At Alexandria Associates in Dermatology, we recognize that your choice of a dermatologist is driven both by the doctor's competency and personality. When searching for dermatological treatment, you need a dermatologist who is experienced, understanding and supportive. You get this caring attitude from all the staff at Alexandria Associates in Dermatology every day. Our staff works together as a team to be sure we are responsive to your needs and keep you informed about your health issues. We look forward to getting to know you.

Dr. Joanne K. Simpson

A board-certified dermatologist and New York native, Dr. Joanne K. Simpson received her medical degree (M.D.) from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and completed her dermatology training at the University of Pittsburgh. She also holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) from Duke University as well as a Master of Public Health (MPH) from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where she pursued an interest in clinical research and epidemiology.

Dr. Simpson is an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Dermatologic Surgeons, Women's Dermatologic Society, and The American Medical Association, the Christian Medical and Dental Society, and the Washington DC Dermatological Society.

Dr. Simpson enjoys practicing in all aspects of dermatology, with particular interest in cosmetic procedures, skin cancer screenings, and the treatment of acne and psoriasis.

Dr. Simpson offers cosmetic consultations tailored to your individual concern. Call,email or click on the "Appointment Request" tab to schedule a cosmetic consultation.

Key facts about Dr. Simpson:

  • Medical School: Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Residency: University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Certifications: American Board of Dermatology
  • Areas of interest: General and Cosmetic Dermatology

Dr. David W. Bray

A board-certified dermatologist and Virginia native, Dr. Bray received his medical degree (M.D.) from Ponce School of Medicine in Ponce, Puerto Rico and completed his dermatology training at the National Capital Consortium of Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Medical Center. He also holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Spanish from VirginiaTech. Dr. Bray served as a physician in the U.S. Army for 8 years, including overseas tours in South Korea and Iraq. He worked as part of the teaching staff for the dermatology residency programs at Walter Reed and at the San Antonio Military Medical Center. Since leaving the Army in 2009, Dr. Bray has been a dermatologist in private practice.

Dr. Bray is an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology and the Washington DC Dermatological Society.

Dr. Bray enjoys practicing all aspects of dermatology, with particular interest in skin cancer detection and treatment, psoriasis, acne, rheumatologic diseases affecting skin,and cosmetic dermatology. He is an avid outdoors enthusiast, traveler, and lover of world foods and languages. Call, email or click on the "Request Appointment" tab above to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bray to address your skin care needs.

Key facts about Dr. Bray:

  • Medical School: Ponce School of Medicine, Ponce, Puerto Rico.
  • Residency: National Capital Consortium, Walter Reed, Washington D.C.
  • Certifications: American Board of Dermatology
  • Areas of interest: General and Cosmetic Dermatology


Dr. Ryan D. Freeland

A board-certified dermatologist and Michigan native, Dr. Ryan Freeland received his medical degree from Loyola University Chicago's Stritch School of Medicine.  He completed his dermatology training on active duty in the United States Air Force with the San Antonio Military Medical Consortium at Lackland Air Force Base and Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.  He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology as well as Biblical and Theological Studies from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Dr. Freeland is a Flight Surgeon and remains on active duty with the US Air Force.  He has deployed nine times to a variety of locations in the service of his country.

Dr. Freeland is an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology, Society for Pediatric Dermatology, and the Association of Military Dermatologists.

Dr. Freeland enjoys practicing all aspects of dermatology, with particular interest in skin cancer screening, procedural dermatology and the treatment of psoriasis, acne, connective tissue diseases, and genetic dermatoses.  He is a SCUBA diver, frequent traveler, avid college football fan, and lover of military history and aviation.

Key facts about Dr. Freeland:

  • Medical School: Loyola University Chicago, Maywood, IL
  • Residency: San Antonio Military Medical Consortium, San Antonio, TX
  • Certifications: American Board of Dermatology
  • Areas of interest: General, Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology

Kelly Balestra, PA-C

Ms. Balestra is a board certified Physician Assistant. She received a BA in Biology from Youngstown State University in Ohio and completed her Master of Physician Assistant Studies at Nova Southeastern University at Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Kelly comes to our practice with years of dermatology experience since graduating PA school. She has participated in medical mission trips to Kenya and Ecuador that have helped further her passion for medicine. She enjoys treating medical and cosmetic patients, working out and going to concerts.

Ms. Balestra is licensed by the Virginia Board of Medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Key facts about Kelly Balestra, PA-C


  • Undergraduate degree: Youngtown State University
  • Graduate degree: Nova Southeastern University
  • Certifications: Board Certified by the National Commission of Certificate of Physicians Assistants
  • Active member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants
  • Areas of interest: General and Cosmetic dermatology

Christina M. Hoch, MMS, PA-C


Christina M. Hoch, MMS, PA-C is a nationally certified Physician Assistant licensed to practice in Virginia and Pennsylvania. She graduated 'cum laude' with a bachelor of Science from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and earned her Masters in Medical Science from Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania.  She began practicing in 2010 initially specializing in critical care medicine and transitioned to dermatology in 2011.  She is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Society for Dermatology Physician Assistants.  She is also a member of the legislative committee to raise awareness and support for research on malignant melanoma.  She also enjoys volunteering at local skin cancer screenings in rural areas of Pennsylvania to educate the community and promote detection of skin cancers.

Christina treats patients with both clinical and cosmetic concerns.  She sees adults and pediatric patients for acute and chronic skin issues.

She currently lives in Northern Virginia with her fiance and cat.  Her interests include crossfit, yoga, running, cooking, gardening, and traveling.


Nima Ghovanlu, LMA

Mr. Ghovanlu is Alexandria Associates in Dermatology’s Master Aesthetician. He brings with him years of experience in skin care and laser treatments to our practice. He offers skin care consultations, designer facials, laser treatments, and designer chemical peels.

Nima was born in Milan, Italy and raised in the beauty industry. His inspiration for beauty stems from his mother, who is a world-class beautician. He spent many years working in his mother’s spa business and from there developed a talent and interest for all things aesthetic. His training includes a Master Aesthetician license and Laser use certification. He has worked in the medical aesthetics industry for over a decade, providing his clients with the latest non-invasive skin treatments and exceptional results. He specializes in skin health, laser hair removal, IPL photo-rejuvenation, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and facials. Nima can prescribe an effective home skin care regimen for all skin types.

When he is not working, Nima is a musician, and performs in and around the DC metro area. He also enjoys watching films, traveling, and spending quality time with his family. 

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Call (703) 212-7546

1900 N Beauregard Street
Suite 110
Alexandria, VA 22311