Frank Bejarano
D.B.H., L.P.C. - Nogales
Education:

Doctor of Behavioral Health, Arizona State University

Masters in Counseling, Chapman University, Davis-Monthan AFB

Licensed Professional Counselor

Hometown: Nogales, Arizona

What I do for fun: Golf, baseball, softball, hunting, karaoke.

What I like about Santa Cruz County: The weather, the open spaces, the diversity in culture and the opportunity for growth.

What I like about MCHC: The patients and staff and the opportunity to grow.

Christina Alvarez
R.D.H. - Nogales/Rio Rico
Education:  Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene :Pima Community College

Hometown: Born in Tucson raised in Nogales, AZ

What I do for fun: Spending time with my family going hiking and running.

What I like about Santa Cruz County: Our beautiful sunsets

What I like about Mariposa: Our wonderful and appreciative patients.  Our staff’s team spirit.
John Betz
D.D.S., Chief Dental Officer - Nogales/Rio Rico
Education:

Doctor of Dental Surgery, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

Bachelor of Science, University of Minnesota

Bachelor of Arts, University of Minnesota

Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan

What I do for fun: Hiking, watersports (kayak, raft, canoe, power boating), gardening and being with the family.

What I like about Santa Cruz County: In addition to the people, I enjoy the beautiful mountain views, hiking trails, mountain lakes, variety of birds, wildflowers and wildlife.

What I like about MCHC: Working with friendly, committed and professional staff makes it enjoyable to come to work.

Providing care for appreciative patients is rewarding. The supportive and progressive Mariposa leadership is beneficial to providers, support staff and patients.
Jason Condro
D.D.S. - Nogales/Rio Rico
Education: New York University College of Dentistry

Hometown: New Hartford, New York

What do I do for fun: I enjoy golfing, playing guitar, cooking, reading, and spending time with my family.

What I like about Santa Cruz County: The beautiful landscape and friendly people

What I like about Mariposa: The personnel and patients at Mariposa make coming to work a pleasure
James Duncan
D.M.D. - Nogales/Rio Rico
Education: Doctor of Dental Medicine, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene,

Northern Arizona University Certificate in Dental Assisting, Pima Community College

Hometown: Kingman, AZ

What I do for fun: Tennis, running, spending time with family and cooking

What I like about Santa Cruz County: The nice people, moderate climate, and the beautiful stars at night

What I like about Mariposa: I enjoy the culture of both patients and staff. There is a high level of professionalism throughout every department at Mariposa Community Health Center. I am proud to be a part of an outstanding organization that places the patient’s and community’s needs first.
Michael Gingras
D.M.D. - Nogales/Rio Rico
Education:Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York

B.S. in Biomedical Sciences, minor in Business Management.

Dental School at the Oregon Health and Science University, School of Dentistry in Portland, Oregon.

Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska

What I do for fun: I enjoy the outdoors – hiking, camping and playing golf. I also enjoy traveling, watching movies and trying out as many new restaurants as I can.

What I like about Santa Cruz County: I really like the beautiful scenery, especially the mountains. I also appreciate the relaxed atmosphere, and the feeling of getting away from city life.

What I like about Mariposa: Working with the people and patients at Mariposa feels less like work because of their great attitude and appreciation for what we do. Everyone is very respectful and friendly, and I feel comfortable with everyone I interact with on a daily basis.
Frank F. Gonzalez
D.M.D. - Nogales
Education:

Doctor of Dental Medicine, Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Arizona

Hometown: Sahuarita, Arizona

What I do for fun: I very much enjoy fly fishing the rivers in Montana. I love flying and have a private pilot license. I am an aspiring cuisine chef.

What I like about Santa Cruz County: What is very gratifying and remarkable for me about Santa Cruz County is to come back to an area where I grew up and be able to provide for the people that I grew up with.

What I like about MCHC: Mariposa Community Health Center provides a fun and welcoming family atmosphere to work in, and our patients are just terrific and appreciative.
Swati Patel
D.D.S. - Nogales/Rio Rico
Education:

Doctor of Dental Surgery, Indiana University School of Dentistry

Bachelor of Science, Biology, Indiana University

Hometown: Jeffersonville, Indiana

What I do for fun: Reading, hiking, watching movies, travel.

What I like about Santa Cruz County: The beautiful mountains, great weather and friendly people.

What I like about MCHC: It is a great work environment and I love the patients.
Benhoud Taghavi - Farahi
D.M.D. - Nogales
Education: Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona

What I do for fun: Hiking, Playing Tennis, Traveling and Spending time with Family

What I like about Santa Cruz County: Great People, Cultures, and Food.

What I like about Mariposa: Mariposa goes out of its way to honor patients with providing a world class medical and dental experience.
Molly Anderson
M.D. - Patagonia
Education:
Doctor of Medicine, University of Arizona

Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of Southern California

Residency in Family Practice, University Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona

What I do for fun: Write limericks.

What I like about Santa Cruz County: I like the beautiful scenery, the small town atmosphere of Patagonia, Arizona.

What I like about MCHC: The friendly staff.
Marivic Ashcroft
MSN FNP-C - Nogales
Education:
Masters of Science in Nursing, University of Phoenix, Tucson, AZ
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Far Eastern University, Manila, Philippines
Family Nurse Practitioner, University of Phoenix, Tucson, AZ

Hometown: Tucson, Arizona

What I do for fun: Spending time with family and activities such as: swimming, going for walks, baking, watching movies, and playing with our four dogs.

What I like about Santa Cruz County: Very friendly community.

What I like about MCHC: The staff are very friendly, welcoming and helpful. Everyone seems to love the work they do.
Joel T. Block
M.D. - Nogales (Mesquite Building)
Education:
Doctor of Medicine, University of Iowa College of Medicine

Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Biochemistry, Iowa State University

Residency in Family Practice, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Hometown: Newton, Iowa

What I do for fun: Writing and reading, gardening, baking bread, playing Truco and hiking with my family.

What I like about Santa Cruz County: Hiking, living on the border, the food, the music and the people!

What I like about MCHC: The positive attitudes of all the support staff: nurses, lab, X-ray, referrals and administration. Also, the positive attitude of all of my patients. It is the reason I continue to work here.
Teresa Colunga
F.N.P. - Tubac
Education: Master’s Nursing Education and FNPC

Hometown: Nogales Arizona

What I do for fun:  ATV rides, hiking, camping

What I like about Santa Cruz County:  The beautiful scenery and sunsets

What I like about Mariposa: Family atmosphere
Jeffrey L. Courville
M.D. - Rio Rico
Education:
Doctor of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center

Residency in Family Medicine, Texas A & M University at College Station

Bachelor of Science, Biology, Lamar University (Magna Cum Laude)

Hometown: Beaumont, Texas

What I do for fun: Hunting and shooting

What I like about Santa Cruz County: The warm weather and lack of humidity

What I like about MCHC: Mariposa has great staff and provides patients with on-site access to an array of services
Elsi Diaz
M.D. - Nogales (Mesquite Building)
Education:
Doctor of Medicine, Universidad de Montemorelos, Mexico

Residency in Family Medicine, Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital, Corpus Christi, Texas

Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico

What I do for fun: Read, swim and run.

What I like about Santa Cruz County: I love the sunsets, sunrises and the beautiful starry nights.

What I like about MCHC: I love the staff and especially the patients. They are exceptional!
Michael Hinkson
M.D. - Nogales
Education: St. Georges University School of Medicine

Hometown: Bridgetown Barbados

What I do for fun: Fishing

What I like about Santa Cruz Country: Its people and the community

What I like about Mariposa: The staff
Greta Lopez
N.P. - Nogales
Education: Florida International University
Hometown: Miami, Florida

What I do for fun: I enjoy hiking, camping, playing the piano, and yoga.

What I like about Santa Cruz Country: I like and enjoy the weather, mountain views, and definitely the culture.

What I like about Mariposa: I like the focus and involvement Mariposa has with the community to help. People and staff are very warm and polite. Great to work with.
Timothy Penniston
F.N.P - Patagonia
Education:

Masters in Nursing, Licensed Family Nurse Practitioner, Albany State University

Bachelors in Nursing, Albany State University

Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee

What I do for fun: Scuba diving, hiking, swimming, water sports and I enjoy working in the yard.

What I like about Santa Cruz County: The weather.

What I like about MCHC: Mariposa has a lot to offer in one place such as lab, radiology, pharmacy, WIC services, etc.

Francisco Sandoval
F.N.P. - Nogales
Education:
Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner, Ball State University, Indiana
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Excelsior College, New York
Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology, Universidad de Sonora, Mexico

Hometown: Nogales, Arizona

What I do for fun: I like to watch movies and surf the internet.

What I like about Santa Cruz County: The weather, the culture and the people.

What I like about MCHC: The staff and the excellent work environment.
James Derickson
M.D. - Rio Rico
Education:
B.S. in Zoology from Ohio State University
M.D. The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Internship: York Hospital, York, Pennsylvania
Residency: David Grant Hospital Travis Air Force Base in California

Hometown: Baltimore, Ohio

What I do for fun: Hike, teach TRX, spinning, jogging, and studying Spanish with my wife. I have 4 pets, two dogs and two cats. I have 9 grandchildren that my wife and I enjoy entertaining in the summer.

What I like about Santa Cruz County: Nice people and great weather.

What I like about Mariposa: Everyone works together joyfully to serve the patients.

Paul Araiza
M.D. - Nogales
Education: University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico

What I do for fun: Hiking, fishing, chasing my kids

What I like about Santa Cruz County: Scenic beauty, close-knit community

What I like about Mariposa: Working with people dedicated to helping others
Krystal Baker
M.D. - Nogales
Education:

Undergraduate degree: University of Georgia

Medical School: American University of the Caribbean in St. Maarten

Residency training: West Virginia University

Hometown: Augusta, Georgia

What I do for fun: hang out with my husband and 2 year old son, hiking, pilates, reading

What I like about Santa Cruz: small town feel with opportunities available for growth, genuine nice people who look out for one another

What I like about Mariposa: being able to provide excellent medical care to all individuals. True team atmosphere with all providers and employees. Sense of community and acceptance by everyone who works here.
Joel T. Block
M.D. - Nogales (Mesquite Building)
Education:

Doctor of Medicine, University of Iowa College of Medicine

Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Biochemistry, Iowa State University

Residency in Family Practice, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Hometown: Newton, Iowa

What I do for fun: Writing and reading, gardening, baking bread, playing Truco and hiking with my family.

What I like about Santa Cruz County: Hiking, living on the border, the food, the music and the people!

What I like about MCHC: The positive attitudes of all the support staff: nurses, lab, X-ray, referrals and administration. Also, the positive attitude of all of my patients. It is the reason I continue to work here.
Tanya Henry
M.D. - Nogales
Education:

Doctor of Medicine, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine

Bachelor of Science, Microbiology, magna cum laude, Texas A&M University

Residency in Pediatrics, University of North Carolina Hospitals and Baystate Medical Center, Massachusetts

Hometown: Southfield, Michigan

What I do for fun: I love music! I play the piano, occasionally play the violin, and am learning how to play the guitar. I also like to read and watch movies.

What I like about Santa Cruz County: The beauty of the mountains, the amazing sunrises and sunsets, the wide expanse of limitless blue sky. I love it all!

What I like about MCHC: The people are amazing! People really enjoy working here, and it shows in the smiles on their faces, their laughter, and their eagerness to do their best to take care of the children in our community.
Edith Hernandez
M.D. - Nogales
Education:

Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (medical school),

New York Medical College at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital,

New Jersey (internship and pediatric residency)

Hometown: Ica – Peru

What I do for fun:

Spend time with family, watch movies, walk, and travel, try to cook/bake

What I like about Santa Cruz County:

The friendly people (I have awesome neighbors), beautiful backgrounds, peaceful neighborhood and city and excellent weather like my hometown in Peru.

What I like about Mariposa:

Mariposa has made me feel I belong here, my colleagues and co-workers are very nice, friendly, and helpful; and my patients are the best, they are very kind and cooperative. I feel Mariposa and all its workers have the same objective of striving for excellence and providing the best care to our patients, working every day on this enthusiastic environment is challenging and at the same time is comforting, I could not ask more.
Gonzalo Ibarra
M.D. - Rio Rico
Education:

Doctor of Medicine, Universidad La Salle Facultad Mexicana De Medicina, Mexico City

Bachelor of Science, General Biology, University of Arizona

Residency in Pediatrics, Driscoll Children’s Hospital, Texas A&M, Corpus Christi, Texas

Hometown: Hermosillo, Sonora. Raised in Miami, Florida.

What I do for fun: Spending time with my beautiful wife and three wonderful children, running (16 marathons and 7 half marathons), aviation, classic autos, music.

What I like about Santa Cruz County: Its bi-cultural roots, awesome weather year-round, the scenery, the food, close proximity to major metropolitan areas and a safe place to live and raise a family.

What I like about MCHC: Great to be part of this Peds/support/administrative team who are committed to providing excellent health care to our little patients, and the Mariposa family who have made me and my family feel welcome from the moment we arrived.
Philip Williams
M.D. - Rio Rico
Education:

Doctor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine

Bachelor of Science, Biology, cum laude, Xavier University of Louisiana

Pediatric Residency, Advocate Christ Medical Center/Hope Children’s Hospital

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana

What I do for fun: I like photography, playing guitar and piano, and riding motorcycles.

What I like about Santa Cruz County: The wonderful weather, beautiful geography and the nice people.

What I like about MCHC: The opportunity to provide first class advanced medical care to a deserving patient population.
Rick Connors
R.Ph., Pharmacist - Nogales
Education:

Bachelor of Pharmacy, Idaho State University

Pennsylvania State University

Hometown: Albion, Pennsylvania

What I do for fun: Hiking, reading, spending time with family

What I like about Santa Cruz County: The warm, friendly people and the diverse beauty of the landscape

What I like about Mariposa: The great people and team approach to patient care
Carol Nickerson
R.Ph., Senior Director of Pharmacy - Nogales
Education: Registered Pharmacist, Washington State University

Hometown: Tacoma, Washington

What I do for fun: Ride horses, garden and travel.

What I like about Santa Cruz County: The beautiful weather and the people.

What I like about MCHC: The patients, the staff and the rural area.