Jon R. Ward, MD

Board-Certified Dermatologist
Dr. Ward founded the practice in 2006 and has served as president of Dermatology Specialists of Florida since that time. He has performed more than 20,000 skin cancer surgeries using all recommended techniques including Mohs surgery, superficial radiation therapy, erbium laser ablation, cryosurgery, photodynamic therapy, electrosurgery, and curettage. Having every tool at his disposal to… Read more

Michael A. Stickler, MD

Board-Certified Dermatologist
Dr. Stickler joined Dermatology Specialists of Florida after serving as Chief Resident at the prestigious University of Florida Department of Dermatology Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida.  Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Stickler grew up the youngest of five children with plans to pursue a career in engineering.  While attending The Pennsylvania State University his direction… Read more

Eric W. Baum, MD, MS

Board-Certified Dermatologist
Eric W. Baum, M.D. is a board-certified dermatologist and clinical professor of Dermatology at the University of Alabama Medical Center in Birmingham. He has been on staff at the Baptist Medical Center Family Practice Residency Program and at Hunter College of New York, and if a Fellow of The American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Baum… Read more

Robert Calcote, MD

Board-Certified Dermatologist
Robert Calcote, MD, joined Dermatology Specialists of Alabama after more than 25 years of private practice in Jackson, Mississippi, and Auburn, Alabama. He is an expert in dermatologic surgery, cutaneous laser surgery, and blepharoplasty. He received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi in Jackson, and went on to dermatology residencies at Lloyd Noland… Read more

Paul D. Espy, MD

Board-Certified Dermatologist
Dr. Espy received his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Georgia Tech, where he was also honored by being inducted into the College of Engineering’s Hall of Fame. He attended Tulane Medical School and interned at the University of Utah, where he served in the US Department of Health and Human Services on the Navajo reservation. After… Read more

Dawn M. Hansen, MD, FACP

After receiving her medical training at the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison, Dr. Hansen completed her residency and specialty training at Keesler Medical Center in Biloxi, Mississippi. Prior to joining our team, she served as the Chief Medical Officer at the highly respected Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport and practiced general dermatology… Read more

Joanna McGetrick, MD

Board-Certified Dermatologist
Dr. McGetrick joined Dermatology Specialists of Florida in 2015, bringing with her expertise in surgical and cosmetic dermatology, as well as diagnosing and treating skin cancer. She attended medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. McGetrick completed her residency in Dermatology-Internal Medicine at the University of Wisconsin where she also… Read more

Michael B. Morgan, MD

Board-Certified Dermatopathologist, Board-Certified Anatomic & Clinical Pathologist
As Dermatology Specialists of Georgia’s Director of Dermatopathology, Dr. Michael Morgan leads our lab team in the microscopic analysis, diagnosis and discrimination of skin lesions. He is board-certified in both dermatopathology and in anatomic and clinical pathology. Dr. Morgan received his medical degree, his internship in internal medicine, and his residency in anatomic and clinical… Read more

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John H. Phillips III, MD

Board-Certified Dermatologist
Dr. Phillips joined us in 2014 after nearly thirty years of private dermatology practice in Louisiana and Mississippi. He is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic cosmetic surgeon offering expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer, acne and rosacea, as well and the use of advanced medical technology to repair and restore damaged and… Read more

John Louis Ratz, MD, MBA, FACP, FACMS

Board Certified Dermatologist
Dr. Ratz is a strong proponent of the ethical practice of medicine and is an equally strong patient advocate. As an educator, he feels it is important to make sure each patient thoroughly understands their unique situation and all of the instructions for treatment and care. He also feels it is important for our patients… Read more

Jeffrey Stricker, DO, MBA, CPE, FCAP

Board-Certified Dermatologist & Dermatopathologist
Jeffrey Blake Stricker, DO, MBA, CPE, FCAP, joined Dermatology Specialists of Alabama in 2015, bringing with him extensive experience in Mohs micrographic surgery and non-surgical superficial radiotherapy for the treatment of skin cancer. As a board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist, he specializes treatments for chronic and acute skin conditions, including excisional skin surgery, laser surgery, photodyanamic… Read more

George vonHilsheimer, MD

Board-Certified Dermatologist
George vonHilsheimer, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist with expertise in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. “Dr. v.”, as he is affectionately known by his patients, is a multi-time winner of the Vitals.com Patient’s Choice Award. Dr. vonHilsheimer completed his medical and dermatologic specialty training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, with additional… Read more

Karrie Burkhardt, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant
Karrie Burkhardt joined Dermatology Specialists of Florida in 2013. She holds a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Oklahoma. Karrie’s clinical experience includes focused work in the subspecialties of cosmetic dermatology, general dermatology and gynecological oncology.

Harmony Church, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant
Harmony Church joined Dermatology Specialists of Florida in 2011.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in physician assistant studies from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska.   Harmony has worked as a certified physician assistant, caring for North Florida patients in both plastic surgery and dermatology, since 2004. She is skilled in the delivery of cosmetic injectables, lasers… Read more

Amanda Day, PA-C, MPAS

Certified Physician Assistant
Amanda Day holds a master’s degree in medical science–physician assistant from Nova Southeastern University, and a bachelor’s degree in cell and molecular biology from Troy University. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants. As a Wiregrass area native, Amanda joined Dermatology Specialists of Alabama… Read more

Kelly Fordham, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant
Kelly Fordham is a Huntsville native who earned her master’s degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from UAB. She enjoys being able to put her clinical and surgical training to work for patients of all ages and the challenges that come… Read more

Sydney K. Givens, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant
Sydney King Givens joined Dermatology Specialists of Alabama in 2017. She is a Dothan native and holds a master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a bachelor’s degree from Samford University in Latin American Studies. Sydney’s clinical experience includes general dermatology and plastic surgery. She is also a member… Read more

Lauren E. Miller, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant
Lauren Miller earned her master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry from Jacksonville State University. She has worked in the specialty of dermatology since 2009. Lauren is a member of several professional organizations including, American Academy of Physician Assistants, Society of… Read more

Barry Newton, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant
Barry Newton joined Dermatology Specialists of Florida in 2010 after a 20-year military career. He is retired from the United States Air Force where he last served as the Physician Assistant to the Special Forces Operations Medical Element (SOFME). Barry is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and United States Air… Read more

Ariel Perry, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant
Ariel Perry joined Dermatology Specialists of Florida in 2016.  She holds her master’s degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Florida in Gainesville, and a bachelor’s degree from UF in microbiology and cell science. Ariel has been a practicing certified physician assistant since 2014 and has clinical experience in cardiology, electrophysiology and dermatology.

Heather Preisser, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant
Heather Preisser graduated from Florida State University before going on to earn her physician assistant degree from the Miami Dade College School of Health Sciences. Heather has extensive surgical and operating room experience. She is trained to provide all aspects of dermatological care, including skin cancer surgery, surgical reconstruction, and cosmetic procedures such as Botox®… Read more

Erin Risco, NP-C

Certified Nurse Practitioner
Erin Risco is a graduate of the University of South Alabama, where she earned both Bachelor’s and Masters’ of Science degrees in Nursing. Her prior experience and clinical expertise in the areas of surgical, laser and general dermatology have provided Erin with in-depth knowledge of a wide scope of treatments. Erin is a member of the Dermatology Nurse… Read more

Scott Shepard, PA-C, MPAS

Certified Physician Assistant
Scott Shepard joined Dermatology Specialists of Florida in 2013. He received medical and emergency care training while serving in the United States Air Force and completed his master’s in physician assistant studies at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Florida Academy of Physician… Read more

Amy Ward, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant
Amy Ward is a graduate of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree. She also competed the intensive Surgeon’s Assistant Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham earning a Bachelor of Science degree to support her passion for assisting with surgical procedures. Amy has more than 20… Read more

Kristi Wells, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant
Kristi Wells graduated from Tulane University with a double major in biology and psychology before going on to earn her master’s from the University of Florida’s Physician Assistant Program in 2003. She joined our practice in 2011 from Jacksonville, Florida, where she was working in Wolfson’s neonatal intensive care unit. She is a member of… Read more

Amy West, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant
Amy West has more than 15 years of experience as a physician assistant working in family medicine, acute care, and pediatrics, as well as, three years instructing health care professionals. She joined Dermatology Specialists of Florida in 2016 bringing with her extensive surgical and operating room experience. Amy earned her master’s degree in physician assistant… Read more