Fellowship in Preventative Medicine
Carl Powell

Carl A. Powell, D.O.

Cardiff Medical Spa
Cardiff Medical Spa

Graduated Fellow


D.O., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.C.S.

Dr. Carl A. Powell is a board certified surgeon who specializes in Cosmetic Surgery. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Society of Cosmetic Breast Surgery. He is a member of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, the American College of Phlebology, the American Society of Photodynamic Therapy, and the California Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. He has performed thousands of surgical procedures over the course of a twenty year medical career.

Dr. Powell grew up in California, attended college at the United States Naval Academy, did premedical training at San Diego State University, and completed medical school at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. He received the “Most Outstanding Student” award graduating in the top ten percent of his medical school class. He was recognized by his faculty in “Who's Who in American Medical Schools” for his achievements during his four years of medical school.


Dr. Powell served in the Navy for thirty-one years prior to retiring in 2002. His surgical training was from the University of California-Davis where he trained under surgeons in San Francisco, Oakland, and Sacramento. During the last year of surgical training, Dr. Powell was chosen to accompany a distinguished cardiothoracic surgeon to Leningrad to train Russian heart surgeons. Dr. Powell received his initial plastic and cosmetic surgery training from plastic surgeons in San Francisco and Oakland as part of his residency program.

Dr. Powell spent the last seven years in the Navy taking care of military families and retirees at Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital. During this period, he trained hundreds of doctors, nurses, and corpsman in operational and wartime surgical care as well as medical students and residents in hospital care. He had the honor to serve as a surgical fellow and faculty member for the Baylor University general surgery residency program operating at Ben Taub County Hospital, in Houston,Texas. Many of Dr. Powell's trainees were instrumental in saving lives in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Dr. Powell has been dedicated to cosmetic surgery for the last five years. He has been trained by prominent surgeons throughout the country, has attended workshops and seminars on the newest procedures, and has personally performed more than a thousand cosmetic procedures. He served as the director of the San Diego Laser Medical Center for a year and presently is the director of the Cardiff Medical Spa in Cardiff, California. He has joined with Mary Roberts, an experienced laser and operating room nurse in order to bring the full spectrum of cosmetic care to the women [families]of San Diego county. He is dedicated to providing state of the art cosmetic care, in a safe and non-threatening manner, and at a fair and reasonable price. His goal is to improve every client's self esteem and self image by enhancing their existing beauty.