Meet our Resident Physicians

River Ridge Dermatology is committed to providing the best possible skin care. We stay at the forefront of medical developments, and are actively engaged in educating the next generation of dermatologists—working with them to incorporate the newest technologies and treatments into our practice.

That's why we proudly participate in the LewisGale Hospital Montgomery Graduate Medical Education program. Having recently completed rigorous medical education programs, resident physicians bring innovative practices and methodologies to the field of dermatology and to our patients.

We look forward to working with them to expand our services and provide the best medical care.

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jared brackenrich, D.O.

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM-VA)

Dr. Brackenrich is from Pembroke, VA, and attended medical school here in Blacksburg. He developed an early interest in dermatology while shadowing his father, a physician in Giles County. “I gravitated to skin issues and was intrigued by the way they present on different people and types of skin,” he says. Having the opportunity to develop long-term relationships with patients of all ages also attracted him to the specialty.

Fun fact about Dr. Brackenrich: He was a Virginia Tech cheerleader in college. Go Hokies!

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jordan cook, D.O.

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP)

Dr. Cook is a Montana native who attended medical school in Oregon. She loves skin and the puzzle it presents for each patient. “I like the challenge of figuring out what’s going on, then seeing patients come back with real results,” she says. Often it means looking beyond the issues they’re presenting and creating an individualized treatment plan.

Fun fact about Dr. Cook: Her hobbies include snowboarding, dancing, cooking, and traveling.

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craig garofola, D.O.

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM-VA)

Dr. Garofola is originally from Pennsylvania and attended medical school here in Blacksburg. He says that he fell in love with the area and its network of medical professionals. Dr. Garofola became interested in dermatology when his uncle was diagnosed with melanoma, and he enjoys the procedural aspect of the specialty. “Medicine is really an art,” he says, “skin issues never look the same and there’s always a number of ways to treat each problem.”

Fun fact about Dr. Garofola: He likes anything outdoors: hunting, fishing, landscaping, and more.

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    nathan miller, d.o.

    A.T. Still University College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM)

    Dr. Miller is from Utah and attended medical school in Missouri at the founding institution of osteopathic education. “I wanted to challenge myself and help others in the process,” he says. Dr. Miller chose to specialize in dermatology because skin is often a manifestation of internal health, and helping patients with their complexions is rewarding.

    Fun fact about Dr. Miller: He served as a general medical officer in the U.S. Navy and is now a member of the Navy Reserve. 

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      tessa mullins, d.o.

      Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM-VA)

      Dr. Mullins grew up in Big Stone Gap, VA, and attended medical school in Blacksburg. She decided to pursue a career in medicine after watching her brother go through the process, and because she enjoys meeting new people. “I love the patient population here and can really empathize with them, since I’m from the area,” she says. Dr. Mullins believes that communication and understanding a patient’s goals are critical to being a successful dermatologist.

      Fun fact about Dr. Mullins: She played volleyball in college and has a goldendoodle.

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        robert murgia, D.o.

        University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (New England COM)

        Dr. Murgia is originally from Boston, MA, and moved to Virginia for his residency. He chose to specialize in dermatology because he loves procedures, working with entire families, and being able to quickly diagnose and treat patients. “I’ve learned that addressing a person’s lifestyle is just as important as treating the issue itself, especially with skin cancer and aging,” he says.

        Fun fact about Dr. Murgia: He really likes cosmetic dermatology lasers.