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“The Women Behind Paradise Dermatology – Unmasked”

Presented by Paradise Dermatology August 31, 2020

In 2012, Dr. Michelle Pennie took over a solo practice in Englewood from a retiring physician. She had moved to Sarasota a year prior and was ready to stay put after moving her twin boys from Atlanta and then St. Louis for her training. While there was a great opportunity for her to join the faculty at the University of Florida, she decided to call Sarasota home.

Acquiring the practice allowed her to build a business based on her values—patient centered, compassionate, caring and family-friendly. Since this early beginning in a small five exam-room clinic, Paradise Dermatology has expanded to two modern offices in Sarasota and Englewood. The team includes Dr. Chelsea Duggan, four midlevel providers, and over 30 staff— several who have been with Dr. Pennie since the beginning.

Additionally, Dr. Pennie is a founding member of Premier Dermatology, a Florida-based, physician-owned dermatology group formed to protect medical practices from corporate competition. Physician-owned practices can place patient care and staff well-being above financial returns and productivity metrics. Premier Dermatology has thrived under this model and has added multiple practice locations on the west coast of Florida.

Dr. Chelsea Duggan joined the Paradise team in 2018 and was a natural fit—compassionate, kind, friendly and passionate about dermatology. Dr. Duggan has a passion for international medicine and was able to spend time in a dermatology clinic in Malawi. Along with her international travels, Dr. Duggan also has been published in dermatology journals and values research that helps expand knowledge in the field of dermatology.


  • Voted Herald-Tribune Best Dermatologist in Sarasota for the past two years
  • In eight years, Paradise Dermatology has grown from a solo physician office to a thriving practice with six providers, over 30 employees, and two office locations
  • Dr. Pennie is a Founding Partner of Premier Dermatology, a physician-owned dermatology group competing in the increasingly corporate world of medicine
  • Dr. Pennie is a fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon and trained under Dr. George Hruza, the past AAD President and one of the early trainees under the founder of Mohs Surgery, Dr. Frederic Mohs

Paradise Dermatology 
3355 CLARK ROAD, #101, SARASOTA, FL 34231 | (941) 921-4131
699 S. INDIANA AVE., ENGLEWOOD, FL 34223 | (941) 474-8811