U.S. Dermatology Partners Expands in Arizona by Partnering with Beatrice Keller Clinic Dermatology

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Arizona-based Beatrice Keller Clinic Dermatology joins U.S. Dermatology Partners with three locations in Sun City West, Peoria and Goodyear and eleven board-certified physicians on staff

Beatrice Keller Clinic Dermatology

"The strong reputation and high quality of care fostered by Dr. Groff and his associates brings another well respected practice into our growing organization” said Dr. Howard Luber, Southwest Regional Medical Director.

U.S. Dermatology Partners (“USDP”) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Arizona-based Beatrice Keller Clinic Dermatology (“BKC” or “BKC Dermatology”). With three locations in Sun City West, Peoria and Goodyear and eleven board-certified physicians on staff, the partnership strengthens USDP’s existing footprint, bringing its total number of physicians to almost 30 in the greater Phoenix area. U.S. Dermatology Partners is a physician-owned, dermatology-focused practice management organization.

“We are excited to welcome the physicians and staff of the Beatrice Keller Clinic to the Southwest division of U.S. Dermatology Partners. The strong reputation and high quality of care fostered by Dr. Groff and his associates brings another well respected practice into our growing organization,” said Dr. Howard Luber, Southwest Regional Medical Director. “With the addition of these 11 physicians, we are substantially expanding our network and the patient communities we serve in Arizona.”

Founded in 1989 by Dr. James Groff, Beatrice Keller Clinic Dermatology serves the greater Phoenix area with eleven board-certified physicians on staff. The practice offers a comprehensive array of dermatological treatments including medical dermatology, cosmetic dermatology and Mohs micrographic surgery. BKC was named in honor of Beatrice Keller-Groff, Dr. Groff's late mother, whom he credits with making his dream of practicing medicine come true.

“We are honored to have the 11 physicians of the Beatrice Keller Clinic join us,” said Geoff Wayne, CEO. “They have collectively established a stellar reputation in the West Valley area of Phoenix, and it was important to them to associate with other practices of similar caliber. We are proud of this new affiliation and of the great team of over 30 physicians we have assembled in Arizona in less than one year. We look forward to working with the great physicians and support team at BKC for years to come.”

Artthapol Tanphaichitr, MD joined BKC Dermatology in 2015 and practices general dermatology. Dr. Tanphaichitr earned his medical degree from the six-year B.S./M.D. program at Northeast Ohio Medical University in 1998. He completed his Dermatology Residency in 2002 from The Ohio State Medical Center where he was Chief Resident. After completing his residency, Dr. Tanphaichitr practiced general dermatology in Cleveland, Ohio for 13 years with the last two years serving as the Residency Program Director at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. As the Residency Program Director, he was responsible for overseeing one of the largest and most prestigious training programs for dermatology resident education. Dr. Tanphaichitr provides care across the full spectrum of general dermatology including diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers, acne, rashes, warts, cysts, moles, and other skin growths. He is board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology.

Dan Nelson, MD joined BKC Dermatology in 1990 and practices general dermatology at the Sun City West and Peoria locations. He earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and completed his residency at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Nelson’s primary focus at BKC is skin cancer and general dermatology. He is board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology.

Deborah Zell, MD joined BKC Dermatology in 2015 and specializes in Mohs micrographic surgery and procedural dermatology. She earned her medical degree from the Tulane University School of Medicine and performed her Internal Medicine internship in New Orleans at Charity Hospital, University Hospital, Tulane University Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Hospital. Dr. Zell completed her Dermatology Residency at the University of Miami where she also served as a Clinical Research Fellow in the Department of Dermatology. While there, she initiated, managed and conducted fourteen clinical trials focusing primarily on scarring and keloids, and earned the Surgical Award and the Kramer Research Award two years in a row. Dr. Zell earned her Mohs Fellowship under the guidance of Dr. Daniel Siegel in New York, where she also performed surgery at the State University of New York (SUNY) – Downstate, the Veterans Affairs Harbor Hospital in Brooklyn and in private practice. Dr. Zell is an active member of the Women's Dermatologic Society, the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and the American College of Mohs Surgery. She is board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology.

J. Scott Kennedy, DO joined BKC Dermatology in 2012 and practices at the Sun City West location. He earned his medical degree from Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, Arizona. After earning his medical degree, Dr. Kennedy spent his residency at the Wilford Hall/Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas. Dr. Kennedy’s primary focus at BKC is medical dermatology, skin cancer and surgical dermatology. He also performs cosmetic procedures including Botox, Pulse Dye Laser, and Chemical Peels. Dr. Kennedy is board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology.

Katharine Cordova, MD attended the University of Arizona for medical school where she graduated with academic honors, Alpha Omega Alpha. She went on to complete her Internship in Internal Medicine through Harvard Medical School at Brigham and Women's Hospital and in 2009 she finished her Dermatology Residency at Brown University where she was Chief Resident. After two years of practicing medical and surgical dermatology in Rhode Island, she completed a Mohs Fellowship under the expert tutelage of Nathaniel Jellinek, M.D. Dr. Cordova joined BKC Dermatology in 2011 and practices Mohs surgery, facial reconstruction, nail surgery and cosmetics at the Sun City West location. She is board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology and a fellow of both the American Academy of Dermatology and the American College of Mohs Surgery. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix.

Lori-Ann Wilcox, MD joined BKC Dermatology in 1997 and practices at the Sun City West and Peoria locations. She earned her medical degree from Oral Roberts University of Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma and completed her residency at the Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Wilcox's primary areas of focus include general dermatology for all ages, skin cancer screening and surgery, and inflammatory disorders of the skin. She is board-certified and a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Melissa Efron-Everett, MD received her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and graduated among the top of her class as an elected member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She completed her Dermatology Residency at the University of Texas at Houston and MD Anderson Cancer Center where she was honored to serve as Chief Resident. Skin cancer evaluation, treatment, and prevention are a cornerstone of Dr. Efron-Everett’s practice. Her additional areas of expertise include the diagnosis and treatment of psoriasis, rosacea, acne, rashes, eczema and other problems of the skin, hair and nails. Dr. Efron-Everett also offers a range of cosmetic services including skin rejuvenation for the treatment of aging skin, sun spots, and uneven pigmentation. She is board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Rita George, MD joined BKC Dermatology in 2000 after serving in the U.S. Air Force. She earned her medical degree from the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland and completed her Dermatology Residency at Wilford Hall US Air Force Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to pursuing medicine as her passion, Dr. George earned a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from Cooper Union in New York and a Master of Science in Business Administration. Dr. George’s primary focus is medical dermatology, but she also performs cosmetic procedures including Botox for wrinkles and removal of unwanted growths. She is board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology.

S. Elizabeth Whitmore, MD, ScM, MS joined BKC Dermatology in 2011 and practices at the Sun City West and Goodyear locations. She earned her medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana and completed her Dermatology Residency at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. Dr. Whitmore’s areas of interest include general medical dermatology, surgical dermatology and cosmetic dermatology. She is board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology.

Troy Ellis, MD joined BKC Dermatology in 2014 and practices at the Peoria location. He received his medical degree from Columbia University – College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, New York. Dr. Ellis completed his Internship at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas and went on to complete his Dermatology Residency at the Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam in Houston, Texas. During Dr. Ellis’ tenure as a military physician he was awarded both the Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medals for going above the call of duty during his service. He was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in 2001 where he served as General Medical Officer for a brigade of four thousand soldiers. Dr. Ellis performs both medical and cosmetic dermatology and he is board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology.

Valerie Huls, DO joined BKC Dermatology in 2008 and practices at the Goodyear location. She earned her medical degree from the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri. Dr. Huls went on to complete her Internship, Family Practice Residency, and Dermatology Residency at Nova Southeastern University – Sun Coast Hospital in Largo, Florida. She performs both medical and cosmetic dermatology at BKC Dermatology and is board-certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology.

If you would like more information about U.S. Dermatology Partners, or if you have any questions regarding the partnership with Beatrice Keller Clinic Dermatology, please contact one of the team members listed below:

U.S. Dermatology Partners

Geoff Wayne
Chief Executive Officer
Geoff@usdermpartners.com    

Scott Wells
Chief Development Officer
SWells@usdermpartners.com    

Brent Ohlsen
Director of Corporate Development
BOhlsen@usdermpartners.com

About U.S. Dermatology Partners
Headquartered in Dallas, TX, U.S. Dermatology Partners provides comprehensive practice management services to over 170 board-certified dermatologists and 61 mid-level providers across more than 90 locations in Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Virginia. U.S. Dermatology Partners provides comprehensive management services allowing providers to focus exclusively on delivering high-quality care to patients.

As one of the largest physician-owned dermatology practices in the country, patients of U.S. Dermatology Partners not only have access to general medical, surgical, and cosmetic skin treatment through its coordinated care network, but also benefit from the organization’s strong dermatology thought leaders and medical advisory board. The physicians of U.S. Dermatology Partners are fervently focused on providing the highest level of patient-first care, and its team therefore includes recognized national leaders in areas such as clinical research, psoriasis and Mohs Surgery. To learn more, visit usdermatologypartners.com

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