About Wassaja Memorial Health Center
Our health center is an outpatient health facility dedicated to the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation community. The clinic is owned and operated by FMYN.
In addition to treating patient illness, our clinic promotes wellness, performs tests and procedures as well as a number of other services. We have an onsite pharmacy that is open during regular clinic hours, and we provide a number of community health services and wellness programs.
- Elevating health status to the highest possible level.
- Providing high quality health services.
- Demonstrate cultural sensitivity.
- Maximize availability of resources.
Clinic: Monday–Thursday 7:30am–5:30pm
Pharmacy: Monday–Thursday 8:000am–5:00pm
Clinic & Pharmacy are CLOSED on Tribal Holidays
At the Wassaja Memorial Health Center, we are fortunate to have a skilled and dedicated staff that is committed to the health and wellness of the FMYN community.
Dr. Barr is a Board Certified Family Medicine physician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She earned her medical degree from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and her master’s degree in Public Health at Loma Linda University. Dr. Barr trained in Family Medicine at San Bernardino County Medical Center and Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. She worked in clinical and urgent care settings in California, Michigan and the Metro Phoenix area before joining Wassaja Memorial Health Center in 2005. When she is not working as the Medical / Health Division Director, Dr. Barr enjoys spending time with her family and trail running.
Hello, my name is Lecia Becenti. I am the RN Case Manager, Community Health Supervisor, and the Purchased/Referred Care (formerly called Contract Health Services) contact. I moved to Arizona in 1995 after receiving my nursing degree from the University of Hawaii-Manoa, and I’ve finally acclimated to the weather!
Please contact me if you have any questions regarding alternate resources, community health services, or Purchased/Referred Care – I’ll be glad to be of assistance!
Clinic & Pharmacy
- Jose Matos, MD
- Amy Phillips, FNP-C
- Ria Hackett, RN
- Merlyn Camat, RN
- Lori Rico, CDE, RD
- John Fedyna, RPh
- Trisha Miller, Pharmacist
- Sharon White, Pharm Tech
- Stella Reed
- Andrew Gonzales
- Mia Castaneda
- Contract Part-Time Staff
Dr. Jose Matos has been at Wassaja Memorial Health Center since 2005. He received his M.D. degree at Morehouse School of Medicine and completed his residency in Stony Brook, New York before becoming a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician.
Dr. Matos enjoys his work and spending time with his family. His interests includes hockey.
A graduate from the University of Phoenix, Nurse Practitioner Phillips has been providing services at Wassaja Memorial Health Center since 2016. Prior to working at Fort McDowell, she provided care to a diverse patient population in outpatient facilities. She also made house calls at skilled nursing facilities and memory care facilities through the Phoenix Metro area. She sees patients from all age groups. Interests include time with family and travel.
Hi my name is Ria Hackett. I am the clinic RN. I worked as a contract nurse for over a year before finally becoming a staff RN. I finished my BSN in the Philippines. Prior to that, I also completed my Bachelor of Science in Commerce. I worked in Maryland at a family clinic for few months then moved here to Arizona. I love working here in the clinic because it doesn’t have a lot of difference from where I came from. We spent more time in Community Health Nursing which makes my transition as a clinic RN here easy. I would love to spend more years here in WMHC and hopefully be able to contribute to the health and wellness of the community. I love gardening, cross-stitching and would like to say cooking as well.
Merlyn was born and raised on the Southern part of the Philippines and she moved to AZ together with her family in 2005 as immigrants. She garnered her Bachelor Of Science in Nursing degree in 1994 and passed the licensure exam the same year. Since then she worked on diverse settings in both acute and community based nursing.
She joined Wassaja Memorial Health Center in December 2014 as a contract RN and eventually hired as Staff RN in April 2015. She loved to work in this facility as her innate desire of serving a community through her profession is satisfactorily fulfilled.
She loves to cook and travel to places where she could enjoy the serenity of nature.
Hello, my name is Lori Rico, formally Lori Romo. I am the new Health Educator, here at the Wassaja Memorial Health Center. I am a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Diabetes Educator. I received my Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees, both in Nutrition, from Arizona State University and I have been a dietitian for almost 6 years now. I have lived in Fort McDowell my entire life and I am very honored and grateful to be back in my home community to work and serve the people of Fort McDowell.
As a dietitian I have a great passion for educating others on living healthy lifestyles to prevent and control health complications. I had the opportunity to work with one of the best Diabetes Programs in the country and I look forward to bringing my knowledge and ability here to the Wassaja Memorial Health Center and the community so that we can not only prevent the complications of diabetes but prevent the disease all together.
I look forward to working with the community to promote healthy living!
Hi! I am John Fedyna, the chief pharmacist at the Wassaja Memorial Health Center. I am originally from Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University. I moved to Phoenix area to work at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center. I was fortunate enough to move my career to Fort McDowell. I have been at the clinic part and full time since 2005. I like interacting with the patients at the clinic and with the community during outreach programs such as the monthly pharmacy talks at the senior center. I enjoy spending time with my wife, daughter, and pet dog. My interests include baking, cooking, and spending time outside in Arizona’s beautiful scenery.
Hi! I’m Trisha Miller, a part-time staff pharmacist joining the Wassaja Memorial Health Center family in 2016. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, I received my Pharmacy degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. After visiting extended family in Az, combined with my love of the outdoors, it was a natural move to leave my snow shovel behind and relocate to the Valley Of The Sun in 2003.
When not working, you can find me outdoors playing golf, tennis, or hiking anything from local trails to Sedona, the Grand Canyon, and even Diamond Head Crater in Hawaii. If not engaged in sports myself, you can often find me as a spectator of sporting events. As an animal lover and advocate, I currently have four rescued “fur kids” of my own. Additionally, music, concerts, and reading books on many topics hold a special place in my heart. I have a great interest in fitness and nutrition, and enjoy occasionally experimenting with new recipes. Personally, I strive to relish and respect the diversity and unique perspectives of each person that I meet.
Hello my name is Stella Reed, I’m a parent of three daughters. Their names are Vanessa, Kylene and Saige. I have resided in Fort McDowell since birth. I have worked in the community for the last 18 years, I was previously employed at the We-ko-pa Resort & Conference Center where I worked in Guest Services. In my free time I like to travel, attend concerts, seek outdoor activities and spend time with family & friends. I’m very excited to begin this new journey of opportunities within the medical field, I enjoy working with and meeting new people. I can’t wait to get into the swing of things to become a great asset to the team.
Andrew Gonzales was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. Andrew attended Arizona State University where he received his Bachelors of Science in Exercise and Wellness in 2002.
Andrew is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Personal trainer, Certified Zumba Instructor and a Level 1 CrossFit Coach. He has a passion for Fitness and Health and loves to practice what he preaches!
My name is Mia Castaneda. I am an employee at Wassaja Memorial Health Center as Medical Records Receptionist.
I trained at Tempe St. Luke’s as a medical assistant. I love meeting new people, and greeting everyone with a smile that comes and visits WMHC.
- Matthew Pettengill, DPM ~ Podiatrist
- Eunis Bello, DPM ~ Podiatrist
- Dennis Pena, DPM ~ Podiatrist
- Casey C., RD ~ Registered Dietician
- Thelma L., RD ~ Registered Dietician
- Kevin Kolenda, OD ~ Optometrist
- Ryan Manning, OD ~ Optometrist
- Atif Malik ~ Acupuncture Provider
My name is Edlyn Pascua, I am the new Community Health Nurse. I finished Bachelor of Science in Nursing in the Philippines, moved to NY in 2002 and worked in one of the skilled nursing facility in Yonkers, NY. Then moved to AZ in 2004, since then I worked in skilled nursing facility and in 2009 started to work for Home Health Services also.
I like interacting with the patient in home health care setting. I look forward working with the community to promote wellness, preserve and maintain the health of the community as a whole by improving the health status of the individuals and families
My name is Robinson Candilosa Jr., I’ve been a Certified Nursing Assistant for 9 years and counting. I finished my CNA class at MCC. Patient care is my passion back then in my country where I grew up in the islands of the Philippines. Prior to migrating in the land of great opportunities, I met my wife in the Middle East where I worked for 8 years. My wife, an RN has a big influence in my nursing career of my dreams. I do believed that fulfillment comes from a well-balanced work and family life.
As a CNA, I am dedicated to patient service and learned to love my job, not to mention the joy that comes from compliments and awards from the patients that I care, colleague and from the management. I joined Wassaja Memorial Health Center with the conviction to serve in a community setting.
In my free time, I find myself indulged to cooking. When time permits the whole family travels to discover the secrets of Arizona and catch its beauty in photography.
My name is Glenda Mike. I’m the Community Health Representative for Wassaja Memorial Health Center. I’ve worked here for 20 years. I’m also a tribal member.
I do home visits in the community and coordinate the Men’s Health Fair and World AIDS Awareness Day. I also assist in medical records and the clinic. I enjoy my job.
Hi, my name is Jamal Hall. I am a driver at Wassaja Memorial Health Center. I was born in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2014, my family and I moved to Fort McDowell. I am a proud tribal member of the Fort McDowell Yavapai tribe. I have worked for Fort McDowell since 2012. For the last 2 years, I have worked for the government warehouse. I am very happy to join the team here at Wassaja and look forward to helping and getting to know more of our community.
In emergency situations always call 9-1-1. For non-emergency situations you can reach the Wassaja Memorial Health Center at 480-789-7890.
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