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Dr. Erba Carskadden - New Practitioner Announcement

Jan 21th, 2021
We are pleased to announce the addition of our new practitioner joining our Sedona office! Dr. Erba Carskadden is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) as well as Integrative Medicine. She attended Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, and then completed her Residency in Sayre, PA, and a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine through the University of Arizona. She enjoys working with adults to seek their best health through a combination of dietary and lifestyle choices, use of herbs and nutritional supplements and, when needed, Western pharmaceutical treatments. She has a special interest in working with those desirous of preventing or working to reverse early-to-moderate cognitive decline/dementia though the PreCODE and ReCODE protocols developed by Dr. Dale Bredesen.


Dr. Keith Arnold - New Practitioner Announcement

Sep 21st, 2020
We are pleased to announce the addition of our new practitioner! Dr. Keith Arnold is a board certified Family Medicine Physician. He recently completed his training at the Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville, North Carolina. He is a graduate of University of Arizona Medical School where his interest in community health, leadership and policy inspired him to complete the combined Masters of Public Health / M.D. program. As an undergraduate Keith attended U.C. Berkeley and studied International Political Economy. His passion for medicine arises from personal experiences caring for loved ones during his youth and integrates his desire to build meaningful relationships and uplift communities. Dr. Arnold treats patients across the lifespan from newborn to geriatrics. His areas of focus include: early childhood development, newborn, pediatrics, in-office procedures, preventative care, mental health and substance abuse treatment. He believes in partnering with patients to effectively manage chronic conditions and achieve mutual health goals. He looks forward to providing holistic, patient-centered care to the residents of Flagstaff and beyond. Se habla español.


Michele Peters, FNP - New Practitioner Announcement

Sep 21st, 2020
We are pleased to announce the addition of our new practitioner! Michele Peters FNP, graduated from University of Phoenix with a Master of Science degree in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner and undergraduate Magna Cum Laude with Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Grand Canyon University. She held positions as adjunct professor at Grand Canyon University in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program and Pharmacology. Michele’s nursing career includes Barrow Neurological Institute and Mayo Clinic. For the past 15 years she has been in independent practice as a family practice nurse practitioner in primary care, with a focus on adult and pediatric neurology. Additionally, she is certified in Vegas Nerve Stimulator and Deep Brain Stimulator adjustments and manages neurological conditions such as: Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Seizure Disorder, Dementia, Headaches, Neuropathy, Tremors etc.


Candace Patel, FNP - New Practitioner Announcement

Aug 14th, 2020
We are pleased to announce the addition of our new practitioner! Candace Patel is a Family Nurse Practitioner and one of our newest additions to Flag Family Care. She completed the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Georgetown University in Washington D.C in May 2019. She has previously worked as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner with Gallup Indian Health Service before relocating to Flagstaff. She graduated from Arizona State University in December 2011 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Her background as a Registered Nurse includes the Intensive Care Unit for 6 years and the Emergency Dept for 1 year. Candace was born and raised in Arizona, and recently moved back to Flagstaff to enjoy the mountainous landscape and opportunities this town has to offer. She has three young children and a wonderful husband. Candace enjoys being a primary care provider and is passionate about preventative care and health counseling. She looks forward to serving the beautiful community of Flagstaff, Arizona.


New Flagstaff Office Location

Mar 11th, 2020
Beginning Monday March 16th, our Beaver office is moving to a new location at 2001 N Fourth Street, Flagstaff, AZ. 86004. We will no longer see patents at the previous building on Beaver St. The Yale office location will be open for business as usual.


Winner Best Family Medical Practice - Flagstaff Family Care Clinic

Jan 24th, 2020
We are pleased to announce, for the 6th year in a row, Flagstaff Family Care Clinic was voted Best of Flagstaff 2019 Winner by the Flagstaff Business News in the Family Medical Practice category.


Flagstaff Family Care Clinic introduces behavioral health services

Apr, 2019
Flagstaff Family Care Clinic added a new pillar to its practice in the way of a behavioral health provider. The new program will work in tandem with the clinic's primary care providers to provide the best care for our patients.

Janine Cwiklinski (pronounced “Quick-Lynn-Ski”) comes to us with over 20-years of behavioral health experience. She is originally from Philadelphia and has called northern Arizona her home now for over ten years. Her educational background is varied studying liberal arts, creative arts therapy, a variety of body psychotherapy modalities, and counseling psychology. Janine has worked with a variety of people across their life span and enjoys supporting others in finding solutions to their challenges. Creating wellness and restoring a sense of balance has been a professional passion that she looks forward to sharing with our patients.


New Office Location Announcement



Nov 5, 2018
We are pleased to announce the addition of our new SEDONA Office location beginning Monday, November 5th 2018! Laurel Hatfield, FNP-C and Mary Porvaznik M.D., will be the attending providers now accepting appointments.

Mon 8am-5pm
Tue 8am-5pm
Wed 8am-5pm
Thu 8am-5pm
Fri 8am-5pm


Read about it here: Flagstaff Family Care expands medical services to Sedona - Camp Verde Bugle


Winner Best Family Medical Practice - Flagstaff Family Care Clinic

Dec 12, 2018
We are pleased to announce, for the 5th year in a row, Flagstaff Family Care Clinic was voted Best of Flagstaff 2018 Winner by the Flagstaff Business News in the Family Medical Practice category.


Dr Mary Porvaznik - New Practitioner Announcement

Oct 15, 2018
We are pleased to announce the addition of our new practitioner! Mary Porvaznik M.D., will be seeing patients at one of our Flagstaff Office locations and our new Sedona Office location.

Dr. Mary Porvaznik is Board Certified in Family Medicine. She completed medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. She completed her Family Medicine Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. She served in the US Public Health Service with the Indian Health Service for 24 years in various jobs and locations, including Tuba City, AZ and Shiprock, NM and a 4 year tour teaching back at her medical school in Bethesda, MD.
She moved to Flagstaff 2 years ago with her teenage daughters and husband to take advantage of the educational resources and opportunities the city has available. Dr. Porvaznik cares for people of all ages and all walks of life, to guide them in finding their health and peace.


Dr Valerie Van Ravenswaay - New Practitioner Announcement

July 2, 2018
Effective Sept 3, 2018, We are pleased to announce the addition of our new practitioner! Valerie Van Ravenswaay, D.O., will be seeing patients at one of our Flagstaff Office locations.

Dr. Valerie Van Ravenswaay, grew up in Ontario, Canada where she practiced as a Registered Massage Therapist. She graduated from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine where she completed an extra year in osteopathic medicine as a pre-doctoral fellow. She went on to complete her family medicine residency at Texas A&M Physicians in College Station. Her interests are in osteopathic medicine, preventive care, women's health, sports medicine. She is very excited to move to Flagstaff with her husband and two children to enjoy all of the outdoor activities that it has to offer.

In her free time, she loves to do marathon and triathlon and any outdoor activities while spending time with family and friends.


Dr Rebecca Miller - New Practitioner Announcement

July 2, 2018
Effective Sept 3, 2018, We are pleased to announce the addition of our new practitioner! Rebecca Miller, M.D., will be seeing patients at one of our Flagstaff Office locations.

Dr. Rebecca Miller is a board certified family medicine physician and has completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. She grew up in Tucson and graduated from medical school and residency at the University of Arizona. In addition to her traditional medical education, the fellowship in Integrative Medicine provided training in nutrition, supplements, and alternative techniques of healing. Rebecca enjoys seeing patients of all ages and backgrounds.


Winner Best Family Medical Practice - Flagstaff Family Care Clinic

2018
We are pleased to announce, for the 4th year in a row, Flagstaff Family Care Clinic was voted Best of Flagstaff 2017 Winner by the Flagstaff Business News in the Family Medical Practice category


Dr Donna Peace - New Practitioner Announcement

Jan 12, 2018
Effective Jan 11, 2018, We are pleased to announce the addition of our new practitioner! Donna Peace, M.D., will be seeing patients at our Fourth Street Office location.

Dr. Donna Peace is Board Certified in Family Medicine. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1984 with a degree in Biology and went on to do some research at Pfizer Pharmaceutical Company for a couple of years. Her involvement in the community exposed her to community support services for victims of violence and she decided to return to school and earned a Master’s in Social work from UConn. She worked in the social work field, in school health and hospital social work for a total of 10 years, including a couple of years in Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer, before returning to school to study medicine. She graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2000 and did a Family Medicine residency program through the residency consortium in Buffalo. She was awarded a National Health Service Corps Scholarship and came to Arizona in 2003 with her family to work on the Navajo Reservation. She eventually moved to the White Mountains of Arizona and had a solo private practice for 8 years before deciding to move to Flagstaff to allow her family to take advantage of the many wonderful education and cultural activities that Flagstaff has to offer. She provides care to all members of the family, from birth through childhood, adolescence and adulthood, into advanced years and even end of life care. She provides female care and does office procedures.

Dr. Peace enjoys caring for the entire family. She has four children and is involved in their interests and activities and is actively involved, in her own life, in applying the healthy living choices she prescribes for her patients.


Karen Damgaard, PA-C - New Practitioner Announcement

Dec 1, 2017
Effective Dec 1, 2017, We are pleased to announce the addition of our new practitioner! Karen Damgaard, PA-C is a Flagstaff native. Born and raised in Flagstaff, she has always returned because she considers Flagstaff home. Karen earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. She later went to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology with a minor in Pre-med studies and Chemistry at Northern Arizona University. Prior to earning her Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho, Karen worked for several years as a medical assistant in several private practices settings as well as a community health care facility. As a PA, Karen has spent the last 10 years serving the medical needs of the uninsured, underinsured, and privately insured people of Northern Arizona by continuing her work in a community health care center. She is excited to join the team at Flagstaff Family Care and looks forward to the challenges that lie ahead. Karen enjoys the field of family medicine because it allows her to practice medicine in a wide variety of areas while interacting with patients of all ages. Her greatest reward from practicing medicine is learning from her patients and watching them achieve optimal health.

In her spare time, Karen enjoys spending time outdoors and training for half-marathons, marathons and century bike rides. She also enjoys traveling, reading a good book and relaxing with her family, friends and dog.


Patricia Bartholomew, FNP - New Practitioner Announcement

Oct 2, 2017
Effective Oct 2, 2017, We are pleased to announce the addition of our new practitioner! Patricia Bartholomew is a Family Nurse Practitioner and is a graduate of Northern Arizona University for her FNP. She began her career as a Marine Biologist as a graduate of Oregon State University. She worked on board a research vessel for several years before starting her path in a medical career. She started as a phlebotomist and a diener in pathology performing autopsies in San Health Sciences University in the development of the cryotherapy treatment for Retinopathy of Prematurity with Drs. Earl Palmer and Velma Dobson. From here she began her journey into a more fulling nursing career at the Providence Medical Center in the Pacific Northwest where she began her foundation in hospice and palliative care. Today she has found the perfect balance working as a nurse practitioner in Family Practice and in Hospice and Palliative care.


Kathy Barth PA-C - New Practitioner Announcement

Oct 2, 2017
Effective Oct 2, 2017, We are pleased to announce the addition of our new practitioner! Kathy Barth, PA-C, graduated from Towson University, Towson, Maryland with a Masters in Science as a physician assistant. She also has an Education Master’s degree from SUNY at Buffalo and a Bachelor degree in Music from ASU. Kathy has worked as a teacher and managed continuing medical education departments for two medical specialty societies in the Baltimore/Washington, DC area. She has practiced medicine in rural Nebraska and at a community health center in Flagstaff. Kathy enjoys seeing all ages in family practice from 2 years old and up.


Austin Grace PA-C - New Practitioner Announcement

Sept 19, 2017
Effective Sept 19, 2017, We are pleased to announce the addition of our new practitioner! Austin Grace, PA-C, graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a dual degree in English Literature and Political Science. He recently completed his Physician Assistant education at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque. Prior to PA school he worked as an Orthopedic Technician at UNM Hospital and volunteered with Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless. He recently relocated to Flagstaff to join Flagstaff Family Care and is looking forward to serving the medical needs of the community while also enjoying all of the outdoor recreation activities in the area with his wife and their dogs.


Elysia Small, PA-C - New Practitioner Announcement

Oct 19, 2016
Effective Oct 19, 2016, We are pleased to announce the addition of our new practitioner! Elysia Small, PA-C graduated from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and a minor in Japanese Language and Literature. She has several years of experience as a Rehab Tech and CNA. She has volunteered in many capacities including as a nursing home activities volunteer and as a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters. She graduated in 2016 with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from A.T. Still University in Mesa, AZ and recently moved to Flagstaff, AZ to join the team at Flagstaff Family Care. She enjoys working with all ages including children.

During her free time, Elysia enjoys many outdoor activities including hiking, rock climbing, caving, and canyoneering. She also enjoys an occasional artistic endeavor and spending time with family and friends.


Laurel Hatfield, FNP-C - New Practitioner Announcement

Oct 19 2016
Effective Oct 19, 2016, We are pleased to announce the addition of our new practitioner! Laurel Hatfield, FNP-C is our new board certified nurse practitioner. She is native to Arizona. She received her Bachelors in Nursing from the University of Arizona in May of 2003. She has specialized in medical, surgical, psychiatric and school nursing over the last thirteen years. Laurel earned her Masters of Science in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate at Northern Arizona University in May of 2016. Laurel enjoys the management of acute and chronic conditions. She has a passion for integrative and holistic medicine. She looks forward to serving the community at Flagstaff Family Care.


Nitza Glick, PA-C - New Practitioner Announcement

Nov 16, 2015
Effective Nov 16, 2015, We are pleased to announce the addition of our new practitioner! Nitza Glick, PA-C, will be seeing patients at our Yale Office location.

Nitza Glick, PA-C, has been in the medical profession for over 25 years. She grew up outside of Boston and went to undergraduate school at The University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She then worked in Boston doing clinical research until relocating to Chicago Illinois to enter the Physician Assistant program at Cook County hospital. She has called Flagstaff home since 1997.


Patient-Centered Medical Home

Feb 12, 2015
We are pleased to announce that Flagstaff Family Care is now an officially recognized Patient-Centered Medical Home clinic from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.


Sara L. Cook, M.D. - New Practitioner Announcement

Jun 01, 2015
Effective Jun 01, 2015, We are pleased to announce the addition of our new practitioner! Sara Cook MD, will be seeing patients at our Yale Office location.

Dr. Cook is board certified in Family Medicine. She graduated with a major in Biochemistry from Rice University in Texas and received her medical degree from the University of Texas at Houston. She went on to family practice residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, TX. She has traveled extensively overseas with her family serving in non profit work in Africa as well as India. She is excited to join the Flagstaff Family Care Clinic where she specializes in family medicine with an emphasis on pediatrics, women's health and urgent care needs. She and her husband are raising four children while serving the medical needs of the community of Flagstaff.


Winner Best Family Medical Practice - Flagstaff Family Care Clinic

Feb 12, 2015
We are pleased to announce that Flagstaff Family Care Clinic was voted Best of Flagstaff 2014 Winner by the Flagstaff Business News in the Family Medical Practice category


Flagstaff Commonwealth Pimary Care (ACO)

October 20, 2014
Flagstaff Family Care Clinic has been a proud member of Flagstaff Commonwealth Accountable Care Organization(ACO) since 2013.

Flagstaff Commonwealth Accountable Care Organization(ACO) is a partnership of independent physicians in Flagstaff utilizing locally owned and operated Primary Care Providers and Specialists, working together to improve the health of people in Northern Arizona.


eHealth4AZ recognizes Flagstaff Family Care Clinic

Feb 24, 2014
eHealth4AZ recognizes Arizona eHealth Providers who are effectively using eHealth tools and have met the requirements of Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs for Meaningful Use.


LHI is Awarded Contract to Serve U.S. Veterans



July 2, 2013
Flagstaff Family Care wants to thank our Veterans and to show our appreciation we are partnering with LHI to provide disability exams.

“As an organization, it is a great honor to be selected to serve our Veterans in need. At LHI we have always taken great pride in meeting the health care requirements of our nation’s Service members,” explained LHI founder and CEO Don Weber. “Now that we will be providing disability exams for our Veterans, we know we are making a positive impact on their health care at every phase of their military life.”


New Health and Wellness page

February 25, 2013
Flagstaff Family Care Clinic has added a new links page on Health and Wellness. It should not be considered a substitute for a consultation with a heath care provider and is not intended as medical advice to any specific person.


Patient Portal

June 1, 2012
Patient Portal facilitates better communication with your physician's office by providing convenient and secure access from the comfort and privacy of your home or office.


Flagstaff Family Care News Letter

March 1, 2012
The Flagstaff Family Care newsletter is available for viewing here.