Bonnie Straka, MD
Dr. Bonnie Straka is the founder and medical director of Albemarle Dermatology Associates and Signature Medical Spa. She is a board-certified dermatologist who has served medical, surgical, and aesthetic patients in Charlottesville since 1991. Dr. Straka is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the Virginia Dermatology Society, the Medical Society of Virginia and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. A summa cum laude graduate of Williams College, she earned her medical degree from the University of Connecticut and completed a residency in dermatology at the University of Virginia. She is the wife of mystery novelist Andy Straka and mom to Chris, Kelci, Lily, Aimee, Noelle, and Luke. Dr. Straka is an adoption advocate, a lover of animals and a follower of Jesus Christ. She also enjoys hiking, reading and anything chocolate.
Sara Hawken, NP
Sara Hawken is a certified Adult Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in dermatology. She has over 15 years of clinical nursing experience and is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the Dermatology Nurses’ Association and Sigma Theta Tau. She was chosen as the prestigious President’s Award Recipient in 2014 for the “Highest Standards of Clinical Excellence” from Augusta Medical Group in Fishersville, VA. She has a nursing degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a Master’s degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. As an ROTC graduate she served 5 years as a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force Nurse Corps. She lives in Charlottesville with her husband, 4 sons, and baby daughter. She multi-tasks too much, but tries to find the time to read and cook when possible.
Rachel Talbot, DNP
Rachel Talbot is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Rachel graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in biology and completed both her Bachelor of Nursing in 2010 and Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2015 from Radford University. She began her nursing career as a registered nurse in the Surgical Trauma Burn Unit at UVA. After obtaining her nurse practitioner degree, Rachel pursued a career in the field of dermatology. She is a member of the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners, the American Academy of Nursing Practitioners, and the National Academy of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners.
Rachel’s practice philosophy is to provide comprehensive dermatology care to her patients and to create a strong patient relationship. As a provider, Rachel strives to make her patients feel comfortable and values open and honest communication.
Rachel is excited to be living in Charlottesville with her three children: Jacob, Claire, and Caroline. Outside of work, Rachel enjoys spending time with her children, outdoor activities, and attending UVA sporting events.
Sara Wilson, PA
Sara Wilson is a board-certified Physician Assistant specializing in dermatology and is a Fellow member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants. She received her undergraduate training at James Madison University and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program. Sara’s career as a PA began at a local Mohs surgery practice, where she participated in surgical procedures to treat various skin cancers.
Prior to PA school, Sara worked for two years at Albemarle Dermatology Associates as a Medical Assistant, which is where her love of dermatology first began. She is thrilled to be a part of the clinical team and provide excellent dermatological care to her patients.
Beyond her professional life, Sara enjoys spending time with her family and exploring nature with her golden retriever.