About Our Mission

Since our founding, our mission has been to provide dermatologists with an environment that allows them to focus entirely on patient care, emphasize sub-specialty interest, and benefit from the administrative expertise provided by our shared support services. As a leader in comprehensive dermatology, we provide timely access to highly qualified providers who design personalized treatment plans for patients.  We work closely with our local colleagues and referring physicians to provide their patients with the best and most appropriate technologies available in dermatology.  Furthermore, we strive to improve our communities through public awareness initiatives and skin cancer screenings.

15Different States
in the USA
135+Individual locations
and growing

We truly are at the forefront of dermatology, leading it into the future. Being a patient of Forefront means you will get the most advanced care. Being a part of Forefront means you are committed to our patients, their health, and our team.

- Dr. Kenneth Katz, Founder and President

The Forefront Vision

We are leading dermatology into the future as we understand the needs of dermatologists because we are dermatologists. We are the practice of choice for dermatologists, medical staff and ancillary professionals who share our aspiration to be at the forefront of advancing dermatologic care. 

25+Mohs Surgeons

Leadership & Development Team

Betsy J. Wernli

Betsy Wernli, MD

Board-Certified Dermatologist
Physician Board Member

Dr. Wernli is a Board-Certified Dermatologist who is knowledgeable in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. Professional areas of interest include early skin cancer detection and treatment, treatment of acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, hyperhidrosis, blistering disorders and cutaneous lymphomas.

Lisa B. Campbell, MD

Board-Certified Dermatologist
Fellowship-Trained Mohs Surgeon
Physician Board Member

Dr. Campbell is a Board-Certified Dermatologist and a fellowship trained Mohs Micrographic Skin Cancer Surgeon. She has completed an intensive training program in skin cancer surgery and advanced facial reconstruction.

Victoria R. Negrete

Victoria Negrete, MD

Board - Certified Dermatologist
Physician Board Member

Dr. Victoria Negrete is a Board-Certified Dermatologist whose professional areas of interest include medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. She has special interest in cosmetic dermatology including wrinkle fillers and Botox, as well as sclerotherapy and laser therapy. She has served as the Cosmetic Chairperson for Forefront Dermatology since 2013, overseeing aesthetic dermatology throughout the practice. Furthermore, this role keeps her finger on the pulse of the latest and greatest cosmetic advancements and brings these technologies to the practice. She also serves as the medical laser safety officer, ensuring safe and proper use of lasers throughout the company.

Dr. Negrete is a national trainer for Allergan Cosmetic, teaching others proper techniques to best inject Botox, Juvederm, and Kybella. This distinction is only given to 150 physicians nationwide.

Peter Katz

Peter J. Katz, MD

Board - Certified Dermatologist
Physician Board Member

Dr. Peter Katz is a Board-Certified Dermatologist who is knowledgeable in the latest treatment protocols for skin diseases and conditions. Professional areas of interest include early skin cancer detection and treatments of rosacea, eczema and atopic dermatitis, acne, psoriasis, vitiligo, warts, molluscum, skin allergies, rashes, dermatologic surgery for skin cancer and problematic growths, surgical treatment of rhinophyma and laser tattoo removal.

Jeffrey Richardson, MD

Board - Certified Dermatologist
Physician Board Member

Dr. Richardson is a native of Elizabethtown, Kentucky and a graduate of Elizabethtown High School and Georgetown College. He earned his medical degree at the University of Louisville School of Medicine where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honorary society. After medical school, Dr. Richardson completed a one year internship in Internal Medicine and a three year residency in Dermatology both at the University of Louisville. Dr. Richardson remains affiliated with the University in his capacity as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Division of Dermatology. He teaches dermatology residents and medical students on a part-time basis.

Dr. Richardson is certified by the American Board of Dermatology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Dr. Richardson resides in Vine Grove, Kentucky with his wife Mitzi. His interests outside of medicine include bicycling, scuba diving, travel, music (including playing the drums), film and reading.

Ling Xia

Ling Xia, MD

Board-Certified Dermatopathologist
Physician Board Member

Dr. Ling Xia is a fellowship-trained and board-certified dermatopathologist and anatomic & clinical pathologist. He specializes in diagnosing skin, hair, and nail biopsies under the microscope. His professional areas of interest include inflammatory skin diseases and benign and malignant skin tumors.

J. Mark Jackson

J. Mark Jackson, MD

Board-Certified Dermatologist

Dr. Jackson is a Clinical Professor of Medicine (Dermatology) at the University of Louisville. Dr. Jackson is active in the dermatology residency program and spends time teaching dermatology residents and medical students.