About Us
  • About Us
  • Mission Statement
  • Why an Internist?
  • What is a DO?
  • Advanced Care Practitioners
Thunderbird Internal Medicine opened in 1976 and now has four offices:
  • Fountains Medical Plaza, 5620 W. Thunderbird Road, suites F-1, C-1 & G-2, Glendale
  • 9150 W. Indian School Road, suite 118, Phoenix
The practice offers our patients internal medicine physicians, neurology, podiatry, audiology, colonoscopies and hemorrhoid clinics. We also offer home sleep studies, laboratory, imaging services, and clinical research.

All Thunderbird Internal Medicine physicians work with you to coordinate your care, manage any issues that arise and, when needed, work together with other physician specialists to solve challenging diagnostic problems.
Thunderbird Internal Medicine is a group of physicians and allied health care professionals devoted to promoting life-long health by providing premier person-centric medical care, preventive health services, support services and easier access to vital information.

Internal medicine physicians diagnose, prevent and treat common, complex and chronic adult conditions. By choosing an internist as your primary care doctor, you can feel secure in the knowledge that you have a partner who will take the time to develop a long-term relationship with you and understand your unique history. This extensive understanding of you as an individual enables us to design a complete care plan which will enhance your ability to lead a long and healthy life.
What is a DO?

Of the more than 20 physicians at Thunderbird IM, some are Medical Doctors (MDs) while others are Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs).

Both DOs and MDs:
  • Are trained and licensed to care for patients and prescribe medication.
  • Utilize scientifically-accepted methods of diagnosis and treatment.
  • Have identical premedical pathways and complete four years of medical school and a residency program.
  • Are licensed to practice all phases of medicine.

The Osteopathic Approach
Osteopathic physicians aim to have the whole body working together instead of targeting an illness or physical complaint as a lone deficiency. Within their unique approach to patient care, osteopathic physicians are trained to:
  • Teach patients how to prevent illness and injury by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
  • Look at the whole person to reach a diagnosis without focusing just on symptoms.
  • Help the body to heal itself.
  • Believe that all parts of the body work together and influence one another.
DOs are also specially trained in the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system (muscles and bones).

Patient Choice

Informed patients are better able to choose a physician based on the philosophical differences practiced by the two schools of medicine. However, the most important characteristic of any doctor is the care given to patients. All Thunderbird IM physicians share our patient-centered care philosophy…no matter which letters follow their names!
When you schedule an appointment at Thunderbird Internal Medicine you may be seen by an Advanced Care Practitioner: a Nurse Practitioner (NP) or a Physician’s Assistant (PA).

Both NPs and PAs:
  • Are trained and licensed to care for patients and prescribe medication.
  • Can assist in performing surgery.
  • Can conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illness.
  • Can order and interpret tests and offer patient counseling.
Nurse Practitioner:

A nurse practitioner begins as a registered nurse and must earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing, take the NCLEX-RN exam, and also have a certain number of clinical hours before continuing on to become a nurse practitioner. They then move on to attain a higher level of education and are required to be certified. NPs typically have approximately 10 years of prior experience and follow a patient-centered model in which they focus on disease prevention and health education.

Physician’s Assistant:

A physician’s assistant usually begins in some area of healthcare such as an EMT, paramedic, lab tech, nurse, etc. They are also required to take specific courses and have a certain number of patient contact hours before entering a PA program. The Physician Assistant graduate programs have the same stringent requirements to prepare a person for the certification exam. PAs work with and are overseen by physicians.

At Thunderbird Internal Medicine, our Advanced Care Practitioners take pride in providing the best possible care with the same patient-centered care philosophy.