Walnut Creek Skin & Laser is a medical and surgical dermatology practice founded by Ed Becker, M.D. The practice consistently ranks among the most highly rated in Northern California. We specialize in medical conditions of the skin, hair and nails, as well as surgical and non-surgical cosmetic skincare, anti-aging and body contouring. We offer our patient’s two convenient locations, Walnut Creek and Brentwood. We are currently accepting new patients, and honor most types of insurance, including John Muir, Hill Physicians and Sutter Health.
Ed Becker. M.D.
Ed Becker, M.D. has practiced Dermatology in Walnut Creek, California for over 20 years, while continually enhancing his expertise throughout the full range of medical, surgical, and cosmetic Dermatology. In surveys by San Francisco Focus, Bay Area Checkbook, and San Francisco magazines, his colleagues have chosen him numerous times as one of the Bay Area’s best Dermatologists.
Dr. Becker is a graduate of the six-year medical program at Boston University, and served his Dermatology residency at the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco. Certified by the American Academy of Dermatology since 1980, he is on the staff of the John Muir Medical Center Walnut Creek and Concord Campuses. In 2007, Dr. Becker was one of 14 doctors in all of California chosen to participate in the Statewide Patient Experience Collaborative to improve doctor/patient communication and patient satisfaction.
Marvin L. Engel, M.D.
Marvin L. Engel, M.D. received his B.A. and M.D. degrees from Stanford University, and has worked as a Senior Investigator at the National Cancer Institute. He has served as Guest Physician at major clinics and medical centers in Munich, Rome, Paris and Jerusalem, and he is proficient in French, German, Spanish, Italian and Hebrew. Dr. Engel is Board Certified in Dermatology and Dermatopathology, and is a full Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of California Medical Center. He has practiced Dermatology in Walnut Creek for over 30 years.
Daniel Wall, M.D.
Board Certified in Dermatology, Dr. Wall attended Columbia University for his undergraduate studies and continued at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, for his medical degree. He was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society for being one of the top medical students in his class. Dr. Wall completed his internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado. He completed his dermatology residency at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, IL.
Providing dermatologic care since 2001, Dr. Wall maintains memberships with such professional organizations as the American Academy of Dermatology, California Dermatologic Society, Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.
While at Columbia University, he played outside linebacker on the varsity football team. He currently serves as the team dermatologist for the San Francisco Giants baseball team.
Jay Zimmerman, M.D.
Jay Zimmerman, M.D. received his B.A. in molecular and cell biology from Northwestern University and M.D. degree from the University of Chicago. He did his Dermatology training at UCLA Medical Center where he was Chief Resident of Dermatology in 2006 and a Volunteer Clinical Professor of Dermatology. Dr. Zimmerman is Board Certified in Dermatology. He has practiced Dermatology in the Bay Area for a number of years, specializing in both general and cosmetic skin issues.
Christine Connor-Goold FNP/PA-C is a board-certified Physician Assistant and a Family Nurse Practitioner. Christine graduated from UC Davis, School of Medicine FNP/PA Program in 2004, and has enjoyed a lengthy career in medical, cosmetic and especially surgical Dermatology. She is a medical speaker for two pharmaceutical companies, and also occasionally serves as a clinical preceptor for PA students in their externship phase.
Prior to her current career, Christine graduated from the College of the Sequoias Registered Nursing program in 1986. She specialized in Emergency Services for 18 years and was also an ACLS instructor, Forensic Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and coordinator for Trauma regional committees and Cardiac door-to-drug studies.
Currently she practices at both our Walnut Creek and Brentwood locations.
Melissa Pattee, M.P.A.S., PA-C
Melissa Pattee, M.P.A.S., PA-C is a Physician Assistant specialized in medical and cosmetic Dermatology. She has gone through special training to become Dr. Becker’s practice specialist in Juvederm™ Dermal Filler. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in molecular and cellular biology from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies from Samuel Merritt College, where she also contributed to the education of future Physician Assistants as a clinical preceptor. Melissa was born and raised in the Bay Area, and is very familiar with this diverse part of California. She wants every patient to leave the office feeling they’ve learned something new, as well as having received the finest possible care.
Saloni Patel, MPAS, PA-C
Saloni Patel is a physician assistant specializing in dermatology. She has worked in various aspects of medicine including emergency medicine, general surgery and dermatology. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics and Food Administration from CSU, Chico, a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from Samuel Merritt University and graduated with her PA in 2003. Saloni enjoys being outdoors, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Jeannie Jhu, PA-C
Jeannie Jhu received her Bachelor’s degree from UC Irvine, and attended UC Davis’ FNP/PA program. After graduating in 2001 she spent 8 years in the surgical field, including spine, general, urologic, cardiac, thoracic, vascular and OBGYN. Because of her surgical background, she is highly trained in excisions, biopsies, I&Ds, cyst removals, and wound care.
After starting her career in the field of Dermatology 6 years ago in the East Bay, Jeannie has advanced training and experience in Botox, fillers (Restylane, Restylane Silk, Juvederm, voluma, belotero, Sculptra) IPL, laser hair, Fraxel, Microneedling and Ultherapy. She prides herself in offering outstanding patient care and natural looking results.
Patricia Moser, RN, BSN
Patricia received her Batchelor of Science in Nursing from Cal State EastBay in 1989. She also received a degree in Homeopath from the Hahnemann College of Homeopathy in 1996. Patricia brings with her to the Walnut Creek Skin and Laser team over 20 years of nursing experience and has served the Brentwood area for over 15 years. Patricia is a highly skilled and knowledgable healthcare professional.
Paula Merrier, RN
Paula received her nursing degree from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth MN. In 2006 she pursued her passion to enter the field of Aesthetics, obtaining her aesthetician license in 2008. With 9 years of experience, Paula continues to educate herself on the latest in aesthetics by attending trainings and seminars. Focusing on non-surgical enhancement procedures which help patients reverse the signs of aging, regain self-confidence and improve over all “well-being”. Paula’s number one priority is providing patients with the highest level of personalized care.