QualDerm Further Expands its Quality-Driven Network in North Carolina

Riva Dermatology Joins QualDerm’s Growing Network of Patient-Centric Practices 

BRENTWOOD, TN (August 6, 2021) 

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

Riva Dermatology provides a full range of general dermatology, skin cancer care, and cosmetic services. The practice serves communities in the Lake Norman area, with offices in Cornelius, Mooresville and Denver, North Carolina. Riva Dermatology’s clinical staff includes, Kerry Shafran, MD, Ashley Noone, PA-C, Erin Dice, PA-C, Lindsay Jayson, PA-C, and Nikki Leahy, PA-C. The practice’s staff also includes Mari Klos, LE, CMA, a licensed medical aesthetician.

“Over the years, Riva Dermatology has earned a reputation for providing patients with the highest-quality dermatological care and cosmetic services possible,” says Dr. Shafran. “QualDerm’s commitment to quality and their track record of helping high-caliber practices grow is why we chose to partner with them.”

Dr. Shafran, a board-certified dermatologist, has practiced dermatology for over 20 years. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry from Duke University. Then he completed his medical degree at Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University, graduating with honors. Following an internship in internal medicine, Dr. Shafran completed specialty training in dermatology at Medical University of South Carolina, where he served as chief resident. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and is also an active member of numerous professional organizations such as, the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Dermatology Foundation Leaders Society, Charlotte Dermatology Association, North Carolina Medical Society, Mecklenburg County Medical Society, and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.

North Carolina was the first market QualDerm entered, six years ago, through a partnership with The Skin Surgery Center. Today, the company’s network includes 53 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 further.

Physician Autonomy and quality patient care are the foundation of QualDerm’s True PartnershipSM model. Physicians 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. 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.

“We are honored that Riva Dermatology has chosen to join the QualDerm network,” says Bill Southwick, CEO of QualDerm. “Dr. Shafran and his team have worked hard to build an outstanding practice, and we look forward to helping them expand services to meet the growing dermatological needs of patients in the Lake Norman area.”


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 www.QualDerm.com.


About Riva Dermatology

North Carolina-based Riva Dermatology provides a full range of general dermatology, skin cancer care, and cosmetic services. Kerry Shafran, MD, a board-certified dermatologist, leads a staff of 4 Physician Assistants and a Licensed Medical Aesthetician to care for patients in the Lake Norman area. The practice has offices in Cornelius, Mooresville and Denver. For more information, visit www.RivaDerm.com.



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QualDerm Partners

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