Uriel Castañeda, MD

EducationUniversity of Washington, School of Medicine Residency Emory University School of Medicine ClinicMaryvale When I was young, I used to travel every summer to Mexico with my family. I could see the lack of opportunities for the people. Since then, the idea of serving my community to give back stayed with me. It felt like a calling. When I finished my … Read More

Elizabeth Perez, MD

Board Certified EducationUniversity of ArizonaTucson, AZ ResidencySt. Joseph’s HospitalPhoenix, AZ ClinicBaseline I remember when I was 13, I figured I was going to grow up someday and be a mother, and that I was going to have more questions than anyone was able to handle, so I need to be a doctor. When kids tell me what they want to be when … Read More

Nancy Shaver, PNP

Board Certified EducationArizona State UniversityUniversity of ArizonaPhoenix College ResidencyPhoenix Children’s HospitalPediatric Associates ClinicBaseline I’m the product of two wonderful parents and was born into a great family in New York City. When I was 5 years old I was given a golden book called “Nurse Nancy” and at that moment I was destined to become a nurse. I progressed to … Read More

Tritia Pusateri, MD

Board Certified EducationRoss University School of MedicineDominican Republic ResidencyMaimonides Medical CenterBrooklyn, NY ClinicMaryvale I grew up in California where my mom was a pediatrician. I always wanted to follow in her footsteps. In fact, most of my family is in healthcare, so I always had a lot of exposure to the field, and found that I love taking care of kids. … Read More

John Kariuki, MD

Board Certified I’m originally from Kenya, but I now live in Gilbert. I was often sick as a kid, resulting in having to spend a lot of time in the hospital, that’s what made me decide to become a doctor. Mountain Park has a diverse community, and I always heard good things about the organization, that’s why I’m here. I’m married, … Read More

Nailah Cooper, MD

EducationUniversity of New Mexico, School of Medicine ResidencyLoma Linda University ClinicMaryvale I grew up in an urban neighborhood in Oklahoma City. As a child I wanted to be both a doctor and a pilot – a flying doctor. It’s the mystery of medicine paired with being able to help people that really kept me interested in pursuing a career in … Read More

Richa Sood, MD

As a pediatrician, it’s a delight to watch children grow, and deeply rewarding to walk with families as they mature. I enjoy working at Mountain Park because everyone here loves what they do and patient care is their first priority. I’ve lived in Phoenix for more than 10 years now. I am married and have a 3-year-old. I love spending … Read More

Michelle Byers, NP

When I was little I wanted to be a veterinarian, because I have always loved and cared for animals. I went into pediatric healthcare because I enjoy caring for children. I think children are so resilient and honest, and it is wonderful being able to help them develop into healthy adults. I love Mountain Park because they really care about … Read More

William Van Arsdell, MD

Board Certified My ancestors immigrated to Ohio, and after growing up in Columbus, my parents and I were the first American generations in my family to leave the state. I always wanted to be a physician because I wanted to be able to provide medical care to the people who really needed it. The personal reward of working directly with … Read More

Sangeeta Manuel, MD

Board Certified My childhood years were spent in Kuwait. My interest in the field of Pediatrics developed when I worked as a junior pediatric resident in India. After completing my residency in pediatrics I worked as a hospitalist at The University of New Mexico Hospital until I moved to Phoenix. I enjoy working at Mountain Park due to the diversity … Read More