South Coast MedSpa's Distinguished Medical Team

Dr. Paul Knittel, M.D.

Dr. Douglas Ballesteros, M.D.

Courtney Toogood, Lead PA-C

Dr. Paul Knittel, M.D. - Regional Medical Director

Dr. Paul KnittelDr. Paul Knittel joined the South Coast Medical Spa and assumed the role of Regional Medical Director in August 2012.  Dr. Knittel is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician and has been serving patients and our communities since 1999.

Dr. Knittel was born in Fullerton, California and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.  At an early age, health and medicine intrigued him, and he was determined to become a physician, and help those in need. 

For his undergraduate studies, he attended the University of California Berkeley, where he earned his bachelors degree in Psychology.  He was then accepted into the prestigious Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.  Dr. Knittel completed Medical School in 4 years, and earned his Medical Degree from USC in 1998. 

He was then accepted into the elite Emergency Medicine Residency Training Program at the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center.  Here he trained under the country’s leading ER Physicians, and he was exposed to a diverse mix of illness and traumas.  Dr. Knittel completed his USC Emergency Medicine Residency in 2002, and immediately joined an ER Physician Group in southern California.  He has been working at two local community hospital emergency departments for the past 10 year before joining the South Coast Med Spa team in 2012.

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Dr. Douglas Ballesteros, M.D.

Dr. Douglas BallesterosDr. Douglas Ballesteros joined the South Coast Medical Spa and assumed the role of Regional Medical Director of the San Diego offices in August of 2012.  Dr. Ballesteros is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician and has been serving patients since 1999.

Dr. Ballesteros was born in Riverside, California and been a permanent resident of Southern California.  Medicine has forever been a career choice of his and the sciences have intrigued him from a young age. 

For his undergraduate studies, he attended the University of California San Diego, where he earned his bachelors degree in Microbiology.  He was then accepted into the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.  Dr. Ballesteros completed Medical School in 4 years, and earned his Medical Degree from USC in 1999. 

He was then accepted into the elite Emergency Medicine Residency Training Program at the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center.  Here he trained under the country’s leading ER Physicians, and was exposed to a multitude of cultures and pathology.  Dr. Ballesteros completed his USC Emergency Medicine Residency in 2003, and immediately joined an ER Physician Group in San Diego.  He has been working at local underserved community hospital emergency departments for the past 9 year before joining the South Coast Med Spa team in 2012.

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Courtney Toogood, Lead PA-C

Courtney Toogood PA-CCourtney Toogood PA-C is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistant's (NCCPA) and is licensed by the Physician Assistant Board of the Medical Board of California. She joined South Coast MedSpa in the beginning of 2010 after undergoing an extensive hands-on training program supervised by our highly trained medical staff.

Courtney was born and raised in Southern California and at an early age she realized her desire to help others and was determined to have a career in the medical field. Before graduating high school she knew she wanted to become a Physician Assistant so that she could truly focus on the health and wellness of others. She attended the University of California, Irvine and earned her bachelors degree in Biological Sciences in 2006. She was then accepted into the Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) program at the College of Allied Health Professions at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Ca. After completing the rigorous 2 year academic and clinical curriculum, she earned her Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 2009. During her clinical training, Courtney developed a love for the dermatological field and chose to further her experience in dermatology by completing multiple elective rotations with leading Dermatologists in both Orange and Riverside counties. Throughout this training she expanded her knowledge and hands-on experience in both medical and aesthetic dermatology. This eventually led her to South Coast MedSpa where she has enjoyed spending the last few years helping people to feel more comfortable and confident about their skin and themselves.

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