Our Team

We provide care for the following areas and beyond:

Alabama: Madison, Huntsville, Athens, Decatur, Hampton Cove, North Alabama
South Tennessee




Dr. Albert E. “Bo” Rivera is a licensed physician and surgeon in Alabama, board-certified diplomat of the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, a fellowship-trained member of the American College of Mohs Surgeons as well as member of several dermatology and medical specialty organizations such as the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, American Society for Mohs Surgery, American Academy of Dermatology, Skin Cancer Foundation and the Madison County Medical Society.

He was born and grew up in nearby Haleyville, Alabama, graduating from Haleyville High School. Afterward, he completed his undergraduate education at Auburn University, earning a degree in Premedicine and Zoology while also a letter-winning member of its’ nationally ranked track and field teams. Following his hometown friend and primary care doctor’s footsteps, he completed his medical training at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, Missouri. His internship in General Surgery was done at the University of Kentucky, in Lexington, Kentucky, followed by an Internal Medicine residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute in Saint Petersburg, Florida. At Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, Missouri, he completed both a Dermatology residency as well as a Dermatology research and laser fellowship under the direction of Lloyd J. Cleaver, DO. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Rivera was nationally awarded the James Bernard, D.O. Residency Leadership Award based on integrity, respect, empowerment and initiative. The final honor in his training was completing a Mohs Micrographic Surgery subspecialty fellowship under the direction of Roger I Ceilley, MD and Andrew K. Bean, MD in West Des Moines, Iowa. Over the years he has had the opportunity to publish several articles in national and international medical journals as well as authoring chapters in medical textbooks and online. Dr. Rivera serves on the editorial boad for the Jounral of Clinical and Aesthtic Dermatology and the Journal of the American Ostepathic College of Dermatolgy as well as serving on the AOCD Editorial/Public Relations Committee and as an American Academy of Dermatolgy Liason. He has also given presentations at local, national and international venues to both non-medical and medical professionals throughout his medical career.

Dr. Rivera enjoys multiple aspects within Dermatology but has specific interest and extensive training in the prevention and treatment of skin cancers. Personally, he enjoys traveling, educating others, general fitness as well as participating in and viewing multiple sports. Also, away from work, he enjoys time with his wife, Stephanie, a daughter who was born in 2015 and their Labradoodle. Numerous friends call the Madison and Huntsville area home and he hopes to contribute to and better all of the local communities. Locally, he is involved with the Huntsville Committee of 100 and is a board member and officer of the Huntsville-Madison County Auburn Club. Dr. Rivera has also been awarded the Doctor’s Choice Award in Dermatology for Madison. It will be a pleasure to meet all of the exceptional people of North Alabama and South Tennessee as we build our practice to better serve your needs!




Dr Katelyn Anderson Zimmer is a licensed physician and surgeon in Alabama and a member of the American Academy of Dermatology.  Dr Zimmer is originally from Missouri and she obtained her undergraduate degree in Mathematics (minors in History, Theology, Biology) in 2012, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Saint Louis University.

She earned her medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 2016.  The following year, she completed an Internship in Internal Medicine at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.  Dr Zimmer’s Dermatology residency was completed in 2020 at the Medical University of South Carolina, where she was a Chief Resident from 2019-2020.

Dr Zimmer stays involved with the dermatology community through service on a committee with the AAD (American Academy of Dermatology), and also reviews scientific article submissions for the JAAD (Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology).  She has contributed 19 scientific and medical publications, contributions, or presentations.  Her special interests and training include complex medical dermatology, contact dermatitis/patch testing, and cosmetic dermatology.  Outside of work, Dr Zimmer enjoys spending time with her husband, baking and cooking, and hiking and being with nature.  She is excited to live in Huntsville and serve the Madison/Huntsville community!


Dermatology PA-C

Rachel Damon joined the Southeastern Skin Cancer & Dermatology team in 2017 after multiple years practicing Dermatology in New York. 

We will have a much more complete bio for Rachel soon!


Dermatology PA-C, MPH, MPAS

Lindsay Hayler, PA-C, MPH, MPAS is a certified and licensed physician assistant from the beautiful beach town of Wilmington, N.C. After graduating from Wake Forest University with a degree in English, she moved to Houston, Texas as a 2001 Teach for America Corps member. There she taught middle school English as a Second Language to beginning English speakers from all over the world. Upon completing her Americorps commitment, she entered graduate school at the University of Texas School of Public Health while also working as a graduate research assistant in Behavioral Science at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. She completed Physician Assistant school in 2008 at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas and has practiced as a dermatology physician assistant since then. Lindsay recently became a Diplomate with the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, the highest honor available to an experienced dermatology PA, after completing their Distance Learning Initiative. Dermatology is her passion and she cannot imagine practicing any other type of medicine. Having suffered from severe acne since her teenage years, she has an affinity for treating acne patients and an understanding for the distress acne can cause. Lindsay enjoys salsa dancing, reading, traveling (India and Puerto Rico are her two favorite places so far!), playing the flute, and hot yoga. She has recently moved to Alabama and is enjoying her return to the deep South. Lindsay looks forward to serving you with a smile!


Dermatology PA-C, MMS

Stephanie Rivera is a Board certified Physician Assistant with a range of Dermatology experience. Stephanie is originally from Orlando, Florida and joined our team at Southeastern Skin Cancer & Dermatology in January 2014. Stephanie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology in 2006 from The University of Central Florida. After graduating, she was employed as a Medical/Surgical Assistant and a Mohs Micrographic Surgery Histology Technician for a Dermatology practice in Orlando for one year. Inspired by this experience, she furthered her education at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She graduated from there with honors to earn her Masters of Medical Sciences degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 2010. She has enjoyed practicing Dermatology since graduation and brings a wealth of knowledge in general and cosmetic dermatology to our practice. Stephanie is experienced in all aspects of dermatology, providing a variety of treatments for the skin, hair and nails. Her special interests include cosmetic dermatology and the prevention, detection and treatment of skin cancer and accelerated photoaging. Surgery is among her passions and she enjoys assisting Dr. Albert “Bo” Rivera with Mohs surgical cases and closures, as well as performing minor excisions. A native Floridian, Stephanie enjoys almost any activity outdoors, volunteering and spending time with her husband, Dr. Rivera, their daughter who was born in 2015 and their Labradoodle. She welcomes you to the practice and will make your visit as pleasurable as possible!


MBA, Practice Administrator

Brian Lasker is the Practice Administrator for Southeastern Skin Cancer & Dermatology. He has over 20 years of physician medical practice management experience. Brian received his bachelors degree from Mississippi State University in Banking & Finance in 1993. He then received his Masters of Business Administration degree from Mississippi State University in 1994. He has served as President of the Alabama Medical Group Management Association and the Birmingham Medical Group Management Association in addition to many years of serving on the boards of each. Brian has also served on several Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama committees. When not “managing”, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 daughters, travel, and Mississippi State sporting events.



In 2019, Mary joined our practice as a Medical Assistant.  Mary graduated from Capps College Medical Assistant program in Foley, Alabama in 2004.  She enjoys cooking and spending time with family (she has two beautiful girls) and friends.  Also, Mary is quite involved in her church.  Mary will do her best to take care of you during your exam or procedure!


Jennifer joined Southeastern Skin Cancer in 2019 as a Medical Assistant and brought over 10 years of medical experience.  She is married to her wonderful husband Mark and they have 4 kids (Brynn, Joseph, Kinsley, and Teagan) as well as a rescue dog, Hope.  Jennifer loves outdoor activities including running, helping with her kids sports, and doing obstacle course races.  She also enjoys traveling to the mountains and the beach and spending any time on the water. Jennifer will help make your visit to our office as enjoyable as possible!


Stephanie joined the Southeastern Skin Cancer & Dermatology team as a Receptionist in 2019. She moved to Alabama in 2015 from Illinois. One of Stephanie’s passions is football season, and with her Illinois background….GO BEARS! She loves anything cosmetics related so Dermatology fits perfectly for her. Stephanie enjoys spending time with family, including their German Shepard, Stella, and watching her daughter cheer! Stephanie looks forward to greeting you as you enter our practice!


Paige joined Southeastern Skin Cancer & Dermatology in July 2019 as a Pre-Registration Specialist.  She plans on finishing her Associates degree at Calhoun Community College but is undecided on the area of focus.  Paige loves spending time with my friends, family, and her puppy in her spare time.  She also enjoys shopping and playing at TopGolf.  Paige will do her best to help you as you set up your new patient appointment with our team!


Originally from Hattiesburg MS,  Melinda acquired an exercise physiology degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.  Shorty after graduation, she discovered her passion for aesthetics and then received her aesthetics license in 2006. She began her aesthetics career in Mississippi as a laser technician and esthetician, working for a physician owned medical spa, where she became the clinical director. Since then her experience has been through working in both plastic surgery and dermatology offices. She earned her laser hair professional and laser safety officer certifications in Dallas, allowing her to supervise and train other laser technicians in Texas. Melinda joined our team after moving from Texas and she now brings her experience to her patients in Madison.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time with her husband and son.


Teri joined us in 2016 as part of our clinical care group.  She has been working in the medical field since obtaining her licensed pratcical nurse degree in 2006.  Teri enjoys time spent with her husband, Robert, and her son, Brody.  They also have two dogs, Mattie and Bama, also at home.  Teri really loves the beach or any outdoor water activities – including the ever-popular moonlit walks on the beach.  Teri’s cheerful attitude will greet you from the moment she brings you from the lobby and guides you to your room, hopefully making your day an enjoyable one!


Amanda is one of our experienced billing specialists and receptionists that joined us in 2012.  You will be greeted with her great smile as you enter the practice or enjoy her wonderful personality over the phone.  She enjoyed serving the community in a similar capacity for more than 10 years prior to joining us and we are so pleased to have her as a part of our practice team!  Amanda was born in Athens, Alabama but grew up in multiple locations – living in Hawaii, South Alabama, Germany, and Virginia – before returning to her roots in Athens.  Amanda enjoys spending time with her family, reading, music, and dance fitness.  She loves watching football and baseball and is excited to be a part of your healthcare team!  


Amber was another one of Southeastern Skin Cancer & Dermatology’s great additions in 2015. She graduated from Elkmont High School in 2008 and then spent 2 years studying nursing at Limestone County Career Technical Center. She gained her medical experience while working at Athens Rehab and Senior Care for 5 years and Athens Urology Associates for 2 years. When not working, Amber enjoys spending time with her family and son, Bentley. Also she enjoys kayaking and fishing on the weekends. Amber will help provide you with a memorable medical or surgical visit with us!


Shannon became part of our office family in October of 2015 after having gained 10 years of medical experience. Eight of those years were as a Registered Orthopedic Technician in spine and orthopedics. She has been married since 2004 to Brandon Smith and has a son, Nathan. Shannon enjoys reading, movies, photography as well as her three rescue dogs, Byron, Bella and Wally. Shannon expects to provide you with first class attention and care during your time in our office!


Shelby is a welcome addition to the SESCD family.  She is originally from Guntersville, Alabama, and received her medical assisting degree at Auburn and is currently studying business locally at Calhoun.  Her prior experience also includes being a medic in the Army.  Her family includes a son and her lab, Charlie.  Shelby loves the beach and to kayak but, two of her obsessions are cheesecake and Michael Jackson.  Shelby’s positive attitude and her care for her patients will always create a great time in the office for you!


Katie is part of our great medical assistant team at Southeastern Skin Cancer & Dermatology.  She is originally from Tuscumbia, Alabama and received her medical assisting degree in Hawaii, where she lived for 3 years.  Katie is a Marine veteran who worked in finance and her husband is also a retired Marine.  They have two children and two cats as part of their family.  Katie always makes it an overall great day for you and helps your time with us to be a wonderful visit!


Audra hit the ground running as a member of our wonderful medical assistant team.  She originally grew up in Michigan and brought over 6 years of prior dermatology office experience to our team and practice.  She and her dog, Bama, and cat, JayJay, love Alabama football (Roll Tide!).  Audra’s energy and experience will help create a very thorough and pleasurable office visit while at our practice!


Sunny joined Southeastern Skin Cancer & Dermatology as a medical assistant and has been a great contributor.  She is originally from Huntsville and received a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Auburn University.  Sunny’s interests include travel, long roadtrips, hiking and volunteering with the Red Cross overseas.  She has a Holland Lop Bunny named Munchie.  Sunny’s polite and positive attitude will start and end your time with us on an exceptional note!


Alison joined the Southeastern Skin Cancer & Dermatology team as a receptionist but then shortly transitioned to a medical assistant, a position that she held at another dermatology office in Virginia prior to returning to Alabama.  Alison grew up in China, eventually moving back to the US, and graduated in 2016 from Auburn University.  She is a cat lover and has 4 of her own.  Alison brings a great attitude and energy to our team and looks to make your visit a great one!