SHELLEY K. HOOVER, M.D., PH.D., F.A.A.D.
Dr. Hoover is a Board-Certified Dermatologist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD). She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado. She then earned a Master’s Degree and PhD from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado, majoring in Microbiology and Immunology. She moved to Richmond, Virginia to complete postdoctorate research focusing on T-cell immunology research in organ transplantation, breast cancer and melanoma. Dr. Hoover has published numerous scientific articles based upon this research. She graduated in 1994 with a Medical Doctorate. Dr. Hoover completed her Internship in Medicine and Dermatology Residency at the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University. She has practiced Dermatology in Richmond since that time. She continues her interest in immune mechanisms of skin diseases and melanoma and practices adult and pediatric General, Medical, Surgical and Cosmetic Dermatology including Botox, fillers and chemical peels. She recently won the “Patient’s Choice Award” for excellence in Dermatology, is frequently listed as one of Richmond’s “Top Docs” in Richmond Magazine, has been quoted in local magazines, and is a featured physician on the Henrico County Video, “More Than Skin Deep, our Most Common Skin Cancers”, which can be viewed on HCTV.
JULIE THAO TRAN, M.D., F.A.A.D.
Dr. Tran is a Board-Certified Dermatologist and Dermatologic Surgeon. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Tran obtained both her undergraduate degree as an Echols Scholar, and her medical degree with Alpha Omega Alpha honor from the University of Virginia. At the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Tran completed her Internal Medicine Internship and Dermatology Residency. Dr. Tran’s final year of Residency was distinguished by her appointment as Chief Resident. Dr. Tran has published many articles and given several national presentations on different dermatologic diseases. She was previously associated with Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery in Miami, Florida. Dr. Tran practices both adult and pediatric dermatology. She also specializes in dermatologic and cosmetic surgery including Botox, fillers, chemical peels, sclerotherapy, and laser therapy.
DIEM N. WU, M.D., F.A.A.D.
Dr. Wu is a Board-Certified Dermatologist and Dermatologic Surgeon. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. She received both her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Virginia, where she was an Echols Scholar and member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She completed her Internal Medicine Internship and Dermatology Residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Dr. Wu then worked as an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where she published many articles and taught Dermatology residents and medical students. Dr. Wu practices both adult and pediatric dermatology and is interested in medical and surgical dermatology.
DONNA HEPPER, M.D., F.A.A.D.
Dr. Hepper grew up in Columbus, Ohio. She attended the University of Virginia for her undergraduate degree and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She then completed medical school at Vanderbilt University as a Canby Robinson Scholar and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She completed her dermatology residency at Washington University in Saint Louis, where she served as Chief Resident. Dr. Hepper then went on to complete additional training as a fellow in dermatopathology.
She is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology and has authored numerous scientific journal articles and book chapters. Her interests include general, medical, and cosmetic dermatology as well as dermatopathology.
BRITTONY BLAKEY, D.O., F.A.A.D.
Dr. Blakey is a Board-Certified Dermatologist and Dermatologic Surgeon. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Blakey obtained her undergraduate degree from Ohio University and her osteopathic medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she was a member and Vice President of Sigma Sigma Phi Honors Fraternity.
After graduating medical school, she started her tour as an active duty Army Medical Officer. She completed her Internship and Dermatology Residency at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Dr. Blakey then went on to serve the remainder of her military commitment as a staff dermatologist at Martin Army Hospital in Fort Benning, Georgia. There she held positions as Chief of the Department of Dermatology and Chief of the Department of Medicine. Dr. Blakey was Adjunct Faculty for the Academy of Health Sciences and received numerous awards for her precepting and teaching of the physician assistant students, medical students and Family Medicine Residents. She was the recipient of a Meritorious Service Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, Army Superior Unit Award, Commanders Coin for Excellence, Commandant of Cadets Coin for Excellence and numerous service ribbons.
Dr. Blakey practices both adult and pediatric dermatology. She specializes in dermatologic and cosmetic surgery including skin cancer surgery, elective skin surgery, Botox, fillers, chemical peels, sclerotherapy, and laser surgery.
SAMANTHA MARTIN, FNP-C
Samantha Martin, FNP-C specializes in the treatment of skin cancers and other dermatologic conditions. She received her undergraduate degree in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia in 2012. Go Hokies! She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013, and then received her Master of Science in Nursing in 2017.
Prior to becoming a nursing Practitioner, Samantha worked for Affiliated Dermatologists of Virginia as a nursing assistant and then as Registered Nurse, while achieving her dream of becoming a Nurse Practitioner. She brings a wealth of dermatology knowledge and experience to the practice from working with each of our physicians. She will continue to work closely with Dr. Shelley Hoover.
Samantha is a member of American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.