Chad A. Eckes

Chief Executive Officer 

Chad Eckes was most recently the Executive Vice President of Corporate Services & Chief Financial Officer of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, a leading Academic Medical Center.  Chad was the executive leader of the organization’s financial turnaround from March 2014 to June 2017. During that period, Chad led the turnaround of the organization’s Finance, Revenue Cycle, Information Technology, Facilities and Human Resources departments.  At the same time, the organization experienced in excess of 25% revenue growth.

Previously, Chad was the Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Information Officer at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), the premier center for cancer treatment.  During 2005 to 2014, Chad was part of the leadership team which grew CTCA by 30x creating a national footprint. 

As the CEO of Pinnacle Dermatology, Chad focuses on a handful of key approaches: be crystal clear about the company’s vision, mission, and values; lay out clear strategies; build employee engagement; focus on customer service; create a transparent environment where employees feel free and comfortable to raise any and all issues in the workplace; focus on results; and hold people accountable to those results.

Chad earned his M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and holds a master’s certificate in project management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Jose Rios, MD

President & Co-Founder 

Dr. Rios is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has decades of plastic surgery experience and rigorous training. His engaging personality combined with technical precision and uncompromising standards have earned him a reputation as one of the premier plastic surgeons in the area.

Dr. Rios attended Princeton University and earned his undergraduate degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He later went to New York University School of Medicine to earn his medical degree, performed his residency and fellowship at The University of Texas Southwestern.

Alongside Dr. Lapinski we created Pinnacle Dermatology because we love what we do. It makes going "above and beyond" - for everyone in our practice - come naturally. Over the years, we have aimed to provide the highest level of care delivered with a familiar, down-to-earth approach. We recognize that our patients, our providers, and our support team are the reason we exist, the reason we set out to create this experience, and the reason we are always striving to make it better. 

Paula Lapinski, MD

Chief Medical Officer & Co-Founder

Dr. Paula Lapinski is a board-certified dermatologist with an extensive medical background and an unparalleled warmth, who has built a reputation in the community for exceptional treatment of a wide range of cosmetic and medical dermatologic issues.

Dr. Lapinski earned her degree in pre-professional studies at The University of Notre Dame, graduating with Honors as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She went on to attend Northwestern University School of Medicine and completed her internship at Evanston-Northwestern Hospital. She completed her residency in Dermatology at The University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, one of the premier programs in the country.

Dr. Lapinski's interest in patients with skin cancer led her to complete an additional year of training at The University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center in the area of Mohs micrographic surgery, a specialized method of skin cancer excision and pathologic examination.

As the Co-Founder of Pinnacle Dermatology, Dr. Lapinski understands the level of care they provide is rarely matched because of the fellowship-trained Mohs micrographic surgery specialist team and an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon at the same practice. The combined expertise and experience enables them to create comprehensive treatment plans for patients.

Anthony Wai

Chief Financial Officer 

Anthony brings to Pinnacle Dermatology more than 17 years of finance experience including in mergers and acquisitions and private equity.  As Chief Financial Officer, Anthony will be responsible for leading the financial operations of the company.

Prior to joining Pinnacle Dermatology, Anthony served as Chief Financial Officer at Specialdocs Consultants, LLC, where he partnered with senior management to determine and execute the overall growth strategy.  Earlier in his career, he worked at Z Capital Partners where he assisted with the financial oversight, reporting and the monitoring of strategic initiatives for the fund’s portfolio companies.  Anthony was also a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Transaction Services practice where he provided a broad range of merger and acquisition services including buy-side and sell-side advice for both domestic and international transactions, ranging from $50 million to over $1 billion.  His experience covered a broad range of industries, including healthcare service providers and pharmaceutical companies.

Anthony received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration and Masters of Accounting from the University of Michigan. He is a Certified Public Accountant in Illinois and he is a CFA charterholder.

Brad Sims

Director of Human Resources 

Brad has over 20 years of human resources experience including developing human resource processes and policies, compliance, employee relations, performance management, recruiting, benefits, compensastion, training, and as a strategic business partner.

His career has included international management positions with large and mid-size companies in healthcare, finance, gas/oil, and various service industries. 

Prior to joining Pinnacle Dermatology, Brad worked for Petronas where he assumed the human resource responsibliities for the United States, Canada, and Mexico locations of this Malaysian-based, government-owned company. In addition, Brad held a human resource management role for Glory Global Solutions and Cancer Treatements Centers of America (CTCA).

Brad earned his BS from Western Illinois University. He is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Kathleen Tait

Director of Physician Recruitment

Kathleen has spent the past 14 years in healthcare administration through expanding roles within Business Development, Physician Relations, service line expansion and strategic planning functions.

Most recently Kathleen was part of the corporate office for national health system, Cancer Treatment Centers of America where she served as Director of Business Development. In this capacity, she led a team responsible for plan development and management to advance the growth, positioning and facility footprint of the oncology system. During her tenure, Kathleen negotiated hospital land acquisition projects for new markets, led market due diligence and built external relationships with business, clinical and community leaders.

Kathleen holds a BA from Valparaiso University, where she graduated with Honors, and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

Serving as Pinnacle Dermatology’s Director of Physician Recruitment, she works with providers to help them understand the value of Pinnacle’s patient experience model and clinical quality standards. She is passionate about placing the right providers into Pinnacle’s growing clinic network to deliver a superior customer experience.

Stefani A. Ali, MD

Director of Laboratory & Pathology

Dr. Stefanie Ali is a dual board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist serving patients in Lombard, Downers Grove, Hinsdale and surrounding Chicago suburbs.  Her philosophy for patient care includes prioritizing communication and education to optimize satisfaction and treatment results. In addition to dermatopathology, she also specializes in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology.

Dr. Ali graduated from Santa Clara University earning a Bachelor of Science degree as a Dean’s Scholar. She then attended Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, graduating with honors. After a medicine internship at Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Ali completed a comprehensive 2-year dermatology clinical research fellowship in Norfolk, Virginia, where she was mentored by leaders in the field and ultimately awarded a prestigious grant from The National Psoriasis Foundation to perform clinical research for treatment of psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, sarcoidosis, and acne. She completed her dermatology residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School, serving as chief resident and earning multiple accolades. Following residency, Dr. Ali completed an acclaimed dermatopathology fellowship at Indiana University School of Medicine.