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Business Doctor moms heal children’s bodies, hearts by Joan Westlake


In addition to extensive medical training and broad experience as pediatricians, the doctors at Healing Hearts Pediatrics have another important qualifi cation: they are all moms.


Same-day sick child appointments, a 24-hour nurse triage contact, evening hours, well kid programs, growth assessment and parental education are some of the services Dr. Elizabeth Homans McKenna says are offered because the physicians personally know how important they are to parents. “We originally thought of the name Healing Hearts Pediatrics because we wanted it to refl ect how we practice pediatric medicine,” explains McKenna. “We are all warm, loving women with hearts that heal. We love taking care of kids and their families. We heal not only with the abilities and skills that we have all acquired through our training and practice, but with our hearts.”


with the kids and trying to make them feel at ease. I’m known for my birdie noises, which for toddlers is very interesting, distracting and fun.”


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MOMS HELPING KIDS: Many of the pediatricians and others working at Healing Hearts Pediatrics are mothers, who enjoy taking care of children.


The practice also includes co-founder Dr. Nilam Patel Khurana, as well as Doctors Sonja Stevenson, Alison Wilcock and Sandra Romero. Nurse Practitioners Nichole Kaiser Yniguez and Debra Miller as well as other well-trained and caring staff add to the inviting atmosphere of healing.


Healing Hearts treats children from birth to age 19. They are among a few pediatricians who go to the hospital’s nursery to welcome their newest patients so babies and parental concerns are addressed from


day one.


A deep understanding of children’s fears in medical situations grew from McKenna’s near-fatal bout with Reye’s Syndrome caused by taking aspirin for infl uenza when she was 12. In a coma for two weeks, she had a tracheotomy for the following two years due to scar tissue from tubes inserted while she was undergoing treatment.


“It was during this time that my desire to become a pediatrician evolved. My favorite part is having fun


The Healing Hearts Pediatrics team extends their care throughout the community. Khurana and Wilcock volunteer at the Chandler School District Free Pediatric Clinic. For the past decade, McKenna has been the medical director of the Medical Services Project, a program run by the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which helps children whose working parents can’t afford health care insurance but don’t qualify for state or federal assistance. Khurana, McKenna, Romero and Wilcock, and some staff are fl uent in Spanish. The multicultural backgrounds of the doctors enhance their abilities to communicate and understand patient needs, notes McKenna. “My passion for helping those in need was nurtured by my father, William P. Homans Jr., who was a defensive trial lawyer and civil rights attorney from the 1950s through 1990s,” McKenna says. “He helped people from all walks of life.”


Healing Hearts Pediatrics is located at 595 N. Dobson Rd., Suite A-18, Chandler. A Gilbert satellite clinic at 2680 S. Val Vista Dr. will move to new offi ces in the near future.


For appointments, call 480-821-1400, or visit www.healingheartspeds.com for more information.


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