Our Team

Meet our DCI medical team!  Our cytogeneticists, medical geneticists, and pathologists are always available for consultation or discussion.


Susan M. Zneimer, PhD, FACMG

Laboratory Director, Cytogenetics

B.A. – University of California, San Diego, CA

M.A. – University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Ph.D. – Texas A & M University, College Station, TX

Clinical Cytogenetics Post-Doctoral Fellowship – University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Dr. Zneimer holds a doctorate degree in the field of genetics, is a board-certified cytogeneticist by the American Board of Medical Genetics and is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics. Dr. Zneimer has numerous publications in the field of genetics and gives seminars at many scientific conferences as well as to the community at large, most prominently speaking about the Human Genome and Cancer Genome Projects, Molecular Biology Technologies, Prenatal, Postnatal and Cancer Genetics, Ethics in Genetics, and Genetics of the Jewish People.

Dr. Zneimer has also published two medical reference books on genetics entitled Cytogenetic Abnormalities: Chromosomal, FISH and Microarray-Based Clinical Reporting (2014), and Cytogenetic Laboratory Management (2016) by Wiley Publishers; and has released her latest book entitled: Hot Topics in Medicine, Genetics and Biology (2019) by KD Publishers (all books are available on Amazon).

pic_lepKathleen Leppig, MD, FAAP, FACMG

Co-Director, Cytogeneticist and Medical Geneticist

A.B. Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

M.D. Case Western Reserve Univ., Cleveland, OH

Dr. Leppig is board certified in pediatrics, clinical genetics, and cytogenetics. As well as regularly reviewing and signing out cases at DCI, Dr. Leppig serves as an educational resource to our staff and is available to consult with clients. Currently she is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Washington Medical School, and is the chief of Genetic Services at Group Health Co-operative. Dr. Leppig is an experienced clinician and medical geneticist and has been in practice in the Pacific Northwest for over 25 years.

Michael H. Kalnoski, MD

Co-Director, Hematopathologist

B.A. University of Washington, Seattle, WA

M.D. Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Dr. Kalnoski attended Saint Louis University School of Medicine, where he earned his M.D. He completed his residency at the University of Washington in Clinical and Anatomic pathology and a fellowship in Hematology and is triple board certified. He also received post-graduate training (MBA) at Saint Louis University and San Francisco State University, post-graduate training in cell and molecular biology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and earned a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Washington. Dr. Kalnoski has also served as a medical director at several regional hospitals and large reference laboratories (Quest Diagnostics) in Washington and Alaska. Dr. Kalnoski is a member of the College of American Pathology (CAP), the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP), the American Medical Association (AMA), the Washington State Society of Pathologists (WSSP) and the Pierce County Medical Society.