Meet the Staff


April Merrill, Licensed Aesthetician


April was born in Charleston and travelled around multiple states before landing in Tennessee in 2008.  April earned her aesthetic license from the state of Florida in 2006, and furthered her knowledge in medical aesthetics while working in a fast paced Dermatology clinic here in Knoxville. She continued her advanced training while attending multiple extensive trainings in pharmaceutical products and procedures.  Many additional certifications in the use of lasers and other treatments include Photo Facials, vascular laser therapy, Laser Hair Removal, Fractional skin resurfacing, chemical peels, medical facials, Photo dynamic therapy, and micro-needling.  She stays up to date with the ever changing world of lasers and Cosmeceuticals, always searching to provide state of the art treatments and products to achieve the best results.If she’s not traveling, April likes to spend her time outdoors with her boyfriend, friends, family, and especially her under-bite ridden, fur-baby, Milton.  And food, April loves food.


Melissa Burchfield, Licensed Aesthetician


Licensed Aesthetician, Melissa Burchfield, is a graduate of the Tennessee School of Beauty Aesthetics Program. Since joining our team in 2006, she has honed the finest techniques in laser hair reduction, waxing, chemical peels, dermaplaning, medical microdermabrasion, and microneedling. Since joining our staff in 2006, Melissa is passionate and enthusiastic about staying up to date on the latest technology to deliver exceptional results. Her attention to detail, love of people, and outgoing nature keeps her patients loyal.


Melissa enjoys the challenge of being a single parent to her son Parker. “I’m blessed with a very supportive group of friends and family, and I thank God every day for allowing me to have a son that I adore and a career that I love so much!”


Melissa has attended the International Esthetics and Spa Conference and SkinMedica, as well as biannual training for high quality products, such as SkinMedica, Obagi, and Glo Minerals Cosmetics.

Medical Assistants


Rita Wheeler, RMA


Rita Wheeler is a Medical Assistant who started her career in 1989 working in internal medicine while living in California. Rita made the switch to dermatology after her move to Tennessee in 2001 to be with family. She is very involved with her children and their various activities. Rita has 3 biological children and 4 adopted children.


Rita has been with Knoxville Dermatology Group since 2002 and joined MediSpa in 2011. Rita enjoys being part of a team that is concerned with the health of your skin. Along with her training in all aspects of dermatology, she has had extensive training in skin care products as well as cosmetic lasers.

Tara Miller, RMA


Tara Miller is a Registered Medical Assistant who started with Knoxville Dermatology Group in 2004. She has training in several aspects of dermatology, including M.O.H.S. surgery and Phototherapy.


Tara has been a part of the MediSpa team since 2006 and has extensive knowledge in cosmetic procedures and products along with training in cosmetic lasers.


Tara stays busy outside of work attending soccer games and spending time with her family. She is married, has 2 daughters and is a native Knoxvillian.


Administrative Team

Angela Chandler, Patient Coordinator


In March 2016, Angela joined the MediSpa team as a patient coordinator. Yet, she has been a part of the Knoxville Dermatology Group family since joining in 2015 as an Accessioner in the practice’s histology lab. Prior to becoming a part of Knoxville Dermatology Group and MediSpa, Angela gained a wealth of knowledge during her previous 16 years’ experience in patient relations. With her experience in the industry and her desire to help others have an enjoyable office experience, Angela is a great addition to MediSpa!


Angela excels in creativity, as she is the owner and custom jewelry designer of her very own ETSY shop, House of 5709. She is a self-claimed DIY junkie and antique lover. Angela very much enjoys spending time with her Chocolate Lab, Cherrilee, and her loveable cat, Jack.