Elmira Pashayeva, MD

Growing up I wanted to be a singer and dancer, but an inner voice told me to go into medicine. I was always caring for our family pets and that drove me into pediatrics. Before coming to Mountain Park, I had worked in similar settings and I wanted to keep providing care to those who need it the most. My … Read More

Kirsten D’Hemecourt, MD

I have always been interested in science and medicine. I chose to become a pediatrician because I love working with kids and their families. I also have an interest in public health which made Mountain Park the perfect fit for me. There’s a really great community of providers here and I love the integrated care model.

Maria Talpos, RDH

EducationRio Salado ClinicMaryvale I am a big people person and I love doing things that benefit others. That’s why I got into healthcare. I worked with a few people who work for Mountain Park now before coming here and everyone always spoke so highly of it, so I decided to make the switch myself. I believe the more we can … Read More

Terri Joliet, MD

Education: Southern Illinois University of Medicine Clinic: Maryvale Her experience as a 10-year old at the emergency room after cutting her chin and having to get stiches is what made her become a doctor her love for kids and working with families is what made her become a pediatrician.  She wanted to be part of an integrated health system she … Read More

Jake Barnard, DO

Growing up, all I wanted to do was play ball. All through school I played football, baseball, and basketball. I still really enjoy sports and play any time I have a chance. When I went to ASU, I ended up working at a pediatric clinic. That’s when I really got interested in medicine. I realized how much I enjoyed helping … Read More

Chika Ugorji, MD

Board Certified Even though I was born in Connecticut, I mostly grew up in Nigeria. Both of my parents are Nigerian. Before moving to Arizona, I lived and worked in New York and Florida. My mom is a doctor and experiencing my mom at work encouraged me to become a doctor too. Being Nigerian and American helps me to understand … Read More

Camber Mertz, MD

Board Certified Growing up in Chico, California, I always knew I wanted to be a pediatrician because I love taking care of kids and I’ve always thought healthcare was interesting. I am now married and have a daughter. I’m at Mountain Park because I want to be able to take care of people that might not otherwise have access to affordable, quality … Read More

Cindy Duke, MD

I have always loved math and science.  My father became seriously ill during my teenage years and this adverse event made me realize the importance of learning medical science so that I can help my family and others. Working with children has always been the most enjoyable and rewarding moments of my life, so it’s not surprising I would become … Read More