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Deborah Garfield


Laboratory Manager

I have worked in clinical and pathology laboratories in multiple positions since 1976. In 1994, I decided to purse a career in Anatomic Pathology by becoming a certified histotechnician. This has been my passion ever since.

In the spring of 1999, Dr. Gregory G. Messenger asked me if I would be interested in starting and managing a dermatology laboratory, as part of Messenger Dermatology. With much enthusiasm and determination, I founded what is now Genesis Diagnostic Laboratory on September 15, 1999. The laboratory started with four employees consisting of one dermatopathologist, two histotechnicians and one medical transcriptionist.

We have seen much growth since that first year. Aside from processing formalin-fixed tissue for processing, hematoxylin, and eosin staining for microscopic examination, the lab has started to branch out into other areas of Anatomic Pathology. We started assisting with Mohs Micrographic Surgery in 2001 at our Lansing location and in 2003 at our Mt. Pleasant location. This involves preparing fresh tissue for frozen sections for a Mohs surgeon’s microscopic interpretation. Also, our lab currently performs special stains. Most recently we have started to pursue requests for tissue banking.

Our pathology laboratory has come a long way since 1999. Our lab currently employs two dermatopathologists, four full-time histotechnicians/Mohs techs, one part-time Mohs tech, three part-time lab aides, one courier, and two administrative assistants.

We continue to maintain our CLIA certification through our high standards in pathology laboratory excellence. We look for forward to continued growth.


Mt. Pleasant