Vicki Holmes, Office Manager
Vicki Holmes began her medical career around 20 years ago as a dental assistant, journeying through the various roles that make a dentist’s office run smoothly. From dental assisting to working the front desk, Vicki found her distinct passion — that is, producing a profound difference in the lives of others. “I have always enjoyed working directly with people,” she said of her medical experience. “[I] really wanted to get into a career where I could help them and hopefully make a difference.”
Three years ago, she switched to podiatry, a decision that led her to Dr. Todd Cox at Yavapai Foot and Ankle Center. Like she, Dr. Cox was on a mission to help others. “He is patient, kind, understanding and really cares about his staff and patients,” Vicki said of her co-worker. “We are all more like family.”
It’s this sense of family that makes her love coming to work even more. In fact, she believes it’s a key component that sets Yavapai Foot and Ankle Center apart from other foot care practices. “This really shows to our patients,” Vicki said. “We get comments from them on the enjoyable environment, which helps them with not feeling anxious about coming to the doctor.”
What are her thoughts on Prescott, though? She can’t imagine living anywhere else.
Sandy Homon, Surgery Scheduler
Sandy Homon originally began her career in hotel/motel management. Years later, though, her focus shifted when she joined the staff at Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC). “I wanted to do something different,” Sandy said of the change.
As years passed, she became more involved with the hospital’s operating room, delving into her newest role as a Surgery Scheduler and Orderly. Between setting up appointments and caring for patients, Sandy transformed into the adept multitasker she is today, a role owned with a smile, patience, and finesse.
Much like in the surgery room, Sandy attends to all patients at Yavapai Foot and Ankle Center with the same monumental care and concern. “[We’re] willing to go above and beyond to give our patients the best care possible,” she said of the practice’s atmosphere. “We all are more than co-workers. We are friends, work well together, and help one another.”
What about Prescott, though? Sandy, a Wisconsinite with Arizonan vigor and soul since 1980, lives for its exceptional landscapes.
Wendy Cherry, Medical Assistant
Wendy Cherry is our vital go-between. From helping patients complete their paperwork to aiding Dr. Cox when he needs a helping hand, she smooths our in-office healing experience — all with a wink and a beaming smile.
In 1995, Wendy delved into podiatry, as the role of a single parent was tough. After all, it was a career providing her the opportunity to jump significant hurdles and grow into a community that now features some of her closest friends.
Friends, in fact, are a significant part of why she loves working at Yavapai Foot and Ankle Center. “I love working with my friends every day,” Wendy explained. “We all get along very well.”
Learning from some of the best is also another reason why she has a passion for Yavapai Foot and Ankle Center. “Dr. Cox rocks!” Wendy said. “He is easy to talk to, and he is a good teacher. I have learned a lot from him.”
But what of Prescott? Wendy delights in its amicable people and slower-paced lifestyle.
Lynn Barfod, Medical Assistant
Lynn’s background in podiatry is extensive. Ten years ago, she researched her way into the field while attending the University of the West of Scotland. There, Lynn focused on diabetic preventative counseling and patient education, subjects that, upon graduation, led her to Monkland’s Hospital in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire.
At Monkland’s, Lynn took a position in Diabetic Podiatry. For over a year, she managed diabetic foot screenings, assisted podiatrists, and educated patients on living a healthy lifestyle. Filled with a passion and eagerness to learn more about foot and ankle issues, Lynn returned to school and became certified as an Assistant Practitioner. Through this role, she worked individually with patients and podiatrists, on nail surgeries, pathologies, and more.
Two years ago, Lynn made her way to Arizona, where she discovered Yavapai Foot and Ankle Center. “YFAC is special due to the people who work here,” she said of the practice. “We simply love our patients, our work…Dr. Cox has a genuine interest in his patients’ well-being. He is knowledgeable, understanding, and kind.”
How does she feel about Prescott? “Fantastic!” as the possibilities appear endless, with the city’s perfect weather, wildlife, and available outdoor activities.