Physicians

Adam Alperin, MD, FACOG

(Tempe Office)

Born and raised in Augusta, Georgia, Dr. Adam Alperin followed the medical interest of his father and attended the University of Georgia Medical School completing his degree in 1995. He completed his Internship at the Medical College of Georgia and his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dr. Alperin joined Contemporary Care for Women, now known as Southwest Contemporary Women’s Care, in 1995. Dr. Alperin will work with his patients to have the best women’s health care experience from pregnancy and the birth of your baby to menopause.

Dr. Alperin is married and enjoys spending time with his three busy young girls. He also enjoys golf, particularly when he can attend The Masters in Georgia.

 

Medical School
University of Georgia School of Medicine
Augusta, GA
Graduated – June 1995

Internship
Medical College of Georgia

Residency
June 1995 – June 1999 (OB/GYN)
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center
Phoenix, AZ

Board Certification
The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

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"Where's the beach?" -- Dr. Edward Szmuc

Edward Szmuc, MD, FACOG

(Tempe Office)

Dr. Edward Szmuc joined Southwest Contemporary Women’s Care in November 2015. Dr. Szmuc completed his degree at the University of Toledo School of Medicine. He followed with his residency at Boston University School of Medicine.

Dr. Szmuc served as Past Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Banner Desert Medical Center, Mesa, Arizona. He was also President of the Medical Staff at Banner Desert Medical Center and Cardon Children’s Medical Center for two years, 2012 and 2013.

Dr. Szmuc is Board Certified with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow of American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. For more information on Dr. Szmuc, click here.

 

Medical School
University of Toledo School of Medicine
Toledo, Ohio
Graduated – June 1979

Internship
July 1979 – June 1980
Framingham Union Hospital
Framingham, MA

Residency
July 1980 – June 1983 (OB/GYN)
Boston City Hospital
Boston, MA

Board Certification
The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Erin Labesky-Scoggin, D.O.

(Ahwatukee Office)

Dr. Erin Labesky-Scoggin specializes in women’s health issues with an emphasis on obstetrics and gynecology. She is also interested in minimally invasive surgery and adolescent female reproductive health.

She is a graduate of the University of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri and completed her residency through the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Grandview Hospital, Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Labesky-Scoggin began practicing medicine in August 2012. She joined Southwest Contemporary Women’s Care in March 2016.

Dr. Labesky-Scoggin is Board Certified with the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She is also affiliated with the American Osteopathic Association, National Women Osteopathic Physicians Association, and Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity.

Dr. Labesky-Scoggin enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing, and camping.

 

Medical School
Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Kirksville, Missouri
Graduated – May 2008

Residency
July 2008 – August 2012 (OB/GYN)
Ohio University
Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Dayton, Ohio

Board Certification
American Board of OB/GYN

"Obstetrics and Gynecology is a field of medicine that allows you to participate in some of the most joyous moments of patients’ lives.  It is a privilege to be a chosen participant."

-- Dr. Kim Balk

Kimberly Balk, MD, FACOG, NCMP

(Ahwatukee Office)

Dr. Kimberly Balk graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska.  She completed her residency training at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, in 2000.  Following graduation, she moved to the central coast of California to practice for two years.

Dr. Balk returned to Phoenix in 2003 to join Southwest Women’s Care now known as Southwest Contemporary Women’s Care.  Dr. Balk is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is an NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner.

Dr. Balk has two daughters.  She enjoys time with family, reading, baking, and being actively involved in her children’s lives.

 

Medical School
Creighton University School of Medicine
Omaha, Nebraska
Graduated – May 1996

Residency
June 1996 – August 2000 (OB/GYN)
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center
Phoenix, Arizona

Board Certified
The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
North American Menopause Society

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Lisa Hollar, MD, FACOG

(Tempe Office)

Dr. Lisa Hollar is a native of Arizona and always dreamed of practicing medicine close to family and friends.  She graduated with a B.S. in Zoology at Arizona State University followed by a year of research before moving to Chicago.  She received her medical degree from The Chicago Medical School in 1996.  Her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology was completed at the Sinai Samaritan Medical Center/ University of Wisconsin Medical School in Milwaukee in 2000. After enduring eight years of the Midwest winters, she returned to Arizona.  She worked for 13 years in private practice before joining the most supportive and caring doctors at Southwest Contemporary Women’s Care.

Dr. Hollar is passionate about taking care of women through all the life stages.  She especially enjoys the one-on-one teaching opportunities involving medical issues and hopes her patients always feel comfortable asking questions about their care. She most enjoys helping a couple through a pregnancy and seeing the joy of a new life. Her particular interest is in high-risk obstetrics.

Her family is very important to her, and she is always trying to achieve the perfect balance.  She married her high school sweetheart in 1991.  They have two incredible daughters. She enjoys being a soccer mom, both girls play, and her husband coaches. She loves being active in their many activities.

 

Medical School
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine/Science
Chicago School of Medicine
North Chicago, Illinois
Graduated – June 1996

Residency
July 1996 – June 2000 (OB/GYN)
Sinai Samaritan Medical Center
Milwaukee, WI

Board Certified
The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Lisa Smrekar, MD

(Ahwatukee Office)

Dr. Lisa Smrekar is passionate about providing comprehensive and compassionate care to women throughout their lives. She has an interest in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, contraception management, adolescent healthcare, and broad spectrum obstetrics care.

Dr. Smrekar was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She completed her undergraduate studies in psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before returning to the University of Minnesota to receive her medical degree. She was excited to leave the cold and snow behind, and moved to Phoenix in 2013. She completed her residency training in the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix Ob/Gyn program at Banner University Medical Center-Phoenix.

The desert has now become home, and Dr. Smrekar lives in central Phoenix with her fiancé who is completing his residency training in internal medicine. Her interests outside of work include hiking, reading, adventure travel, and spending time with her energetic lab-mix Hermes.

 

Medical School
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI
Graduated 2007

Residency
June 2013 – June 2017 (OB/GYN)
University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix
Banner University Medical Center-Phoenix
Phoenix, AZ

Michella Switzer, DO

(Gilbert and Tempe Offices)

Dr. Michella Switzer joined Southwest Contemporary Women’s Care in April 2015.  Dr. Switzer received her Medical Degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 2004.  She completed her residency at Summa Health System, Akron, OH, in 2008.

Dr. Switzer is Board Certified and a Fellow of American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  She is now accepting new patients at our Gilbert and Tempe locations.

 

Medical School
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
College of Osteopathic Medicine
Kansas City, MO
Graduated – 2004

Residency
July 2004 – June 2008
(OB/GYN)
Summa Health System
Akron, OH

Board Certification
The American Board of Medical Specialties, OB/GYN

"Birth is not only about making babies.  Birth is about making mothers ~ strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength."

-- Barbara Katz Rothman

Mo Vaziri, MD, FACOG,
Hospitalist, Banner Desert

(SWCWC OB/GYN Hospitalist at Banner Desert)

Dr. Mo Vaziri grew up in Arizona and is a Valley native. He completed his undergraduate and medical school studies at The University of Arizona.  Like his partners, he completed his residency training at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in 2008.

Dr. Vaziri’s great interest in obstetrics lead him to become the Obstetrical Hospitalist for Southwest Contemporary Women’s Care allowing him to focus solely on birthing, the labor process, and high risk pregnancies. Dr. Vaziri spends his free time with family and friends enjoying outdoor activities.

 

Medical School
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Tucson, AZ
Graduated – May 2004

Residency
June 2004 – June 2008 (OB/GYN)
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center
Phoenix, AZ

Board Certification
The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Paul S.K. Tamanaha, MD, FACOG

(Gilbert Office)

Raised in Hawaii by parents who farmed, Dr. Paul Tamanaha was the first in his family to attend college. He received his medical degree from the University of Hawaii in 1991 and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in 1995. Dr. Tamanaha joined Contemporary Care for Women, now Southwest Contemporary Women’s Care, in 2004.

Dr. Tamanaha is passionate about providing the safest, most comfortable, and compassionate care for patients and their families.

Dr. Tamanaha enjoys snow boarding, running, and swimming in his free time.

 

Medical School
University of Hawaii
John A Burns School of Medicine
Honolulu, Hawaii
Graduated – 1991

Residency
June 1991 – June 1995 (OB/GYN)
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center
Phoenix, AZ

Board Certification
The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Rick Wilson, MD, FACOG

(Ahwatukee Office)

Dr. Rick Wilson and his wife, Janae, are happy parents of four children and one son-in-law! They enjoy spending time with family and friends, active service in their church, and participating in activities with their children. Some even claim to have seen him as the Cowardly Lion in a recent stage production of “The Wizard of Oz” with his daughter. He mostly enjoys interacting with people and seeing them smile.

After serving a mission to Spain, Dr. Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish literature. Graduating from the University of Utah School of Medicine in 1998, he and his family moved to Arizona to complete residency in OB/GYN at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix. He is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is a Fellow of  American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Dr. Wilson has always enjoyed surgery and has particular interest in minimally invasive and office-based procedures such as Essure® and endometrial ablation. In addition, he enjoys advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery such as hysterectomy, myomectomy, pelvic and ovary cysts, fibroids, and endometriosis. He currently serves as the medical director of Minimally Invasive Gynecology at Banner Desert Medical Center and also serves on the Peer Review Committee.

 

Medical School
University of Utah School of Medicine
Salt Lake City, UT
Graduated – 1998

Residency
June 1998 – June 2002 (OB/GYN)
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center
Phoenix, AZ

Board Certification
The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Robert Grayson, MD, FACOG

(Ahwatukee Office)

Dr. Robert Grayson graduated from the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, in 1990 after first completing his Master of Public Health degree UCLA.  He served his internship and residency at Banner Good Samaritan hospital in downtown Phoenix and was boarded in the field of obstetrics and gynecology in 1994.  He then founded Southwest Women’s Care, which recently became Southwest Contemporary Women’s Care. He has lived and practiced in the Ahwatukee community since that time.

Dr. Grayson’s areas of interest within the specialty are diverse. He is a next generation pioneer in minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic gynecologic surgery with more than 20 years of experience and resultant expertise. He is a member of the American Academy of Gynecologic Laparoscopy and a founding member of the Center of Excellence in minimally invasive gynecology at Banner Desert Samaritan in Mesa, Arizona.  Dr. Grayson helped found and develop the first in-hospital obstetric and gynecology hospitalist program in the state of Arizona which has been helping provide emergency obstetric services at Banner Desert Hospital for the last 10 years. Office based surgery, diseases and conditions of the vulva and vagina, menopause and hormone replacement therapy, and sexual pain and dysfunction round out his interest.

He sought to promote and preserve professionalism and patient advocacy in his past roles as chair of the department and chair of Peer Review at Desert Samaritan Hospital.

Dr. Grayson initially chose his field of specialty because though he loves the precision and artistry of surgery, he equally values the opportunity, and is honored to be a “patient’s physician” partnering with them in their long term individualized health and wellness. Dr. Grayson is a true believer in nonjudgmental, relationship-based, patient-centered care.  His philosophy is to be a care provider you must truly care.

On a personal note . . .
I am a very imperfect but devoted Christian and try hard to give God credit for my strengths and my accomplishments.
I am incredibly blessed to share my life with my college sweetheart and wife of more than 2 decades.
I have 3 incredible children, — 2 daughters and a son.
My family is my passion.
I believe in the human potential for good and the strength of fellowship.
I believe in the people I practice with and am blessed, yet again, with the opportunity to serve our patients with them.
I love all things creative — working with my hands, hiking with my girls, biking with my son, skiing with my family, and anything in the water.

I believe the practice of medicine is a life long learning experience, and our patients are our greatest teachers.  It is an honor to be let into their lives and participate in their care.

 

Medical School
Keck School of Medicine of the USC
Los Angeles, CA
Graduated – June 1990

Residency
June 1990 – June 1994 (OB/GYN)
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center
Phoenix, AZ

Board Certification
The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Stephanie Mayes, MD, FACOG

(Gilbert Office)

Dr. Stephanie Mayes graduated with honors from the University of Arizona School of Medicine in 2004. Staying close to home, she continued her education by attending residency at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. After graduation in 2008, she joined Southwest Women’s Care, now known as Southwest Contemporary Women’s Care.

Dr. Mayes is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her areas of interest include infertility, high-risk obstetrics, and minimally invasive surgery.

Dr. Mayes is a proud native of Arizona. She currently resides in Gilbert where she stays active and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

 

Medical School
University of Arizona School of Medicine
Tucson, AZ
Graduated – May 2004

Residency
June 2004 – June 2008 (OB/GYN)
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center
Phoenix, AZ

Board Certification
The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Steven Lepetich, MD, FACOG

(Gilbert Office)

Dr. Steven Lepetich enjoys spending time with his wife Shelly, their 5 children and spouses, and their many grandchildren. He has a passion for all things outdoor as well as his horses, goats, cats, dogs, ducks, llamas, and one of his unusual pets, a deer.

Dr. Lepetich attended Mesa Community College followed by Arizona State University where he received his medical degree and graduated Summa Cum Laude. He completed his internship at the University of Arizona in 1985.

In 1988, after completing his residency through St. Joseph’s Hospital and Maricopa County, he opened his solo practice. He joined Contemporary Care for Women, now known as Southwest Contemporary Women’s Care, in 2000.

Dr. Lepetich never ceases to be amazed and humbled by the experience of bringing new life into the world. He is very involved with his church and working with young kids through hiking and camping.

Dr. Lepetich is serving as the Chief of OB at Banner Desert during 2016.

 

Medical School
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Tucson, AZ
Graduated – May 1984

Residency
July 1984 – July 1988 (OB/GYN)
St Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center
Phoenix, AZ

Board Certification
The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

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"The best part of being a physician is being used as a part of God’s amazing miracle of life."  -- Steven Linnerson, MD

Steven M. Linnerson, MD, FACOG

Effective January 1, 2016, Dr. Linnerson stepped away from the practices’ clinical medicine but continues to serve in other ways. Please call our office to schedule an appointment with one of our other physicians.

Dr. Steven Linnerson and his wife, Monica, enjoy their two children, son-in-law, and especially their new grandbaby! They are very active in their church. An avid golfer, Dr. Linnerson enjoyed watching his son play golf on the Canadian pro tour.

Compassionate, caring, and always seeking first to understand the needs of his patients, Dr. Linnerson is a dedicated physician. Born in California, Dr. Linnerson spent most of his life in Colorado where he graduated from the University of Southern Colorado with a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree. He received his medical degree at the University of Colorado in 1977. Moving to Arizona, he completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Maricopa Medical Center and joined Contemporary Care for Women, now known as Southwest Contemporary Women’s Care, in 1981.

When asked what he enjoys most about being a physician, he states, “It is being used as a part of God’s amazing miracle of life”.

 

Medical School
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO
Graduated – 1977

Internship
June 1977 – June 1978
Maricopa Medical Center
Phoenix, AZ

Residency
June 1978 (OB/GYN)
Maricopa Medical Center
Phoenix, AZ

Board Certification
The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Tiersa Damore, MD, FACOG

(Tempe Office)

Dr. Tiersa Damore has a passion for babies, women’s health through all stages of life, and especially enjoys watching young families grow.

Raised in Mesa, Arizona, Dr. Damore received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree from Pomona College in California.  She attended St. Louis University and received her medical degree in 1994.  Dr. Damore completed her residency at St. Louis University Health Sciences Center.

After dealing with too many cold winters in Missouri, Dr. Damore moved back to Arizona in 1999 and joined Contemporary Care For Women in 2000. She manages to keep balance in her life while caring for her patients and being a wife and mother of two children.  When not working, she is a busy soccer and football mom, enjoys cooking, and relaxes with yoga.

 

Medical School
St Louis School of Medicine
St Louis, MO
Graduated – May 1994

Residency
July 1994 – June 1998 (OB/GYN)
St Louis University School of Medicine
St Louis, MO

Board Certification
The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

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