Pouschine teams with Yukon to create dermatology platform

Pouschine Cook Capital Management teamed up with Yukon Partners to form Golden State Dermatology, a dermatology network in the East Bay area of San Francisco. Pouschine and Yukon worked with existing shareholders of Walnut Creek Skin and Laser to create the platform, which will provide business services Walnut Creek.

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Pouschine Cook Capital Management (“Pouschine Cook”), a healthcare services and business products and services focused private equity investment firm, announced today that, in partnership with Yukon Partners (“Yukon”) and the existing shareholders of Walnut Creek Skin and Laser, it has formed Golden State Dermatology to provide business and practice management services to Walnut Creek Skin and Laser and build a high quality, high performing dermatology network in the East Bay area of San Francisco.

“We are thrilled to partner with Dr. Becker, Dr. Zimmerman and the other medical providers. We all share a passion for providing the highest quality of care, and we look forward to building the platform to support significant expansion,” said John Pouschine, founder of Pouschine Cook.

“Pouschine Cook, Yukon and the Walnut Creek Skin and Laser team all share the vision of delivering the highest quality patient care, outstanding customer service and exceptional patient, staff and physician satisfaction,” said Dr. Ed Becker, founder of Walnut Creek Skin and Laser. “In this time of consolidation at all levels of the healthcare delivery system, the experience of Pouschine Cook in building strong infrastructure to support rapid growth and healthcare financing expertise of Yukon will enable us to execute our strategy through both opening new offices and the merger and integration of the highest quality dermatology practices in the Bay Area and beyond.”

Bill Dietz, Managing Partner of Yukon, added, “We are excited to partner with Dr. Becker, Dr. Zimmerman, the Walnut Creek Skin and Laser team, and Pouschine Cook to support the investment in Golden State Dermatology. We are confident that with Pouschine Cook’s leadership, alongside the physicians’ strong reputation, operational expertise and industry experience, the platform will continue its impressive track record of growth and operational excellence.”

“We were honored to represent Walnut Creek Skin and Laser and found the perfect partners in Pouschine Cook and Yukon,” said Craig Lawson, Managing Director at MHT MidSpan. “With years of successful investment experience in similar location based healthcare services businesses, and a commitment to building premier networks, Pouschine Cook brings the optimal mix of expertise, interpersonal dynamics, strategic value-add and wherewithal to Walnut Creek Skin and Laser.”

Walnut Creek Skin and Laser was represented by investment bank MHT MidSpan and McDonald Hopkins. Pouschine Cook was advised by McDermott Will & Emery, and Yukon was advised by Schiff Hardin.

About Golden State Dermatology / Walnut Creek Skin and Laser
Golden State Dermatology, with headquarters in Walnut Creek, California, provides practice management services to dermatology practices in the East Bay area of San Francisco. The Company was formed by Dr. Ed Becker and Dr. Jay Zimmerman, and will initially provide practice management services to Walnut Creek Skin and Laser. Walnut Creek Skin and Laser specializes in medical conditions of the skin, hair and nails, as well as surgical and non-surgical cosmetic skincare, anti-aging and body contouring. The practice consistently is among the most highly rated in Northern California. For more information, please visit www.walnutcreekskinandlaser.com.

About Pouschine Cook Capital Management
Pouschine Cook Capital Management invests in proven, private, middle-market companies that are leaders in their niches, with a focus on health care services and business products and services. Whether making a strategic non-control or a control investment, as seasoned investment professionals with significant operating, corporate development and corporate finance experience, Pouschine Cook’s professionals work closely with management and shareholders to build equity value. For more information, please visit www.pouschinecook.com.

About Yukon Partners
Yukon Partners is an independent and unaffiliated mezzanine finance firm primarily serving middle market private equity sponsored business transactions with a typical investment range of $10 to $40 million in the U.S. and Canada. The transactions in which Yukon invests include buyouts, growth and platform strategies, recapitalizations, mergers/acquisitions, public-to-private buyouts and refinancings. Yukon Partners is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For more information, please visit www.yukonpartners.com.

About MHT MidSpan
MHT MidSpan is a leading national middle market investment bank focused on representing industry leaders in growth markets. The team at MHT MidSpan assists clients with seller advisory, acquisition advisory, corporate finance and strategic advisory assignments and has extensive experience in the following industries: business & information services; education; consumer; healthcare services and energy services. For more information, please visit www.mhtmidspan.com.

About McDermott Will & Emery
McDermott Will & Emery is a premier international law firm with a diversified business practice. Numbering more than 1,100 lawyers, McDermott has 20 locations in Asia, Europe and the United States. McDermott’s private equity practice advises the full range of market participants — sponsors, investors, lenders, managers and portfolio companies. The firm’s full-service approach to PE includes complementary practices in tax, antitrust, regulatory, intellectual property, employee benefits and executive compensation.

About Schiff Harden
Founded in 1864, Schiff Hardin has offices in Chicago, Lake Forest New York, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, San Francisco, Dallas, and Ann Arbor. Schiff Hardin enjoys a national reputation in the area of corporate and securities law, particularly with respect to finance. With attorneys admitted to more than 100 jurisdictions nationwide, Schiff Hardin serves domestic and international clients across business sectors and legal disciplines.

About McDonald Hopkins
Founded in 1930, McDonald Hopkins is a business advisory and advocacy law firm with locations in Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Miami and West Palm Beach. The firm has a national mergers and acquisitions practice, with a strong focus on the healthcare industry. McDonald Hopkins’ subsidiary, McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies LLC, is based in Washington, D.C. and led by former Congressman Steven LaTourette. McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies is not a law firm and does not provide legal services. For more information about McDonald Hopkins, visit www.mcdonaldhopkins.com.