St. Petersburg Skin and Laser center

Dr. Chelsea Kesty


Introducing Dr. Chelsea Kesty, a distinguished Dermatologist with a zeal for holistic, patient-focused care. Dr. Kesty seamlessly blends her exceptional academic credentials, warm demeanor, and an aesthetic touch to elevate your patient experience. She cultivates an atmosphere of respect and openness during each patient interaction.

With a philosophy rooted in the belief that everyone deserves to look and feel their best at any age, Dr. Kesty’s approach to cosmetic dermatology is as individualized as you are. Expertly wielding wrinkle relaxers, dermal fillers, and advanced laser technologies, she enhances your natural beauty, leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Beyond her professional duties, Dr. Kesty is passionate about her community. She’s been instrumental in numerous skin cancer screening initiatives and served at the American Academy of Dermatology’s Camp Discovery. Here, she offered care to children with severe dermatological conditions, creating an inclusive and joyful space for all. She’s also made her mark globally, participating in medical missions across countries like Ghana and Peru.

She is an active member of esteemed organizations such as the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the American Academy of Dermatology, and the Women’s Dermatology Association.

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Education & Experience

  • Hometown: St. Petersburg, alumni of Shorecrest Preparatory School
  • Undergraduate Education: Wake Forest University, Magna Cum Laude, Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology
  • Postgraduate Experience: Biochemistry Research Department at Wake Forest Medical School
    • Conducted research on cancer cell proliferation and targeted gene therapies
  • Medical School: University of South Florida School of Medicine
    • Completed the SELECT program (Leadership, Lean Six Sigma, Quality Improvement, Healthcare Systems, Emotional Intelligence, and Values-Based Patient-Centered Care)
    • Honored with the Carol M. Petrucelli, MD Outstanding Student Award in Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery
  • Recognition: Inducted into the Robert A. Good Honor Society for commitment to health improvement through research, innovation, and scholarly endeavors
  • Honors: Significant contributor to dermatology academia
      • Over 40 research initiatives
      • Numerous publications and textbook chapters
      • Pioneered innovative patient education and safety initiatives, including a step-by-step video guide for wound care
      • Acts as a mentor to aspiring dermatologists
      • Extends dermatology expertise to primary care providers

View Dr. Chelsea Kesty’s full Curriculum Vitae here.  

Getting to Know Dr. Chelsea Kesty

We want to let you get to know Dr. Chelsea Kesty a bit more personally. You might have noticed the similar last names. Dr. Chelsea Kesty and Dr, Kat Kesty are sisters. Dr. Chelsea joined her older sister’s practice in 2023.

  • Most inspiring part of your job: I love getting to know my patients and hearing their stories.
  • Favorite place you’ve ever travelled and why: Hawaii- I love to hike, surf, and walk on the beach.
  • Ideal Meal: chocolate croissant and coffee from a local St. Petersburg coffee shop
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