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JANUARY 27, 2016

Best dining, shopping, services and MORE!

More than

250 winners inside


BEST OF 2015 | Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | Ahwatukee Foothills News |

Results you can see... Care you can feel. Thank You Ahwatukee FOR YOUR VOTES!

Physician Assistant SARAH NEUMANN

Bradley Rasmussen, M.D.

Sarah Neumann, MMS, PA-C

Skin Care


Nathan S. Uebelhoer, DO

Carmen Bethany Orozco, Cheatham, CMLT, MSN, FNP-C Licensed Aesthetician

480.704.SKIN (7546) 4425 E. Agave Road, Suite 148 | Phoenix, AZ 85044 w w w. A h wa t u ke e S k i n C a re . c o m

Lisa Cockrell, RN

Mark Weaver, MPAS, PA-C

Kelly Fields, LME, CLT | Ahwatukee Foothills News | Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | BEST OF 2015


The Ahwatukee Foothills News is published every Wednesday and Sunday, and distributed free of charge to homes and in single-copy locations throughout Ahwatukee Foothills. To find out where you can pick up a free copy, visit Ahwatukee office: 10631 S. 51st St., Suite 1, Phoenix, AZ, 85044 Tempe office: 1620 W. Fountainhead Parkway, Suite 219, Tempe, AZ, 85282 Chandler circulation office: 2873 N. Nevada St., Suite 1, Chandler, AZ 85225 CONTACT INFORMATION Main number: (480) 898-7900 Circulation service: (480) 898-6325 STAFF General Manager/Publisher: Jason Joseph, x6501, Associate Publisher: Emily Martin, x7901, Director of Human Resources: Maria Zemba, x6431, Advertising Sales Representatives: Brian Boals, x7920, Karen Mays, x7909, Laura Meehan, x7904, National Account Coordinator: Patty Dixie x5940, Classified: Elaine Cota, x7926, Advertising Designer: Holli Roach, x7921, Managing Editor: Kelly Mixer, x7913, Multi Media Designer: Emily Whitmore, x7911, Reporter: James Gingerich, x7914, Prep Sports Director: Jason P. Skoda, x7915, Photographer: David Jolkovski, x7910, Editorial Assistant: Theresa DiBona, x7924, Circulation Manager: Brandi Rodriguez, x6325, 1013 Communications © 2015


‘Meat’ the winners: CK’s Tavern and Grill won in five categories this year, in part for menu items like their Big Father Burger. [David Jolkovski/AFN] See more on page 7, 9 and 10

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BEST of 2015 Ahwatukee Foothills News


Thank You for Your Votes! One of the Best Preschools




Open House March 2, 9-11am • Discovery Bases, Fun & Nurturing Preschool Programs since 2000! • Highly Qualified & Caring Teachers in a Christian Learning Environment • 2, 3 & 4 Day Class Schedules and Extended Care Options • Enrichment classes include dance, cooking, kindergarten readiness & more.


16th Annual

Transportation Day

Helicopter Lands at 9am Join us for free family fun!




Registration for the 2016-2017 School Year Begins March 4

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Horizon Honors Elementary School Grades K-6

Horizon Honors Secondary School

AZ Dept. of Ed. “A” Rated School (2014) Project-Based Learning Multi-Age & Ability-Level Groupings Performing Arts Program Daily P.E. Multiple After School Enrichment Clubs

U.S. News & World Report “Best High School” Daily Beast “Top High School” AZ Dept. of Ed. “A” Rated School (2014) Honors & University Preparatory Focus A.P. & Dual Enrollment Courses Comprehensive Arts & Athletics Programs

Grades 7-12

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BEST OF 2015 | Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | Ahwatukee Foothills News |


Thank Y ou for your votes and continued support! Voted one of the

Best Place to Work Best Mom & Pop

Pool Resurfacing Experts Specializing in pool service, maintenance & repair


Pei Wei

7131 W. Ray Road, Building 1, Suite 3, Chandler 480-940-3800 |


602-546-POOL (7665)


1241 E. Chandler Blvd., Ste. 124, Phoenix, AZ 85048

(SW corner of Desert Foothills Parkway & Chandler Blvd.)

Thank you for voting us an Ahwatukee’s “Best Of” Pool Service Company 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014!

Ahwatukee Owned & Operated Licensed, Bonded & Insured ROC# 272001

Not only does Pei Wei offer a plethora of meal combinations using carefully-sourced ingredients, the restaurant will satisfy any kind of glutenfree or vegetarian needs. New this year sees the introduction of the Lighten Up menu, which offers healthier options with lower calories. Pei Wei is also in the midst of new initiatives in the community. “We’re trying to help out as many schools and sports programs as we can doing fundraisers,” said General Manager Bryan Skornicka. “There are plenty of things in the works for this year.” 2nd Place: RA Sushi 4921 E. Ray Road, Suite B1 480-940-1111 | 3rd Place: Sushi Ken 4206 E. Chandler Blvd.. Suite 7 | 480-706-7060

1304 E. Chandler Blvd. 480 460-1340 |

Resident-owned Yoasis offers healthy selfserve frozen yogurt while giving back to the community, making it an Ahwatukee frozen-yogurt staple and Best Dessert winner for the sixth year in a row. Besides frozen yogurt, Yoasis offers gelato, smoothies, frozen cookie sandwiches, among many other desserts, including yogurt for your dog. “We’re thrilled! It means a lot to us and our business to be recognized, especially since we’re tucked away. It’s an honor,” said owner Sue McHugh. McHugh owns and runs Yoasis with her husband, Brian. 2nd Place: Nothing Bundt Cakes 4722 E. Ray Road, Suite 14 480-753-1121 | 3rd Place: Bosa Donuts 4910 E. Ray Road 480-940-8880 |


Voted one of the

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FREE 5-Year Parts and Labor LimitedWarranty* - plus -


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A+ Rating | Ahwatukee Foothills News | Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | BEST OF 2015


Arrivederci Trattoria 4221 E. Chandler Blvd. 480-759-9292 |

Say arrivederci to boring, Americanized Italian food and hello to the delicious flavors at Arrivederci Trattoria. Voted Ahwatukee’s Best Italian Food, this is the place to get your pasta fix. “My team and I are truly honored to be nominated as one of the best Italian restaurants in Ahwatukee,” said chef and owner, Max Sahin. “It has been a wonderful experience serving the great people of Ahwatukee for the last 12 years. My team and I strive to bring the freshest and best food and best service to our neighbors, it means a lot to us to be recognized as one of the best. It is my hope that we will be able to bring the same great food and service to our friends in Ahwatukee for the next 12 years and beyond.” 2nd Place: Va Bene Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar 4647 E. Chandler Blvd. 480-706-4070 | 3rd Place: Ruffino Italian Cuisine 4902 E. Warner Road 480-893-8544 |



Zesty Zzeeks Pizza and Wings 4825 E. Warner Road 480-940-5555 |

Fried mac-n-cheese bites, pizza fries, some gluten-free boneless Caribbean hots, a large Beast, and an Eeegee’s flavor of the month? Yes, please! Zzeeks is the place to satisfy all your cravings. From jalapeño poppers and cheese curds to root beer floats and pizzookies, calzones and sandwiches to pasta and salads, Zzeeks has an option for every member of the family. It’s no wonder it’s Ahwatukee’s favorite pizza stop. “It is such an honor to be considered a top favorite pizzeria with all the wonderful pizza choices in Ahwatukee. We are very appreciative for all the votes we received,” said Jody and Mark Pectol, owners of Zzeeks.

80 Years of Quality, Dependable, Tires and Service

Complete Tire & Auto Service Professionals Complete Auto Service Free Shuttle Service Auto & Light Trucks State-of-the-Art Equipment Fast & Professional Service Nationwide Warranty Manufacturer Maintenance Open Saturdays until 5pm ASE Certified Technicians Fleets Welcome

3810 E. Ray Road

2nd Place: Florencia Pizza Bistro 3646 E. Ray Road, Suite 20 480-704-7404 |

(East of Fry’s)

(480) 706-8600

Mon-Fri 7:00 - 6:00 Saturday 7:00-5:00 Sunday CLOSED Proudly Serving Ahwatukee for 18 Years

3rd Place: Spinato’s Pizzeria 4848 E. Chandler Blvd. 480-961-0208 |


Los 4025 Dos Molinos E. Chandler Blvd. 480-706-1066

A food joint without a line of cooks? Los Dos Molinos, which means “The Two Grinders,” serves New Mexican dishes made only by family members. Serving New Mexican food means using New Mexico chilies, so patrons can expect spicy dishes, but not without Happy Hour and Reverse Happy Hour options to cool off the tongue. 2nd Place: Los Taquitos 4747 E. Elliot Road, Suite 17 480-753-4361 | 3rd Place: Arriba Mexican Grill 4649 E. Chandler Blvd. 480-753-4453 |

Thank You! Sincerely, The Music Maker Family

for more information call

Voted one of the


Lessons 3233 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite #2 for All Phoenix, AZ 85048 Ages! 480.706.1224

or visit our website



BEST OF 2015 | Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | Ahwatukee Foothills News |


Serving Ahwatukee for 8 Years

4902 E. Warner Road, Suite #16 Phoenix, AZ 85044

480.893.8450 Thank you for voting for us!

FREE Teeth Brushing!

With purchase of any service. Limit 1 pet per customer.

Thank you for voting us One of the

Best Veterinarians AHWATUKEE COMMONS VETERINARY HOSPITAL Caring for Ahwatukee’s pets since 1988

Owner Sue McHugh at Yoasis on Jan. 13. [David Jolkovski/AFN]

Dedicated to providing compassionate, quality care for you and your pet.


1304 E. Chandler Blvd. 480-460-1340 |

4902 E. Warner Rd., Ste 14 • 480-893-8423 •


Wiggles & Wags PET RESORT

• Boarding • Training • Grooming • Daycare • Exercise Programs

480.491.4040 Tammy, Howard and Nina Teeter

Tammy & Howard Teeter 1811 E. Baseline Rd. Tempe, AZ 85283

ue and Brian McHugh had always dreamed of owning a business, and there was something about desserts that struck them as a potentially fun venture. In 2010 their dream was realized as they jumped on the growing market for frozen yogurt and started Yoasis. When they opened, they did not have a specific clientele in mind, they only wanted to serve the Ahwatukee community in a satisfying and delicious way, and it is with that philosophy that Yoasis has become so successful. The shop serves 12 different flavors in a self-serve format in cups and waffle cones, as well as offering pies, smoothies, cookie sandwiches and root beer floats. They even have an offering for your furry companions as they make frozen yogurt specifically for dogs as well. The couple hope they can continue to serve Ahwatukee for many years to come, as they bring new and exciting flavors of frozen yogurt to the community. In fact, every spring they attend a frozen yogurt convention just so they can find the newest and best flavors. Perhaps what the duo takes the most pride in is maintaining those community contacts

and relationships, something they do with a healthy dose of quality customer service. “For us, customer service includes three primary components: first, we strive to be in a ‘ready’ state at all times, making sure our products are fresh, neatly organized and the store is clean at all times; second, we provide fast and friendly checkout service once the customer has made their creation or selection; and third, we continue to be an active part of the community from a fundraising and charitable perspective,” said Sue McHugh. That last one has proven particularly notable as Yoasis not only has a community room available for public use, something people have used for everything from club meetings to math tutoring, but they also have a tab on their website where organizations and individuals can set up fundraisers at the restaurant. All this stems from a genuine concern for the Ahwatukee community, where Sue and Brian have called Ahwatukee home for the last 15 years. 2nd Place: A-Peeling Faces Skincare 3936 E. Chandler Blvd. 480-540-7555 | 3rd place: Bella Vista Dental Care 15715 S. 46th St., Suite 104 480-598-5900 | | Ahwatukee Foothills News | Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | BEST OF 2015



CK’s Tavern and Grill

Saturdays and a full menu of food from full fare to appetizers like their boneless chipotle raspberry wings... they even cater for larger parties. Most of all, CK’s is set apart by the friendly staff that really bring the local atmosphere to the tavern. “We have such an outgoing and friendly group that work so hard to make our customers happy,” said Pieratt. “Over 40 percent of our staff has been here for over two years, and some staff members have been here almost the entire time we have owned the restaurant.” At the end of the day, Pieratt said she does it for her customers, who sometimes feel more like family. “We celebrate their birthdays, graduations and weddings,” she said. “It is wonderful to see the kids that have been eating at CK’s since they were young actually have their graduation parties here.”

4142 E. Chandler Blvd. 480-706-5564 |


endra Pieratt’s father began working at McDonald’s at 16 and stayed with them until his retirement. Growing up with a parent in the restaurant industry, Kandra and her brother, Chad, worked a lot of serving and bartending jobs. Kendra used her business experience to open their first restaurant, The Old Town Tortilla Factory in Scottsdale in 2001. However, it was when she was working at Intel in 2004 when she got the chance to be the head of her own restaurant after her family purchased Bar Nun in Ahwatukee. She left Intel and became operating owner at Bar Nun, which only six months later they would rename CK’s (after her and her brother’s first names), and as Pieratt puts it, “the rest is history.” Having become an Ahwatukee institution, CK’s is the sort of deeply rooted community gathering spot that wins numerous Best Of Ahwatukee awards, such as last year when they won Best Happy Hour.

Kenny Cartladge watches the Cardinals game at CK’s Tavern and Grill on Jan. 16. [David Jolkovski/AFN]

“We have been Ahwatukee’s neighborhood sports grill for almost 12 years and we love everything about the community,” said Pieratt. “Ahwatukee is such an amazing place with amazing people who strive to support

the family-owned businesses.” Along with their array of 24 draft beers ranging from national mainstays to local favorites like Four Peaks, San Tan and Cartel, CK’s also has live music on Fridays and

Voted one of the

Best Physician Assistants

3rd place: Perfect Pear Bistro 1241 E. Chandler Blvd.| 480-248-6266 9845 S. Priest Drive | 480-247-3410

D edicated to

Thank You, Ahwatukee!

Maura B. Tardif, PA-C

2nd Place: Yoasis 1304 E. Chandler Blvd. 480-460-1340 |

Aesthetic Excellence for the past 13 years Procedures including, but not limited to: Breast: Augmentation, Lift, Reduction & Reconstruction Body: Tummy Tuck, Lipo Suction, Body Contouring After Massive Weight Loss Face: Full & Mini Face Lift, Neck Lift, Blepharoplasty, Rhinoplasty, Laser Resurfacing, Fat Grafting Injectables: Botox & Juvederm 'IVXM½IHF]XLI%QIVMGER&SEVH of Plastic Surgery

Family Medical & Wellness Care

JJohn M. Rowley, M.D.


15810 S. 45th St. Ste. 140 Phoenix/Ahwatukee, AZ 85048

2006 - 2010 2013 - 2015

4530 East Ray Road, Suite 130 Phoenix, AZ 85044 - Accepting New Patients -

Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery

Rebecca L. Goldman, MD Maura B.Tardif, PA-C Casey M. Michalski, PA-C




BEST OF 2015 | Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | Ahwatukee Foothills News |


Odelay Bagel Co. Serving our community for over 20 years We provide a level of primary care that goes beyond treating the immediate symptoms. • • • •

Acute & Chronic Illnesses Physicals & Screenings Women’s Health Diagnostic Services

Edward Tokatlian, MD Edouard Mouaikel, MD David Bebawy, MD Lana Turk, MD Steli Kostov, NP

BEST of 2015 Ahwatukee Foothills News



12020 S. Warner-Elliot Loop 480-404-3457 |

tanding at the west end of the Warner-Elliot Loop is an institution that has quickly been gaining traction in the Ahwatukee community. Odelay Bagel Company started when Ryan Probst played in the Tempe-based band Dry River Yacht Club and worked as an air conditioning technician on the side. With hopes of finding different employment, he left behind the idea of going to law school in favor of working at Jonathan Robbins, a commercial bakery in Tempe. Learning all he could about the bagel-making game at Jonathan Robbins, Probst took his expertise to the streets, starting a bakery at the corner of Warner Road and Equestrian Trail that relied mostly on word of mouth and visibility for its publicity — and it worked. Odelay Bagels has grown in popularity since its opening in October with Probst having a strong consortium of dedicated customers who can’t go without his simple homemade recipes, and that is based on a real dedication to his craft. “At Odelay Bagel Co. all our bagels are precisely mixed, handmade, diligently proofed (a

Odelay Bagel Co. owner Ryan Prabst on Jan. 15. [David Jolkovski/AFN]

Do not think that Odelay’s menu stops at 24-hour process) and boiled in small batches of eight to 10 bagels, in malted water,” Probst bagels, however, with their offerings going said. “We all strive in our own way to inter- much further than that. “Apart from our bagel and cream cheese pret and pay respect to a trade that’s been selection we are currently serving breakfast practiced for thousands of years.” sandwiches, hummus, a full coffee bar with beans from up to 12 different origins, and two lunch sandwiches: a hot ham and melted brie with a whole grain mustard, toped with granny smith apples, and a turkey, bacon, and Swiss with a homemade cranberNEW CLIENT OFFERS ry mustardo slaw, tomato, onion, and mayo,” Gratuity Not Included said Probst. Odelay has also teamed up with Patrick O’Malley at Espresso Italia in Tempe to supply what Probst calls “the best coffee Ah60 MINUTE CHIROPRACTIC EXAM & watukee has seen to date.” MASSAGE ADJUSTMENT Probst said that he has really enjoyed get4425 E. Agave Road Reg. Price $375 Reg. Price $75 ting to know new individuals over the last Bldg 9, Suite 150 few months and developing relationships Phoenix, AZ 85044 with his staff. He enjoys having a constructive impact on the community and looks forw w ward to being a part of positive change in the Ahwatukee food scene. “I want to be a part of the movement which is changing the way people think about their food,” Probst said. “McDonald’s is losing marAt Edward Jones, we know that there is no way anyone can know what’s best for you ket share for a reason, and if I can bring the without first taking the time to get to know you personally. So, we’d like to thank our same awareness to bagels then I’m doing family, friends and clients for this privilege and for recognizing us. my job.”


BEST of 2015 Ahwatukee Foothills News

VOTED ONE OF THE BEST NURSE PRACTIONERS Despina Laloudakis Nurse Practitioner

Thank you for voting for us! AHWATUKEE 4530 E Muirwood Dr. Suite 105 Phoenix, Arizona 85048 (480) 961-2303 Saturday & walk-in appointments available




(480) 719-3749

Thank You Ahwatukee

As always, we look forward to serving you in 2016.

2nd Place: Pro Body Techs Personal Training 1420 E. Chandler Blvd. 480-540-5612

JOSEPH B. ORTIZ, AAMS®, CRPS® Financial Advisor 4902 E. Warner Rd., Suite 1, Phoenix, Arizona 85044 480.753.7664

Member SIPC

3rd place: Philly’s Sports Bar and Grill 4855 E. Warner Road 480-247-8655 | Ahwatukee Foothills News | Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | BEST OF 2015


CK’s Tavern and Grill 4142 E. Chandler Blvd.


CK’s Tavern and Grill 4142 E. Chandler Blvd. 480-706-5564 |

Where does Ahwatukee go to watch the big game? CK’s Tavern and Grill, of course. Ahwatukee has spoken — the best hapThey have over 35 HD TVs throughout the py hour in town is CK’s Tavern and Grill. It’s bar and show NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL no surprise with its great food and inviting — so you don’t have to worry about missing your team. Enjoy a cold one and don’t forget atmosphere, this is the place to be to kick to try the wings. CK’s was voted Best Wings back with a couple of cold ones. Stop by to watch a game, meet friends this year, too. With so much goodness in one or hear music. If you’re an Ahwatukee resi- place, why go elsewhere? dent, then this is your watering hole. 480-706-5564 |

2nd Place: Zesty Zzeeks Pizza and Wings 4825 E. Warner Road | 480-940-5555 |

2nd Place: Native Grill & Wings 1339 E. Chandler Blvd. 480-283-9600 |

3rd Place: Arrivederci Trattoria 4221 E. Chandler Blvd. 480-759-9292 |

3rd Place: Zipps Sports Grill 4710 E. Warner Road 602-688-8050 |

Ahwatukee Pediatrics has been serving Ahwatukee’s children and adolescents for 23 years. We are proud to be your pediatrician of choice and we thank you for your continued confidence.

Thank you for your votes! st 1 PLACE

BEST of 2015

BEST of 2015

Best Pediatrician Best Medical Doctor Dr. Mary Jo Kutler

One of the Best Medical Specialist Dr. Mary Jo Kutler

Ahwatukee Foothills News

Ahwatukee Foothills News

One of the Best Nurse Practitioner Dianne Olson, PNP

15715 South 46th Street • Suite 102 • Phoenix, AZ • 480-496-6444 Monday - Friday 8:30 - 4:30, Saturday 8:30 - 12:00



BEST OF 2015 | Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | Ahwatukee Foothills News |

Thank You Ahwatukee! Serve Frozen Yogurt 25% OFF Self or Gelato


CK’s Tavern and Grill 4142 E. Chandler Blvd. 480-706-5564 |

With coupon only. One coupon per customer. Not valid with any other offer. Expires 3/31/16.

Gelato Bar |Yogurt Pies Slushies |Frappes Yogurt Cookie Sandwiches Rootbeer Floats | Smoothies Yöghund® Frozen Yogurt for Dogs!

1304 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 104 Phoenix, AZ 85048



Thanks Ahwatukee for voting us

As the winner of the Best Happy Hour, Place To Watch The Game, Wings and Best Mom And Pop, it’s no wonder CK’s Tavern and Grill won Best Restaurant in Ahwatukee. The laid-back atmosphere, great food and fantastic pours make this a home away from home. And with over 35 TVs, you’ll never miss a game. If you still haven’t been to CK’s then now’s the time to go. Ahwatukee has spoken — CK’s is the best of the best. 2nd Place: Angry Crab Shack 3820 E. Ray Road, Suite 30 602-544-8209 |

CK’s Tavern and Grill 4142 E. Chandler Blvd. 480-706-5564 |

Finger-licking deliciousness awaits you at CK’s Tavern and Grill. Voted as Ahwatukee’s top pick for wings this year and in 2010, 2012 and 2013, you only have to try them to be addicted. At $5.99 for a half dozen, you can’t ask for a better deal for the city’s best wings. Order yourself a basket while you watch the big game and make sure to get a cold beer to wash down the fiery tang. 2nd Place: Native Grill & Wings 1339 E. Chandler Blvd. | 480-283-9600 5030 E. Ray Road | 480-283-9600

3rd Place: Perfect Pear Bistro 1241 E. Chandler Blvd.| 480-248-6266 9845 S. Priest Drive | 480-247-3410

3rd Place: Zesty Zzeeks Pizza and Wings 4825 E. Warner Road 480-940-5555 |

Best Orthodontist Again This Year!


Thank You


Your Votes!

JANET L. JORDAN, D.D.S. 480.598.3659

#1 for

Best Orthodontist


Thank you for voting us one of the Best 6 Years in a Row!

BellaVista DentalCare Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

15715 S. 46th St., Suite 104, Phoenix, AZ 85048

480.598.5900 NEW HOURS! Mon/Wed 8-5 • Tues/Thurs 9-6

Most Dental PPO Plans Accepted and Financing Options Available.

Best Dentist •

Voted one of the

Best Customer Service • Best Mom & Pop

Rashmi Bhatnagar, DMD Dallin Birch, DMD | Ahwatukee Foothills News | Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | BEST OF 2015



480-598-6778 |

4809 E. Thistle Landing Drive, Suite 100 480-834-2905 |

Curside Cyclery in Ahwatukee is a family business that focuses on providing services to families throughout the community. The company recently celebrated its seventh anniversary. “We attribute our success and longevity to the loyalty and support of our incredible customers, friends and family who shop local,” owner Mike Cox said. “We appreciate and thank the community for making Curbside Cyclery one of the best bike shops in Ahwatukee. It is our goal in 2016 to continue to provide exceptional customer service, incomparable technical support, quality products, and reasonable pricing in a warm and inviting setting.”

House Spouse in Ahwatukee believes in going the extra mile for its clients and providing 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. The company offers services in Ahwatukee, Chandler and Mesa. “We strive to serve our clients in the best way possible and greatly appreciate their recognition for our services,” said owner Jess Lovelady. “It’s a great feeling to know that at the end of the year we accomplished our goals, and are being positively recognized for it. It makes us feel great to know we can provide this service to our clients.”

2nd Place: Global Bikes 3636 E. Ray Road | 480-706-0858

2nd Place: Maria Huerta 602-794-5209

3rd Place: Cactus Bike 4747 E. Elliot Road | 480-785-RIDE (7433)

3rd Place: Barefoot Organic Carpet Care 480-283-0999 |

Curbside Cyclery 4855 E. Warner Road

House Spouse

New location 4609 E Chandler Blvd (the old Applebee’s )

FREE Exam and x-rays to all new patients New state of the art technology, Same day crowns available, over 50 years of dental experience in our office

Thank You Ahwatukee for Voting Us One of the Best Dentists! February Only!

$100 off

In Office Whitening

(480) 706-4600


Voted “Best Dentist” 9 Times!!! FOOTHILLS FAMILY DENTAL P.C.

Dr. Anita Marra D.D.S. Foothills Resident

Thank You Ahwatukee! 20+ Years in the same location

Accepting New Patients


Located On The Corner Of Chandler Blvd & Desert Foothills Pkwy

1238 E. Chandler Blvd. • Ste. #101 Phoenix, AZ 85048



BEST OF 2015 | Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | Ahwatukee Foothills News |

THANK YOU AHWATUKEE... WE THINK YOU Come by and say hello!




Legend Dry Cleaners


3902 E. Chandler Blvd. | 1442 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 113 480-460-5343 |

Legend Dry Cleaners in Ahwatukee strives to provide the best dry cleaning experience at an affordable price for each of its customers. “We pride ourselves in trying to go the extra step for our customers and giving them the extra level of service they wouldn’t expect from a dry cleaner,” said owner Kimberly Bizzack. “It’s very humbling to know that the community likes having us in Ahwatukee and are happy with our service and quality.”

Trust cannot be found in the owner’s manual of a car, but when it comes to getting it repaired there’s nothing more important. It’s why Interstate Auto Repair, which is owned and operated by Keith and Michelle Zelinski, is a repeat award winner. “People can come in and give us their keys and not give it a second thought,” Keith said. “It makes me very humble that people are trusting us in a field known for people trying to take advantage of their customers.”

2nd Place: Vardhan 4825 E. Warner Road | 480-940-5322

2nd Place: Thiele’s Automotive Services 513 N. 54th St., Chandler | 480-785-2002

3rd Place: Tide Cleaners 3956 E. Chandler Blvd. 602-325-2181 |

3rd Place: Big O Tires 15625 S. Desert Foothills Pkwy. | 480-460-6319 4832 E. Warner Road | 480-785-4518

Interstate Auto Repair 7130 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 18 480-797-3786 | Ahwatukee Foothills News | Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | BEST OF 2015


Estes Law Firm

Beauchamp Law Office/ Oracle Law Group


4425 E. Agave Road, Suite 110 480-704-0777 |

“We sincerely thank the community for voting for Beauchamp Law Office/Oracle Law Group,” said Melanie Beauchamp. “It’s always an honor to be nominated for such an award. We love Ahwatukee, and we love our clients. It’s nice to know that we are loved Melanie Beauchamp back.” 2nd Place: Estes Law Firm 4505 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 260 480-656-3733 |

Elizabeth Estes

Breyer Law Offices 3840 E. Ray Road 480-588-8508 |

“The Husband and Wife Law Team have been helping Ahwatukee residents since 1996,” said Alexis Breyer. “We focus solely on injury and wrongful death law. Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the past 20 years.” 3rd Place: Nora Jones, Tiffany & Bosco P.A. 2525 E. Camelback Road 602-255-6000 |


Joseph Ortiz, AAMS®, CRPS® Edward Jones Investments 4902 E. Warner Road, Suite 1 480-753-7664 |

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Lynn Hennessy, insurance agent at State Farm, has been named Best Insurance Agent in Ahwatukee. “I love how I can serve our community,” Hennessy said. “Our team cultivates relationships and creates solutions for families to unleash their full potential. We serve through our honest concern, curiosity, creativity and community spirit.” 2nd place: Amanda Gomez-AGI Group 1345 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 207 480-277-2608 | 3rd place: Harold Bordelon-American Premier Insurance 16815 S. Desert Foothills Pkwy., Suite 140 | 480-423-3444

Next Door Realty is dedicated to providing its clients with buying, selling and investing options in terms of real estate. “This recognition is encouraging because we know that we are doing a good job,” said co-owner Randi Garcia. “It motivates us to continue to do a good job and service the community.” 2nd Place: Team Santistevan 8950 S. 52nd St., Suite 107 | 480-510-3150 3rd Place: Lykins Properties 602-616-9971 |

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Pongratz Development has been around since 1996, and companies, especially those in the home improvement market, don’t last for 20 years for doing shoddy work. Owner Edmund Pongratz takes great pride in his company’s personal touch and focus on doing the highest quality work while also making sure to not drive up the price. “We care about people No. 1, we listen to their goals,” he said. “We’re budget oriented and that’s important because that’s a huge factor. You’re caring for people’s money.”

When that dust storm comes barreling from the south a couple of days before the pool party and leaves your watering hole looking more like a mud hole, getting it back to crystal clear is not always easy. That’s why you bring in a professional and in Ahwatukee your best bet to get the job done is Barefoot Pools. “We have a great crew that provides great service,” Barefoot owner Jose Garcia said. “It’s that simple. Good, quality work, day in and day out.”

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f there is one thing that fills Erin Vosseller with unbridled joy it is spending time with children. Starting at 18 years old, Vosseller began volunteering at Arizona Camp Sunrise and Sidekicks, a camp for children who are or have gone through cancer and their siblings, and it was there that she first learned just how much she loved teaching children. “They have such open minds and unique perspectives on everything,” Vosseller said. “It is fun to experience things from their point of view because, as an adult, it’s easy to forget the excitement of discovering an exclamation point at the end of the sentence or the joy in running as fast as you can just for the fun of it.” Still volunteering at the camp 22 years later, now Vosseller is also able to bring her passion for teaching to her kindergarten class at Summit School of Ahwatukee, where she has been teaching for 15 years. Before that, she was teaching at the same location, which Erin Vosseller teaches her kindergarten class at Summit >> See Vosseller on page 27 School of Ahwatukee on Jan. 12. [David Jolkovski/AFN]

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hen it comes to his job as the photography teacher at Desert Vista High School, Chris Klein said he did not choose his job as much as the profession chose him. As an artist, he sought a job in which he could not only perform his crafts but also pass on his collective knowledge to students. “As an artist, I wanted a career to share my passion for the arts, all of the arts, to students,” Klein said. “I wanted to change people’s perspectives about how they see the world, so I chose a career where I could create beautiful works of art, whether by furniture-making, painting, or through the art of photography, and have satisfaction teaching it to others.” Klein began his career as an educator on the Navajo Nation, teaching art to kindergartners through eighth-graders. It was there that he first met his wife, Danielle, who was also teaching at the school. The two moved to Ahwatukee 20 years ago where Klein got a job at a brand new high school in the area called Desert Vista, which at the time served only ninth and 10th grades. Seeing the opportunity to develop an arts program at the fledgling school, Klein took it upon himself to organize several classes, and for several years taught both photography and ceramics. Eventually, he would limit himself to the art he was most passionate about, photography, and it is that which he still teaches at Desert Vista. Yet, even after all these years, Klein is still striving to improve his method and learn as much about each student as possible so he can provide a personal and meaningful education. “I work to empower students to under-

stand their unique value and to share that with others,” Klein said. “In the classroom, I strive to find what each individual student needs to become successful in art and other aspects of life.” In 2004, Klein created the Summer Arts Academy at Desert Vista, a program that brings together Desert Vista students with students from surrounding middle and elementary schools so the older students can work with and share their craft with the younger students. He is active in the community, constantly seeking out new opportunities for his students to display their work, and has even taken mentored students to special event photography shoots so they can learn firsthand how to operate in a professional setting. Klein is also actively working to keep up with the times, paying special attention this year to social media and how his students can inspire others with their photography through social media. Through all the evolution and success, Klein is simply happy to be a part of the community.” “Ahwatukee, and, specifically the DVHS community, has been so good to us,” said Klein. “I am honored to be recognized for what I have accomplished and am hopeful the Fine Arts Program and all of the amazing teachers I work with everyday will continue to flourish.” 2nd Place: Dawn Schmidt — Desert Vista High School, Social Studies 16440 S. 32nd St. 480-706-7900 | 3rd Place: Josh Thye — Desert Vista High School, Band 16440 S. 32nd St. 480-706-7900 | | Ahwatukee Foothills News | Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | BEST OF 2015



Phoenix Dance Cooperative

2nd Place: Dance Studio 111 4910 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 111 480-706-6040 | 3rd Place: Center Pointe Dance 4825 E. Warner Road, Suite 11 480-598-8428 |

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This non-profit dance studio is an Ahwatukee favorite for the third year in a row. The co-op was founded and is managed by dancers’ parents. Phoenix Dance [Photo courtesy Pati Pakulis] Cooperative offers free classes for one week to all new students. “Phoenix Dance Cooperative is absolutely thrilled and honored to have been voted one of the best dance studios in Ahwatukee,” said office manager Michelle Columbia. “We love this community and it feels great to be supported! This acknowledgment means such a great deal to our studio.”


Triple R Childcare offers classes and child care for infants to 5 year olds and our curriculums are designed to prepare your child 3233 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 2 for every level of early childhood education. 480-706-1224 | Each class advances their level of learning Music Maker Workshop offers lessons, through themes and carefully designed lesinstrument rentals, and programs such as son plans. “Rock Band” classes, where students can “The main thing is we are family owned learn and collaborate with each other. The and operated for 34 years,” Triple R owner family-owned studio has been operating for Diane Kirkpatalmost 20 years and is staffed for a wide rick said. “It’s range of instrument lessons for all ages. not corpo“We have so many students and teachrate. We are ers — we have 22 teachers — that work so family and edhard so it’s great to honor them and let the ucation comes community know that they’re here and ded- first when they icated to the kids of Ahwatukee,” co-owner enter the buildShelley Yukabow said. ing.”

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2nd Place: Tutor Time 15365 S. 48th St. 480-704-0536 |

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The community feels Summit School of Ahwatukee has worked so hard to foster children and serve the school very well. And each year, Summit is rewarded during the Best Of Ahwatukee sea- [David Jolkovski/AFN] son as the school continues to thrive and build upon its positive reputation. “The world changes, the style changes and trends change,” said Andrea Benkel, director of early childhood education. “The one thing that has never changed is the strong sense of community we have for our children. That is the one constant that will always be part of Summit.” 2nd Place: God’s Garden Child Development Center 1401 E. Liberty Lane 480-460-1480 | 3rd Place: Montessori Educare Academy 1244 E. Chandler Blvd. 480-283-8885 |


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Desert Dog Obedience Ahwatukee 480-785-0036 |

“We do pet services and we have classes that train dogs with a variety of skills,” owner Beverly Stephens said. “We try to service dog training needs with classes for over 30 years. We began the business because we found that there was a need for pet training in the area.”

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This three-doctor practice has been around for nearly 24 years just across Interstate 10 from Ahwatukee offering fullservice veternary care to dogs and cats as well as boarding, grooming and much more. Owner Dr. Larry Hudman, along with Dr. Carol Lind and Dr. Meri Brandt, pay special attention to each client and pride themselves on knowing the faces and names of every cleint they serve. “It’s nice to be recognized for what we do,” said Nathan Murphy, office manager. 2nd Place: Foothills Animal Hospital 3151 E. Chandler Blvd. 480-759-9721 |





3rd place: Ahwatukee Commons Vet Hospital 4902 E. Warner Road, Suite 14 480-893-8423 |

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Sit. Stay. Pet Sitting has been operating in Ahwatukee for the last eight years. Providing clients with dog care services while in the comfort of the dog’s own home, Sit. Stay. Pet Sitting expanded its coverage area to Tempe and Chandler. However, owner Vanessa Ryan said Sit. Stay. Pet Sitting will continue to see Ahwatukee as the company’s “primary focus.” They also just acquited Desert Dog Pet Sitting in December 2015.

For eight years Bark Avenue Pet Salon has been tucked away in Ahwatukee Commons providing full-service pet grooming for all breeds of dogs and cats — big and small — toenail trims, puppy packages, flea and tick treatments. They specialize in older pets and pets with special allergies treatments. Owner Kristen Schaefer Lewis said by chance she and her part-time groomer have come to specialize in senior pets and don’t just groom dogs and cats, but also a longhaired guinea pig and a 25-pound rabbit. “The hearts of rabbits are delicate so the owner of the rabbit stays here and I do a waterless bath and trim his nails and get him out in about 15 minutes,” Schaefer Lewis said.

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Margaret Pratt and Angela Forsyth, owners of Lucky Duck Consignment, have been serving the Ahwatukee area for the past three years by providing free clothing for children. “We are thrilled and grateful to have the opportunity to service such a great community like Ahwatukee,” said Pratt. 2nd place: Target 4734 E. Ray Road 480-893-9333 | 3rd place: Marshalls 4729 E. Ray Road 480-592-0131 | | Ahwatukee Foothills News | Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | BEST OF 2015


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One key to good business is personal relationships, and at TangLed Salon Studio, that is their hallmark. The two owners, Tammy Ferrari and Lauren O’Hara, make sure that the salon provides high-quality hair stylings with personalized attention. “It’s just very small but personal,� Ferrari said. “Clients are our family. We’re one-onone with everyone.� 2nd Place: Madison Avenue Salon & Day Spa 4910 E. Chandler Blvd. 480-759-3308 | 3rd Place: ISH Salon 4025 E. Chandler Blvd. | 480-633-8700

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Owner Kim Dao has been serving Ahwatukee Foothills residents for 12 years, offering full-service nail care, waxing, eyelash extensions, facials and more at her business, Bamboo Nails and Spa. She took first place in this category in 2006 and 2007, and now she is back on top in 2015 as residents have voted Dao and her staff Best Of again. “I’m very excited and honored that the community would vote for me,� Dao said. 2nd Place: Mai Nail Spa 3145 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 108 | 480-704-0995 3rd Place: Shayna’s Nails 4221 E. Chandler Blvd., Suites B121 & 122 480-704-1245 |


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Of all the places in Ahwatukee to get a good sweat going, there may not be a better place than Curves. The women’sonly gym offers a 3936 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 211 variety of classes 480-540-7555 | for all, as well as a Pampering is always a plus and if your friendly and supskin needs a little tender love and care, Aportive staff. Peeling Faces is the place to go. “My staff is won“Whether it be acne or just anti-aging, evderful,” owner eryone comes in for different reasons,” ownKim Salter said. er Darla Hoffmann said. “I always do a con“They’re caring sultation and then figure out what’s going and they push peoon with them and take their treatment to ple to do a little bit whatever level we need to.” better.” A-Peeling Faces offers a wide variety of 2nd Place: FAST — Foothills Accelerated and Sports skin care services to make sure your skin Training looks as bright as possible.

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Second Place: Put On a Rose Face 4855 E. Warner Road | 602-573-1512 Third Place: Ahwatukee Skin & Laser 4425 E. Agave Road, Suite 148 | 480-704-7546


Steve McFoy – FAST Ahwatukee 15410 S. Mountain Pkwy., Suite 112 480-704-8700 |

Steve McFoy might be relatively fresh out of school, but that doesn’t mean he’s short on experience in the fitness world. Having recently completed his master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Miami, McFoy is on the fast track to becoming an elite physical and sports performance trainer. “(This is) my first full-time job out of grad school,” he said. “I’m enjoying it. I like helping people and I really enjoy helping people get to their goals and see them change their lives.”

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2nd Place: Adam Parsons — Rehab Plus 4730 E. Warner Road, Suite 5 480-785-5415 |

3rd Place: Rehab Plus 4730 E. Warner Road, Suite 5 480-785-5415 |

3rd Place: Andrew Hangartner — Alpha Elite 15410 S. Mountain Pkwy., Suite 101 480-334-4505 |


A-Peeling Faces 3936 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 211 480-540-7555 |

Life can be stressful, we know this. So, occasionally, some time is needed to get all of that stress out. For some, that means a massage. In Ahwatukee, there is no better place to get one than at A-Peeling Faces, especially with their affordable prices and personal attention. “It’s really personalized,” Darla Hoffman said owner Darla Hoffmann. “I really take the time to see what’s going on in a person’s lifestyle before I determine what type of treatment we’re going to do on them.” 2nd Place: AZ Spine Disc & Sport 4530 E. Ray Road, Suite 110 480-759-1668 3rd Place: A Massage to Remember 480-227-3838 | Ahwatukee Foothills News | Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | BEST OF 2015

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was previously the Tesseract School of Ahwatukee. At Summit School of Ahwatukee, Vosseller has been able to bring her hands-on approach of teaching to a younger generation of students at Summit, utilizing what she learned from her degree in early childhood education from University of Arizona to provide high quality learning for the Ahwatukee community. “I believe that children need handson experiences to learn how to apply the

skills they are learning,” said Vosseller. “My teaching partner and I work hard at making sure that students are given the chance to learn and practice using skills in a way that is engaging to them and gives them the opportunity for some real-world, practical experience.” Vosseller also has endorsements in early childhood education and structured language immersion from the Arizona Department of Education, and said she is constantly seeking out new professional development opportunities. “We are always on the lookout for ways to freshen up our curriculum with new ideas

and projects,” Vosseller said. “This year’s group of students have different strengths and challenges than last year’s, and we believe that it’s important for each child to make a full year’s growth. “In order to do that, we need to change our lessons to reflect our students’ strengths, give them opportunities for growth, and allow them to work on projects that are engaging, experiential, and fun.” This year Vosseller was excited to introduce new opportunities for her students to write non-fiction and utilize non-fiction in ways that should be applicable at later stages in the students’ education careers.


“I love the feeling of helping kids gain confidence in their own abilities and I enjoy helping others,” said Vosseller. “Teaching is the perfect profession for that.” 2nd Place: Kira Anderson — Kyrene del Milenio Elementary School, First Grade 4630 E. Frye Road 480-541-4000 | 3rd Place: Chris Dorsey — Summit School of Ahwatukee, Fourth and Fifth Grade 4515 E. Muirwood Drive 480-403-9500 |

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Owner Angela Christopher describes her practice as an integrated health care center. Her husband, Dr. David Stone, a medical doctor, merged his practice with the chiropractic office two years ago. The expanded practice handles all types of musculoskelatal work and muscle and joint-related injuries. “Our goal is to treat each patient as an individual,” Christopher said. “Individualized care is effective care.”

The dentists and staff at BellaVista DentalCare spend a lot of time to create an everevolving practice that offers high-quality, state-of-the-art dentistry to patients. The practice offers CEREC crowns, a same-day crown, not available at all dental offices. Staffers educate the community on preventive care for all ages. Patients are viewed as friends and become like family to the employees.

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2nd Place: Mountainside Wellness Center Dr. John Scott Mettham | Dr. Jazmin Torres 4909 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 502 480-940-7444 | 3rd Place: Ahwatukee Sports & Spine Dr. John Kozak | Dr. Scott Kreiner 4530 E. Muirwood Drive, Suite 110 480-763-5808 |


Lifetime Eye Care Dr. Murray S. Pratt

Dr. Rashmi Bhatnager | Dr. Dallin Birch 15715 S. 46th St., Suite 104 480-598-5900 |

2nd Place: Foothills Family Dental 1238 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 101 480-460-0484 | 3rd Place: Sonoran Hills Dental 4909 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 501 480-785-9191 |


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Dr. Murray Pratt bought the Lifetime Eye Care practice in 2012 and has worked as a solo practitioner since. Among his specialties are offering speciality contact lenses “for unique eye problems,” vision therapy, surgical co-management and medical eye care. The practice has been growing, he said, and he has plans to remodel and expand the office. “I love helping improve people’s vision,” Pratt said. “We focus on good customer service, personalized for everybody. I try to spend extra time with each patient to talk about the best ways to treat their eyes and vision.” 2nd Place: Eye Priority Dr. Kelly deSimone | Dr. Monica Sawitzke 15725 S. 46th St., Suite 112 480-893-2300 | 3rd Place: Arizona’s Vision Dr. Mark Page | Dr. Alma Yamamoto Dr. Kurt Jung 15215 S. 48th St., Suite 180 480-725-7234 |

Woolaver Orthodontics Dr. Chris Woolaver 4425 E. Agave Road, Suite 126 480-240-9393 |

Since Woolaver Orthodontics opened in 2008, the staff’s goals have been to treat each patient like family and provide the best orthodontic care possible in a positive manner. Woolaver specializes in braces and Invisalign. Great orthodontic results are achieved through a combination of advanced technology, continuous education experience. In the end, we know orthodontics will better the lives of patients. 2nd Place: Dr. Janet Jordan Ahwatukee Orthodontics 12010 S. Warner-Elliot Loop, Suite 2 480-598-3659 | 3rd Place: Team Orthodontics Dr. Ken Danyluk 4350 E. Ray Road, Building 4, Suite 121 480-759-3333 | | Ahwatukee Foothills News | Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | BEST OF 2015



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Dr. Mary Jo Kutler has spent her career Dr. David Stone is a physiatrist, focusing at Ahwatukee Pediatrics, which she opened on physical medicine 23 years ago. Kutler comand rehabilitation. pleted the pediatric residenHe offers sports and cy program at Phoenix Chilinterventional pain dren’s Hospital/Maricopa medicine. Medical Center. He joined his wife’s chiropractic business She says she’s very fotwo years ago in orcused on prevention. der to focus more on Kutler works with all sorts Mary Jo Kutler treating the whole of patients, including people patient, rather than with special needs, allergies, obesity issues and nutrition issues. just on particular Patients are accepted until age 22. symptoms. “He is a doctor who “We provide excellent care for both children and their parents,” Kutler said. “We’re actually takes the time to talk to patients very detail oriented.” and listen to them,” said his wife, Dr. AngeShe’s proud of her 15-person staff, who la Christopher. she says are “wonderful and fabulous.” 2nd Place: Dr. Alexis Woods Associated Internists 4530 E. Muirwood Drive, Suite 105 480-961-2303 | 3rd Place: Dr. Stuart Hetrick Foothills Neurology 4530 E. Muirwood Drive, Suite 111 480-961-2365 |


Mountain Park Senior Living 4475 E. Knox Road | 480-648-2069

The staff at Mountain Park Senior Living know people aren’t living in their community, they’re working in their home. They strive each day to be accommodating to the needs and desires of the residents. The parent company, Spectrum Retirement, also allows the staff to tailor activities and programs to what residents want to see. 2nd Place: Hawthorn Court at Ahwatukee 13822 S. 46th Place | 480-359-2898 3rd Place: Sunrise of Chandler 5757 W. Chandler Blvd. | 480-786-4998

2nd Place: Dr. Mary Jo Kutler Ahwatukee Pediatrics 15715 S. 46th St., Suite 102 480-496-6444 |

3rd Place: Dr. Stuart Hetrick Foothills Neurology 4530 E. Muirwood Drive, Suite 111 480-961-2365 |



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Sarah Neumann Ahwatukee Skin & Laser 4425 E. Agave Road, Building 9, Suite 148 480-704-7546 |

Sarah Neumann sought advanced medical training after she served a mission in Belize, Central America, after she had completed her registered dietician training. It was there she realized she needed, and wanted, more training so she could better serve people. So, she earned her master’s degree in physician assistant studies. Neumann now offers a personalized approach to skin care, creates custom skin care regimes to best fit each patient, and diagnoses and treats skin cancers. 2nd Place: Diane Olson, PNP Ahwatukee Pediatrics 15715 S. 46th St., Suite 102 480-496-6444 |

Dr. Mary Jo Kutler Ahwatukee Pediatrics 15715 S. 46th St., Suite 102 480-496-6444 |

Ahwatukee Pediatrics believes the most important part of medicine is prevention, which is why Dr. Mary Jo Kutler seeks to educate families about early preventive care. Kutler’s practice, which is more than just pediatrics, also provides behavioral and Mary Jo Kutler nutritional counseling, treatment for special-needs patients, weight loss and wellness programs for all ages and an allergy clinic. 2nd Place: Dr. Judith Barnes Clark Active Kids Pediatrics 15215 S. 48th St., Suite 110 480-783-8960 | 3rd Place: Dr. Noelle Miller TLC Pediatrics 16611 S. 40th St., Suite 160 480-940-8527 |

3rd Place: Maura Tardif, PA-C Family Medical & Wellness Care 4350 E. Ray Road, Suite 130 480-494-2100 |

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Owned by Lori Francoer, Foothills Sports Medicine has offered a variety of rehabilitation and training services to provide customized treatments for individuals in the community for 15 years. Their specialists aim to help patients of all ages reach their fitness goals by using unique and consistent treatments. “I truly think we have a very caring team here. We always put the patients first,” Francoer said. 2nd Place: AZ Spine Disc & Sport 4530 E. Ray Road, Suite 110 480-759-1668

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or the second year in a row, Summit School of Ahwatukee has won the Best Place To Work category in the Best Of Ahwatukee, and according to Head of School Pat O’Brien, that success is rooted in equal measure in the connections the school has with the community and the high quality staff that makes the institution such a joy to work at. “I think every staff member at Summit makes this a priority and understands that our work with children gives our life personal meaning and makes the world a better place,” O’Brien said. “Professionally we have many opportunities for collaboration, personal growth and leadership and, at the end of the day; we can say, ‘We accomplished something important today by working together on behalf of all of our students.’” Located on a six and a half-acre campus with an enrollment of 345 students ranging in grades from preschool through eighth grade, the school has 24 classroom teachers and 11 specialists, making the student-teacher ratio 9.5:1. The majority of students at Summit are from Ahwatukee and the surrounding East Valley area, but they serve families from around the Valley and are proud of the reputation they have built as a high-quality education pro-

vider in Phoenix. However, do not think that success is getting to their heads, as O’Brien said the school is constantly looking for new ways to adapt to the changing needs of its students. “We are a very good school and each year we strive to get better,” he said. “We are always looking for ways to improve different areas of the educational program and services to students and families with the understanding change is hard, but the rewards for our students and school are worth the collective effort we put forth to support each other in making change possible.” As the school continues to provide a high level of education for the students of Ahwatukee and beyond, O’Brien is happy that Summit School of Ahwatukee remains a place that can inspire not only the students, but the faculty as well. “Teaching is very hard work and education is a very challenging and rewarding calling in life,” O’Brien said. “It takes courage and commitment.” 2nd Place: BareFoot Pools 1241 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 124 602-546-7665 | 3rd Place: Breyer Law Offices 3840 E. Ray Road | The Husband & Wife Law Team 480-588-8508 |



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