Meet the Dermatopathology Team

Our laboratory team brings more than 75 years of combined experience and dedicated excellence in histopathology. Our lab is Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) and College of American Pathologist (CAP) certified. 

Kara Braudis, MD
Kara Braudis, MD

Kara Braudis, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist, is the dermatopathology lab director. Dr. Braudis completed medical school and residency at the University of Missouri and trained in dermatopathology at the University of California-San Francisco. In addition to routine analysis of skin biopsies, Dr. Braudis maintains time in clinic, with a special interest in complex medical dermatology, rheumatology-dermatology multidisciplinary care and psoriasis. She sees patients of all ages and enjoys teaching both dermatology and pathology residents.

 

Emily Smith, MD
Emily Smith, MD

Emily Smith, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist with subspecialty board-certification in dermatopathology. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Missouri and subsequently completed her dermatology residency and dermatopathology fellowship at the University of Michigan. Dr. Smith’s clinical and research interests include melanoma and cutaneous oncology, supportive oncodermatology, and general medical dermatology. In addition to her time in the dermatopathology laboratory, she also sees patients and teaches residents at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center where she oversees the multidisciplinary Cutaneous Oncology clinic.

 

Meet our staff

Photo of Dermatopathology team
From left to right: Dr. Emily Smith, Jackey Garvey, Alene Hiles, Drew Kassel, Caleb Heether, Rachel Stuck, Cherie Chapman and Dr. Kara Braudis.

 

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Cherie Chapman, lab manager

Cherie has been the laboratory manager at the dermatopathology laboratory since 2012. She graduated from the University of Missouri Clinical Laboratory Sciences Histology Program and is certified by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). She previously worked for 27 years as the laboratory supervisor at the University of Missouri Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory and is an active member of the Missouri Histology Society and the National Histology Society.

Jackey Garvey, histotechnologist

Jackie graduated from St. John’s School of Histologic Technique in Springfield, Illinois and is certified by ASCP. She has worked in the histology field for over 25 years.

Alene Hiles, histotechnologist

Alene is ASCP certified and has worked in histology since 2009 as a student beginning her career at the University of Missouri Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory. She then transferred to MU Health Care’s dermatopathology lab in 2015. She has her bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Missouri.

Caleb Heether, histotechnologist

Caleb graduated from Columbia College in 2014 with a bachelors in biology. Started working in the dermatopathology lab as a Mohs technician in 2015 and became a certified Histology technician in 2016.

Drew Kassel, histotechnologist

Drew earned his degree in biology from Columbia College and his certification as a histotech from ASCP. He has been in histology for over eight years and joined the dermatopathology lab in 2019.

Rachel Stuck, lab technician

Rachel graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering and is currently pursuing a master's degree in data science and analytics. She has been worked in pathology since 2016 and joined dermatology in 2018. She works primarily as a Mohs surgery technician and also does administrative work and technology support for the dermatopathology lab.