Our Providers: Phoenix Family Medical Clinic
Dr. Napoleon Ortiz, M.D.
Locations: Phoenix, Indian School, Laveen
Attended college at University of California at Berkley, and New Mexico State he graduated with a Bachelor of University Studies in Math and Bio Chemistry. After college he served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 4 years as well as the U.S. Peace Corps for 3 years. He then attended Medical school in Albuquerque, at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.
Dr. Ortiz finished his residency program at the University of New Mexico Medical Center and was Board Certified in Family Medicine in 1978. He practiced medicine in Albuquerque until 1984 when he moved his family to Arizona and since then has been practicing in the Phoenix area. Dr. Ortiz has been promoting quality healthcare and in our community for several years and is committed to life-long wellness.
Dr. James Evans, MD, FACP, CHCQM
Locations: Phoenix, Ahwatukee, Surprise, Laveen
Dr. Evans attended Medical school at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and then completed residency at Columbia in New York city. Dr. Evans specializes in Internal Medicine. Dr. Evans has numerous years of experience working in clinics and a variety of hospitals in Family Medicine and Internal Medicine.
Dr. Evans is double Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Health Care Quality Management. Dr. Evans is a designated Fellow in the American College of Physicians. In his free time he stays physically fit by training in brazilian jiu jitsu and also enjoys golfing.
Dr. Jeanette Cruz, MD
Locations: Surprise, Phoenix, Laveen
Dr. Cruz attended Medical School at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Netherlands Antilles with her residency at St. Josephs Hospital & Medical Center, Phoenix AZ.
Dr. Cruz is Board Certified in Family Medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Her vast experience includes family medicine in various settings including community centers, Urgent Care and Private practice clinics.
Nathan Payne, PA-C
Nathan completed his BS in exercise Science from Brigham Young University and his MS in Physician Assistant Studies from Philadelphia University.
Nathan has years of experience in preventive care, disease management, well women exams, geriatrics and pediatrics.
His special interest is in pediatrics. He lives in the East Valley with his wife and kids.
Amanda Abrams Gunn, MBS, MSPA, PA-C
Amanda Gunn graduated from South University-Savannah with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant.
She also has a Bachelor of Science in Physiology from the University of Arizona and a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Midwestern University Glendale.
She has experience with diabetes research and a passion for diabetes management in the clinical setting. Amanda is an Arizona native and loves everything about the desert. She loves to hike and spend time with her family and friends on her free time.
Emily Stopka, FNP-C
Emily Stopka is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner who earned her Masters of Science in Family Practice from Grand Canyon University. Prior to completing her Masters in Nursing with honors, she worked as a Registered Nurse in neurosurgery, cardiology, and medical-surgical.
Emily has a genuine heart for her patients and enjoys forming the patient-provider relationship in a holistic approach. Emily is trained to care for patients of all ages, and focuses on health maintenance, illness prevention, health education and counseling. Compassionate, personalized patient care is of the utmost importance to Emily, and is the driving force behind her dedication to each of her patients.
Jennifer Withee, FNP
Locations: Phoenix, Indian School
Jennifer is a Nurse Practitioner (NP) who specializes in Family Medicine. She graduated with a Master's Degree from Grand Canyon University in August 2013 and is certified through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). She has experience with pediatrics, geriatrics, women's health, and general adult populations. Her special interests are in diabetes management, depression/anxiety, and gynecology.
Before becoming an NP, Jennifer worked as a registered nurse (RN) at Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, AZ.
Jennifer has lived in AZ since the early 90s, when her family was stationed at Luke Air Force Base. She enjoys continuing her education through various lectures and conferences, traveling, working out, and spending time with her family.
Brian Jensen, PA-C - yo hablo español
Locations: Surprise, Laveen
Brian is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he moved out to Arizona in 2010 and graduated from Midwestern University-Glendale in 2012 with a Masters in Physician Assistant studies. Brian also holds a Masters in Public Health from West Virginia University, and as such, he places a high value on preventative medicine, thus thwarting a disease from occurring in the first place.
Brian's interests in medicine are in the fields of endocrinology (diabetes, thyroid conditions, etc.), as well as rheumatology and infectious diseases. He also views the provider-patient relationship as crucial; therefore he always encourages the patient to ask as many questions as possible so that they leave the office with a perfect understanding of the subsequent treatment plan.
Brian is Bi-Lingual and speaks fluent Spanish and English.
Lilian Laimo, FNP-BC
Lilian received her Family Nurse Practitioner degree from University of Phoenix and is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, (ANCC).
Her interest in care of the family was nursed at a tender age and has progressed through her years of nursing. Lilian's choice of profession gives her satisfaction and purpose. She feels honored and privileged to serve people of all ages and in all aspects of preventive health.
She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Lilian takes genuine pleasure in educating her patients and family about their care and providing preventive care. Lilian is married and has three kids, in her spare time, she enjoys cooking, taking pictures, dressing up, and family time. She is working on expanding her professional knowledge and practice through further studies in mental health.
Elena Ivanova, FNP-C
Elena received her BS in Psychology from Arizona State University, her Ms in Counseling from University of Phoenix and her MS in Nursing/ Family Nurse Practitioner from Grand Canyon University. She worked for a number of years as a Therapist, Care Manager and Registered Nurse helping patients with their healthcare needs. Elena now works primarily in primary care treating and diagnosing patients of all ages. She has special interest in pediatric and women's health.
Shinelle Lentz, FNP-C
Shinelle Lentz had an extensive nursing career as a Registered Nurse prior to becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner. She practiced in multiple states due to her husband’s career in the Air Force. Her nursing career was diverse and included years in Women and Infant Services, Community Health, and the Intensive Care Unit. Shinelle understands the importance of a trusting provider/patient relationship and truly listens to her patients. She makes it a priority to provide high quality, compassionate, and personalized care to all the patients she has the privilege to encounter. She completed her Master of Science degree from Grand Canyon University’s Family Nurse Practitioner program. She is married with 2 daughters and one son. She enjoys volunteering in the Children’s Ministry of her church, spending time with her large extended family, and watching her children participate in athletic activities.
Ameeta Chowdhary, FNP-C
Ameeta graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Master’s in Nursing and Family, Nurse Practitioner certification. She has worked as a Registered Nurse for 12 years primarily in Cardiac and Intensive Care for Banner Health. She is passionate about adult and pediatric preventative care and education, childhood obesity, pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections (PANDAS), and diabetes prevention and management. During my free time I enjoy hiking, traveling, baking and cake decoration, reading, and hanging out with my two boys on the soccer field and at home on board game nights.
Samantha Hawes, PA-C
Samantha is a native of Arizona and attended the University of Arizona, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physiology. She went on to complete her medical education at South University in Savannah, Georgia, graduating with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.
Samantha enjoys working with patients across all lifespans and is passionate about preventative health and a holistic approach to patient care. In her free time Samantha loves to travel, stay active, and spend time with her friends and family.
Angie Ferrin, FNP-C
Angie is a Nurse Practitioner (NP) who specializes in Family Medicine. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Grand Canyon University in May 2010. Angie then pursued her interest in nursing, graduating with honors, from Frontier Nursing University with a Master’s of Science in Nursing in October 2017. Her areas of interest include geriatric health, health promotion and improving access to healthcare in underserved populations. She lives in Phoenix with her husband and newborn son. On her spare time, she loves to travel, spend time with her family, and try new restaurants.