Staff

Practice Manager

Kathryn Meloy
Kathryn was born and raised in rural southeastern Arizona, but has lived in the Phoenix valley for over 30 years. She loves exploring Arizona’s beauty and enjoys the climate which affords plenty of time for outside activities with her family and dogs. She has devoted over 20 years to helping doctors manage their practices. She takes great pride in working with the physicians, staff and patients to make the patient’s encounter a positive and healing experience. She is very excited to be a member of the DSSP team.

Medical Assistants

Stefanie Stryker, Lead MA
Stefanie was born and raised in New Jersey and moved to Arizona to pursue her career in the medical field. She graduated college with a degree in Exercise Science and Biology. She is passionate about patient care and plans to continue her education, as she loves to learn. Stefanie looks forward to going to work every day in such a friendly and welcoming environment. In her spare time, Stefanie enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and exploring beautiful Arizona.

Denise Gonzalez
Denise was born and raised in Arizona. She began her career as a Medical Assistant in 2013 and is passionate about helping others. Denise is proud to be a part the DSSP team. She is married and is a dog mom to a cute miniature schnauzer named Maui. On her time off, she enjoys taking Maui to the dog park and going to concerts with her husband.

Matthew Groce
Matt was born and raised  in Arizona. He is a proud father of a beautiful little girl who fills his heart with love and brings much joy to his life. He is very passionate about helping others and healthcare. He is continuing to further his education and grow further in the medical field. He is happy to be part of the DSSP team.

Jennifer Irmer
Jennifer moved to Arizona at age 4 from Northwestern Iowa. She loves spending time with her husband and her son. She has worked in the medical field for 30 years and truly enjoys her time caring for others.

Heather Turner
Heather was born and raised in Arizona. She has been working in the medical field since 2005 and became a Medical Assistant because she enjoys helping people. Heather is married and has 2 boys and 2 step daughters. She likes to spend time with her family and friends.

Edith Perez
Edith was born and raised in Arizona. She is passionate about helping others so she became a Medical Assistant in 2018 at just 17 years old. She hopes to continue her education in the medical field. She is proud to be a part of the DSSP team and looks forward to providing excellent patient care every day.

Nicole Wheeler
Nicole is highly experienced in the medical field and has various certifications. She is a recent graduate from Arizona College with her Associates Degree in Healthcare Administration, next step is, Bachelors in Science. Her overall goal is to work her way up to Physician Assistant and see where God takes her from there. She moved out here from a small town in North Dakota where she grew up but was born in Phoenix. She is the oldest of 4 girls, she loves anything that sparkles, wearing flowers, and being colorful. One of her favorite quotes would be, “She thought she could, so she did.” She loves inspirational motivational testimonies and speeches. One person she loves to listen to is T.D Jakes, and she is a proud Christian!

Jessica Lightfoot
Jessica has been an MA since 2017. She chose this career out of love for helping others. She loves the outdoors, going camping and exploring the wilderness with her family and friends.

Noel Portillo Torres
Noel is highly experienced in the medical field. He began his career as a medical assistant in 2007. He plans to continue his education in the medical filed. He is proud to be part of DSSP team and looks forward to providing excellent patient care.

Front Office Receptionists

Adriana Johnson
Adriana joined the Desert Spine and Sports Physicians team in 2021. She will always be the first smiling face you see as you walk in our doors or the cheerful voice that you hear as you call our office. She strives to make you feel comfortable and welcome! She is originally from Las Cruces, New Mexico and moved to Arizona in 2020. On her  free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, loving on her fur baby, and watching any and all drama T.V shows.

Kristy Blankenship
Kristy is a native of Arizona and has been in the medical field since 1996. She truly enjoys helping patients in every aspect of the medical office and many ask for her specifically by name. She is delighted to be a long time member of the DSSP team and in her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.  Her favorite recreational activity is four wheeling at the Dunes and camping.

Lisa Castillo
Lisa was born and raised in Peoria, Az. Lisa is married to Ian and together they have a blended family of 7 kids and 1 grandbaby. Lisa has been a medical assistant for 20 years. Lisa loves to attend church and has a strong passion for music and is a true Philadelphia Eagles fanatic! Lisa enjoys working for DSSP and loves helping patients.

Public Relations Liaison

Lynne Zubricky
Lynne was raised in Tucson, Arizona. She then enjoyed the beaches of California and the beauty of Texas before returning to her beloved home state in 1999. Lynne has over 30 years of experience in client services, community outreach and marketing. Working with DSSP is a perfect fit with her passion for people and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. She is an avid hiker, making yearly trips to Zion with her husband, and also enjoys the mountain trails of Phoenix and Tucson with her family.

Administrative Support

Megan Scarbrough
Megan was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona and has been in the medical field since 2001. She has a passion for travel and volunteer work. She has traveled to many different countries and enjoys meeting people from all over the world. Her motto is, “Let people be who they are and search to find what you have in common.” She treasures her job at DSSP.

Procedure Staff

We employ highly trained, certified and licensed staff to assist our patients during their in office procedures.  Our team of Registered Nurses, Radiological Technicians and Medical Assistants are committed to assisting each patient through their procedure from start to finish.

Morgan Dahm RT (R)
Morgan was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois but moved to Arizona at the age of 26 and loves life in the desert! She has been an x-ray technologist since 2017 and loves working alongside the incredible team at DSSP. Morgan has a passion for health and fitness and loves listening to all different types of music. She enjoys spending time outdoors staying active and hiking through the mountains. She also loves to travel back home to see her family any time she is able. Morgan is an obsessive dog mom of 2 and loves spending time at home with her pups. She strongly believes that life is what you make it!

Daniel Estrada RT (R) (CT)
Daniel was born and raised in Arizona. He enjoys everything Arizona had to offer. He has 3 children that run his life. He has been a radiologic technologist for 10 years. He loves his career so much he works at Honor Health every weekend. He has spent 3 years at level one trauma center Honor Health Osborn before “retiring” to a much smaller hospital. He loves Desert Spine and Sports because it is a treat to witness the power of healing.

Khon Lambert RN BSN
Khon came to the United States at the age of 9 from Laos. She was raised in Kansas and relocated to Arizona after being a traveling nurse in the valley. Khon loves to travel and enjoys spending time at the beach visiting lighthouses with her family. Her 2 daughters keep her busy with their taekwondo competitions and dance recitals. Khon tries to live her life to the fullest and believes that everything in life is achievable through hard work, dedication and the desire to go after it 100%. Khon has been an RN since 2000. Her RN experiences include working in the emergency room, adult intensive care units and pediatric intensive care units before joining DSSP. Being an RN has given her opportunities to work with some amazing doctors and nurses across America as a traveling nurse. She loves being part of a team that focus on healing the individual as whole and not just their symptoms.

Lynda Myers RN BSN
Lynda was born in Illinois but relocated to Arizona as a young girl. She keeps very busy and loves nothing more than spending quality time with her husband and 3 handsome boys as well as family and friends. She loves to travel and enjoy the outdoors and lives by the belief that life is what it is and what you make it to be. Her motto is to stay positive, work hard, do your very best, achieve more, and make it happy day by day. Lynda has been a RN since December of 2010 and would not change it for anything. There is nothing more rewarding to her than bringing love, healing and joy to another by simply whole heartedly caring. She feels it is an honor to be part of the DSSP family who share such values.

Patient Testimonials

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We are here for you. We continue to offer Telehealth visits (select insurances cover this) in addition to in-office appointments for evaluation and management of your pain complaints. Also while Arizona has lifted its mask mandate, we are still maintaining mask protocols in addition to social distancing and sanitization protocols in order to protect our patients and employees.