Now accepting appointments for Dermatology !
Dr. Rachael H. Kappius practices medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. She completed her medical degree at the University of Florida College of Medicine and dermatologic training serving as Chief Resident at the Medical University of South Carolina.
She has a passion for educating her patients about their skin and how to safely enjoy time in the sun! She specializes in skin cancer detection and treatment, acne, eczema, psoriasis, autoimmune disease, and pediatric dermatology. She has presented at two national dermatologic conventions on the complexities of skin cancer and treatment options. She also enjoys helping patients repair the skin after UV damage with Botox, fillers, and skin resurfacing solutions.
Dr. Kappius chose dermatology because she loves connecting with patients and making them feel better about living in their skin. She enjoys working with patients to solve problems that may be ailing their skin or to create a powerful anti-aging plan. By training under several of the top medical and cosmetic dermatologists in the nation, Dr. Kappius brings skincare expertise to ReGenesis Plastic Surgery and Dermatology.
Dr. Kappius is married to a retired professional mountain biker and Colorado native. She enjoys playing tennis, hiking and camping with their dog Oz, snowboarding, drawing, painting, and gardening. From a young age, she has been involved with several healthcare related volunteer organizations with her family. She is looking forward to meeting the wonderful people of the Grand Valley and getting involved in the community.
Call ReGenesis Plastic Surgery and Dermatology at (970) 242-8177 to schedule an appointment.
Discover The Possibilities at ReGenesis Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
Plastic surgery and dermatology are complementary medical specialties, sharing the same goal of helping patients look and feel their best. Our physicians perform some of the same minimally invasive procedures, yet their training and experience is vastly different. Plastic and facial surgeons are the experts in facial body contouring while dermatologists are the authority in skin cancer detection and the treatment of skin disease. ReGenesis Plastic Surgery and Dermatology is a dual specialty practice providing comprehensive and compassionate care to our patients.
Our surgeons are dedicated to helping you make the best decision when it comes to your plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. Our physicians will freely discuss your options, how the procedure will work for you and answer any questions you may have. Unique to ReGenesis, our surgeons regularly go into surgery together to consult with each other during the procedures. Having two (or three) trained specialists working on one patient brings out the best aesthetic elements and is the advantage of coming to ReGenesis. We take time to listen and value your input and questions. We understand that surgery may not be an option for everyone, and that’s why we have an option for almost anything!
Dermatology is new addition to ReGenesis in order to provide our patients with the most well-rounded comprehensive experience in Grand Junction. Our dermatologist offers medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology. If you’re experiencing anything from a rash to an abnormal growth, our team is committed to helping you. We take the time to listen, ask questions, and work with you to create solutions to any problem. Our dermatologist also works closely with the aesthetic and laser specialists for patients looking for an anti-aging regimen. At ReGenesis, we have the experience and technology to serve all of your dermatologic needs.
Here at ReGenesis Plastic Surgery and Dermatology, we look forward to meeting you and calling you part of our family.
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Meet our Facial and Plastic Surgeons
Dr. Duane O. Hartshorn is a facial plastic surgeon who completed his otolaryngology training at the University of Michigan. Following graduation, Dr. Hartshorn spent an additional year at the University of Michigan completing a facial plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship. In addition to Dr. Hartshorn’s cosmetic and reconstructive surgery practice, he also sees patients with head and neck cancer and a variety of other otolaryngology issues. Dr. Hartshorn has authored papers in many peer reviewed journals on the topics of speech, facial reconstruction, hearing and cancer. Dr. Hartshorn is married with four children and enjoys spending time with his family.
Dr. Matthew R. Swelstad is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who completed his plastic surgery training at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He also completed a craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery fellowship at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has authored book chapters and journal articles on topics such as facial rejuvenation, breast deformities, and a variety of craniofacial and pediatric anomalies. Dr. Swelstad has also presented at national and international meetings on the topics of craniopagus separation, the role of Botox® in managing congenital muscular torticollis and surgical correction of craniofacial anomalies. Dr. Swelstad is married with two daughters and enjoys camping, biking, and baking homemade pizza in his outdoor wood-fired pizza oven!
Dr. Jeffrey M. Pitcher is a graduate of the University of Utah and earned his M.D. from MCP Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa. During his medical schooling, he was intrigued with surgery and went on to complete a General Surgery Residency at Indiana University. While in surgery training, his passion for combining both art and science was confirmed, leading him to complete a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency at Washington University in St. Louis. Specializing in breast reconstruction, nerve reconstruction and cosmetic surgery, Dr. Pitcher is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Pitcher is married with four children and enjoys hiking, biking, camping, and spending time with his family.
Meet our Staff
Shea is a physician assistant for Dr. Swelstad and Dr. Pitcher’s patients. She earned her undergrad in Biology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2007 and went on to study for her master’s at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she graduated as a Physicians’ Assistant. After college she began working in Plastic Surgery until 2014 when she and her husband decided to head for the mountains and came to Colorado; they settled on Grand Junction, where they can be outside year-round. After working for a year in Orthopedics, Shea knew it was time to go back to Plastic Surgery and joined the ReGenesis team. During her free time, you’ll find Shea and her husband enjoying the great outdoors — ice climbing, mountain biking, trail running, and rock climbing.
Tammy Chadez grew up in Indianapolis, Ind. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She went on to complete their Surgical Physician Assistant Program receiving her Master of Science before moving to Grand Junction. She worked in orthopedics for nearly five years prior to joining ReGenesis. Tammy is a certified laser technician. In her free time, Tammy enjoys swimming, hiking, skiing, baking and spending time with her husband and their two children.
Amy Bronson moved from Denver to Grand Junction in 2008 after graduating from Red Rocks Physician Assistant program with a Masters in Medical Science from St. Francis University in Pennsylvania. Amy’s undergraduate degree and training was in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, which included working as a speech-language pathology assistant for two years in an educational setting in Denver. She earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2017 and is busy with her two sons and husband. Some of her hobbies include biking, trail running, backpacking, and skiing, as well as gardening and shopping at the great farmer’s markets.
Patrick Howery is the Practice Manager for ReGenesis Plastic Surgery & Skin Care Center. Originally from Chicago, Patrick has been in Grand Junction since 1996. He can answer all your financial questions regarding any of our procedures and guide you through the entire process so it is as easy as possible. Patrick is married and enjoys cage fighting, MMA fighting, crocodile wrestling, botany, and is always on the lookout for aliens.
Carrie Rivera is the office supervisor and Dr. Pitcher’s nurse. She is from California’s Central Valley but moved to Colorado in 2005. She’s been in the medical field since 2000 and in 2003 became a Licensed Practical Nurse. Carrie is married with two kids and loves being social with friends, family and shopping. She likes to play basketball and enjoys watching football (go Detroit Lions!), basketball, MMA fighting, camping, dancing and anything athletic.
Mei Peltier is one of our Patient Care Coordinators and is originally from southern California. She graduated from Fullerton College with an Associates Degree in Business and began working in an orthopedic office as a front office coordinator. She then worked in general surgery, dermatology and aesthetics. She has a passion for skin care and education in all regards to plastic surgery and loves patient interaction. She and her daughter moved to Grand Junction in 2009 and loves the Grand Valley. She enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family and is a total foodie!
Amanda Irion is one of our patient care coordinators. With a bachelors degree from CMU (go Mavs!), she has a true passion for the sciences, including psychology, sociology, and biology. When not working, Amanda loves spending time with her family, taking her young son swimming, hiking with her husband, and supporting local business. Her interest for skin care and plastic surgery continues to grow and she is proud to be part of team ReGenesis!
Pattie Ammon is Dr. Swelstad’s Medical Assistant. Originally from Sonoma, Calif., she made her way to Colorado in 2008. Earning her associate’s degree in Medical Assisting in 2010, Pattie’s been in the medical field ever since. She enjoys being out of doors, adventuring around Colorado, and drag racing (as she is a big car enthusiast)!
We are excited to announce that Ashley Pfifer will be joining our team as an esthetician at our Montrose office. From a young age, Ashley knew she wanted to work in the beauty industry, which is exactly what led her to cosmetology school where she graduated in 2014. During school, Ashley found a particular interest in skin care and decided to further her education by enrolling at the Rocky Mountain Laser College, where she graduated mid-2019. After working for herself the past couple years Ashley is excited to embark on a new adventure with ReGenesis Plastic Surgery and Dermatology.
“The opportunity to work in a medical-based environment excites me. I’m ready to expand my knowledge and offer new treatments. I love the atmosphere of the office and couldn’t be happier to be a part of this team!” said Ashley.
Stephanie Ross is Colorado native and a graduate from The College of International Esthetics in Arvada, Colo. She began working in Boulder as a medical aesthetician in 2009 along with being a makeup artist and certified laser specialist. Overall wellness, skincare and beauty are her passions! Stephanie wants to help her patients understand their skin and offer the best solutions to achieve a beautiful and healthy complexion. She moved to Grand Junction in 2012 and enjoys hiking and cycling in the Grand Valley. She also enjoys spending time with her family, friends, her Papillon dog (Bowdie) and traveling.
Karla Lanam is one of our Aestheticians. She has been in the skin care, spa and beauty industry since 1991. She has previous experience in building and managing her own full-service salon and spa, freelance massage and aesthetic work and most recently, she was the director of the spa at Spa of the Rockies at the Glenwood Springs Hot Springs Pool. She brings a wealth of experience and expertise and has a true passion for skin care. Outside of work, Karla enjoys being out of doors with her husband either fly-fishing or ATV-ing! She is also the mother to two grown sons.
Brooke Brown is one of our Certified Laser Technicians at ReGenesis Plastic Surgery & Dermatology. Brooke finished Aesthetics school in 2018 after attending the School of Botanical & Medical Aesthetics, and soon after became interested in furthering her education. This led her to the Rocky Mountain Laser College where she graduated mid-2019. Brooke is excited to join the team and is eager to start a long-term career with ReGenesis. When she is not hard at work, you can find Brooke hanging out with her family or hiking with her husband, Tristan, and dog, Luna.
Jamie Gallagher is a registered Medical Assistant and is our full-time Surgery Scheduler for ReGenesis. Jamie is from Phillipsburg, Kan., and moved to Grand Junction in 1993. She is married with one daughter. Jamie enjoys spending time with her family, along with hiking, biking, watching movies, reading, and cooking.
Tara Bulen is one of our receptionists and helps our office run smoothly and efficiently. Tara grew up in Grand Junction and graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree in 2011 from Colorado Mesa University. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoors, either hiking or snowboarding, painting, and spending time with family.