OUR TEAM

Your health is important to us. We understand that you take the time to find a medical practitioner who is competent, experienced, understanding and supportive. We want you to feel comfortable and reassured each time you visit River Ridge Dermatology. Our staff works as a team to ensure we respond to your needs and keep you informed. We look forward to getting to know you.


Chad Johnston, D.O., F.A.A.D.

  • West Virginia University, undergraduate
  • West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, medical school
  • Charleston Area Medical Center, residency
  • West Virginia University, dermatology residency -chief resident of dermatology, 2008-2009

Chad Johnston was born and raised in the New River Valley in Peterstown, West Virginia. As an undergraduate at West Virginia University he played football for the Mountaineers, from 1992-1997. He was starting quarterback for the 1994-1996 seasons, and his teammates elected him team captain.

Dr. Johnston pursued his medical career after briefly playing professional football. He has practiced dermatology in the New River Valley since 2009, and opened River Ridge Dermatology in 2011.

Outside of work, Dr. Johnston enjoys spending time with this family and giving back to the community. He enjoys coaching local youth sports, and the whole family are avid West Virginia Mountaineers fans.

Dr. Johnston is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. He is a member of several medical groups, including the American Board of Dermatology, American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, American Osteopathic Association, West Virginia Dermatological Society, and Virginia Medical Society. He served as the co-program director of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine/LewisGale Montgomery Regional Hospital dermatology residency program from 2009-2011.


Aleksandra Brown, D.O., F.A.O.C.D., F.A.A.D.

  • Coe College, undergraduate
  • Des Moines University, medical school
  • Ohio University, internship
  • Michigan State University, dermatology residency-chief resident of dermatology, 2012-2013

Aleksandra Brown was born in Derventa, Bosnia and Herzegovina and came to the United States as an exchange student in 1999. She decided to pursue a career in medicine after working in a hospital emergency room as an undergraduate. She earned her D.O. from Des Moines University in 2009, where she was awarded the academic and service excellence award for outstanding academic and interpersonal leadership. She lives in Blacksburg with her family, and is fluent in Bosnian, Serbian, and Croatian in addition to English.

Dr. Brown is board certified by the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology. She is a member of several medical groups, including the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, the American Osteopathic Association, and the Virginia Medical Society. She joined River Ridge Dermatology in 2013.


Jason E. Bailey, PA-C

  • Virginia Tech, undergraduate
  • Jefferson College of Health Sciences, physician assistant school

Jason Bailey has a decade of experience and training as a physician assistant in dermatology. He diagnoses and treats patients with acne, eczema, psoriasis, moles (nevi), skin cancers, actinic keratosis (precancers), spider veins, and many other conditions. Jason is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, and his clinical interests include melanocytic neoplasms and photoaging.


Susan Gaither, FNP, MSN

  • Bluefield State College, undergraduate
  • Radford University, graduate school

Originally from the Princeton area of West Virginia, Susan began her nursing career at Princeton Community Hospital. She worked in the emergency room at Tampa General Hospital and Regional Medical Center-Bayonet Point, both in Florida, before returning to the New River valley. She has been practicing dermatology since 2004.

While pursuing her master’s degree at Radford University, Susan was a graduate teaching fellow, responsible for the clinical instruction of undergraduate nursing students.

Susan Gaither is licensed by the state of Virginia as a Family Nurse Practitioner and as a Registered Professional Nurse. She is a member of the Dermatology Nurses Association.


Melanie Schano, MSN, FNP-C

  • Radford University, undergraduate
  • Georgetown University, graduate school

Raised in Blacksburg, Melanie Schano began her nursing career in the emergency department, first working at the Scott and White Memorial Hospital, a level-one trauma center in Texas, and the Carilion New River Valley Medical Center. She began working with Dr. Johnston in 2011.

Melanie Schano is licensed by the state of Virginia as a family nurse practitioner and a registered nurse. She is a member of the Dermatology Nurses Association, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners.


Kevin Kendall, practice manager

Concord University, undergraduate

Kevin Kendall has 20 years of experience in management, training, marketing, and medical practice management. He has received special training in medical billing and coding. His no-nonsense leadership, forthright communication style, efficiency, and expertise helps keep River Ridge Dermatology running smoothly.