River Ridge Dermatology welcomes new resident physicians

River Ridge Dermatology welcomes new resident physicians

BLACKSBURG, VA – River Ridge Dermatology welcomed two new resident physicians, Karla Guerra, D.O. and Abby Russell, D.O., to the practice, and bid farewell to Dr. Nathan Miller, who completed his residency and is moving to Oregon.

Drs. Guerra and Russell will be working out of River Ridge’s three office locations in Blacksburg, Narrows, and Roanoke.

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SPECIAL: UltraShape Power and VelaShape Treatments for the New Year


January 8, 2018

Need to boost your resolve for your 2018 resolution?

River Ridge is running a special on UltraShape Power® and VelaShape® treatments for the new year. UltraShape Power® packages are reduced by $1,000, and VelaShape® Club membership will be free, for a combined savings of $1,200.

Call today for more information or to book an appointment: (540) 951-DERM (3376)

River Ridge Dermatology Staff Win 11th Annual Best Bedside Manner Awards

January 3, 2018

Three of our team members received a 2017 Best Bedside Manner Award from OurHealth Roanoke & New River Valleys Magazine. Congratulations to Dr. Chad Johnston for placing second and Dr. Aleksandra Brown for placing third for Dermatology in the New River Valley, and to Jason Bailey for placing third for Physician Assistant (PA) in Roanoke.

River Ridge Wins Vriginia Living's Best Derm Practice

May 11, 2017

We are proud to announce that we won “Best Dermatology Practice” in Virginia Living Magazine's 2017 survey! Thank you to everyone who voted. We truly love our patients and the work we do to protect their health.

Best Dermatology Practice

First place: River Ridge Dermatology, Blacksburg, RiverRidgeDerm.com, 540-951-3376

River Ridge Dermatology was founded in 2011 and now occupies three offices in Blacksburg, Roanoke and Giles. Most recently, River Ridge began offering laser hair removal and body contouring, in addition to a full list of medical services, including skin checks, melanoma detection, surgical dermatology, and cosmetic procedures such as Botox and Y-Lift.

Cosmetic Services Open House - Blacksburg


March 8, 2017

River Ridge Dermatology invites you to explore our cosmetic services and products during a spring open house on April 19th from 4-7 p.m. at our Blacksburg office (3706 S Main St. Suite B, Blacksburg, VA 24060). You can learn all about our new body contouring procedures and other cosmetic treatments designed to help you look and feel your best. We hope you will join us! 

  • Special pricing on products
  • Chance to win a free Ultrashape treatment
  • Presentation at 5:30 p.m. by Dr. Aleksandra Brown about skin care solutions
  • Many other specials and giveaways which will be revealed at the event

River Ridge Dermatology Staff Win 10th Annual Best Bedside Manner Awards

January 9, 2017

Three River Ridge Dermatology team members received a 2016 Best Bedside Manner Award, presented by OurHealth Roanoke & New River Valleys magazine. Dr. Chad Johnston was awarded Gold in Dermatology, Dr. Aleksandra Brown was awarded Bronze in Dermatology, and Susan Gaither was awarded an Honorable Mention for Nurse Practitioner.

In response to winning his award, Johnston explained why good bedside manner is important to him: “My patients are my people—they are my friends, neighbors, and community. Giving them the time and attention they deserve builds mutual trust and helps me to partner with my patients to tailor their care to their needs and wants.”

Last May, healthcare consumers and patients in the community cast more than 35,000 votes for the 2016 awards. Winners were announced in the December/January issue. Johnston, Brown, and Gaither previously won Bedside Manner Awards in 2012 through 2015.

River Ridge Dermatology first in state using new body contouring technology 

November 15, 2016

River Ridge Dermatology is now the first practice in Virginia to offer a new body contouring treatment. Called the UltraShape Power, the procedure uses noninvasive ultrasound to permanently destroy selected fat cells. 

“As a full-service dermatology practice, we’re always looking for new ways to meet our clients’ needs,” said Dr. Aleksandra Brown. “We are proud to offer this innovative treatment as the demand for body-shaping continues to grow.” 

UltraShape Power is the first and only FDA-cleared procedure of its kind. Unlike other fat-burning treatments, it’s nonsurgical and doesn’t require any recovery time.  

Additional body contouring services offered by River Ridge Dermatology include the VelaShape and Kybella. Dr. Brown will also soon be certified in a minimally invasive facial contouring technique called the Y LIFT. 

These treatments add to the practice’s long list of comprehensive medical, surgical, and cosmetic services. It continues acquiring new medical technologies in an effort to provide its patients with the most advanced care. 

On the medical side, River Ridge Dermatology plans to offer in-house Mohs micrographic surgery in the coming months. The state-of-the-art treatment removes cancerous skin layer by layer, leaving healthy tissue unharmed.  

Free Skin Cancer Screenings from River Ridge Dermatology

April 26, 2016

May is Melanoma Awareness Month, and doctors Aleksandra Brown and Chad Johnston are providing free skin cancer screenings in Roanoke and Christiansburg on May 6 and 13. “We see new cases of skin cancer in our office every day,” Johnston said.

“When skin cancer is found early and treated, the cure rate is nearly 100 percent,” Brown added. However, if allowed to grow, melanoma can spread quickly—with dangerous, and sometimes fatal, results.

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer over the course of their lifetimes, and more than 3 million people will be treated for skin cancer this year, according to studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

The signs of skin cancer can be subtle—a patch of dry, flaky skin that doesn’t seem to clear up, a mole that becomes bigger or itchy, or a sudden new growth. Skin cancer affects men and women of every age and skin tone.

People who have had several serious sunburns or have used tanning beds are considered at high risk, but some forms of skin cancer appear on parts of the body that are not often exposed to the sun.

“An initial screening takes just a few minutes,” Johnston said. “It gives us a sense of your skin’s overall health, and we can show you what to look for on a daily basis.”

Screenings are first come, first served and will be held in private rooms at each location. Participants can schedule follow-up appointments with the doctors on the spot. 

Christiansburg skin cancer screening:
Friday, May 13
1-5 p.m.
Christiansburg Recreation Center


Roanoke skin cancer screening:     
Friday, May 6
1-5 p.m.
Sweet Donkey Coffee House

Johnston and Brown are board-certified dermatologists at River Ridge Dermatology, caring for patients in Blacksburg, Narrows, and Roanoke, Virginia. Their practice offers comprehensive medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatological services for adults and children.

River Ridge Dermatology Expands to Roanoke

November 4, 2015

River Ridge Dermatology, with offices in Blacksburg and Narrows, is opening a new location in Roanoke on December 1. The practice is currently taking appointments for new patients.

The office will be at the former location of Virginia Skin and Vein. The River Ridge Dermatology team welcomes patients of Dr. Marty Smith, who retired recently. Jason Bailey, a physician’s assistant with Virginia Skin and Vein, will practice with River Ridge Dermatology.

River Ridge Dermatology’s board-certified dermatologists — Chad Johnston and Aleksandra Brown — will treat patients with medical skin conditions and perform any needed surgical procedures when necessary. Cosmetic dermatology treatments will also be available. 

“We are dedicated to your health and the health of your skin,” said Dr. Johnston. “We’re very excited about opening a new office and bringing our quality care to Roanoke patients.”

River Ridge Dermatology offers same day and next day appointments most days, and accepts most insurances.