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VitalSkin Dermatology Adds its First Affiliate Practice, Louisville Dermatology

November 3, 2020

Adam Lueken


Premier dermatology and aesthetics practice management firm welcomes James Wharton, MD and his team

 URBANA, IL – VitalSkin Dermatology, a world-class dermatology and aesthetics practice management firm, celebrates another milestone in its growth strategy with the addition of its first affiliating practice, James Wharton, MD and his team at Louisville Dermatology in Louisville, KY.

“My team and I are excited to now be a part of VitalSkin.” Dr. Wharton said. “Patient care has always been our focus, but with our growing business needs, more time has been needed for the non-clinical aspects of our practice too. But now with VitalSkin’s support, we’ll be able to focus more on the health of our community, plus add more services and advanced technology for the benefit of our patients.”

With Louisville locations in Middletown and Jeffersontown, Dr. Wharton and his team provide full dermatology and cosmetic services. These include treating common issues like acne, rosacea and psoriasis to cosmetic options to skin cancer screenings and treatment with Mohs surgery.

Dr. Wharton has over 20 years of dermatology experience, including over 10 years practicing in Louisville, and is board certified in both dermatology and dermatopathology. He’s a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the International Society of Dermatopathology, the American Society of MOHS Surgery, the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, the American Society of Dermatopathology and the Greater Louisville Medical Society.

“It’s a pleasure to welcome Dr. Wharton and his team into the VitalSkin family. He’s highly regarded in the Louisville area and brings a wealth of knowledge with him,” said Todd Petersen, chief executive officer of VitalSkin. “His patient-first approach and commitment to professional growth make him a great fit for our organization. We look forward to partnering with more like-minded dermatologists like Dr. Wharton in the future.”

Established in 2019, VitalSkin was designed with dermatologists at the center – aligning with their goals, supporting their needs and creating personalized plans to help them develop their practice and provide exceptional patient care. Alongside Petersen, VitalSkin is led by Dan Wiens, chief financial officer, and a full leadership team. The entire leadership team is experienced and well-versed in leading physician practice management firms. VitalSkin is backed by Armory Capital, a Champaign-Urbana family office with a legacy of successful and lasting partnerships. With Armory’s flexibility and permanent capital, VitalSkin can focus on building stable, long-term partnerships with dermatologists nationwide.

In addition to the Dr. Wharton affiliation, VitalSkin will soon be opening their first dermatology offices in Mattoon and Decatur, IL. The Mattoon office will open in December 2020 and the Decatur office will open in early 2021.


About VitalSkin Dermatology

Founded in 2019 in Urbana, IL, VitalSkin Dermatology is a world-class dermatology and aesthetics practice management organization. VitalSkin collaborates with dermatologists to create personalized growth plans for their practice based on what they want, and provides administrative support services including practice management and office support, business development, HR, IT, accounting, marketing, revenue cycle management, regulatory compliance, Medicare compliance, supply chain management and facilities management. VitalSkin is backed by Armory Capital, a Champaign-Urbana family office fund with a legacy of successful and lasting partnerships. For more information, visit vitalskinderm.com. Follow VitalSkin on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


About Louisville Dermatology

For Dr. Wharton and his team, patients are the top priority – their health, comfort and happiness. From general and cosmetic services to cancer screenings and treatment, the team covers all aspects of skin care. Their office is focused on creating the best patient experiences possible through quality care, cutting edge technology and personalized service. Visit louisvilledermatology.org or call (502) 245-4450 for more information.  


About Armory Capital

Armory Capital is a family investment office headquartered in Champaign, IL. Armory has a legacy of more than 70 years of investing in private businesses. The firm makes growth equity and management-led buyout investments of $10 million to $50 million. Unlike traditional private equity groups, Armory is funded with permanent capital. This unique funding structure means the firm’s decisions are not driven by the limited life of a particular fund. Armory holds investments based on the merits of the opportunity and the needs of its management partners. Learn more at armorycap.com.



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