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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


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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.

Michael Kucenic, MD



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


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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."

Kelcie Strecker, PA


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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



Mariah Kalma graduated from Emporia State University with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2014. She then obtained her Master of Science in Nursing through the Family Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Saint Mary in 2018. Prior to working at KMC, she practiced in primary care for two years. Mariah is board-certified through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). She is also a member of the Associate of Missouri Nurse Practitioners (AMNP) and American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Fun Facts: I have an energetic cattle dog mix named River who loves to play fetch, hide-and-seek, and go on runs with me. I enjoy drawing and reading in my spare time, especially when it rains. Autumn is my favorite time of the year, which is why I got married in October.

Mariah Kalma, APRN


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