Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte Joins QualDerm Partners

Partnership Further Expands QualDerm’s North Carolina Network of High-Quality Dermatology Practices

BRENTWOOD, TN (September 7, 2021) 

QualDerm Partners, a company that creates market-leading dermatology practice partnerships through affiliations and de novo development, today announced Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte has joined the company’s network of affiliated physician-owned practices.

Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte provides a full range of medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology care. Serving the community since 2006, the practice’s clinical staff includes Deborah Nixon, MD, Shawne Caputo, PA-C, Kelly Wood, PA, and Laura Smith, PA-C. Amy Amlin-Wilfong, a licensed esthetician, also serves clients at the practice.

“We are excited to join the QualDerm network,” says Dr. Nixon. “Over the last several years, QualDerm has partnered with top-caliber dermatologists in North Carolina and many other states. Their commitment to quality and physician autonomy were the leading factors in our decision to affiliate with them.”

Dr. Nixon, a board-certified dermatologist, has practiced in Charlotte for over 20 years. She specializes in skin cancer screening exams and treatment. Dr. Nixon provides general dermatology care and a wide array of cosmetic services. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University and a medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Dr. Nixon completed her internship at Vanderbilt University, followed by an internal medicine residency at Georgetown University. She then completed residency training in dermatology at the University of South Florida.

Currently, the QualDerm network includes 55 practice locations and centralized laboratory services across North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Ohio. QualDerm has plans to expand into other markets as well. Six years ago, The Skin Surgery Center was the first North Carolina-based practice to partner with the organization.

QualDerm provides practices with management support, capital and guidance for growth. The company has a highly-experienced team of financial, administrative, IT and HR professionals to handle the day-to-day practice management duties as well as other issues that may arise. Physician partners hold leadership roles throughout the organization, including on Regional Joint Operating Committees, the corporate board, and the physician-led Quality Council, to ensure business decisions align with what is best for patients.

“Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte has earned a reputation for providing patient-centric, quality dermatology care,” says Bill Southwick, Chief Executive Officer of QualDerm. “We are honored they have joined our network. Dr. Nixon’s and her team’s experience will be a beneficial addition to our network as we continue to grow in the region.”


About QualDerm Partners

QualDerm Partners helps top-tier dermatologists position their practices for sustainable growth and profitability. The company creates market-leading practice partnerships through affiliations and de novo development. QualDerm provides the management support, capital, and guidance for growth. Under QualDerm’s True PartnershipSM model, physicians are partners, not employees, and retain their own practice brand. This doctor-driven model is designed to maintain physicians’ clinical autonomy and ensure the highest-quality patient care. QualDerm offers physicians tailored partnership structures to meet their needs, as well as the option to sell their practices.  For more information, visit


About Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte

North Carolina-based Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte provides high quality, innovative skincare, including medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology, in a caring and professional environment. Dr. Deborah Nixon, a board-certified dermatologist with over 20 years’ experience, leads a staff of 3 physician assistants and a licensed esthetician to care for patients in the Charlotte area. For more information, visit




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