River Ridge Dermatology is committed to providing the best possible skin care. We stay at the forefront of medical developments, and are actively engaged in educating the next generation of dermatologists—working with them to incorporate the newest technologies and treatments into our practice.
That’s why we proudly participate in the LewisGale Hospital Montgomery Graduate Medical Education program. Having recently completed rigorous medical education programs, resident physicians bring innovative practices and methodologies to the field of dermatology and to our patients.
We look forward to working with them to expand our services and provide the best medical care.
Luke Godwin, D.O.
Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Dr. Godwin is from Fayetteville, North Carolina and attended medical school at Campbell University. Struggling with hand warts as a child spurred his interest dermatology. “I love the variety that dermatology brings,” he says. “I get to treat patients with concerns ranging from alopecia to skin cancer to autoimmune diseases, and to help patients look and feel their best with cosmetic skincare services and procedures.”
Fun fact about Dr. Godwin: He played drums in varsity band.
Tyler Long, D.O.
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie
Dr. Long was born in Arkansas and raised in Orlando, Florida. He attended medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Long first became interested in dermatology during a rotation with a family friend, who was also a Mohs surgeon. “Dermatologists are some of the most versatile physicians,” he says. “We specialize in pathology, medicine, and surgery. It is very gratifying to be a one-stop-shop for patients’ skincare.”
Fun fact about Dr. Long: At 6’5”, many people expect him to be a basketball player. Instead, he’s a swimmer!
Dr. Jessica Kaprive
Dr. Kaprive is from Miami, FL and attended medical school in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She was drawn to dermatology at an early age when her dad was diagnosed with melanoma. As her interest grew, she became enthralled with the diversity and artistry possible in dermatology, including skin surgery, cosmetics, and general dermatology for all ages. She also has a passion for prevention & education, instilling healthy skincare and sun protection habits at every age.
Fun fact about Dr. Kaprive: She enjoys traveling and outdoor adventures like hiking, paddle-boarding, and skiing with her husband.
Dr. Jonmichael Samsel
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM-VA)
Dr. Samsel is from Morristown, TN and attended medical school in Blacksburg. He was drawn to dermatology after discovering the heavy psychosocial burden of patients with skin disease. “I’ve learned through my patients that our society frequently emphasizes physical appearance when determining self worth, and our skin is often our first impression to the world. I love helping alleviate some of that burden by walking alongside my patients toward healthier skin and improved mental health.”
Fun fact about Dr. Samsel: He played football for the University of Tennessee, and in his words is a “Vol for life who bleeds orange!”
Dr. Aaron Burch
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Auburn, AL
Dr. Burch was born in California but raised in Flower Mound, Texas. For undergraduate, he attended Abilene Christian University and then went on to attend medical school at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Auburn campus.
He knew he always wanted to be a dermatologist as he struggled with eczema early on and his dermatologist provided immediate relief. He wants to serve his patients in the same way. “Dermatology is a unique field in that you get to develop life relationships with your patients while also helping to meet surgical, medical, and cosmetic needs.”
Fun fact about Dr. Burch: He worked as an oil and gas landman before starting medical school.
Dr. McKenzie Tibbs
Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM)
Dr. Tibbs was born and raised in Bedford, VA and attended medical school in Lynchburg, VA. She became interested in dermatology after a family member’s passing due to a dermatologic condition and has been passionate about skin health ever since. “I love helping my community live better lives – whether that means better health through skin care management or cosmetic procedures to help people feel more confident in themselves.”
Fun fact about Dr. Tibbs: She attended UVA for undergrad, where she met her husband, and still regularly attends UVA football and basketball games.”