This husband and wife dynamic duo decided to combine his passion for business management with her passion for patient care and open Desert Star Healthcare. They know that together they create magic, because any problem or task when faced alone didn't work, but together things work like magic. When not caring for patients, they both love to attend plays and concerts. Between them they have 6 adult children and 4 grandchildren, some who live locally while others are in the Midwest.
Deb's entry into healthcare started with the birth of her first daughter and subsequent work with that midwife. She obtained her BSN at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and was an RN in various hospital and clinic settings for over 20 years. She took her joy of education and obtained a MSN in nursing education from the University of Phoenix and ran a sim-lab for a few years. However, she missed caring for patients directly, so she went to Arizona State University and obtained her Doctorate in Nursing Practice, specializing in the Family NP program. She enjoys combining the holistic approach from her beginnings with traditional medicine and patient education.
Lance was a telecommunication engineer, manager, and private consultant for many years. He loves the teaching and growth that can be accomplished through management. He obtained his Bachelors of Business Management at Carroll University. Since he was driving Deb crazy with questions on how various tests and equipment worked, he enrolled in Arizona State University and received his Masters of Science Biomedical Diagnostics degree in August 2021. He is currently enrolled in the University of Phoenix's Doctorate of Business Administration program to understand how best to manage the business side of caring for you.
Lance & Deb are overjoyed to have found a great Medical Assistant! Melissa joined us in November 2021 and quickly became Deb's right hand. She has many years experience in ophthalmology and GI offices and was looking for a job that was more family than big business. She is adept at scheduling, referrals, and insurance processing. Even more important, she is a great listener and demonstrates compassion for all of our patients.