Staff

Practice Manager

Kathryn Meloy
Kathryn was born and raised in rural southeastern Arizona, but has lived in the Phoenix valley for over 30 years. She loves exploring Arizona’s beauty and enjoys the climate which affords plenty of time for outside activities with her family and dogs. She has devoted over 20 years to helping doctors manage their practices. She takes great pride in working with the physicians, staff and patients to make the patient’s encounter a positive and healing experience. She is very excited to be a member of the DSSP team.

Clinical Supervisor

Karen Black
Karen was born in Philadelphia and raised in New Jersey, but has lived in Arizona since the 1990’s. She received a scholarship from the University of Notre Dame for both soccer and softball. Karen has played for the Pan American Softball team as well as professionally for the Coors Light Silverbullets. She has coached youth soccer and softball for many years and enjoys giving back to the community. Karen has a teenage son who is an athlete and honor student. Her favorite things to do are to spend time with her son and teach him that every person needs to do their part to make the world a better place. Karen has been in the Medical field since 1996 as both a Medical Assistant as well a Practice Manager.

Medical Assistants

Matthew Groce
Matt was born and raised  in Arizona. He is a proud father of a beautiful little girl who fills his heart with love and brings much joy to his life. He is very passionate about helping others and healthcare. He is continuing to further his education and grow further in the medical field. He is happy to be part of the DSSP team.

Jennifer Irmer
Jennifer moved to Arizona at age 4 from Northwestern Iowa. She loves spending time with her husband and her son. She has worked in the medical field for 30 years and truly enjoys her time caring for others.

Christopher Lucero
Christopher was born and raised in South Phoenix, AZ and has a passion for helping others. He graduated from Arizona College in 2015 and has been doing what he loves ever since by working in the medical field. Growing up he always told himself, “I want to take care of people,” and now being able to do so fulfills him each day. He himself has knee pain that changed his live forever, so he also understands where patients come from. This is why he looks forward to becoming a provider one day so he can soon take care of his own patients and live the life that he was chosen to. He wants everyone to make good choices!

Lily Ann Norris
Lily Ann is an Arizona native who has a son and enjoys exploring the state in her free time.

Michael Rodriguez
Michael was born in California and moved to Arizona in 2007. Michael has a puppy named Diamond and loves to work with patients. Michael has been working in the medical field since 2015 and wants to continue his education within the field. He is extremely happy to work with DSSP.

Megan Scarbrough
Megan was born in Tucson, Arizona and has been working as a Medical Assistant since 2001.  She currently is living in the valley by way of West Virginia.  Her hobbies include traveling and being out of doors whenever possible.  This has led her to being able to travel to nearly 10 countries and living in Central America for 2 years doing volunteer work.  She is happy to be part of our DSSP team.

Darrlynn Seckletstewa
Darrlynn was born and raised on the Hopi Reservation on Moenkopi. She began her medical career in 1991 as a Medical Assistant and has loved helping people ever since. She has 1 daughter, 2 boys, and 2 grandchildren. Her hobbies are spending time with family whether driving back to the reservation or just in the city, being spontaneous in the outdoors, and making crafts for family. She enjoys being a part of the DSSP team.

Isabel Garcia Soto
Isabel was raised in Arizona. She has been a medical assistant since 2010 and loves working in the medical field. She loves to travel on long or short road trips with her two beautiful children. She is happy to be a part of DSSP team.

Stefanie Stryker
Stefanie was born and raised in New Jersey and moved to Arizona to pursue her career in the medical field. She graduated college with a degree in Exercise Science and Biology. She is passionate about patient care and plans to continue her education, as she loves to learn. Stefanie looks forward to going to work every day in such a friendly and welcoming environment. In her spare time, Stefanie enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and exploring beautiful Arizona.

Heather Turner
Heather was born and raised in Arizona. She has over 7 years experience as a medical assistant, and she became a medical assistant because she enjoys helping people. Heather is married and has 2 boys and 2 step daughters. She likes to spend her spare time with family and friends.

Danelia Vargas
Danny was born in Yakima, Washington and raised in Arizona. She loves living in the heat of Arizona! She enjoys family fun days and traveling too. She became a medical assistant in 2015 and loves to experience new challenges in the medical field. She is eager to expand her knowledge and wants to help people in need.

Front Office Receptionists

Stephanie Axtman
Stephanie has been in the medical field for the majority of her life, and patient advocacy has always been a passion of hers. She believes in treating everyone with kindness and compassion and with a touch of humor. She is a mother of a karate daughter, spending many hours cheering on the accomplishments of her and all the other kids during class and competitions. When not at work or at the karate studio, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and animals.

Graciela Baez
Grace was born in California but was raised in Arizona. She is the oldest of three sisters. She graduated with her Associates Degree and Medical Assistant in 2014 and has been working in the since 2016. DSSP came into her life when she most needed it, and she is happy to be a part of such great team.

Kristy Blankenship
Kristy is a native of Arizona. She has been in the medical field for over 15 years. She enjoys helping patients in every aspect of the medical office, and she is delighted to be working with a great team at DSSP. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Alexis Frincu
Alexis is originally from Ohio and has lived in Arizona since she was 10. Although this is her first job in the medical field, Alexis has over 6 years of experience working as an Office Coordinator/Manager and could not ask for a better team of workers at DSSP to help introduce her to the medical field! When she is not at the office, Alexis enjoys spending time with her daughter Everly and her husband Matt, as well as going on weekly hikes with her family.

Cristina Garcia
Cristina was born and raised in California, and then she moved to Avondale, Arizona in 2017. Cristina has been working in the medical field for over 10 years and enjoys interacting patients on a daily basis. She is extremely happy to be part of the team at DSSP.

Public Relations Liaison

Lynne Zubricky
Lynne was raised in Tucson, Arizona. She then enjoyed the beaches of California and the beauty of Texas before returning to her beloved home state in 1999. Lynne has over 30 years of experience in client services, community outreach and marketing. Working with DSSP is a perfect fit with her passion for people and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. She is an avid hiker, making yearly trips to Zion with her husband, and also enjoys the mountain trails of Phoenix and Tucson with her family.

Procedure Staff

We employ highly trained, certified and licensed staff to assist our patients during their in office procedures.  Our team of Registered Nurses, Radiological Technicians and Medical Assistants are committed to assisting each patient through their procedure from start to finish.

Daniel Estrada RT (R) (CT)
Daniel was born and raised in Arizona. He enjoys everything Arizona had to offer. He has 3 children that run his life. He has been a radiologic technologist for 10 years. He loves his career so much he works at Honor Health every weekend. He has spent 3 years at level one trauma center Honor Health Osborn before “retiring” to a much smaller hospital. He loves Desert Spine and Sports because it is a treat to witness the power of healing.

Paul Easterday RT (R)
Paul was born in Oklahoma to a proud military family and lived all around the U.S. as a child. His own military career took him to Germany, where his love of travel began. Paul graduated from the University of Arizona in 1988, has owned two businesses and practiced as an accountant for 25 years before switching to medical and becoming an X-Ray Tech in 2013. For most of his X-Ray career, he has worked at Honor Health Osborn Hospital. Paul enjoys classic movies, reading history and making music in his home studio. Paul and his wife Deb are avid travelers and hikers. Paul joined Desert Sports and Spine in 2016.

Lynda Myers RN BSN
Lynda was born in Illinois but relocated to Arizona as a young girl. She keeps very busy and loves nothing more than spending quality time with her husband and 3 handsome boys as well as family and friends. She loves to travel and enjoy the outdoors and lives by the belief that life is what it is and what you make it to be. Her motto is to stay positive, work hard, do your very best, achieve more, and make it happy day by day. Lynda has been a RN for 6 years and would not change it for anything. There is nothing more rewarding to her than bringing love, healing and joy to another by simply whole heartedly caring. She feels it is an honor to be part of the DSSP family who share such values.

Khon Lambert RN BSN
Khon came to the United States at the age of 9 from Laos. She was raised in Kansas and relocated to Arizona after being a traveling nurse in the valley. Khon loves to travel and enjoys spending time at the beach visiting lighthouses with her family. Her 2 daughters keep her busy with their taekwondo competitions and dance recitals. Khon tries to live her life to the fullest and believes that everything in life is achievable through hard work, dedication and the desire to go after it 100%. Khon has been an RN since 2000. Her RN experiences include working in the emergency room, adult intensive care units and pediatric intensive care units before joining DSSP. Being an RN has given her opportunities to work with some amazing doctors and nurses across America as a traveling nurse. She loves being part of a team that focus on healing the individual as whole and not just their symptoms.

Erin Jewell BSN RN
Erin was raised in Arizona and moved to San Diego in 2000 to pursue her bachelor of science in Marine Biology from San Diego State University. Erin’s love for animals and nature allowed her the opportunity to work as an animal trainer for the San Diego Zoo and Navy Marine Mammal Program before pursuing a career in the medical field. Erin moved back to Arizona with her husband and two children to pursue her bachelor of science in Nursing in 2011. She began her nursing career in Oncology but feels extremely fortunate to now be a Desert Spine and Sports Physicians team member. Erin loves to spend time with friends, family, and pets doing any outdoor activity.

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