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.”
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.”
Wendy Cherry is one of our vital go-betweens. 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 YavapaiFAC. “Dr. Cox rocks!” Wendy said. “He is easy to talk to, and he is a good teacher. I have learned a lot from him.”
Rachel Cleland comes to us with a diverse background in medicine. She’s a certified EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) and has spent the last seven years working within the fields of orthopedics, family medicine, podiatry, emergency medicine (ER), and surgical dermatology.
With two parents who are also medical professionals, Rachel knew from the start that her calling was in medicine. “I have always had a passion for medicine,” she said of her career path.
“It was inevitable to pass up the opportunity.”
After seven years in the industry, Rachel continues with podiatry because of the patients she encounters and the care that this specialty offers. The interest all started when she was living in Las Vegas, where she had the chance of assisting with diabetic wound care, sports injuries, and casting.
And we think this mixture of attention to care and expertise are two key characteristics that make Rachel such an asset to our Yavapai Foot and Ankle Center team. The feeling goes both ways. “I love the people I work with. Having a work family is so important,” Rachel said about our staff. “Everybody at YFAC goes above and beyond.”
Since the very beginning, Medical Assistant Katy Dennis has always possessed a passion for medicine. Whether it was helping animals or humans, she didn’t know where her career would lead her, but the call to lend a hand to others began to resonate more loudly and clearly.
Her medical background is accomplished as her heart is big. While living in Flagstaff, Katy started as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), working within nursing homes, hospitals, and hospice in the home with Nurse’s Network to ensure that patients were listened to and supported in their day-to-day. Compassion and care lined her actions, as she assisted patients with regular activities they found difficult to do on their own.
As a child, Katy dreamed of moving to Prescott, and when a position as a Cardiovascular Tech (CVT) at Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) opened, it seemed like the perfect fit. As a CVT, Katy aided doctors by taking EKG tests (Electrocardiogram tests), alongside other methods, to monitor blood flow and the human heart itself.
She worked there for nearly seven years until an opportunity as a Medical Assistant at the Arizona Kidney Disease and Hypertension Centers (AKDHC) unfolded. For three years, Katy provided aid to patients and doctors at AKDHC.
Now at Yavapai Foot and Ankle Center, Katy brings considerable experience and empathy to her role, though she never imagined she would work in podiatry. “It pretty much chose me!” she says of the welcome accident.