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Our Team


Dawn Merritt

Founder & CEO

Dr. Dawn Merritt is a Board Certified Dermatologist and CEO/owner of Oakview Dermatology. She graduated from Ohio University's College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her dermatology residency with O’Bleness Memorial Hospital in 2008. Dr. Merritt opened Oakview Dermatology that same year and has expanded it to eight locations throughout Ohio. She is also skilled in business, has a passion for staying up-to-date in dermatology, and is a member of several professional organizations. Dr. Merritt enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, volunteering, and mentoring young professionals in her field.

Jim Merritt


Jim was educated at the Ohio State University, focusing on global banking economics while simultaneously pursuing his biological sciences interest.  During this time, he also pursued his great passion for rugby earning All American honors and helping Ohio State to 2 consecutive National Final Four appearances. While serving as an advisor to Oakview Dermatology, Jim was asked to participate in the management of Oakview's growth and was named president after holding various other positions within Oakview.  


Leslie Lucas

COO, Biologic Coordinator and Clinical Trial Specialist

Leslie was born and raised in Southeastern Ohio, where she continues to live with her husband and daughter.   She has been with Oakview Dermatology since opening in 2008 and moved into the role as Chief Operating Officer in 2016.  Leslie earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Management and a MBA through Ohio University’s College of Business.  In addition to managing daily operations and HR at Oakview, Leslie is also the Biologic Coordinator and is an educator for several of the biologic companies; in this role, she educates other coordinators on various patient access programs and best practices.

Michael Croft

Director Non-Clinical Operations

Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Radford University and a Master of Science from Virginia Commonwealth University. Mike is a driven professional with over 20 years of diverse experience of leading and managing professionals in a variety of different settings including higher education at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and Springfield College, parks and recreation in Dublin, Ohio and Largo, Florida as well as nationwide business franchises within the fitness industry. His visionary approach will work to enhance the patient experience within this well-established dermatology practice.

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