WICHITA — As someone who grew up in the Alcott Elementary School neighborhood, Martha Selfridge Housholder says she's always felt fortunate to have her Dermatology Clinic in that area.
Now, she feels fortunate to grow her business there as well.
The clinic has been in almost 9,000 square feet at 835 N. Hillside for more than forty years. Now, it's expanding into the vacant, same-size space next door at 851 N. Hillside where other medical practices used to be.
The Dermatology Clinic's origins date to 1932 in downtown. Housholder says most doctors were downtown then but eventually began migrating towards the hospitals further east.
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The clinic built its own building in 1971, which is the same year the one at 851 N. Hillside was built.
"The office was built for four doctors, but we now have six providers," Housholder says.
She says the clinic has ancillary services, such as light treatments and X-ray, that require more space.
"We're going to take the opportunity to reconfigure some things that we think will make all of it work better together," Housholder says.
The Dermatology Clinic also has an office in Northwest Centre at 13th and Tyler.
Housholder says it will take six to 12 months to remodel the new space and adjoin it to the practice's existing building, which also will have minor remodeling.
The practice used to have offices in Newton and El Dorado, but as doctors retired, Housholder says she made the central part of Wichita her focus.
"We like being more in the center ... and closer to downtown as well," she says. "We feel that ... we want to serve the core area."