Dr. Joyce Helmuth is a board certified Pediatrician who comes from an immigrant Filipino family. She grew up in a culturally and racially mixed inner city neighborhood of Chicago, which fostered an interest in different cultures. After completing her pediatric training in Virginia, she moved to northern Arizona to work at the Fort Defiance Indian Hospital. During that time, Dr. Helmuth developed a deep appreciation for the Dine’ way of life as well as other Native cultures. She later married and worked in private practice in Phoenix for a few years. She returned to work with Native Americans when she was hired at the Salt River Clinic. For over 10 years she has enjoyed working with families of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. She loves to travel and has been blessed to travel to places like Nigeria for a pediatric clinical rotation and Russia to teach neonatal resuscitation to doctors-in-training. She and her husband traveled to Ecuador and the Philippines on eye care medical mission trips. In addition to traveling, she enjoys playing board games with her family, golfing, listening to music and dancing.
Dr. Leslee Kelly is a board certified pediatrician. She attended The University of Arizona College of Medicine and then left for a brief time to complete her internship and residency at The University of Colorado in Denver. She had been part of a practice in Phoenix for 21 years, as well as spending 11 years doing part-time hospitalist work. She is overjoyed to have the opportunity to join RPHC. She is excited about the many opportunities to help parents raise healthy children. Dr. Kelly has 3 children ages 25, 20, and 17. She loves reading, running, hiking, biking, and volunteering (and in “secret” loves tap dancing).