Welcome to our practice
Dr. Batra, a Mohs fellowship-trained, board-certified dermatologist, brings the best elements of her training at Harvard, Oxford, and Stanford to deliver cutting edge, outstanding medical, surgical, and cosmetic skin care.
Dr. Batra and her associates are well-versed in the latest advances and use state-of-the-art technology, but never forget that friendly, personalized, ethical care for patients is the top priority.
Meet Our Providers
R. Sonia Batra, MD, MSc, MPH
Dr. Batra is delighted to be practicing in her hometown. A native of Los Angeles, she ventured east for undergraduate studies at Harvard University after graduating Valedictorian of Palisades High School. At Harvard, she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Dr. Batra graduated early from Harvard in three years and was selected from California as the youngest Rhodes Scholar. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Genetics at the University of Oxford, England.
Dr. Batra earned her medical degree with honors from Harvard Medical School, where she was President of the Student Council. She also earned a Master’s degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her Internship, Residency, and Chief Residency in dermatology at Stanford University School of Medicine. She returned to Boston for fellowship training in Dermatologic, Laser, Cosmetic and Mohs Micrographic Surgery at SkinCare Physicians of Chestnut Hill as well as clinical research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Prior to private practice, Dr. Batra was the Section Head of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, CA. She remains actively involved in clinical research and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the USC Keck School of Medicine. She is also a Contributing Editor for the journal Dermatologic Surgery and a reviewer for the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
She is grateful to be supported by a medical family – her father, mother, brother, and husband are all physicians! Her husband, Sameer, is a urologist, and they are the proud parents of two children and a Havanese dog.
To read more about Dr. Sonia Batra, download her curriculum vitae here.
Jo-Anne Bustamante, MPAP, PA-C
Jo-Anne Bustamante is a board certified physician assistant. She has been specializing as a dermatology physician assistant since 2004. Jo-Anne is a native of Southern California and received her undergraduate degree from Occidental College. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. She continued her graduate education at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California and received a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Practice.
Jo-Anne is highly trained to perform medical as well as cosmetic procedures. She has had the pleasure of working with Dr. Batra since 2006. She treats a wide range of dermatologic issues, such as acne, rosacea, actinic keratoses, seborrheic keratoses, skin cancers, rashes, and warts, to name a few. Her cosmetic experience includes Botox, Dysport, Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm, Radiesse, Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) Peels, and various laser treatments. She also assists Dr. Batra with Mohs Micrographic Surgeries, blepharoplasties, liposuctions, and neck lifts.
During her free time, Jo-Anne enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and godchildren. She also enjoys snowboarding, running, and biking.
Christina L. Wagner, MPAS, PA-C
Christina L. Wagner is a board certified physician assistant. A native of Connecticut, she received her undergraduate degree in Pre-Physician Assistant Studies at James Madison University in Virginia. Continuing her education at Drexel Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, she graduated cum laude and received a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Christina specialized in emergency medicine at several Philadelphia ERs and later, transitioned to dermatology. She worked for a large dermatology practice outside of Philadelphia for three years. When an opportunity arose to continue her career in sunny California, she could not refuse. Christina is thrilled to be part of the Batra Dermatology team.
A member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, she was awarded diplomate status in 2012. Christina has been a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants since 2007. She treats medical dermatology conditions such as acne, skin cancer, psoriasis, rosacea, seborrheic keratoses and rashes. She is skilled at performing skin biopsies, cryosurgery, as well as full excisions. Christina also has experience with various cosmetic laser treatments.
When not at the office, Christina enjoys being active and outdoors. She loves to ski and snowboard, takes advantage of the ocean to swim or paddle board, and practices yoga.
Natalya Edery, Esthetician
Natalya joins our practice with over 20 years training from all over the world. After graduating from Esthetician School in the Republic of Kazakhstan, she spent her early years with a focus on massage therapy, practicing as a masseuse in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and eventually moved to the United States. She retrained and graduated from the Paris Beauty College in Concord, CA, and then joined the LaBelle Day Spa in Palo Alto, CA as their esthetician. We are fortunate she brought her services to Santa Monica, where we welcomed her to the Batra team to offer quality facials for our patients.
Natalya is an expert in tailoring her treatments to the needs of each individual patient's skin, leaving your skin feeling both treated and refreshed. She is currently offering appointments on Saturdays, with the option of weekday appointments upon availability.
Dr. Batra is also a frequent media expert. Click below to see examples of her appearances on national television.
ABC World News
Dr. Batra has had the opportunity to work with CBS's The Doctors. See the videos below!
Wound healing with fish skin:
Learn what Argyria is and how it can be treated:
Dr. Batra demonstrates the Levia Device for Psoriasis:
When do you need to see a doctor for a rash:
What is a Hemangioma?
Jo-Anne and Dr. Batra perform surgery on national television!
Dr. Batra featured on Stylohics:
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Appointments & Consultations
To schedule an appointment, please call (310) 829-9099 or book an appointment online.
If you are unable to keep an appointment, we ask that you kindly provide us with at least 48 hours' notice. This courtesy on your part will make it possible to give your appointment time to another patient. If you miss your appointment or cancel/reschedule with less than 24 hours' notice, you will be charged a $35 cancellation fee. We appreciate your understanding.
Our office provides on-call service for emergencies, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. During after hours, call (310) 829-9099, and follow the prompt to page Dr. Batra directly.
*Please Note: E-mail is not an emergency means of contacting us. If you have an emergency, you must call the answering service or your nearest emergency room.
Payment / Insurance
Medical insurance plans usually do not cover cosmetic procedures, and payment is due at the time of service. For your convenience, we also accept the following credit cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept personal checks.
We are an in-network provider for the majority of PPO Insurance Plans in California.
- Blue Cross
- Blue Shield
- Great West
- Health Net
- United Healthcare
- Writer's Guild
We do not accept any HMO, EPO, MediCal, Medicare Advantage PPO, or Cigna "Local Plus" insurance plans.
Our office staff will be happy to assist you in determining your eligibility.
Patients are responsible for deductibles, co-payments, and remaining balances.