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Stephen West

Pediatrician

Dr. West moved to Arizona in 1974, after graduating from the University of Florida, both undergraduate and medical school. He did his first two years of residency training in Phoenix at Phoenix Hospitals Affiliated Pediatric Program (PHAPP) and then completed his residency at Stanford University in Palo Alto. He started Cactus Children's Clinic in 1977 with Dr. McGee.

Dr. West is board certified in pediatrics, a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the American Medical Association. He has been a member of the Maricopa County Board of Health the past 6 years. Dr. West has a particular interest in a variety of developmental issues, such as ADD.

Dr. West plays tennis, and not golf. He is married, has 2 sons, and 5 cats (some of whom are kin to Dr. J's cats).

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Cecil Michael

Pediatrician

Dr. Michael is a native of Albuquerque, where he received his BA in chemistry and MD from the University of New Mexico. He completed his pediatric residency through Phoenix Hospitals Affiliated Pediatric Program (PHAPP), and was Chief Pediatric Resident at St. Joseph's Hospital. He joined Cactus Children's Clinic in 1979. Dr. Michael is board certified in Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

For the past four years, Dr. Michael has served as Chairman of the Pediatric Department at Banner Thunderbird Hospital and is currently the Chief of Staff. His volunteer affiliations include serving as Medical Director of the West Valley Crisis Center, and Committee Member of the Comprehensive Medical Dental Program for Arizona foster children.

Dr. Michael met wife, Karen ("Critter"), while at UNM. His daughter, Kris recently received her BFA from ASU. His son, Jon attends GCC/ASU West and plans to pursue a career in medicine or music.

Dr. Michael lives in Peoria with his family including 2 unruly dogs, 2 cats, 2 birds, and occasional rescued furry or feathered friends. He is an avid golfer and fitness enthusiast, who continually works on improving his Spanish-speaking skills. He greatly enjoys his interactions with pediatric patients and their families.

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Cynthia Jacquemart

Pediatrician

Dr. Jacquemart is a native Arizonan. She graduated from Arizon State University and the University of Arizona Medical School, class of 1977.(So no matter who wins in the ASU-UA rival sports games, she is happy!) She did her pediatric internship and residency at the Phoenix Hospitals Affiliated Pediatric Program(PHAPP) and was Chief Resident in Pediatrics at St. Joseph's Hospital. In 1980 she joined her PHAPP colleagues-Mary McGee, Steve West and Cecil Michael-at Cactus Children's Clinic.

Dr. J is board certified in Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is a member of the National organizations and local chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association. She is especially interested in pediatric dermatology and loves to see and help her patients grow from infancy to young adulthood.

Dr. J lives in Phoenix with her husband-John, son-Robert, four dogs, three cats, goldfish and cockatiel named Peabody and a gerbil somewhere in the house. The family horse, Dusty, lives happily in Laveen.



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Sangeeta Ojha

Pediatrician

Sangeeta Ojha was born in Michigan, but has lived in several places, including Pune, India, for a short time. Her junior high and high school days were spent in Indianapolis, Indiana. She earned her undergraduate degree in biology at Purdue University and then left the Midwest to attend medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston. Residency at the Phoenix Children's Hospital - Maricopa Medical Center program brought her to the Valley of the Sun. She practiced pediatrics with CIGNA for several years before joining Cactus Children's Clinic.

Dr. Ojha is board certified in pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is especially interested in asthma and allergies.

Dr. Ojha has an identical twin sister who is also a pediatrician, but do not worry about getting confused, since her sister lives in California. Dr. Ojha lives in Phoenix with her husband, two children and their two rambunctious dachshunds. She is fluent in Spanish and enjoys reading, travel, and mountain biking/hiking.

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Jason Vargas

Pediatrician

Dr. Vargas was born and raised in the Bay Area in California. He graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in molecular biology and then went up the road to Stanford University for his MD degree. After training at Seattle Children's Hospital in pediatrics he returned to practice in San Jose. After marrying a native of New Mexico they decided to move to the Valley of the Sun. Dr. Vargas is a board certified pediatrician and is also a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He enjoys educating families about their health and has several interests including pediatric safety. Dr. Vargas lives in Phoenix with his wife Maria and his two children. He enjoys running and is always in the midst of some marathon training, which is a good thing given that he also likes to cook and eat!

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Patricia Avila

MD FAAP

Dr Avila was raised in Tuscon, Arizona. She earned her B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology as well as her M.D. at the University of Arizona (a true U of A Wildcat!). She ventured on to California to complete her Pediatric Residency at the UCSF-Fresno Residency Program. Her desire to be closer to home brought her back to Arizona. Dr Avila joins Cactus Children's Clinic after several years as a Pediatric Hospitalist.
Dr Avila is board certified and a fellow of the American Board of Pediatrics. Her special clinical interests include Asthma, Infectious Disease, breastfeeding promotion as well as obesity prevention. She feels it is a special priviledge and honor to be able to care for your children.
Dr Avila lives in the NW Valley with her husband and her 2 beautiful daughters. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, travel and ZUMBA!. Dr Avila is also fluent in Spanish

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Elizabeth Fisher

MD, FAAP

Dr Fisher was born and raised in the Chicago area. She went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned her undergraduate degree in psychology. From there it was on to Milwaukee, where she attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She completed her pediatric residency at the Phoenix Children's Hospital-Maricopa Medical Center and enjoyed being in the valley so much that she decided make it her permanent home. She practiced pediatrics in the East Valley before joining Cactus Children's Clinic.

Dr. Fisher is board certified in pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Fisher lives in Phoenix with her husband Neil, daughter and 2 dogs. She enjoys running , hiking and traveling. She looks forward to working with you and your family!


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Danelle Rives

PA-C

Danelle is an Arizona native, born and raised in Scottsdale. She received her Bachelor's degree in Human Biology from Grand Canyon University in 2003, then completed the Clinical Laboratory Science Program at Arizona State University in 2005. After finishing the CLS program she worked as a Microbiologist at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. After a couple of years as a Medical Technologist she decided to pursue a more active role in patient care. She attended Midwestern University for her Master's in Physician Assistant studies, graduating in 2010. She spent her first year out of school in adult endocrinology, loving the close relationships and follow up with patients. In November 2011 she was very excited to return to her long-lost love of working with children in joining Cactus Children's Clinic. She loves animals, outdoor sports and reading. She currently lives in Phoenix with her two cats, Stitch and Simba, and hopes to expand her furry family soon.

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