Pediatric Medical Care for the Most Valuable Kids – Yours!

standard-title Our Providers Each of our caring medical professionals are dedicated to the health of your children. We promise to be available to you after hours and on the weekends because accidents or illnesses are better treated by someone who knows your child.

Our Providers

Each of our caring medical professionals are dedicated to the health of your children. We promise to be available to you after hours and on the weekends because accidents or illnesses are better treated by someone who knows your child.

Click on the name(s) below to find out more about our terrific team of care-givers.

JOSEPH J. WELLS | MD, F.A.A.P.

WellsDr. Joseph Wells joined MVP Kids Care in 1986. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo, where he also completed his internship in pediatrics. He finished his residency and chief residency at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.  He has a special interest in children’s injuries and has published reports on Wii, Heely, escalator,and mixed martial arts trauma in the American Journal of Diseases of Children, Pediatrics, Clinical Pediatrics, and the Journal of Trauma.  He and his wife, gynecologist Dr. Valerie Sorkin-Wells, have 3 children. Dr. Wells is Board Certified in Pediatrics and has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics since 1987. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Interests Dr Wells enjoys competitive running, current events, and the Fighting Irish.

INTERESTS

Dr Wells enjoys competitive running, current events, and the Fighting Irish.

MARK K. PATTON | MD, F.A.A.P.

PattonDr. Patton attended medical school at the University of Utah. He did his residency training at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. He is Board Certified and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is married and has 6 children. Dr. Patton has been a part of MVP Kids Care for the last 20 years.

HARRY L. BROOME JR. | MD, F.A.A.P.

BroomeDr. Broome is originally from Atlanta. He attended Davidson College majoring in Religion then attended medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his pediatric residency at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in 1996. He is Board Certified, is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and continues to train pediatric residents and medical students. Dr. Broome also occasionally works at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Urgent Care centers. Dr. Broome is interested in sports medicine and volunteers as the team doctor on the sidelines for three high schools in the valley. His other areas of interest in medicine include dermatology and general well-child care. He loves his vocation of taking care of pediatric patients and their families and would continue practicing pediatrics even if he won the lottery.

INTERESTS

Dr. Broome is married to his best friend and they have three children and two Portuguese Water Dogs.  His free time is spent with them, playing and coaching tennis and soccer and ultimate frisbee, and reading history books.

FRED SHULSKI JR. | MD, F.A.A.P.

Shulski4-686973222Dr. Shulski grew up as an Army Dependent and was lucky enough to live in California, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, North Carolina, Alaska & Germany. He attended Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina where he majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry. After college he worked as an assistant manager at a Ronald McDonald House with the families of pediatric cancer patients. He attended medical school at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina before moving to Phoenix in 1998 for Pediatric Residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center. Dr Shulski is Board Certified & a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He recently served two years as Chief of the Medical Staff of Maryvale Hospital. Dr. Shulski is married to his college sweetheart and has three beautiful children.

INTERESTS

Dr. Shulski enjoys his time with his family, BBQ, racquetball, fishing and all things pirate. Arrgghhh!

JENNIFER HOLMGREN | MD, F.A.A.P.

HolmgrenDr. Holmgren is a rare native of Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from the University of Arizona and then attended medical school at Midwestern University – Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. She began her pediatric residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and then completed her training at Phoenix Children’s Hospital after the programs merged. Her interests include breastfeeding, special needs children, preventative medicine and well child care. She is married to her high school sweetheart and they have two children.

INTERESTS

Dr. Holmgren’s free time is spent with family, camping, hiking, reading, and enjoying all things chocolate.

YVONNE GRASSL | MD, F.A.A.P.

Yvonne-42386053772Dr. Yvonne Grassl, a born-and-bred Midwesterner and native of southwestern Michigan, brings 15 years of pediatric experience to the MVP Kids Care family. She received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Hope College, her MD from Wayne State University’s School of Medicine in Michigan, and completed her residency program at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Dr. Grassl spent six years in a large Michigan pediatrics office before relocating to practice medicine in Arizona.  She joined MVP Kids care in 2015 following eight years at Estrella Pediatrics in West Phoenix. Dr. Grassl has two young children – boys Calvin and Emmett.  She also devotes time and attention to a number of charities near and dear to her heart, among them the Crisis Nursery/Phoenix Children’s Shelter, the Ronald McDonald House – Phoenix, and Heart for the City AZ, a local nonprofit dedicated to improving the emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being of impoverished children across the state.

INTERESTS

Dr. Grassl spends her rare off-hours playing tennis, loving on the family’s beloved American Hairless Terriers, and attending her sons various sports practices, games, and events.

CHRIS CWIK | MD, F.A.A.P.

Cwik-4238605377Dr. Chris Cwik was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs and has more than 15 years in pediatric medicine under his belt. He is a graduate of Knox College (Galesburg, IL) with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and College Honors in Biology and the University of Tennessee – Memphis with an MD. Dr. Cwik honed his skills as a resident at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center and a lab assistant at St. Jude’s Cancer Research Hospital before continuing on with fellowship training in the Hematology/Oncology unit at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Children’s Hospital in Seattle. He is a past-Chapter President of the American Student Medical Association. Dr. Cwik has been in private practice since 2002, both in Michigan and here in Phoenix. He has special interests in pediatric hematology, oncology, nutrition and sports medicine. He is also fluent in Spanish, which goes a long way among Phoenix residents.

INTERESTS

When not on the clock, Dr. Cwik can typically be found cooking, gardening, skiing, playing tennis or coaching his sons, Calvin and Emmett’s, baseball team. A devoted White Sox fan and adopted DBacks supporter, Dr. Cwik most values spending time with his family, including wife and coworker Dr. Yvonne Grassl, also of MVP Kids Care.

MICHELLE HOWLAND | PA-C

HowlandMichelle Howland is an Arizona native.

She graduated from the University of Arizona and completed her Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Midwestern University.

INTERESTS

She enjoys spending time with her husband and two beautiful daughters, as well as reading and hiking.

KRISTEN M. BUCHANAN | PA-C

BuchanenKristen Buchanan attended Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Ohio and graduated with a degree in Psychology. She completed her Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from AT Stillwell University in Arizona.

INTERESTS

She volunteers with the youth group at her church and enjoys international mission trips. Kristen loves spending time with her husband and children.

AVA E. MAJKRZAK| PA-C

MajkrzakPlease join us in welcoming Ava Majkrzak, Physician Assistant, to our practice!

Ava Majkrzak (pronounced My-shack) is a fully-trained and licensed Physician Assistant who will be seeing patients at both our Maryvale and Avondale offices.

She is a native of Phoenix, born and raised right here in the Valley. She is the oldest of four children, and attended Washington High School. Ava received her undergraduate degree in Pre-med/Biology from Northern Arizona University and her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from Midwestern University. Ava loves to travel, she studied abroad in France and completed a research project in Australia.

INTERESTS

When she’s not working, Ava enjoys the outdoors, reading , and spending time with her two pups, Duncan and Penelope. We are so excited to have another smart, talented and caring provider join our outstanding team!

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