaving me crying and unable to go to work for two days. I think that says enough.
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Dr. Lamel is exactly what you need in a doctor - she doesn't rush you, asks a lot of questions and takes her time exploring all options, explaining everything along the way. I was misdiagnosed by another dermatologist who said Ihad allergies and just suggested taking allergy medication every day, Dr. Lamel correctly identified that my skin welts were actually bed bug bites. Thanks to her I was able to figure out the cause, rather than just treating symptoms. Highly recommend Dr. Lamel - her entire office was professional and kind. Dr. Lamel even offered to talk by phone if needed, offered to order blood work to rule out other possibilities and gave free samples of anti-itch cream so I wouldn't need to go pay for prescription. She is the best. You won't be disappointed.
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Very knowledgeable, efficient, and made me feel very comfortable.
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She was amazing! I went to see her for a rash that appeared on my face and she got me on a treatment right away. She also made other great recommendations that made me feel taken care of.
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Dr. Lamel is personable and knowledgeable. Highly recommend.
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Overall a good appointment. She came in and asked questions, made sure to explain what was going on and was nice.
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Dr Lamel was great! I wrote on my forms what I was coming in for and she addressed everything and got treatment right away. She took the time to ask if there were any other concerns as well. Was very satisfied with the experience.
Less than 6 months ago
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Very thoughtful, helpful and kind!
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Dr. Sonia is a very knowledgeable doctor. I have been seeing her for my skin problems and everything she has recommended for my skin issues has worked out great for me. She honestly cares a lot about her patients and givethem 1:1 attention all the time. Really appreciate her care and depth of knowledge and quality of her treatments. I love little samples of things she gives as part my treatment. I'm so glad to finally have found her as my dermatologist.! :)
Less than 6 months ago
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Dr. Lamel was the definition of professional and very accomodating. Dr. Lamel helped me with several problems within minutes and did so with a detached but warm bedside manner. The front staff were straight to the point and a delight tointeract with. I highly recommend this dermatology office and will be visiting it again for any further treatment I need.
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The experience with Dr. Lamel was great. My appointment was pleasant and efficient, would highly recommend.
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All derms move fast - I had to slow her down to see a particular issue, but otherwise she was very kind and responsive.
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Very attentive and answered all my questions.
Less than 1 year ago
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Just perfect!
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Short and straight to the point. She also gave me a goodie bag everything I need. Everyone there including Dr. Sonia were so empathetic.
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I was seen exactly when my appointment was meant to start. Dr. Lamel was professional and courteous. She obviously knows her stuff and I felt confident in her treatment. The office is clean and the staff were all pleasant.
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I had a pretty awful experience with Dr. Lamel. I hardly write reviews but felt the need to do so with this experience. After booking the appointment I called the office to ensure I could get the procedure that I wasbooking for and was assured I could (and was also asked to come in early to do so). Upon coming here she told me I should have never been promised this and berated her staff. She didn't apologize for the miscommunication and proceeded to be super rude. While I was there I decided I might as well get my moles checked out to which she did not look individually at any of them, she spent about 30 seconds scanning my full body then said all good. I have not been to a derm who cares this little about doing the job well and making sure folks have a good exerience. Truly was a waste of time coming here.
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Have seen a lot of dermatologists in this city and Dr. Lamel is my favorite provider by far.
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Friendly, knowledgeable, and professional team - definitely recommend
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Dr Sonia Lamel was great! Would definitely recommend!
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She was great
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Doctor Lamel was extremely caring and with excellent bedside manners. She quickly identify my problem and provide the solution. Had a great experience with Doctor Lamel.
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quick easy, informing. couldn't be better.
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Was pricier than I expected. But I was late for my appointment and they got me in right away.
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I didnt actually get seen by Dr. Sonia but the clinician/doctor that I saw was extremely professional, friendly, and had helpful answets to all of my questions.
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Dr. Lamel was great! Very welcoming and was extremely helpful in deciding the best routine for my skin.
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Excellent visit - Dr. Lamel was great and very helpful.
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I never write reviews, but I have to share how amazing Dr. Lamel is! She is so attentive and caring. While many of my previous dermatologists were nice, I have never experienced such great patient care before. Dr. Lamel listened toeverything I had to say and I didn't feel rushed at all, she wrote everything I should do down so I remember, and she shared many prior experiences (of what has worked for patients and what hasn't) which made me feel a lot better! I wish I were living in San Francisco for longer so I can see her again! Thank you Dr. Lamel!
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Thumbs up!
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Had a skin emergency that was driving me nuts, so I made an appointment for the next day and was seen right away by Dr. Lamel. She is just so lovely and not only answered all my questions, took the timeto fully explain what was going on with my skin and never rushed me. She even threw in free samples of skin care products! Will definitely be adding Dr. Lamel to my "medical team". I also want to add that the staff were also very kind and helpful. Very happy to have found this dermatology practice!
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She was very knowledgeable about skin care and recommendations for my specific circumstances. She was also very personable and I felt that she genuinely cared about my diagnosis.
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Efficient office, kind and knowledgeable doctor!
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Dr. Lamel assessed my skin issue and had a treatment plan, prescription plus general skin health/care suggestions all inside 15 minutes. Beyond her clear breadth of knowledge and impressive efficiency, Dr. Lamel is very personable and wasmore than willing to field all of my questions. It is obvious she truly cares for the health and well-being of her patients. The receptionist was delightful and had me signed in and ready for my appointment in just a few minutes. In short, my visit was fantastic and I couldn't recommend this office more.
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awesome doctor! would recommend :) did a great job w mole biopsy on my neck
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Sonia was wonderful. She and her assistant, Anna, made me feel very relaxed and taken care of. I will continue to see her.
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Sonia was very kind and welcoming. Her staff is friendly and efficient. I look forward to coming back in the future!
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She was very helpful and made me feel really comfortable! I would definitely recommend her.
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Dr. Lamel is great! It was my first time and she was very straight forward and helpful in assessing my concerns and great with answering my questions.
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Very kind, caring and patient. Wasn't in any rush, sounded genuinely interested in what I had to say and my concerns.
More than 1 year ago
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Dr. Lamel immediately put me at ease about a suspicious mark on my face. She was kind and professional.
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I was shown my room right after I got to the office. I met with the assistant and then waited about 20 minutes until the Doctor came in. Met with th3 doctor for about 5 minutes. Overall, it was a good visit and I would recommend this office.
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