To contribute to the health and well-being of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and surrounding Native people by providing top-quality culturally sensitive care and services to every patient through best clinical practice.

Primary Care Services

RPHC provides general medical visits and annual well check visits for children, adults, and elders.  This includes physicals, preventative care, blood tests, and immunizations to stop health problems before they occur.

Comprehensive care plans are developed to address larger health concerns/issues.   Providers work in conjunction with all other services at RPHC.

Well Woman Visits, Birth Control ( including IUD placement and removal  and Nexplanon placement and removal), and Prenatal care are available at RPHC by appointment.

RPHC offers existing patients same day appointments to seek treatment of acute illness.  Please call 480-278-RPHC (7742) to make an appointment.

RPHC providers also provide an array of other services based on patient needs, but the facility is not an urgent care or emergency room and refers patients to other facilities as necessary.

An illustrative list of services includes:

  • Orthopedic Injections
  • Biopsies
  • EKG
  • Incision and Drainage
  • Cyst Removal
  • Sexually transmitted Illness testing
  • Sutures
  • Toenail removal
  • Trigger finger injection
  • Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

At RPHC, we care for everything from common colds to vaccines for those seeking treatment of acute illnesses on the same day. Adults and children are welcome, please call (480)278-RPHC(7742) to make an appointment ahead of time or just walk-in. Walk-in spots are limited and are offered between 8am to 3pm Monday through Friday.

List of Walk-In Services:

  • Coughs/Colds/Flu/Sore Throat
  • STI Screenings/Treatment
  • UTI
  • Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea
  • Sports Physicals
  • COPD/Asthma
  • Gout Flare Ups
  • Rashes
  • Seasonal Allergies
  • Vaccines
  • Eye Redness/Pink Eye

Primary Care Providers

Family Medicine

Dr. Kody Smith is Board Certified in Family Medicine and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He enjoys aerospace medicine, assisting patients with Orthopedic and Diabetic needs, working with children and adults, and all aspect of Family Medicine. His outside interests include spending time with his wife and kids, surfing, reading, sports, working on cars and playing the guitar.

Family Medicine

Dr. Michael Truesdell was born in Williams Arizona and grew up in neighborhood behind “Big Surf” in Tempe. He is the first Member of the White Mountain Apache Tribe to receive the degree of Medical Doctor. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from ASU in 1984. He then went on to serve in the U.S. Army as an Infantryman from ’85 – ’89. He returned to school at the U of A pre-med and received his Bachelors of Administration in Psychology, before completing Medical School in 1996. He completed the Family Medicine Residency at Maricopa Medical Center rural tract in 1999 and joined the USPHS Commissioned Corps. He worked for four years in Tuba City where he became the Chief of Family Medicine. In 2013, he was asked to transfer to the Salt River Clinic where has become the Chief of Medicine. He is married, enjoys working out and playing sports.

Family Nurse Practitioner

Gem Bartsch is a Licensed Family Nurse Practitioner with over 37 years of experience in a variety of clinical settings. Mrs. Bartsch completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing through Pacific Union College, and her Master of Science-Family Nurse Practitioner degree through Arizona State University. Using her background of med-surg, emergency room, and labor and delivery, she became a leader in Staff and Organizational Development, and Process and Quality Improvement. For more than 19 years her focus has been in adult family practice with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, with an emphasis on diabetes management and wellness. She is the recipient of the Phoenix Indian Medical Center 2013 Provider of the Year Award – Salt River Clinic. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and exploring Arizona.

Family Nurse Practitioner

Christina L. Interpreter is our female Native American Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) from both the Hopi and Navajo tribes. She grew up on the both Hopi and Navajo reservations in the small towns of Kykotsmovi and Kayenta Arizona. Ms. Interpreter has received two bachelor’s degrees from Northern Arizona University; Health Promotion/Education and Nursing. She worked in the areas of public health/clinic setting, general/trauma surgery, transplant surgery and emergency specialties for both private and Indian Health Services. She then went on to attain her Master’s degree from the University of California San Francisco, Family Nurse Practitioner program. Her fellowship provided added training of her current passion, diabetes medical management. Prior to coming onboard with Salt River in 2017, Ms. Interpreter worked with Gila River Health Care as an FNP. As a native female, she upholds the native values of sustaining family generations and her ambition is to influence the future of family legacies. In her time away from the clinic, she enjoys her family time, the outdoors, movies and continues to be inspired by her patients, and her family: fiancé, daughters and grandchildren. She is also involved in a camp that SRPMIC has been a part of that helps diabetes prevention among the youth. This affiliation is with the University of Arizona’s Native American Wellness Youth Camp for Diabetes Prevention and is carried out every summer.

Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwife

Family Nurse Practitioner, Walk-in clinic provider

Priscilla Wilson is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (C-FNP) who has been serving the SRPMIC Community since 2020. She came to Arizona as an ER traveling nurse where she worked in Pediatric ERs and Trauma Services for over 11years in Phoenix at St. Joseph Hospital and at Scottsdale Honor Health Osborn.  She started her career in healthcare as a CNA in 1992 and is proud to have worked every level of nursing. She became a Registered Nurse in 2004 in California and would continue on to received her Bachelor’s Degree from Grand Canyon University and completed her schooling for Family Nurse Practitioner at Northern Arizona University. Along this journey, she worked in the areas Med-Surg, Home Health, and Case Management. She found her true passion working in the ER at Long Beach Memorial Hospital in California. FNP Wilson was born and raised in Pasadena, California and is married with 2 adult children and a cat.  During her time away from work, she enjoys traveling with her family, hiking, kayaking and making Lego plants.

Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Bethany Reed, AGPCNP-BC is a board certified Adult & Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with a breadth of experience.  She completed her advanced nursing degree at Boston College and clinical rotations through the Dartmouth Medical system in New England.  Her undergraduate degree focused on transformational leadership and organizational development in healthcare systems.  Emphasis in her clinical practice is diabetes education, health/wellness coaching, annual physicals, and management of chronic healthcare issues for the adult population.

Family Medicine

Dr. Paige Schmidt is Board Certified in Family Medicine. She completed medical school at Kansas City University. She completed her residency training at Texas A&M. She enjoys caring for patients throughout all stages of life. Her outside interests include being active outdoors and spending time with her husband and friends.

Family Medicine

Dr. Chris Murphy is a Midwest native from Rockford, Illinois, home of the female baseball team the Rockford Peaches (“There’s no crying in baseball!”). He obtained a B.S. from Saint Louis University, then matriculated to SLU’s School of Medicine, which boasts the first medical degree awarded west of the Mississippi River. He earned his M.D. with Distinction in Community Service in 2015, then moved to Phoenix to complete residency training at Banner – University Medical Center (University of Arizona) and has enjoyed living in the Valley ever since. Dr. Murphy is board certified in Family Medicine and is an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Since 2023, he is the Arizona chapter’s delegate to the AAFP’s National Conference of Constituency Leaders, representing the LGBTQ constituency. He has a broad scope of practice, caring for patients of all ages. Particular clinical interests include men’s health, LGBTQ health, mental health, MAT for substance use, and national/community advocacy.  Outside of medicine, Dr. Murphy is an avid foodie, movie enthusiast, podcast addict, and a fan of theatre and all performing arts. In his spare time, he enjoys singing, cross wording, and spending time with his partner/fiancé and their spoiled rescue dogs, Levi and Ollie.

Family Medicine

Dr. Stacey Sullivan (Navajo) completed her undergraduate and medical school training in New Jersey. She graduated from University of Medicine and Dentistry (UMDNJ) New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey. After medical school, Dr. Sullivan moved back to Arizona to be near her family. She completed her family medicine residency at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. She is board certified in family medicine. Dr. Sullivan is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment call 480-278-RPHC (7742)