Meet our staff
LSCSW, CCO, Behavioral Health
Karin joined Heartland in 2011 and is a Kansas City area native. She received her bachelor’s in social welfare from KU and a master’s in social work from Washburn University. Karin has always enjoyed helping others, so as an undergrad, she realized that social work was the right fit for her. Prior to joining Heartland, Karin held positions with the Department of Children and Families and Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center. She loves being able to help people identify the changes they want to make to improve their physical and/or mental health and realize their goals. In her spare time, Karin likes spending time with her family and being outside as much as possible. She also enjoys reading a good story and serving her church. Karin lives in Lawrence with her husband and their two daughters.
Dr. A.J. Strickland is from Red Cloud, NE. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine and he completed his residency in Kearney, NE. Dr. Stickland is an avid outdoorsmen who enjoys backpacking, kayaking, and fishing with his dog Hank. He is also a fan of Husker football and Jayhawk basketball. He loves Lawrence and is excited to play a role in making our community healthier.
Jeff grew up in Kansas City, MO and went on to study at the University of Kansas and later KU Med. His inspiration for joining the health care field came through his experience in Jesuit Volunteer Corp, where he saw, firsthand, health care staff helping patients with limited resources improve their lives. He is not only dedicated to improving the health care system in America by promoting primary care and health awareness, but he is passionate about developing relationships with patients. Jeff completed his residency at Research Medical Center in Kansas City and joined Heartland in the fall of 2016. He also enjoys fishing, camping, disc golf, painting and spending time with family and friends.
Lisa is a Lawrence native who realized in high school that she had a passion for health care. She has her bachelor’s and master’s in nursing from Washburn University. Prior to joining Heartland, Lisa worked in the labor and delivery and emergency departments at a rural hospital. Away from work Lisa enjoys watching the Royals, playing softball, and running. She loves her job because she enjoys helping people make healthy changes in their lives. Lisa and her husband live in Lone Star with their dog, three cats, and several chickens.
Jolynne joined Heartland in August of 2014. She is a Kansas native who has a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Missouri Kansas City and a MSEd in Exercise Physiology and Health Education from the University of Kansas. She spent 17 years working in an Intensive Care Unit, in nursing education, and as the nursing supervisor in a hospital before joining a primary care practice. In 2009, God called her to move to Oaxaca, Mexico where she worked in the health clinic at Roca Blanca and also helped develop and teach a 10 month course in community health for indigenous students. She has also done medical missions to China and Nigeria. Her passions are her great nieces and nephews, who give her immense joy, playing the piano (poorly), crossword puzzles and ministering to those in need.
APRN, Primary Care Director
Nicole spent most of her youth growing up in Oregon. After seeing people struggle to get access to primary care in her hometown, Nicole knew she wanted to pursue a career in health care. She attended Kansas State University for her Bachelor’s degree and then Vanderbilt University for her Master’s. In 2011, Nicole began practicing in the clinical setting and eventually landed here at Heartland. Since then, she has also received a PhD in human nutrition. Her fascination with nutrition helps the everyday lives of patients, allowing her to further their care in so many more ways. Nicole enjoys getting to know her patients over time and working with them to achieve their health goals. Watching patients make progress physically and emotionally is one of her favorite parts of being a primary care provider. When not in the office making a difference, Nicole enjoys running, hiking, yoga, and water skiing. She and her husband met as “running buddies” and continue to share their love of the outdoors by running marathons and ½ marathons! They have two dogs, Roxy and Brooke Lynn
Dr. Nana Dadson joined Heartland as a child and adolescent psychiatrist. She grew up on the lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. While studying to become a school teacher, her experiences as a volunteer caused her to realize that she wanted to spend her life helping children and families with mental health challenges. After attending Morgan State University and continuing her medical education at Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Dadson completed her residency in general psychiatry at the George Washington University Medical Center. She has also been a fellow at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Dadson has spent more than 20 years in psychiatry, working in the US Navy and private practices. When she’s not working, Dr. Dadson enjoys spending time with her family, walking with her beagle, exercising, playing piano and writing.
LSCSW, Behavioral Health
Cyndi is a behavioral health consultant, originally from Kansas City, KS. Cyndi spent 21 years with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and became a big believer in the integrated care model that clinics like Heartland offer. Her favorite part of the work she does is that she gets to serve her community. Cyndi is also an adjunct professor in KU’s School of Social Welfare. She is bilingual and enjoys traveling in Latin America.
DDS, Dental Director
Hailing from Waterloo, Iowa and a graduate of University of Iowa College of Dentistry, Dr. Mollie Day, DDS brings 14 years of dental care experience to Heartland. Before arriving here, Dr. Day spent several years working at a Federally Qualified Health Center in the Kansas City metro area, where she built a robust dental program that included strong emphasis on outreach to children. Dr. Day first became interested in health sciences because of the creative teaching of her high school biology teacher. Now, Dr. Day loves her job because she loves to serve others and help them with dental needs that might otherwise go untreated, especially when this care helps a child overcome a fear and complete treatment. Her goal is to grow dental services at Heartland to reach more people in our community. When she is not leading the dental department at Heartland, Dr. Day likes to spend time with her husband and two daughters, as well as go hiking and do puzzles. She is the recipient of the Oral Health Kansas Dentist of the Year award for 2015.
DPT, Physical Therapist
Originally from Emporia, KS, Dorian received her BS in Exercise Science from the University of Kansas and her DPT from Kansas University Medical Center. After completing her studies, Dorian began working as a physical therapist in Lawrence and Baldwin City, where she treated patients in both an out-patient clinical setting, as well as in the home. She comes to Heartland with specific clinical experience in orthopedic injuries, balance and movement disorders, and neurological conditions. Dorian loves getting to know her patients, learning about their goals and helping to guide them in achieving better physical wellness. Dorian is married and lives in Lawrence with her husband, 2 sons and one lovable yellow Labrador Retriever. She likes outdoor activities and local arts and theater.
LSCSW, Behavioral Health
With roots growing up in Wichita and Topeka, Leigh landed at the University of Kansas, where she graduated with a Bachelors of Social Work in 2006 and a Masters of Social Work in 2009. She credits her passion for human rights, social justice, and equality for leading her to a career in behavioral health. Leigh has worked most of the last 12 years providing mental health services at the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center in Lawrence, KS, as a case manager and then therapist. She has also worked as a screener for psychiatric hospitalization at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Juvenile Detention Center and the Douglas County Jail. Leigh’s favorite parts of the job are helping others, sharing kindness, human connection, common humanity, and hope. She has experience in diversity training and leadership and hopes to have a long career in non-profit social services. Leigh loves cooking, dancing, yoga, reading, art, outdoor activities and collecting minerals and antiques, but most of all spending time with her two wonderful children.
Dr. Jeremiah Bell, DDS hails from Knoxville, TN and attended the University of Tennessee where he received his Bachelor’s degree. He then attended the University of Missouri, where he received his PhD and graduated Dentistry School. After working in biomedical research for a time, Dr. Bell decided he wanted a career that had a more immediate impact on people’s lives. This led to his decision to pursue a career in face-to-face health care. Knowing dentistry could have an impact by providing relief from pain and discomfort, as well as having a tremendous impact on total oral health for patients, Dr. Bell knew he had found his calling and began practicing as a dentist. He has been doing that for 3 years. Prior to Heartland, he worked at the Douglas County Dental Clinic as well as Children’s Mercy Hospital and other clinics in Kansas City. Weather permitting, Dr. Bell enjoys golfing and when the climate doesn’t cooperate, he can be found with a nice book.
LSCSW, Behavioral Health
Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, Ann Lopez received her bachelor’s degree from Daemen College in Amherst, NY and her graduate degree from the University of Kansas. Ann took an interest in health care at the age of 10, after watching her mother study for her RN/BSN. For 17 years, Ann worked in the behavioral health field at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center as a clinical case manager and therapist, specializing in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) with children, adolescents, adults and groups. Most recently, Ann worked as director of social work, bereavement and spiritual care with Continual Hospice and Home Health in Kansas City. During her free time, Ann enjoys the outdoors, reading, family time and keeping herself busy! Her favorite part of working in health care is getting to know others, developing a strong patient-provider bond and contributing to patient well-being in any way possible.
Rosie Mueller, PA, joins Heartland with two years of experience as a practicing PA. Rosie was born in Topeka, KS and moved to Lawrence at the age of 10, where she graduated from Lawrence Freestate High School and attended the University of Kansas for undergraduate studies. Since her youth, Rosie has had a fascination with science. While in high school, she discovered that healthcare could be a way to combine her interest in science with her love of helping people. Still today, working in healthcare feels like a calling to her, giving Rosie the opportunity to meet many different people while also serving the community. Ultimately, Rosie enjoys helping patients understand their health. As a Division 1 collegiate softball player and National Honor Society nominee in PA school, Rosie has always demonstrated the ability to lead and achieve. Outside of the clinic, Rosie and her husband love any chance to get outside or out in the community, from walking their dog, Millie, to fly fishing and serving their church.
Dr. Luke Mueller was born and raised in St. Louis, Mo and is a graduate of the University of Kansas and University of Kansas Medical School. A story especially touching to Heartland, Dr. Mueller decided to pursue a career in medicine after volunteering at Heartland ten years ago. Dr. Mueller volunteered for three years at Heartland before entering medical school and later completed his residency at Via Christi in Wichita, KS, with an emphasis on family practice. Always interested in growing and improving his relationships with his patients, Dr. Mueller believes that the more he understands about where a person is coming from, the more beneficial and meaningful his treatment and advice can be. Dr. Mueller is married to Heartland PA, Rosie Mueller, and the two share a goal of serving the community they love and call home.
JENICA WESSELS HARWOOD
Dr. Wessels Harwood went to high school at Lawrence High School in Lawrence, KS. She received her undergraduate degree from Baylor University and went on to complete medical school at the University of Kansas Medical School. Dr. Wessels Harwood decided to be a doctor in elementary school out of a love for science and learning about the body. She volunteered at Lawrence Memorial Hospital starting in seventh grade, and it grew her passion for Medicine. Between medical school and arriving at Heartland, she gained experience in Family Medicine, Emergency, Obstetrics, Pediatrics, in-patient and outpatient care, as well as urgent care. She has received an award for advocacy and teaching in Breast Feeding Medicine. Dr. Wessels Harwood loves getting to know people and taking good care of whole families. Her husband and she both grew up in Lawrence, love the community and are raising their 3 children here. A sports enthusiast, you might find her playing basketball, soccer or volleyball, or watching KU basketball.
APRN – Psychiatry
Chynwe was born in Imerienwe, Owerri, an ancient kingdom in the south eastern part of Nigeria and attended college in the U.S. at William Jewell College in Liberty, MO, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Vanderbilt University. Chynwe’s passion for ministering and serving led him to start a medical missions organization with his wife and return to his home country of Nigeria to help people in need. This mission work and his desire to help the whole person inspired a career in the mental health field. Chynwe has been in healthcare for 13 years, 6 years working with inpatient, outpatient and crisis stabilization and 2 years working with individuals with eating disorders. His favorite part about his job is being a tool of God’s restorative work, working with wonderful staff and providing holistic care to patients. When not watching his children in their favorite activities, Chynwe enjoys preaching, teaching, reading, listening to music and his new dog, Cooper.