Dr. Gadzia completed his dermatology training at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Division of Dermatology. He also holds degrees from Medical Center of Delaware, Department of Internal Medicine; University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Bachelor of Science-Zoology; North Carolina State University. Dr. Gadzia is a member of the North Carolina Medical Student Association and the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Gadzia is a board-certified MOHS micrographic surgeon and practices in the Topeka Dermatology office.
Fun Facts: "I fix pinball machines and raise corals."
Joseph Gadzia, MD
Michael Kucenic, MD
Dr. Kucenic completed his specialty training in Dermatology at the University of Kansas followed by sub-specialty training in Dermatopathology at Indiana University. He served as a Visiting Assistant Professor for both institutions prior to joining KMC. Dr. Kucenic practices medical dermatology, dermatopathology, and surgical dermatology including being a board-certified MOHS micrographic surgeon. He is a member of the American Society of Dermatopathology, the American Society for Mohs Surgery, the American Academy of Dermatology, Kansas Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, and Kansas City Dermatological Society.
Fun Facts: “I can speak Croatian and German. My hobbies include exercise, fishing, golf, wildlife habitat management, dog training, and propagating oak trees native to Kansas and Missouri.
Daren Fomin, DO
Topeka, Emporia, Olathe
Dr. Fomin was born into a military family and grew up all over the world. He went to undergrad school at the University of Arkansas where he met his beautiful wife. He then graduated Cum Laude from the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine in North Carolina. Dr. Fomin completed his dermatology residency at the world-renowned Walter Reed Military Medical Center outside of Washington, D.C., where he served as chief resident. He is widely published in the area of nutrition and skin disease, and has a particular interest in the ketogenic diet and health. Dr. Fomin has been invited to numerous schools and national/international medical conferences to lecture on his areas of expertise. He also has strong interests and expertise in surgical and cosmetic dermatology.
When not helping patients look and feel better, Dr. Fomin is often found training for powerlifting, shooting and combat sports, trekking the outdoors with his wife and four children, or serving in his local church.
Megan Bartlett, PA
Ms. Bartlett completed her Masters of Physician Assistant at Wichita State University. Before focusing her attention on dermatologic conditions, she gained experience in the areas of family practice, internal medicine, and orthopedics. She has trained under the expertise of Joseph Gadzia, MD since 2009 and joined KMC Dermatology as a practitioner in 2011. Ms. Barlett is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Society of Dermatological Physician Assistants.
Fun Facts: "I played college golf which taught me a lot about time management and organization. My opportunity to golf led me to Kansas...the rest is history! At the age of 15 I played golf for Team USA (Midwest) and got to play in Australia!
My greatest passion in life is being a mother. I have two daughters and love spending my free time with them! We enjoy baking and hiking together!"
Ms. Heeren completed her Masters of Science in Nursing in the family nurse practitioner program at Georgetown University in 2014. Before starting her career in dermatology, she worked as a registered nurse in a neonatal intensive care unit for five years. Ms. Heeren is board-certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Fun Facts: "I am a mama to a very energetic 9-month-old boy!
My husband and I loved traveling before becoming parents. He proposed to me at the top of the Eiffel Tower! Now we enjoy staying at home with our sweet boy. Being a dermatology nurse practitioner, wife, and mama are all my dreams come true!"
Alex Heeren, APRN
Leah Buthorne, APRN
Ms. Buthorne is nationally board certified by both the ANCC and the AANP and received her Master of Science in Nursing from Washburn University. Since earning her certification as a nurse practitioner, she has worked primarily in family practice and acute/urgent care in Topeka. Ms. Buthorne's medical career began in 1983 as a medic (EMT) with the United States Army, and before becoming a nurse practitioner, she worked as a registered nurse in intensive care, interventional radiology, and post-anesthesia care, as well as an adjunct instructor for her alma mater. Ms. Buthorne and her husband Neil have been privileged to travel extensively in service to the country they love but have called Topeka “home” since Neil retired from the U.S. Army more than 12 years ago. The couple are “empty-nesters” and enjoy travel, spending time outdoors, and volunteering in the community.
Fun Facts: "I’m an avid traveler...have visited five continents. I enjoy hiking and riding ATVs through the mountains. Have swam in a shark cage (with my daughter), climbed Mt Vesuvius (with my daughter), zip-lined across the deserts of Nevada (with my daughter), white-water rafted in Colorado (with my daughter), climbed the Eiffel Tower, and rode a camel into the desert to visit a Bedouin tribe in Egypt...(with my daughter). You might be seeing a pattern here...I won’t belabor the other adventures!!
I was a Sergeant in the Army and was awarded an Expert Field Medic Badge in addition to an Expert Marksmanship Badge.
I have four children, four grandchildren, and one husband!"
Kelcie Strecker, PA
Ms. Strecker graduated from Wichita State University in Physician Assistant Studies in 2013. She is an active volunteer in the community and a Fellow Member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and current President of the Kansas Academy of Physician Assistants. Ms. Strecker specializes in melanoma, skin cancer removal, multiple other skin conditions, and Botox and Filler injections. You can see her in Topeka or Lawrence.
Fun Facts: "My favorite vacation spot is in Florida on the gulf (yes I wear sunscreen).
I enjoy working out and being outside with my five-year-old. Doing garden/flower work in my yard is something I enjoy during the spring and summer. I am passionate about physician assistant advocacy and am on the Kansas Academy of Physician Assistants for our state and also am on the board for the new PA program at KSU."
Ms. McKenna grew up in Topeka, Kansas, graduating from Washburn University School of Nursing with her BSN in 2015. She then graduated in the fall of 2020 with her MSN (FNP program) from Chamberlain University. Ms. McKenna has spent her entire nursing career in the emergency department (six years) and is board-certified through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). She feels extremely fortunate to be able to specialize in dermatology and help her patients feel safe and comfortable in their skin.
Fun Facts: "My husband and I got married in Lawrence, Kansas last summer. We love to travel, cook new recipes, and be outside in an attempt to wear out our chocolate lab Charlie. I also love to explore my husbands' parents' farm in northwest Kansas."
Ansley McKenna, APRN