Ken J Tompkins, MD
Dr. Tompkins graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley where he was a physiology major. He attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia followed by an internship at the Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu.
Following a year as a flight surgeon in Korea, he did his dermatology residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He is a member of numerous local and national medical societies, and was president of the Tidewater Dermatology Society in 1996-1998.
Dr. Tompkins’ main area of interest in Dermatology is treatment of skin cancer and related sun-induced diseases.
Favorite hobbies include running, working out, tennis, golf and spending time with his kids and dogs.
Bebe Edmonds, MD
Dr. Edmonds is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute. She attended Eastern Virginia Medical School for two years and then transferred to Louisiana State University. She completed her internship at Alton Oschner Hospital and a Dermatology Residency at Louisiana State University in New Orleans.
Bebe has enjoyed practicing adult and pediatric dermatology for the last 14 years in the Virginia Beach and Kempsville offices. She is an American Academy of Dermatology member and is board certified. She performs flaps and grafts for skin cancer surgery, medium depth chemical peels, sclerotherapy, laser for rosacea and injections of fillers and Botox.
She resides in Virginia Beach with her husband (an ophthalmologist) and three daughters.
Padman Menon, MD
Dr. Menon’s Dermatology career began in the United States Navy where he was assigned to Naval Regional Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA. He became staff dermatologist and also served as the department head. He expanded the range of services provided by instituting the surgical clinic and case log and organizing the annual skin cancer screening project in conjunction with the American Academy of Dermatology.
Dr. Menon was the first in Naval Medicine to implement a comprehensive melanoma follow-up clinic. He promoted research and participated in the National Cancer Institute’s six year program and study of the chemoprevention of skin cancer. His experience in operational medicine includes deployment aboard the first modern naval hospital ship, the USNS Mercy during her maiden cruise and subsequent assignment to the Philippines and South Pacific for humanitarian service in 1987.
He served in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm at the Fleet Hospital Five in 1990-1991, where he established and led the Dermatology Department. Dr Menon holds the academic appointment of Associate Professor at the Eastern Virginia School of Medicine and the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C.In 1994; he was selected for additional training in Mohs’ micrographic surgery and completed his fellowship at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX in 1995.
In 1997, Dr Menon returned to Naval Regional Medical Center and started the first Mohs’ surgery program ever instituted at this command.
Shortly after his retirement as a Captain from the US Navy, Dr. Menon joined Tompkins Dermatology as a highly experienced Dermatologist and Mohs’ Surgeon. He has excelled as a great teacher, lecturer, clinician, and a dermatologic surgeon.
He is married with one daughter and one son; he loves to spend his free time gardening.
Linda Heffernan-Stroud, MD
Dr. Linda Heffernan-Stroud graduated magna cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors as a Presidential Scholar from The George Washington University, where she was a Chemistry major and Fine Arts minor. She then received her Masters of Science degree in Theoretical Chemistry from Oxford University in England and backpacked through Europe and Africa.
While completing the combined MD/PhD program at the Medical University of South Carolina, she earned a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Pre-doctoral Fellowship grant to support her research focused on the role of sphingolipids and p53 in cancer biology. She presented her work at several international conferences and received other grants and research awards in addition to authoring and co-authoring several publications. During that time, she also had the opportunity to travel to Asia and South America.
Following her internship at Greenville Health Systems in South Carolina, she completed her Dermatology residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School. While a resident, she received the Skin Cancer Foundation Ashley Trenner Research Award grant funding to investigate the role of sphingosine kinase 1 in cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma which identified a new molecular pathway in skin cancer development that may be therapeutically targeted in the future. Dr. Heffernan-Stroud and her husband started their family during her residency and she also served as Chief Resident during her final year of residency.
Dr. Heffernan-Stroud practices general dermatology with a focus on the treatment and prevention of skin cancer in the Outer Banks North Carolina offices. She enjoys spending time with her husband, children, pets, and other family and friends, as well as surfing and yoga in her free time.
Timothy Jackson, MHS, PA-C
Mr. Jackson was born in Asheville, NC and grew up in Michigan. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Connecticut State University and continued his education by earning a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences from the exclusive Quinnipiac University.
While attending graduate school, Tim handled the Dermatologic Clinical Research program at Yale University School of Medicine. During his tenure at Yale Dermatology, he trained under Dr. Ronald C. Savin, the pioneer in the field of dermatology and hair restoration, Tim has conducted over 500 research studies that contributed to many of the successful dermatologic products on the market today.
In 2000, Tim began his Physician Assistant studies at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Upon graduating magna cum laude – he entered into a post-graduate residency program in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the prestigious Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. After completing residency, Tim continued to work in the field of Cardiothoracic Surgery in New York and ultimately relocated to Virginia Beach where his family resides.
In 2005, Tim returned to his first love Dermatology joining Drs Tompkins, Edmonds, and Menon. Tim specializes in medical and surgical Dermatology for adolescent and adults.Tim is a member of the American Academy of PA’s, Society of Dermatology PA’s, and the Virginia Academy of PA’s.
He is married to his wife Amy, a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton and has a son, Brody.
Kimberly Silver, MHS, PA-C
Kim is a certified physician assistant who specializes in dermatology. Kim has a Bachelor’s degree in health sciences and a Master’s degree in physician assistant science from Gannon University, Erie, PA.
Originally from Bemus Point, NY, Kim and her husband, Matt, moved to Fredericksburg, VA in 2004, where Kim worked as a physician assistant, specializing in cosmetic and medical dermatology. Kim and Matt moved to Virginia Beach in October 2008, where Kim joined Tompkins Dermatology.
Kim is committed to educating patients on proper skin care and sun protection methods.Kim and her husband Matt, a physical therapist, enjoy visiting her family in Tampa, Florida and his family in Lambertville, New Jersey. They also enjoy working out, entertaining family and friends in their home, and spending time with their three cats.
Melissa Thierry, MHS, PA-C
Mrs. Thierry was born and raised in Hudsonville, Michigan where she completed her undergraduate studies at the nearby Grand Valley State University. She majored in Health Sciences and obtained a minor in Spanish.
After graduating with honors from GVSU, Melissa accepted a position utilizing her skills in Spanish and medicine at Northwest Michigan Health Services Inc. as a nurse assistant/medical interpreter. In this position she was able to serve and interpret for the underprivileged population of migrant farm workers in the clinic as well as the migrant camps.
Melissa continued her studies to become a Physician Assistant at the University of South Alabama. During her training at USA she had the opportunity to work with a renowned Moh’s surgeon at a dermatology practice in Grandville, Michigan. Her time with this practice further ignited her passion for dermatology.
Mrs. Thierry is a board certified Physician Assistant who specializes in dermatology and is a member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants as well as the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Melissa and her husband Levi moved to Virginia Beach in 2012 where they are enjoying being newlyweds. They spend their free time working out, hiking, and boating. They also enjoy visiting her family in Hudsonville, Michigan and his family in Dauphin Island, Alabama.
Caroline Conkwright, MHS, PA-C
Caroline was born and raised on a farm in Charlotte Court House, VA. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Virginia and later accepted an opportunity in New York City to work as a dermatology medical assistant. This position strengthened her love for medicine, especially the dermatological field.
Caroline decided to continue her education by earning a Master’s Degree in Health Sciences and a Bachelor’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Touro College in New York City. She is a board certified Physician Assistant who specializes in dermatology and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Although she loved her five years in New York, after graduating with honors, Caroline decided to return to her Virginia roots. She moved to Virginia Beach in July 2014 where she joined Tidewater Skin Care. She enjoys taking advantage of her new beach lifestyle, spending time with friends and family, working out so she can eat more, and traveling to unique locations, such as Iceland and Morocco.