Dr. Wilson, Shannon Oliver and Sandy Le Duke recently traveled to Honduras for a medical mission. The goal was to teach laparoscopic surgery to the Honduran surgeons and the goal was accomplished. The team of 24 people are to be congratulated for their hard work and flexibility in dealing with adverse circumstances.
CLICK HERE to view photos of Dr. Wilson teaching laparoscopic surgery in Tocoa, Honduras.
Dr. Deborah Wilson is a Gynecologist certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She completed five years of specialty training at Fairfax Hospital in Virginia and St. Joseph Hospital in Phoenix after completing her medical school training at George Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Wilson undergoes re-certification in her specialty each year, and stays current with the latest advances in the field by regularly pursuing continuing medical education. She has served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Scottsdale Shea Medical Staff and has twice been Chairperson of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Committee.
Dr. Wilson has distinguished herself in the field of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. She and Kurt Sanders, RN First Assist, teach a popular national course on laparoscopic hysterectomy in conjunction with Gyrus/ACMI. The course is designed for Gynecologists who are looking to learn operative and suturing technique as well as pitfalls, management of difficult surgical problems, and avoidance of complications. Every month, over 20 Gynecologists fly to Scottsdale from all over the country for lectures and live surgery demonstrations. Dr. Wilson and Kurt Sanders are honored to share their vast surgical experience with other Gynecologists in order to further the cause of minimally invasive hysterectomy nationwide. Dr. Wilson has presented many papers and videos at the Global Congress of Gynecologic Endoscopy. She presented an instructional video at the International Congress on the Contemporary Management of Fibroids. She has also spoken on Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy at the annual Phoenix conference; Controversies in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She and her team have almost 5,000 laparoscopic hysterectomies over the past 12 years.
Dr. Wilson has four grown children. Aria, age 32, is putting the last touches on her dissertation and will earn her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology as soon as that is complete. She lives in California with her husband and 2 daughters, Anja and Rynn. Judd, 29, is a practicing attorney in Phoenix. Ashley, age 27 is in graduate school at the University of North Carolina. She plans to specialize in female refugees who have suffered trauma. Chad, age 25, recently graduated from the Marshall School of Business at USC and is working in Los Angeles.
Dr. Wilson is an animal rights advocate and a vegan. She has been active in many organizations including Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Humane Society of the United States, Farm Sanctuary, and PETA. She has published editorials and been featured on television for her animal rights views. She was featured in a video sent to thousands of Chandler residents, encouraging them to oppose Covance animal testing laboratories in Chandler. Most recently, she was honored on an MSNBC segment of "Making a Difference".
Dr. Wilson is on the Board of Directors of Audubon Arizona and Liberty Wildlife. She has volunteered on medical missions to Nicaragua. A substantial portion of the office income is regularly contributed to non-profit organizations such as these.
Dr. Wilson is the Director of the Feathers Foundation and the Circle L Ranch. The Feathers Foundation is a non-profit foundation devoted to rescue of parrots, dogs, cats, horses, cows, goats, sheep, turkeys, and chickens who would have otherwise been abandoned, euthanized, or slaughtered. The Circle L Ranch is a 37-acre rescue ranch in Prescott Valley, Arizona. The Circle L Ranch houses over 50 sanctuary horses, 100 goats, and various chickens, sheep, geese, cows, a rabbit and a mule. The ranch also offers old, unwanted dogs a place to live out the remainder of their lives after being discarded by their owners.
Dr. Alexandra Kidd brings to our practice over 20 years of women's reproductive health experience. Specializing in laparoscopic surgery, Dr. Kidd graduated from Case Western Reserve University, trained in laparoscopic surgery at the University of California at San Diego and Kaiser Permanent San Diego, and now enjoys the mentorship of Dr. Deborah Wilson.
Dr. Kidd focuses on menstrual problems including heavy or painful periods, irregular periods and post-menopausal bleeding. She provides medical therapy, minimally invasive gynecologic procedures including endomtrial ablation to stop periods and laparoscopic hysterectomy.
Dr. Kidd also specializes in the treatment of menopausal symptoms including hot flashes, loss of vaginal moisture and tone, and loss of sex drive. She works with both traditional and bioidentical hormones.
Dr. Kidd provides all methods of contraception including ESSURE tubal occlusion, bilateral tubal ligation and temporary methods such as oral contraceptives, Nuvaring, and the Mirena IUD. Prior to medical school, Dr. Kidd earned her master's degree in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley. She worked in India for the Women's Reproductive Health program for the Ford Foundation. She also served women in the San Francisco Bay area in reproductive health for several years. For the past six years, Dr Kidd has been privileged to work for Native American Women through the Indian Health Service.
Paula has been involved in women's health for over 10 years. She graduated with her Master in Science Degree and became a Woman's Health Care Nurse Practitioner in 1999. She is skilled in many areas of gynecology, such as hormone replacement therapy, contraceptive management, breast exams, ultrasounds, and colposcopy. She also has particular expertise in the area of endocrinology and infertility.
Paula feels that some of her best attributes include being a good listener and compassionate to her patients. Paula has a passion for educating women of all ages, but being that she is the youngest practitioner she relates well to teenagers and young adults.
Paula is married and has two small children, a son and daughter. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys running regularly since she can do this with both of her children in the double jogging stroller.
Robin Parry is married with two sons and one daughter. She graduated from Arizona State University with her Bachelor's and Master's degree with a certification in Family Health. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, Robin was a nurse, specializing in women's health - working for several years as a Labor and Delivery Nurse.
Robin's expertise includes general gynecologic examinations, menopausal hormone evaluation and pellet management, and colposcopic evaluation of abnormal pap smears. She particularly enjoys adolescent gynecology. She takes her profession very seriously and has a loyal and enthusiastic following.
Robin has a special interest in Adolescent Public Health and was involved in the committee establishing an Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and Parenting education program for the Scottsdale school district. She focused her educational research on this subject. In addition, Robin also established a Domestic Violence screening tool at a local hospital in an effort to identify women at risk.
Robin has a diverse background with a career as a professional singer followed by banking and ultimately, her niche - women's health care.
Jackie joined the practice in October 2011 and has over 10 years experience in Women's Health. She is certified as a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner, completed her undergraduate and master's degree in nursing at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a nurse practitioner, she has worked in college health, sexually transmitted infections for Maricopa County, and most recently in women's health in the East Valley. Her skills include annual exams, infection checks, family planning methods, IUD insertions, biopsies, ultrasounds, and menopause.
She is a mother and grandmother of two, and enjoys leisure time with family and travel. She also enjoys volunteerism and believes it is important to give back, has volunteered in providing care at free clinics on both the U.S. and Mexico side and currently provides healthcare to poor women once a month in South Phoenix.
Sandy Steinke is our customer service manager. If you have a problem, she is the one who will solve it for you.
Sandy has been a cornerstone of this practice for 20 years. She began her affiliation with Dr. Wilson and her family while Dr. Wilson was still doing her residency. Sandy was a nanny for Dr. Wilson's children and then transitioned into working in the office shortly after the office opened.
A former entrepreneur, Sandy has applied to her current role the same customer relations and business savvy that made her previous business, a high end salon, successful and welcoming. Today, she handles all patient relations management, medical records processes, and specialized appointments.
In her free time, Sandy enjoys travel, spending time with her family, and interior decorating. She has one daughter, Sheridan Vingelli, a graduate of the Garvin School of International Management at Thunderbird. Sheridan is now a global marketing consultant.
Sandy regularly travels and relaxes with Sheridan, son-in-law John, grandson Leo Rainer, and their rescue dog Max.
Sandy was born and raised here in the Valley, and enjoys the outdoors
and spending time with her artistic husband Jack, friends, family, and
her St. Bernard, Clancy. Sandy is also actively involved in Dr.
Wilson's animal rescue organizations, volunteering a large amount of
her spare time.
Sandy has been in the nursing profession for 30 years with experience
ranging from geriatrics, pediatrics, oncology, addiction medicine, and
hospice care. She is available in the triage nursing department to help
you with questions and concerns. Sandy is a recent breast cancer
survivor and works as a patient advocate for the doctors and nurse
Summer Potocnik grew up in a suburb outside of Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Arizona in 2002. She made the decision to further her education and began attending Lamson College in the fall of 2003. Summer began her externship in this office in November 2005 and earned her associate's degree in health and sciences in December 2005. She was hired for this office in January 2006. She took the national certification board exam for medical assistants in March 2006 and passed. She is now a nationally certified medical assistant for this practice.
Summer's job includes sending all e-mail correspondence for Dr. Wilson and the other physicians/providers in the office. She also discusses patient test results with patients, calls in prescriptions and handles all prescription refill requests, makes return phone calls to patients, and assists in the front and back office when needed. Summer is also responsible for doing prior-authorizations for our patients when needed as well as many other duties. She truly enjoys the patient contact and being able to help fulfill their needs.
Her other enjoyments in life include reading, swimming, cooking, dancing, and spending time with her friends and family. Her favorite past time is spending time with her 13-year-old maltese, Popcorn. She is truly the love of Summer's life and Popcorn enjoys every moment that Summer has to spend with her! In a nutshell, Summer enjoys spending time with the pets and the people in her life!
Grace has been in the medical field since 1979, in both European and American healthcare. She is fluent in four languages: Polish, Russian, French, and English and is able to assist with translation. Grace has been working for Dr. Wilson since June 1997. She is the senior back office medical assistant for Dr. Wilson and the other providers of this practice and takes enormous pride in her work.
Grace enjoys spending time with family and close friends. She is passionate about jazz music and loves to attends jazz concerts. Accompanying Grace on her daily walks is Frankie, her darling cocker spaniel. She also enjoys her "get a ways" to Sedona. This is her oasis where she gains rejuvenation and her positive outlook for life!
Shannon Oliver was born in Billings, Montana and moved to Arizona in 1989.
She has always been interested in the medical field and has worked in the medical profession for 15 years. She first started out as a physical therapy technician and then decided to become a medical assistant and through our office was sent back to school to be a surgical technician.
Shannon has been with our office since 2002. She is the surgical coordinator. She educates and prepares patients for their upcoming surgeries and follows them in their post-op period. She also prepares the in-office procedures and assists the doctors with Novasure, Thermachoice and Essure procedures.
Shannon has an 11-year-old daughter. They are very active in sports — their first love is soccer. When not at work, Shannon and her daughter love to be outside and spend time with family and friends. They have 3 adorable Chihuahuas and a 6-month old kitten named Fergie.
Amy moved to the Valley from Sterling Heights, Michigan four years ago.
She has been working in the medical profession for about 10 years. She
has her Bachelor's degree in Arts and Science from Western Michigan
University, as well as nutrition and personal training certification.
In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors with her husband, Kurt and
Shepherd/Retriever mix, Corky. Amy also loves traveling, concerts, and
socializing with her family and friends.
Amy is available in the triage department to help with your questions
and concerns. She loves working as an advocate for the patients and
doctors, and is focused on continuing her education in the medical