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 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.
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.
As a firefighter and EMT with the Peeples Valley Fire Department, Dora Christopherson launched into her medical career.
In 2009, problematic health conditions troubled her father, which brought her and her growing family to the Prescott area.
Drawn to the family feel of Yavapai Foot and Ankle Center, Dora found another home while also continuing to pursue her interest in the medical field. In such a caring environment, Dora appreciates the time that the staff takes with the patients and the respect that Dr. Cox has for the all of the staff member’s hard work.
“I love the ladies I work with and, of course, the doctors, too,” Dora says about her experience at YFAC so far. “They are straight forward and get to the point,” a tried-and-true way of clearing up confusion that ensures everyone is on the same page.
Having lived in Arizona for her whole life, Dora is happily married to her best friend and loves to care for their two-year-old son.
As for Prescott, Dora reports, “It doesn’t take forever to to get places.” The small town, local feel is definitely a winner!