United Skin Specialists Expands to St. Louis

MINNETONKA, Minn. (March 7, 2016) — United Skin Specialists LLC (“USS”), a dermatology-directed practice management group, announced today that it has acquired the Laser & Dermatologic Surgery Center & Chesterfield ASC, a St. Louis -based dermatology clinic and Ambulatory Surgery Center owned by Dr. George Hruza, medical director.  USS is a Tonka Bay portfolio company.

Dr. Hruza is a past president of both the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and is a clinical professor of dermatology and otolaryngology at St. Louis University. He’s contributed to more than 150 scientific publications, including the textbook Principles and Practice of Laser Surgery and lectured extensively on many topics on four continents — lasers in dermatology, Mohs surgery, skin cancer, cosmetic surgery and dermatologic surgery. In addition, Dr. Hruza has been listed in St. Louis Magazine as one of the Top Doctors and Best Doctors in St. Louis for the last 15 years.

“USS will take the time-consuming, day-to-day administrative and management challenges off our plate,” said Dr. Hruza, Medical Director. “We’ll still operate as an independent clinic, but now we have more time to focus on exemplary patient care and dermatological research.”

The Laser & Dermatological Surgery Center is the premier center for laser skin treatments and skin surgery in the St. Louis area.

“We are very pleased to have Dr. George Hruza, current board member of the American Academy of Dermatology, join the USS team,”  said Dr. Brian Zelickson, CEO of USS. “Dr. Hruza is a major contributor to the industry. His knowledge of skin cancer therapy and activity in practice management fits very well into the guiding principles of USS.”

The Laser & Dermatological Surgery Center will maintain its brand name indefinitely, while leveraging economies of scale, industry experience, and the centralized administration services USS has to offer.

“USS is committed to a patient-centric environment for both practitioners and support staff,” said Jim Feinstein, president and COO of USS. “This is a major acquisition for United Skin Specialists. We are honored to be partnered with one of the premier Mohs surgeons in the country and welcome Dr. Hruza and his first-class team to the USS family.”

About United Skin Specialists (www.unitedskinspecialists.com)

Minnesota-based United Skin Specialists LLC (“USS”) provides shared practice management services to well-established dermatology practices. USS is known for its commitment to clinical independence and autonomy through a collaborative, custom approach to practice management. Its goal is to maintain and expand patient-oriented dermatologic services, and to create a great work environment for providers and support staff.

About Tonka Bay Equity Partners
Based in Minnetonka, MN, Tonka Bay Equity Partners is a private equity firm that acquires and invests in lower middle market businesses in the highly-engineered manufacturing, business services and value-added distribution sectors. For more information, call (952) 345-2035 or visit tonkabayequity.com.


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