I was born in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. Addis Ababa is the capital city of Ethiopia in East Africa. It lies in the highlands of central Ethiopia and enjoys a nice temperate climate throughout most of the year.
I had my early education in Ethiopia and after graduating from high school, I went to Rome, Italy to pursue further education in medicine. From when I was little, it seems like I had always wanted to become a doctor to help and cure sick patients.
In 1990, in beautiful Rome, I graduated from medical school Cum Laude. I then came to the United States of America to pursue further training in Internal Medicine and specialize in Cardiovascular Diseases in New York.
After completing my training in New York, I moved to the Phoenix area in 1997 to start my career in cardiovascular medicine. I have enjoyed practicing and serving the East Valley communities since moving here. I have been fortunate to remain in the community where I can treat and follow my patients for a long period of time.
I started San Tan Cardiovascular Center in 2008 as the Medical Director where we have grown to better serve the three East Valley communities of Mesa, Gold Canyon and Chandler.
Hometown: Chandler, AZ
Medical School: University of Rome “La Sapienza” – Rome, Italy
Internship & Residency: Columbia University affiliated program, Harlem Hospital NY, New York
Board Certification: Cardiovascular Diseases; Interventional Cardiology
Could best be described as: Empathetic, caring, good listener, sensitive
Personal Interests: Gardening, reading, travel and history
Philosophy: I believe in offering my patients a compassionate and realistic approach to their healthcare needs, leading to a healthy lifestyle.
Professional Goals: To provide comprehensive, state of the art Cardiovascular and Internal Medicine services under one roof. This offers optimal and convenient care for all of our patient’s needs.
I wanted to practice medicine because…… My mother was a nurse for 50 years. I witnessed the dedication, strength, compassion and joy she experienced while taking care of patients. Her hard work was the inspiration to me and my family to help others.
I was born and raised in Northeast Missouri on a large family farm. This is where I learned many of my core ethics, honesty and love for nature. Our family was always treated with Osteopathic Physicians in the town of Kirksville, Missouri.
After I graduated from Northeast Missouri State University, I operated and managed the family farm for over seven years. I returned to the University for Pre-Medicine courses and then attended medical school at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, graduating in 1992.
I came to Arizona for training prior to graduation and afterwards for Internship and Residency. Upon completion in June 1995, my family and I had fell in love with Arizona and decided to stay.
I am a Board Certified Family Practice Physician. I opened my private office in Mesa shortly thereafter and have been practicing in the surrounding areas for over 25 years.
I practice Family Practice as trained with Osteopathic Manipulation Medicine of the spine to promote healing and increase mobility.
Hometown: Gilbert, AZ
Medical School & Residency: Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (A.T. Still University) Founding School of Osteopathic Medicine by Andre T. Still, Mesa General Hospital
Board Certification: American Board of Osteopathic Family Physicians
Could best be described as: Vibrant, energetic, confident, good listener, caring and thoughtful
Personal Interests: Travel, trying new restaurants, gardening, spending time with family and friends
Philosophy: I treat all patients equally and provide above the standard of care to everyone. I am very straight forward with treatment options and believe my biggest goal is to educate patients to help them understand and improve their own quality of health.
Professional Interests: Whole family medical care, diabetes management, joint injections, trigger point injections, spine manipulation
I wanted to practice medicine because…… I enjoy Family Medicine and providing the best care I can to all ages. I believe in preventative health care and nutrition along with educating patients to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.
I was born and raised in Russia. After I graduated from Chuvash State University with a Medical Doctorate Degree, I worked as a cardiologist at the local government clinic for 3 years.
In 2001, I immigrated to the United States and began my nursing education.
After graduating with my nursing degree, I worked for 10 years in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) at Banner Heart Hospital.
Wanting to expand my healthcare career, I decided to continue my nursing education. In 2015, I completed the Nurse Practitioner Master’s Program at Grand Canyon University.
Hometown: Mesa, Arizona
Education & Training: Chuvash State University; Grand Canyon University
Board Certifications: Registered Nursing (RN);Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C)
Could best be described as: Caring and thoughtful, compassionate, professional
Personal Interests: Spending quality time with family, traveling and reading
Philosophy: To treat every patient with compassion and respect, as I would a member of my own family
Professional Interests: Cardiovascular conditions, diabetes and preventative care
I wanted to practice medicine because…… I enjoy the science of medicine and caring for patients with multiple health factors
I grew up in the cold state of Minnesota. After graduating from high school, I came to sunny Arizona to pursue a degree in nursing. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner in 2017, I worked as a Registered Nurse for 10 years.
I joined San Tan Cardiovascular Center in 2017. I specialize in cardiology and work closely with Dr. Yilma. I have hospital privileges at Banner Baywood Hospital, Banner Heart Hospital, and Mountain Vista Medical Center.
I am married and have 3 children, Hunter, Colton, and Charlotte. They keep me busy with their sports schedules.
Hometown: Gilbert, AZ
Education & Training: Arizona State University;Grand Canyon University
Board Certification and Memberships: Registered Nursing (RN);Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C); American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Could best be described as: Patient, attentive, caring, empathetic
Personal Interests: spending time watching my kids play sports, hiking, swimming, and traveling with my family.
Philosophy: Personal health is a team approach. I enjoy collaborating with patients to meet their healthcare needs.
Professional Goals: My passion is secondary disease prevention and patient education.
I wanted to practice medicine because……. I always knew I wanted to be a nurse. Through this profession I am able to care for patients across the lifespan, which gives me great pleasure.
I have practiced cardiology at San Tan Cardiovascular Center since becoming an advanced nurse practitioner in 2012.
I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Arizona State University in 2008. In 2012, I went on to earn my Master’s in Nursing from the University of Phoenix and Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
I graduated with honors and am a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society. I originally obtained my associates degree in nursing in 2001 and cared for cardiac and medical/surgical patients at local valley hospitals before advancing my degree.
I closely collaborate the management of patients with the particular interest of health promotion, disease prevention, and patient education. My goal is to partner with you and create a plan to optimize your health.
Hometown: Duluth, Minnesota
Education & Training: Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Arizona State University 2008; Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Phoenix 2012; Medtronic Endovenous Treatment of Incompetent Veins Disease
Certifications: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners – Family Nurse Practitioner
Hospital Privileges: Banner Heart Hospital, Banner Baywood Hospital and Mountain Vista Medical Center.
Professional Affiliations: American association of Nurse Practitioners, Cardiology Advanced Practice Providers
Could best be described as: Amiable, diligent, reliable, easygoing, fun and practical.
Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends. Entertaining her children and chauffeuring them to their extracurricular activities. Tackling home improvement and DIY projects.
Philosophy: Treat your patients as you would want your family or yourself to be treated.
I wanted to practice medicine….To make a positive impact on patients and their families to live longer, happier and healthier lives.