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.
Meet our resident physicians from the LewisGale Hospital Montgomery Graduate Medical Education program.
River Ridge staff:
Meet our team of doctors, nurses, physician assistants, and office staff below.
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.
Catherine Lee, PA-C
Catherine Lee is a graduate of the Physician Assistant program at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina. A Texas native, she received her bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University, and she considers both Texas and Florida home.
Catherine suffered from cystic acne as a teenager and tried many topical and laser treatments to find relief. It was this experience that sparked her interest in medical and cosmetic dermatology.
In her free time, Catherine is a certified vinyasa yoga instructor, enjoys hiking and biking (with sunscreen on!), cooking, and creative writing.
TORY SHAVER, DERMATOLOGY TECHNICIAN
Tory Shaver was born and raised in Pearisburg, Virginia. A graduate of Giles High School, Tory completed training at the Giles County Technology Center Licensed Practical Nurse Program.
After joining River Ridge in 2013, Tory completed additional training to become a Certified Dermatology Technician and has worked extensively with Dr. Brown—training to perform many of the practice’s cosmetic procedures. Her clinical interests include microneedling, dermaplaning, and laser treatments.
SAMANTHA DEFRANCISCO, MEDICAL AESTHETICIAN
Samantha DeFrancisco’s interest in aesthetics began during a part-time job at a Texas day spa when she was 16. Seeing people’s confidence transformed spurred her to join the field. Samantha studied aesthetics at the Vogue College of Cosmetology, and lasers at the Texas Laser Institute, both in Austin, Texas.
Samantha received her certification in the state of Texas to perform cosmetic laser treatments and neurotoxin treatments, and is experienced in microneedling, chemical peels, and facials. Samantha is licensed in the state of Virginia as a Medical Aesthetician.
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.