Meet Our Providers

 

Medical Doctors


Susan Jones, MD

Susan Jones, MD

Residency Training: Santa Monica Family Family Practice Residency Program, UCLA

Medical School: University of Arizona

Languages: English and Spanish

Special areas of expertise: Geriatrics-Hospice and Palliative care, Obstetrical care, and Women’s Care.

Dr. Susan Jones has been working at Gila Valley Clinic since 1984, and was the AzAFP Family Medicine Physician of the Year for 2014.  She is Board Certified in both Family Medicine and Hospice & Palliative Care.  She is medical director at the Nursing home, Haven of Safford, as well as for the local Hospice. She enjoys practicing the full spectrum of family medicine from delivering babies to caring for the elderly.  

She and her husband, Tom Hamm, enjoy time at home with their two dogs and spending time with their grandchildren.


Catherine Harmon Romero M.D.

Catherine Harmon Romero M.D.

Residency: North Colorado Family Medicine

Medical School: University of Arizona

Languages: English and Spanish

Special areas of expertise: Pregnancy and Childbirth, Preventive Care, Diabetes

Dr. Cathy Romero was raised in Wilcox and wanted to return to southern Arizona after completing residency.  She loves caring for people of all ages, and especially enjoys the continuity of knowing several generations of the same family, having cared for residents of southern Arizona since 2000.  She treasures the opportunity to care for patients in the hospital when they are ill, deliver babies, care for newborns, and then, complete the full spectrum of family medicine by treating people in the outpatient setting.  She and her husband E.J., a high school principal, have three children who keep them busy with sports and academic endeavors, and they enjoy outdoor time and traveling.  Dr. Romero feels fortunate to be a part of the best primary care clinic in southern Arizona, and works hard to ensure that the Gila Valley Clinic is up-to-date on the latest recommendations, and that there are good policies in place to help provide excellent quality care to patients.


Gail Guerrero-Tucker MD-MPH

Gail Guerrero-Tucker MD-MPH

Residency Training: UC Davis Mercy Medical Center Merced California

Medical School: University of Arizona

Languages: English and Spanish

Special areas of expertise: Women’s health, obstetrical care, geriatrics, and preventative medicine.

Dr. Guerrero was born in Nogales, Arizona and grew up in Tucson.  Dr. Guerrero chose to return to rural Arizona so that she could practice Family Medicine the old fashioned way.   She went back to school after a career in banking, so was not the typical medical student.   Dr. Guerrero feels preventative healthcare is as important as treating diseases and welcomes a collaborative model of personal health.  She has always been interested in people and public health issues, leading her to pursue her masters in public health. 

She also enjoys global health issues and has been on several medical missions to Nigeria and Honduras.  She hopes to expand her horizons by traveling to other parts of the world as well.

Dr. Guerrero is married with three children and five grandchildren and hopes to continue delivering babies and seeing patients in the hospital until she retires. 


Richard Keith, MD

Richard Keith, MD

Residency: Phoenix Children's Hospital Pediatric Residency Program

Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine

Special areas of expertise: Pediatrics - infancy though adolescence, and ADHD management

Dr. Keith was born and raised in the Gila Valley and was thrilled to have the opportunity to return home after completing his pediatric training.  He considers it a great privilege to be able to serve the children and families in the Gila Valley area.  Dr. Keith prefers a practical approach to pediatrics, embracing the fact that there are no perfect children and definitely no perfect parents.  He is excited to work together with families and children to encourage each one of us do our very best to lead happy, healthy lives. 

He and his wife Jenny are very active in the community and especially enjoy working together with the children of the community.  He enjoys singing, biking, barbecuing, running, working in the yard, and spending time with his wife and four children.  It is usually fairly easy to locate him by listening for the constant whistling.


Melinda Feely, MD

Melinda Feely, MD

Residency Training: Shenandoah Valley Family Practice Residency Program, Front Royal, Virginia

Medical School: University of Arizona

Special areas of expertise: Pediatrics, Obstetrical Care and Psychiatric Care.

Dr. Feely is a native Arizonian and was born and raised in Show Low, Arizona.  During medical school she loved the variety of family medicine and decided to complete her training at a residency program where she was trained in the broad range of family medicine to be able to care for all age ranges from infants to geriatrics with specialized training in obstetrical care.  She feels strongly that evidence based medicine will provide the best outcomes for her patients and works along side them to help them apply these recommendations.

Dr. Feely moved to Safford to be part of Gila Valley Clinic, and has fulfilled her dream of practicing full spectrum family medicine as a Board Certified Family Physician.  She and her husband, Jim Feely, have a growing family and are enjoying their time in the Gila Valley.

 

Nurse Practitioners


Kacey Ekman, CPNP  Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Kacey Ekman, CPNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Education: Master of Science, Pediatric Nursing Practitioner, Arizona State University

Special areas of expertise: Sports Medicine, ADHD management

Kacey is a native to Arizona and the Gila Valley area. She is certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board i nPrimary Care Pediatrics. She servesas a regional council member on the Graham Greenlee First Things First council.  As a counsel member, she contributes to their mission of supporting the healthy development and learning of Arizona’s young children from birth to age 5 with programs such as Reach Out and Read.  Kacey enjoys working at Gila Valley Clinic due to its family like atmosphere among the employees.

In her spare time she enjoys traveling with her husband John to explore new places, practicing yoga, and spending time with her three grandsons Logan, Kage, and Asher.

Tanya Tillman,DNP, FNP-C

Tanya Tillman,DNP, FNP-C

Education:

• Doctoral of Nursing Practice, Northern Arizona University

• Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner, Northern Arizona University

Special areas of expertise: Women’s Health, Chronic Disease Management and Prevention

Tanya considers the Gila Valley her home and feels privileged and blessed to work at Gila Valley Clinic with extraordinary co-workers and patients. She also serves the community at the Health Department, Northern Arizona University, and Eastern Arizona College in addition to her duties at Gila Valley Clinic. Tanya believes in building strong relationships with her patients through listening and engaging in dialogue. She strives to create a comfortable and safe environment to address patients medical concerns, educate the necessary knowledge for patients to have optimal health while striving for patients to make informed, positive health choices.

Tanya has been married to her husband Trent for 18 years and has two handsome sons, Robert and Jaron. During her free time she enjoys spending quality time with her family, skiing, hiking, traveling, as well as learning new things.


Shelley Vaughn, DNP, FNP-BC  Family Nurse Practitioner

Shelley Vaughn, DNP, FNP-BC

Family Nurse Practitioner

Education:

• Doctoral of Nursing Practice, Northern Arizona University

• Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner, Northern Arizona University

Special areas of expertise: Women’s Health

Shelley is a proud United States Air Force Veteran. She loves nursing and decided to pursue her nurse practitioner degree after volunteering in Honduras where she provided free health clinics.

Shelley was born and raised in Clifton, Arizona. She feels that it is a privilege to provide healthcare within her hometown community.

She is married to Jeff Vaughn.  They have two sons, Anthony who graduated from Arizona State University and William who is attending college in Houston, Texas.


Tajma Palma, FNP-C  Family Nurse Practitioner

Tajma Palma, FNP-C

Family Nurse Practitioner

Education: Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner, Northern Arizona University

Special areas of expertise: Geriatrics, Chronic Disease Management and Prevention.

Tajma Palma is a Family Nurse Practitioner proudly serving Arizona’s Gila Valley.

Prior to joining Gila Valley Clinic in 2016 Tajma worked as a registered nurse for Mt Graham Regional Medical Center and Northern Cochise Community Hospital. Tajma has extensive experience treating acute and chronic conditions for patients of all ages, including nursing home residents. Tajma believes that a provider is so much more than an advocate for their patients. She believes that a provider should carefully and thoughtfully guide patients with a trusted hand to not only a better health, but to a better life.

In her free time, Tajma is extremely active with her church, family, and friends, and has a deep passion for community service. Mostly, Tajma enjoys her time spent with her beloved husband and three children.


Todd Schwallier, FNP-C  Family Nurse Practitioner

Todd Schwallier, FNP-C

Family Nurse Practitioner

Education: Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner, Simmons College: Boston MA

Special areas of expertise: Sports Medicine, Pediatric Care, and Men’s Health

Todd worked as a registered nurse for Mt Graham Regional Medical Center, Intermountain Medical Center, and Banner Baywood prior to joining Gila Valley Clinic in 2017. He grew up in the Gila Valley and is excited to return to raise his family and serve his community.

Todd believe’s that building relationships of trust through open communication is essential in promoting a safe and comfortable environment. This facilitates open discussion about medical concerns, health education, and helps improve health by allowing patients to make informed choices about their health.