ABRY-backed USDP Acquires Two Arizona Dermatology Practices

8/29/17

U.S. Dermatology Partners, backed by ABRY Partners, expands into Arizona with two new partnerships: Southwest Skin Specialists and Skin Spectrum

These partnerships give U.S. Dermatology Partners a presence in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tucson

U.S. Dermatology Partners, formerly known as Dermatology Associates, is pleased to announce that it has expanded into the state of Arizona with the acquisition of two separate practices: Southwest Skin Specialists, which has locations in Phoenix and Scottsdale, and Skin Spectrum, which has one location in Tucson. U.S. Dermatology Partners is a dermatology-focused physician services and management organization providing premier dermatologic care.

Southwest Skin Specialists:

Southwest Skin Specialists was founded in 1989 by Dr. Howard Luber and offers a full suite of general dermatology, surgical and cosmetic dermatology, Mohs micrographic surgery and dermatopathology services. The processing and interpretation of skin specimens is done at an in-house dermatopathology laboratory. Southwest Skin Specialists has a team of 11 physicians on staff, all of whom are board-certified.

Dr. Howard Luber earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1982. His postgraduate training included an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and a dermatology residency at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Luber practices general dermatology with particular interests in skin cancer and the cutaneous manifestations of internal diseases. He is also an Associate Professor at the Creighton University School of Medicine.

Dr. Miriam Cummings earned her medical degree from Ohio State University in 1991. Her postgraduate training included an internal medicine internship and a residency in dermatology at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Cummings specializes in nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, including but not limited to: soft tissue fillers, peels, laser treatments and botulinum toxin. She is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Creighton University School of Medicine.

Dr. Joseph Giancola graduated with honors from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine in 1990. His postgraduate training included an internship and residency in internal medicine at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Phoenix and a residency in dermatology at the University of Arizona. He completed a Mohs surgical fellowship at the Laser and Dermatologic Surgery Center in St. Louis in 2001. Dr. Giancola specializes in Mohs surgery and cutaneous oncology and is an Associate Professor at the Creighton University School of Medicine.

Dr. Amanda Rainwater earned her medical degree from George Washington University in 1994. Her postgraduate training included an internal medicine internship at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina and a residency in dermatology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She practices general medical dermatology and is also an Associate Professor with the Creighton University School of Medicine.

Dr. Julie Salmon earned her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco in 1990. Her postgraduate training included an internal medicine internship at UCSF and a residency in dermatology at Oregon Health Services University, where she was chief resident. Dr. Salmon specializes in nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, including but not limited to: soft tissue fillers, peels, laser treatments and botulinum toxin.

Dr. Benjamin LeSueur practices general and surgical dermatology and is an Associate Professor at the Creighton University School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Arizona in 2000 and completed a medical internship and a residency in dermatology at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Dr. Neel Patel earned his medical degree from the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School and Parkland Hospital in 1999. His postgraduate training included both an internal medicine residency and a residency in dermatology at Washington University’s Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Dr. Patel practices general and surgical dermatology with a particular interest in the cutaneous side effects of chemotherapy, psoriasis, rheumatologic dermatology and cutaneous oncology. He is an Associate Professor at the Creighton University School of Medicine.

Dr. Shannon Heck earned her medical degree from the Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS). She stayed on at EVMS to complete an internship in Internal Medicine (2002) and a residency in Dermatology (2005). Dr. Heck specializes in nonsurgical cosmetic dermatology and serves as an Assistant Professor at the Creighton University School of Medicine.

Dr. David Glembocki earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1997. His postgraduate training included a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology and a fellowship in dermatopathology at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Kimberly Yeung-Yue acquired her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. She completed her internship at the University of Texas – Houston and a residency in dermatology at Wayne State University in Detroit, where she served as chief resident. She practices general dermatology for patients of all ages.

Dr. Christina Kranc earned her medical degree from Loyola University in Illinois. Her post-graduate dermatology training was completed at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County in Chicago, where she served as chief resident. Dr. Kranc practices general medical and cosmetic dermatology.

“The physicians and staff of Southwest Skin Specialists are excited to join U.S. Dermatology Partners and launch its Arizona division,” said Dr. Howard Luber, the founding physician of Southwest Skin. “We look forward to merging USDP’s management strategies and resources with our practice culture, to provide the highest quality of dermatologic care to a larger population of patients within our community. In this changing healthcare environment, we are confident that this relationship will enable us and other partner practices to meet the growing skin care needs of Arizona.”

“We are excited to partner with the outstanding team at Southwest Skin,” said Geoff Wayne, CEO of U.S. Dermatology Partners. “As one of the most respected practices in the region, Southwest Skin affords us the opportunity to work with like-minded physicians to expand access to outstanding patient care in Arizona.”

Skin Spectrum:

Dr. Jody Comstock established Skin Spectrum to provide world-class dermatology services to Tucson residents and the practice is now a top provider of facial rejuvenation procedures and a nationally renowned cosmetic practice. Dr. Comstock’s expertise in the latest laser technologies and cosmetic techniques sets her apart as a leading dermatologist in Tucson. Along with Dr. Tina Pai, who specializes in injectable treatments, Skin Spectrum provides quality, timely dermatology services to enhance the health and beauty of your skin.

Dr. Jody Comstock earned her medical degree from Michigan State University and completed her residency at the University of Arizona. She worked in a multispecialty practice for one year before establishing Skin Spectrum.

Dr. Tina Pai earned her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She did an internal medicine internship at the Mayo Medical Center before completing her dermatology residency at the University Hospitals of Cleveland in Ohio.

“It is with great pleasure and excitement that Skin Spectrum has partnered with U.S. Dermatology Partners,” said Dr. Jody Comstock, founder of Skin Spectrum. “We have been in practice 27 years and have known and worked with our excellent colleagues and the practice of Southwest Skin Specialists in Phoenix for the majority of these years. We hope to blend our expertise in cosmetic dermatology with their medical and cosmetic skills to enhance the patient experience. We are proud to partner with SWSS and USDP, to form the leading practice in Arizona offering premier dermatological care.”

About U.S. Dermatology Partners

Headquartered in Dallas, TX, U.S. Dermatology Partners provides comprehensive practice management services to 117 board-certified dermatologists across 66 locations in Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Arizona, Louisiana and Maryland. U.S. Dermatology Partners is focused solely on supporting providers so that they can focus exclusively on delivering high-quality, medically-focused care to patients.

U.S. Dermatology Partners is making it easier for people to connect with a dermatologist and gain access to the very latest in dermatology care for the entire family and state-of-the-art treatment for diseases of the skin. As the 3rd largest physician-owned dermatology practice in the United States, patients not only have access to general medical, surgical and cosmetic skin treatments through its coordinated care network, but also benefit from the practice’s strong dermatology subspecialty thought leaders and medical advisory board. To be the best partners to its patients, U.S. Dermatology Partners is fervently focused on providing the highest level of patient-first care, and its team therefore includes recognized national leaders in sub-specialties including psoriasis and Mohs surgery. To learn more visit usdermatologypartners.com

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