The Skin Docs Dermatology was opened in July 2020 by a husband and wife team, Dr. Jonathan Bellew, DO and Karisa Son, NP-C, five days after getting married in the middle of a pandemic. Before they knew each other, Dr. Bellew and Karisa each started out in internal medicine and primary care but always dreamed of working in dermatology. Dr. Bellew met Karisa in 2018 while he was in the midst of completing his second residency in dermatology. On their first date they realized opening a dermatology clinic together might one day be a dream come true. Many years of working as employees for health corporations and private practices inspired them to open a dermatology practice that would deliver the best elements of holistic, personalized care to patients from every walk of life, with a deep understanding of the skin and its dynamic relationship with the health of the whole body.
Jonathan Bellew, DO
Dr. Jonathan Bellew is a board-certified dermatologist and co-founder of The Skin Docs. He has been practicing and caring for patients in Nevada and Arizona for the past 14 years. Dr. Bellew grew up in Arizona and attended Arizona State University, where he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in microbiology and political science. He was awarded the Howard Hughes Foundation fellowship and completed undergraduate research through the Barrett Honors College with an honors thesis in behavioral neuroscience.
Dr. Bellew went on to complete his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed a three-year residency in internal medicine at Valley Hospital Medical Center and Touro University in Las Vegas. In 2009, Dr. Bellew achieved board certification in internal medicine and spent several years working as an attending hospitalist physician with Healthcare Partners medical group at Mountain View Hospital, Centennial Hills Hospital, and Summerlin Hospital.
In 2016, Dr. Bellew decided to pursue his dream of becoming a board-certified dermatologist and went on to complete a three-year residency with Advanced Desert Dermatology and Midwestern University in Arizona where he served as chief resident. He received exceptional training alongside his mentors in the field of cutaneous and Mohs surgery and was inspired to start a medical practice that seeks to cure patients of pain and suffering associated with skin diseases with a holistic and empathetic approach.
Dr. Bellew is board certified in dermatology by the American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology. He is an active member of the American Osteopathic Association, American Medical Association, American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Mohs Surgery, and the American College of Osteopathic Internists. His research in the fields of neuroscience, internal medicine, and dermatology is published in numerous journals including Psychopharmacology, Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, Journal of the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, and Skin the Journal of Cutaneous Medicine.
In his free time Dr. Bellew enjoys basketball, tennis, skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, listening to jazz music, and playing alto saxophone. On most weekends, he and his wife Karisa can be found adventuring and hiking around southern Nevada and northern Arizona with their two miniature dachshunds, Dodger and Patches, and their two cats, Nogi and Kimbop.
Karisa Son, NP
Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner
Karisa Son is passionate about making a personal connection with her patients. Always taking the time to listen, she creates a safe, judgement-free space where patients feel at ease to discuss their health.
Karisa practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and paddle boards, hikes and rides horses. She plays piano and is learning to play ukulele. She also enjoys pottery, knitting, baking healthy desserts, and spending time with her husband, Jonathan, their two dogs, Dodger and Patches, and two cats, Nogi and Kimbop.
Karisa first became interested in a career in healthcare when she was 12 years old and hospitalized for three weeks with a ruptured appendix. Years later, she would remember that experience when she was a medical mission volunteer with Palmas de Mamre Missionary Training School in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. Five years later, she earned her nursing degree from Boston’s MGH Institute of Health Professions, followed by a Master’s in Nursing with a specialty in Adult-Gerontological health.
Prior to co-founding The Skin Docs, Karisa was a nurse practitioner with CareNow Urgent Care, ProCare Medical Center, and P3 Medical Group in Las Vegas.