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Meet Our Providers

Nikki Tang, MD, FAAD, FACMS

Nikki Tang, MD, FAAD, FACMS

Dr. Nikki Tang is excited to be returning to the West Coast and her new position as the Mohs Surgeon at The Clinic for Dermatology & Wellness.

Dr. Tang went to the prestigious Brown University for her B.A. in Sociology, after which she attended the Brown University Warren Alpert School of Medicine.

Her Dermatology residency and Mohs Surgery Fellowship were completed at Mt. Sinai Beth Israel-St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in New York City.

After finishing her training, Dr. Tang was the Director of Cutaneous Surgery and Oncology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Assistant Program Director for the dermatology residency program.

Her passions outside of treating skin cancer include travel, skiing, music, and enjoying the great outdoors.

Kevin Wright, MD, FAAD

Kevin Wright, MD, FAAD

Dr. Kevin Wright recently joined our team here at The Clinic for Dermatology & Wellness as our board-certified Staff Dermatologist and Medical Director.

Dr. Wright currently splits his time between Medford and San Diego, where he is an active duty United States Naval Officer serving as the Staff Dermatologist at the Naval Medical Center San Diego (Balboa). Dr. Wright and his family have long been interested in the Rogue Valley and plan to settle here after his time in the Navy concludes.

Dr. Wright received his medical degree from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Washington DC after graduating with a double major from the University of Colorado.  After running a hyperbaric chamber for US Navy dive teams in Micronesia, he then completed 3 years of dermatology training at the Naval Medical Center San Diego, the last as Chief Resident. He was the recipient of the Alfred Hollander Memorial Award for teaching, as well as professional and personal integrity. Dr. Wright specializes in all facets of complex medical and surgical dermatology, with an extra focus on aesthetic and sun care regimens, acne, tattoo reactions, anogenital disease, infectious diseases of the skin, and precancerous and cutaneous oncology.  His dermatologic career and passion for travelling have taken him around the world.

Outside of work, Dr. Wright and his family can usually be found enjoying the great outdoors. He is an avid surfer and enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with his family.

Mary Braden, MD, FAAD

Dr. Mary Braden is a dual board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist who joins The Clinic for Dermatology & Wellness as our dermatopathologist after a ten-year career in the United States Army.

She grew up in upstate New York and attended Siena College, graduating Magna cum laude, before attending medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University. She completed her residency training at San Antonio Military Medical Center and a dermatopathology fellowship at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Dr. Braden was selected as the first chief resident for her class, and at the completion of residency was awarded the Major David S. Berry award, given to the top graduating resident from all SAMMC residency programs.

During her Army career, she served as the Chief of Dermatology at Martin Army Community Hospital in Fort Benning, Georgia, and then on the dermatology teaching staff at Walter Reed for the last two years. Her military awards include the Army Achievement Award, Army Commendation Award with one oak leaf cluster, and Joint Service Commendation Award, among others.

She has authored several articles in peer-reviewed dermatology journals and presented at numerous national meetings, including the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, the American Society of Dermatopathology Annual Meeting and Essentials Course, and the International Society of Dermatopathology Annual Meeting.

Joe Gatti, MPAS, PA-C

Joe Gatti, MPAS, PA-C

Joe Gatti is a native of the Pacific Northwest, who moved to Medford after 15 years of active duty military service in the United States Army to focus on his family and his love for dermatology.

After graduating from Del Norte High School in Crescent City, CA, Joe earned a Congressional appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Following his graduation and commission as a Second Lieutenant in May 2005, Joe then applied to and excelled in the military’s Interservice Physician Assistant Program through the University of Nebraska Medical Center. After graduating with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS), then-Captain Gatti spent the next four years serving the Soldiers of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, as a dermatology focused Physician Assistant. 

Joe is highly passionate about medical, surgical, and aesthetic dermatology, with a particularly keen interest in excellent aesthetic results with dermatologic surgeries and procedures. “I don’t want my patients to only LOOK healthy,” he says, “but after healing, know they ARE healthy!” 

He is certified and trained in aesthetic dermatology, including body contouring (CoolSculpting), neuromodulators (Botox), and dermal fillers (Juvéderm), as well as advanced dermatologic surgical procedures. Joe takes great pride in his ability to offer patients maximum flexibility for their dermatologic needs while minimizing the necessity of seeing multiple clinicians at multiple facilities. 

Joe is a founding member of The Clinic for Dermatology & Wellness and focuses his passion for excellence to his ongoing pursuit of better health, inside and out, for his patients, staff, friends and family. 

Elena Forster, PA-C

Elena Forster, PA-C

Elena Forster, PA-C, born and raised in Russia, recently moved with her family to the Rogue Valley from Pasadena, California. Over the past fifteen years she acquired expertise in all areas of dermatology, practicing in medical (adult and pediatric) and cosmetic dermatology. While Elena particularly enjoys medical dermatology and the challenges posed by difficult cases, she feels very passionate about treating children with skin diseases and offering support to them, and their families.

Elena is a graduate of Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. She enjoys research and working on the cutting edge, and was listed as a sub-investigator on eight separate clinical trials conducted under the umbrella of Pasadena's well-regarded Huntington Hospital.

In many ways her move north to Oregon has felt like a homecoming because the Rogue Valley so closely resembles her home in southern Russia, where she graduated from medical school prior to coming to the United States. 

Elena and her family are enjoying settling into their new lives - gardening, cooking, hiking with their Weimaraner, and sampling local restaurants. Their favorite pastime is exploring, and they are happiest when wandering the streets of ancient European cities or engaged in the hunt for the perfect Tuesday night taco truck!

David Richardson, PA-C

David grew up just outside of Raleigh, North Carolina and completed his undergraduate studies at Elon University where he obtained a degree in Spanish Language and Literature. Following, he began a career as a high school Spanish teacher and volunteer interpreter for Urban Ministries, an open-door clinic that provides services to those most affected by poverty in the community.

Desiring to be more directly involved in the care for patients, David returned to the Duke University Physician Assistant program where he obtained a Master’s in Health Sciences. Excelling in his studies, David was originally selected to complete surgical residency through Duke University Hospital, an opportunity that he would turn down following his first interaction with dermatology patients. “Dermatology was the only area of medicine that satisfied my curiosity for complex internal medicine, my passion for surgery and my eye for cosmetics.”

Since graduation David has worked in Dermatology, starting his career on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State where he joined a small practice with aims of increasing access to rural populations. Temporarily relocating to Florida to help care for his parents, David had chosen to return to the PNW. In his free time David enjoys the outdoors including golf, hiking and traveling.

David creció en las afueras de Raleigh, Carolina del Norte, y obtuvo su licenciatura en lengua y literatura española de la Universidad de Elon. Comenzó una carrera como profesor de español en la escuela secundaria e intérprete voluntario para Urban Ministries, una clínica pública que sirve a los más afectados por la pobreza de la comunidad.

En 2013, se inscribió en la universidad de Duke donde estudió para ser médico asociado. Reconocido por sus resultados sobresalientes, David fue seleccionado originalmente para completar la residencia quirúrgica en el Hospital de la Universidad de Duke, una oportunidad que rechazaría debido a su primera interacción con pacientes de dermatología. La dermatología fue el único campo de la medicina que mezcló mi pasión por la medicina interna, por la cirugía y también por la cosmética.

Desde cumplir sus estudios, David ha trabajado en Dermatología, iniciando su carrera en la Península Olímpica de Washington donde trabajaba en una pequeña clínica con el objetivo de aumentar el acceso a la medicina al pueblo rural. Después de mudarse temporalmente a Florida para cuidar a sus padres, David tomó la decisión de regresar al PNW. En su tiempo libre, David disfruta del aire libre, incluso el golf, el senderismo y los viajes internacionales.