Our Staff

John L. Millns M.D.

Dr Millns

Dr. John Millns was born in Toledo, Ohio but has been a resident of Florida since 1978.  He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Toledo.  He received his medical degree from Ohio State University and trained at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.  Dr. Millns is an associate professor at the University of Florida.  Dr. Millns is board certified in both Dermatology and the American Board of Dermatopathology, respectively.

Dr. Millns has been in private practice for the past 30 years and is an expert in the treatment of diseases of the skin, hair and nails of all age groups.  Dr. Millns specializes in identification and treatment of skin cancers.  He is the Director for Gulf Coast Dermatopathology Laboratory.  Gulf Coast Dermatopathology services dermatologists from all over the state of Florida and Ohio.

He is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology.  Florida Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, West Coast Society of Dermatology, American Academy of Dermatopathology and International Society of Dermatopathology.

He has participated in the Great American Teach-In and has done numerous training sessions to train fellow physicians in the field of dermatology and dermatopathology.
Dr. Millns takes pride in providing outstanding patient care and providing an environment to make all his patients feel like they are home.


Michael R. Heaphy M.D.

Dr Heaphy

Dr. Michael Heaphy is originally from Lima, Ohio.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and his medical degree from the University of Texas, Houston. Following an internship at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Heaphy spent a year in Latin America.  He worked as a volunteer physician in the rainforests of Eastern Guatemala for an indigenous community development organization called Ak’ Tenamit, which provides the only Western-style medical care for 126 remote Q’eqchi Maya villages.

He also spent several months with the department of dermatology in one of South America’s leading infectious disease hospitals, Hospital Muniz in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Dr. Heaphy completed his dermatology residency at Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio where he was named Chief Resident in 2003.  That year he served as Resident Trustee for the Ohio Dermatological Association.  Finally, Dr. Heaphy completed an additional two years of sub-specialty training in dermatopathology at the University of California, San Francisco under Drs. Philip LeBoit and Timothy McCalmont.  During that time he also held a clinical instructorship at UCSF and practiced clinical dermatology at San Francisco General Hospital’s dermatology resident’s clinic.  Dr. Heaphy has published multiple articles and abstracts in the fields of clinical dermatology and dermatopathology and he enjoys teaching residents and students.  He extends an open invitation to anyone interested in dermatopathology to take part in his dermatopathology sign-out sessions.


Laura Millns, PA-C

Laura Millns

Laura Millns PA-C joined our practice in 2010. She is a native of Tampa, Florida. Laura completed her undergraduate studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She then went on to complete her Masters of Medical Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Midwestern University in Phoenix, AZ.

Laura is a fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Florida Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants. She enjoys all aspects of Medical Dermatology, Dermatologic Surgery, and loves to work with our cosmetic patients as well.

In her spare time, she enjoys golfing, boating, and traveling.


Sharon Miller, CMM

Sharon Miller

Sharon Miller was born in Alexandria, Virginia and moved to Florida in 1970. Sharon is married with two children.  She received her medical assistant degree in 1980 from Tampa College and joined Dr. Millns practice in 1988.  

Sharon has been the administrator for the dermatology practice as well as Gulf Coast Dermatopathology since 1998. She has been an integral part of every aspect of both practices and handles all the general administration duties, human resources, billing departments and nursing staff.

Sharon is a member in good standing of ADAM (Association of Dermatology Administrators and Managers) and PAHCOM (Professional Association of Health Care Office Management), she received her Certified Medical Manager certificate in 2007.

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