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Dawn Merritt

CEO / CO-Founder

Dr. Dawn Merritt, CEO and owner of Oakview Dermatology, is a Board Certified Dermatologist who specializes in cosmetic, surgical and general dermatology. Dr. Merritt is a 2003 graduate of Ohio University's College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her dermatology residency with O’Bleness Memorial Hospital in June of 2008. Dr. Merritt opened her own practice after completing her dermatology residency and has since expanded it by eight additional offices. She is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and Ohio Dermatology Association.

Jim Merritt

President / CO-Founder

Jim was educated at the Ohio State University, focusing on global banking economics while simultaneously pursuing his biological sciences interest. After a colleague purchased a distressed company, Jim went to work for Ultrablend as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, where he helped lead the company's turnaround and was also listed as the inventor of several patents for new products.  Jim took these skills to his new post as VP of Sales and Marketing of the International Tape Company (North America), after which he founded Phoenix Tapes in 2011, where he still serves as Chairman.

Leslie Lucas

Head of Clinical Trials

Leslie was born and raised in Southeastern Ohio, where she continues to live with her husband and daughter.   She has been with Oakview Dermatology since opening in 2008 and moved into the role of Chief Operating Officer in 2016.  Leslie earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Management and an MBA through Ohio University’s College of Business.  In addition to managing daily operations and HR at Oakview, Leslie is also the Biologic Coordinator and is an educator for several of the biologic companies.

Brittany Elbin

Clinical Trials Coordinator

Brittany Eblin is the clinical trial coordinator for Merritt Biosciences. She graduated from nursing school in 2008 where she promptly started her career in Dermatology. Brittany has had many roles with Oakview since starting here in 2016, but her favorite role is working with patients and making a difference in their day to day lives. 

Alexa Israeli


Alexa Israeli, D.O., is our sub-investigator at Merritt Biosciences in Athens, OH. Dr. Israeli graduated from medical school in sunny Florida at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, FL. She then went on to complete her internship residency training at HCA Florida Brandon Hospital in the Tampa Bay area. Dr. Israeli has a special interest in treating itch and psoriatic skin conditions.




Welcome to Merritt Biosciences, a pioneering bioscience company nestled in the picturesque town of Athens, Ohio. Established by our dedicated founders, Jim Merritt and Dawn Merritt, our mission at Merritt Biosciences is to revolutionize the field of Dermatology through cutting-edge clinical trials. With a passion for advancing healthcare and a deep commitment to scientific excellence, we specialize in conducting innovative clinical research that explores new frontiers in dermatological treatments.


At Merritt Biosciences, we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of dermatological research. Our focus centers on conducting clinical trials that pave the way for breakthroughs in dermatology, addressing diverse skin conditions with precision and care. Through our meticulous research methodologies and a team of experienced scientists and medical professionals, we strive to improve the lives of individuals affected by skin-related ailments. From pioneering therapies to exploring novel treatment approaches, we are driven by a relentless pursuit of knowledge, aiming to redefine the standards of dermatological care.

Our journey is guided by the visionaries behind Merritt Biosciences, Jim Merritt and Dawn Merritt. With their combined expertise and unwavering dedication, they have shaped Merritt Biosciences into a beacon of innovation and integrity. Jim and Dawn’s leadership, rooted in a profound understanding of bioscience and a genuine concern for patients' well-being, steer our company toward excellence. Under their guidance, Merritt Biosciences continues to explore uncharted territories in dermatological research, bringing hope and healing to individuals facing skin-related challenges. Join us on this transformative journey as we strive to make a significant impact on dermatology, one clinical trial at a time.

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