Signature Medical Spa Staff
Bonnie F. Straka
Board Certified Dermatologist
Dr. Bonnie Straka is the founder, owner and medical director of Albemarle Dermatology
Associates and Signature Medical Spa. A board
certified dermatologist serving medical, surgical, and aesthetic patients in
Charlottesville since 1991, she is a member of the American Academy of
Dermatology, the Virginia Dermatology Society and the Medical Society of
Virginia, as well as the National Psoriasis Foundation, the American Society
for Dermatologic Surgery, and the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and
A summa cum laude graduate of Williams College, she received her medical
degree from the University of Connecticut Medical School and trained as a
resident in dermatology at the University of Virginia.
By 2005, the demand for aesthetic/cosmetic services among Dr. Straka’s
patients and the patients of the dermatologists she employs had grown so large
that in order to better serve both medical patients and aesthetic patients she
decided to form a division of the practice known as Signature Medical Spa, the
first business of its kind in the Charlottesville area. Unlike the more
familiar day spas, a medical
spa is a facility that operates under the full-time, on-site supervision of
a physician offering a broad range of medical wellness or aesthetic care.
Dr. Straka’s vision for Signature is that it be the premiere medical spa in
Central Virginia, offering patients the latest in non-invasive and
minimally-invasive aesthetic procedures they might normally have to travel to
larger cities to obtain. Dr. Straka employs three other dermatologists
(Drs. Lockman, Pearce, and Derdeyn), eight nurses, and four
aestheticians. Through Signature, these practitioners offer a wide array
of cosmetic/aesthetic procedures in a nurturing and comfortable
environment. The foundation for these services is a team-oriented,
comprehensive consultation that takes into account a client’s complete medical
history along with his or her desire for improvements in appearance and ongoing
skin care needs.
Another important part of Dr. Straka’s vision for Signature Medical Spa is
community service. To that end, Signature donates a percentage of all
product sales and consultation fees to various international and local
On a personal note, Dr. Straka, who is married to the novelist Andy Straka, is also the
international consulting dermatologist for Love Without
Boundaries, an organization dedicated to providing
desperately needed medical care to orphans throughout China.
Voted Charlottesville's Favorite Cosmetic Surgeon 4 Years Running by the
Readers of The Daily Progress!