By Meghann Finn Sepulveda
Paper Cranes Healthcare owners Todd and Doreen Phillips have managed medical practices for more than 20 years. As changes to health care evolve, the couple feel it is necessary to provide care to sick patients while focusing on keeping people well.
“We believe that we need to educate people about ways to stay healthy by eating right and exercising which can greatly reduce or eliminate common medical issues like obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease,” said Todd, whose practice at the northwest corner of Riggs and Cooper roads opened Oct. 3.
“If people don’t understand the basics, they can’t make any improvements.”
That’s why Paper Cranes Healthcare also offers care for common illnesses and chronic conditions, along with health screenings, immunizations and laboratory services. It is staffed by a family practice physician, two nurse practitioners and a registered dietitian who is also a certified diabetic educator.
“We don’t want people to wait to go to the doctor until they are sick,” Doreen said. “We want to see them when they are well, too.”
Join Paper Cranes Healthcare at a grand opening celebration and meet and greet from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7. Those in attendance can tour the new facility, meet providers and take home prizes and giveaways.
In addition to preventative services such as yearly physical exams, well-woman exams, and sports physicals, Paper Cranes Healthcare offers a variety of classes ranging from diabetes care and support, nutrition basics, nutrition for cancer prevention, and healthy eating on a budget.
“Our one-hour Nutrition 101 class includes healthy eating basics and strategies to overcome barriers,” Todd said. “In the six-week course, our registered dietitian provides nutrition counseling, meal planning and preparation along with cooking demonstrations.”
Cost for each class varies. One-on-one nutritional coaching is also available.
Input on future classes and programs is strongly encouraged by the community.
“We want people to get involved in determining what classes are offered at our community wellness center,” Doreen said. “It can be anything the community wants it to be.”
A family approach
The Phillips maintain a family-focused environment. The staff is warm, welcoming and informative.
“We want patients to feel like they are part of the family,” Doreen said.
The couple yearns to evaluate the ways they can best serve their patients.
“We will provide the same level of care just as we would want for a family member,” Todd said.
Todd and Doreen are already planning to grow the practice with the addition of four or five locations in the East Valley over the next three years.
The couple are committed to expanding their foundation to provide hygiene items to high school children and families in need.
“It’s important to support the community we serve,” Todd said. “We gather those items and work with schools who have a strong need.”
Members of the community are also encouraged to drop off hygiene items such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss and deodorant to Paper Cranes Healthcare.
At Paper Cranes Healthcare, all patients are assigned a care coordinator who ensures patients receive the care they need. This includes managing referrals, scheduling follow-up discussions with medical providers and tracking test results.
“Our philosophy is that people need to be aware of their options so they can make informed decisions regarding their health,” Todd said.
Paper Cranes Healthcare is located at 5980 S. Cooper Rd., Suite 1, Chandler, 85249. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with weekend hours to begin soon. For more information, call 480-704-3474 or visit papercraneshealthcare.com.