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.

A photo of jared brackenrich, D.O.

jared brackenrich, D.O.

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM-VA)

Dr. Brackenrich is from Pembroke, Virginia, 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!

A photo of Jordan Cook, D.O.

jordan cook, D.O.

Western University of Health Sciences (COMP-NW)

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.

An image of Craig Garofola, D.O.

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.

A photo of Karla Guerra, D.O.

Karla Guerra, D.O.

Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Guerra is from Santurce, Puerto Rico, and attended medical school in North Carolina. “I love that dermatology allows me to follow patients from the time they’re very young into older age,” she says. Dr. Guerra also enjoys the variety that practicing dermatology brings – from saving lives by removing melanoma with Mohs surgery to improving quality of life with acne treatment.

Fun fact about Dr. Guerra: she loves cooking arroz con gandules, a traditional Puerto Rican beans and rice dish, with her husband and son.

An image of Tessa Mullins, D.O.

tessa mullins, d.o.

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM-VA)

Dr. Mullins grew up in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, 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.

A photo of Abby Russell, D.O.

Abby Russell, D.O.

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM-VA) 

Dr. Russell is from Chattanooga, Tennessee, and attended medical school in Blacksburg. She decided to go into dermatology because she loves helping people treat skin conditions they don’t think can be improved. “Patients try all sorts of things at home to get rid of what they’re suffering from,” she says. “When they finally come to the dermatologist, they’re met with a variety of treatments they didn’t know were possible.”

Fun fact about Dr. Russell: she was a yoga teacher while she was in medical school. Power yoga is her favorite.