About Mountain Pine Dermatology

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Mountain Pine Dermatology first opened in Meridian, Idaho in 2016

In a few short years, we have added another board certified dermatologist and a physician assistant to our team, and we are now providing dermatologic services in five different locations across the Treasure Valley area: Meridian, Mountain Home, Caldwell, Emmett, and Baker City. In 2018, we were nominated for the Meridian Stars Award.

Our passion is helping people. We are here to provide the best dermatologic care possible; we take a whole body approach, improving the skin and overall health by getting to the source of the problem for each individual. From skin cancer screening and treatment to personalized solutions for acne, eczema, and other skin conditions, you can expect the best care from our team at Mountain Pine Dermatology.

R. Scott Thomas, DO, FAAD, FAOCD

  Richard Scott Thomas is a board-certified dermatologist who grew up in the Treasure Valley. After graduating from Nampa High School, he served a 2-year LDS mission in Madrid, Spain where he became fluent in Spanish.  His BS in Biology with a minor in Spanish was obtained from Brigham Young University.

  After his undergraduate studies, he attended medical school at A.T. Still University/Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri.  After a Transitional Internship at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, Oregon, Dr. Thomas completed his Dermatology Residency training at Western University of Health Sciences/Silver Falls Dermatology in Salem, Oregon.

  At a young age, Dr. Thomas was taught by his parents to always put himself in the shoes of others.  This invaluable lesson gravitated him towards the field of dermatology as it allows him to treat physical dermatologic conditions while also treating the emotional well-being of patients.  Additionally, Dr. Thomas appreciates the diversity within the specialty, which allows him to treat conditions such as acne, warts, more chronic skin diseases such as psoriasis and rosacea, perform various cosmetic procedures, and treat potentially life threatening skin cancer.

  Treating skin cancer is of particular interest to Dr. Thomas as he received extensive Mohs micrographic surgery training during residency. He is a fellow of the American Society for Mohs Surgery.

  Dr. Thomas is an avid sports fan, especially of BYU football and Utah Jazz basketball. His other hobbies include hiking, traveling, site seeing, running, and spending his free time with his wife and children.  He is extremely grateful to be back home in the Treasure Valley.

Professional Organizations
American Academy of Dermatology
American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.
American Society for Mohs Surgery
American Osteopathic College of Dermatology.
American Osteopathic Association
Idaho Medical Association
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Benjamin Perry, DO, FAAD

  Dr. Perry is a board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon. He
prides himself in the identification and treatment of skin cancer. He believes that
patient education should be a central part of every visit. He takes a thoughtful
approach to each visit helping his patients determine the treatment plan that will best meet their needs.

  Dr. Perry has been an author of multiple articles published in nationally recognized
peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology,
Dermatologic Surgery, International Journal of Dermatology, Cutis, and the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. The topics have included pigmented growths, skin rashes, geriatric dermatology, pediatric dermatology, skin cancer, and surgical reconstructive techniques among others. He was a top finisher in the annual nationwide resident research competition. His main professional interests include skin cancer prevention, screening, and treatment including advanced surgical reconstructive techniques. He also stays up to date on the latest treatments that are available for the many skin conditions that can be encountered in dermatology.

  ​Dr. Perry served for 2 years as a LDS missionary in New Hampshire. He continues to enjoy volunteering within the community and strives toward improving access to medical care for all individuals within the local community and throughout the world.

Professional Organizations
American Academy of Dermatology
American College for Mohs Surgery

Chelsea Miller PA-C

  Chelsea Miller PA-C, brings her knowledge and experience as a certified physician assistant to the patients of Mountain Pine Dermatology.

  Chelsea is a 32 year old Idaho native, and graduated with honors from Boise State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree, emphasis in Exercise Science, Fitness Evaluation and Programming. She then received her Master of Medical Science degree in physician assistant studies from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona in 2012. Chelsea received her medical training in several specialties including family practice, internal and emergency medicine, orthopaedics, as well as refining her skills in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

  Chelsea has been working in cosmetic and medical dermatology since 2013. She is certified in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) as well as Basic Life Support (BLS). In her free time, Chelsea enjoys running, snowboarding, paddle boarding, rafting and hiking with her husband. She is very energetic and excited to join Dr. Thomas, providing excellent cosmetic and medical dermatological care at Mountain Pine Dermatology.

 LaDessa Christensen, FNP-BC

LaDessa is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner and is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She has been practicing medical and surgical dermatology since 2016. After experiencing cystic acne as a young adult she has a passion for helping people understand and love their skin no matter the skin issue.
LaDessa completed her Bachelors and Masters degrees with honors as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Idaho State University. She then completed a Dermatology Residency with Silver Falls Dermatology in Washington/Oregon. She had been practicing on the Oregon coast prior to joining Mountain Pine Dermatology. She grew up in the Treasure Valley and is very excited to return to be closer to friends and family.

In her free time LaDessa enjoys spending time with her 2 young kids and husband, walking, exploring new areas, traveling and kayaking

Brandi Ballenger, Aesthetician

Brandi is a licensed Aesthetician with over 14 years of experience. She loves the opportunity and growth the medical side brings. Brandi is certified in microneedling, dermaplaning, ProCell Therapies microchanneling, and hydrafacials.  She has also had extensive experience with Glymed Plus, Epionce, Elta MD, and Eminence Organic skin care lines.

Born and raised in Idaho she attended Nampa High School where she met and married her high school sweetheart. Together they have two little girls and love to spend all their free time with them. She attended BSU for a year before discovering Esthetic school and falling in love with her new profession. It was a path she was meant to take after suffering from acne during high school.  She now finds the most rewarding part of her job to be helping people with acne and helping them feel pampered and more confident with their skin.  She also loves building long-lasting friendships with her clients.

Services offered:
microneedling, BT-Micro ultrasonic facial, chemical peels, dermaplaning, facials, lash and brow tinting, waxing, extractions.

Customer Reviews

 “Super friendly and caring staff! Had several good experiences with both providers. They genuinely listen to my concerns and are very thorough. Overall just great doctors and a great clinic!”
– Rachelle W.
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