Happy Labor Day!

“Labor Day is for all those who work hard to push through trials and obstacles to make better their nation, their family, and themselves.” — Dr. Mike


During this long holiday weekend, we at Summit Medicine and Pediatrics reflect upon the opportunity and privilege given to us to assist our patients in their healthcare needs. We work hard for you… every day… and recognize that we are expected to bring our very best to the healthcare table.

We will always be ready 24/7 to make our patients’ healthcare experience both valuable and enjoyable.

“As America’s workers enjoy this holiday, let us all be thankful for the prosperity we have achieved and let us work together to meet the challenges ahead and turn them into opportunities for all Americans.” — Ronald Reagan, 1984

— The Summit Team


Open House: Autumn 2018 Schedule

Is someone you know dealing with a health issue that they can’t seem to get the right treatment for? Do you know someone who has been dissatisfied with the level of service their doctor provides? Bring them to meet Dr. Mike so they can discuss their concerns and see how Direct Access Medicine® care can help. Our Open Houses are always informal, and there is no fee or obligation when you stop by.

Don’t delay! As of July 1, 2018, we only have 5 openings remaining for new patients!

Once our practice is full, we will offer to potential patients the opportunity to participate in our Future Patient Campaign. We will begin receiving $250 non-refundable Reservation Fees per patient on a first-come-first-serve basis for future opportunity to participate in our innovative Direct Access Medicine® practice, a form of Direct Primary Care and Concierge Medicine that is guaranteed to make your healthcare experience both affordable and satisfying.

Autumn 2018 Open House Schedule: All Open Houses are held on the last Saturday of each month (excluding holiday weekends) from 9 AM to 11 AM at Summit Medicine and Pediatrics.

  • July 28th, 2018; Saturday morning from 9 AM to 11 AM
  • August 25th, 2018; Saturday morning from 9 AM to 11 AM
  • September 29th, 2018; Saturday morning from 9 AM to 11 AM

We look forward to meeting you!

— The Summit Team

Don’t Wait… Act Now. Summit Is Almost at Full Capacity!

Summit Medicine and Pediatrics will CLOSE to acceptance of new patients at current terms and prices effective



Summit Medicine and Pediatrics has experienced outstanding growth and success in the last 4 years. As a result, we are almost at full capacity with current, established patients. We have the ability to accept five (5) more patients at current terms and prices if they engage with us prior to Wednesday, August 1, 2018, after which we will then initiate a Future New Patient Campaign in anticipation of maintaining optimal capacity.

What You Should Do Right Away

If you have family members, friends, neighbors or co-workers who have already expressed a desire to join our Direct Access Medicine® practice, but have not yet done so, we urge you to encourage them to come to our office right away to establish care. If they are among the next five (5) new patients to engage with us, the terms and prices of service will be honored.

For our current patients, it is very important to note that NOTHING changes with regard to pricing at your current service level; for the foreseeable future, our current patients will pay current pricing for all service levels. Effective August 1, 2018, the only change for current patients is that Service Level 1 will be available for those patients already at this service level, and will no longer be available to our established patients who are currently at Service Levels 2 through 4.

Future New Patient Campaign

Once we reach capacity with five (5) more new patients, or by August 1, 2018, we will change our terms and prices of service in the following way:

  • After August 1, 2018, Future New Patients who wish to join our practice will pay a $250 non-refundable Reservation Fee to be placed on our Future New Patient List. As established patients come to no longer require care from us, we will notify, in the order in which each Future New Patient has paid their Reservation Fee, our next new patient, assist the new patient in completing all engagement paperwork, and begin providing Direct Access Medicine® care for our new patient. It is important to understand that payment of a $250 Reservation Fee is non-refundable, and that engagement in healthcare services is neither implied nor expected until each Future New Patient is awarded their place in the practice. A place in our practice will be guaranteed to all Future New Patients within six (6) months of having paid their $250 non-refundable Reservation Fee.
  • After August 1, 2018, Future New Patients who wish to join our practice will have a choice among four (4) new service levels. Summit Medicine and Pediatrics new service levels are: A) Service Level 1 at $150 per patient per month ($450 per family of four per month); B) Service Level 2 at $300 per patient per month ($900 per family of four per month); C) Service Level 3 at $500 per patient per month ($1500 per family of four per month); and D) Service Level 4 (Hospice and Palliative Care Only) at $700 per patient per month. Future New Patients may change (one time per month) their service level to accommodate their changing healthcare needs. It is important to note that the structure and pricing of service levels will not change for our current, established patients for the foreseeable future, with the exception that Service Level 1 will no longer be available to our established patients who are currently at Service Levels 2 through 4.

The details of our new services levels are available for your review at your convenience.

All Future New Patients will be required to meet with Dr. Mike in consultation to discuss the principles of Direct Access Medicine® care and the terms and pricing of our service levels prior to being placed on our Future New Patient List. We do this to ensure that each Future New Patient has an opportunity to ask and have answered all questions prior to engaging with us.

We know that many of our current patients will have questions, and we are ready to assist. Please take a moment to call us at 480-981-9000 during routine office hours and we’ll answer all your questions. In addition, Dr. Mike will continue to host a monthly Open House from 9 AM to 11 AM on the last Saturday of each month (excluding holiday weekends).

— The Summit Team

Happy Independence Day, America!


“Ragged Old Flag”
— Johnny Cash

I walked through a county courthouse square
On a park bench, an old man was sittin’ there.
I said, “Your old court house is kinda run down,
He said, “Naw, it’ll do for our little town”.
I said, “Your old flag pole is leaned a little bit,
And that’s a ragged old flag you got hangin’ on it”.
He said, “Have a seat”, and I sat down,
“Is this the first time you’ve been to our little town”
I said, “I think it is”
He said “I don’t like to brag, but we’re kinda proud of
That Ragged Old Flag”You see, we got a little hole in that flag there,
When Washington took it across the Delaware.
and It got powder burned the night Francis Scott Key sat watching it,
writing “Say Can You See”
It got a rip in New Orleans, with Packingham & Jackson
tugging at its seams.
and It almost fell at the Alamo
beside the Texas flag,
But she waved on though.
She got cut with a sword at Chancellorsville,
And she got cut again at Shiloh Hill.
There was Robert E. Lee and Beauregard and Bragg,
And the south wind blew hard on
That Ragged Old Flag

“On Flanders Field in World War I,
She got a big hole from a Bertha Gun,
She turned blood red in World War II
She hung limp, and low, a time or two,
She was in Korea, Vietnam, She went where she was sent
by her Uncle Sam.
She waved from our ships upon the briny foam
and now they’ve about quit wavin’ back here at home
in her own good land here She’s been abused,
She’s been burned, dishonored, denied an’ refused,
And the government for which she stands
Has been scandalized throughout out the land.
And she’s getting thread bare, and she’s wearin’ thin,
But she’s in good shape, for the shape she’s in.
Cause she’s been through the fire before
and i believe she can take a whole lot more.

“So we raise her up every morning
And we bring her down slow every night,
We don’t let her touch the ground,
And we fold her up right.
On second thought
I *do* like to brag
Cause I’m mighty proud of
That Ragged Old Flag”

From all of us at Summit Medicine and Pediatrics, we celebrate with you and wish for you and your families a happy, sacred and safe Independence Day!
— The Summit Team

Summit Monthly Open House

Summit announces and invites our friends, neighbors and colleagues to join us for our new MONTHLY Open House Event! From 9 AM to 11 AM on the last Saturday of each month (excluding weekends of most national holidays), Dr. Mike will host an informal open house at the Summit Medicine and Pediatrics office in Mesa, AZ. Our guests may stop in to tour the office and chat with Dr. Mike about his innovative Direct Access Medicine® care practice.

If you’re interested and learning more about and joining our medical practice, we urge you not to delay. Summit Medicine and Pediatrics has fewer than ten (10) participant openings available, and when we are full, our rates for new patients who participate in our Future New Patient Campaign will increase.

Always remember to check on our website for updates to our Open House Schedule: https://summitmedpeds.com/2018/04/07/open-house-spring-2018-schedule/

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday morning!


We specialize in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and are Pioneers in Direct Access Medicine® care, a bold and innovative modality for the delivery of healthcare, similar to Concierge Medicine. We establish no contractual relationships with private or government health insurance agencies, and maintain strong, enduring relationships with our patients and their families. We are available to our patients 24/7 by mobile telephone and secure email and instant messaging services, afford routinely same-day availability of 30-90 minute office visits as well as extended office visit hours and house calls upon demand to our patients, and emphasize long-term, preventative health and wellness with our adult and pediatric patients.

Stop by our Open House or schedule a free, no-obligation 30 minute appointment to meet Dr. Mike, the creator of Direct Access Medicine® care. He will answer personally all your questions about this innovative style of medical practice that is restoring the Doctor-Patient Relationship in medical practices across the nation!

— The Summit Team

Fundraiser: We Did It… $ 7,716.12!

Why Did We Have a Fundraiser?

Our beloved Tasha and her family, Sawne and Anthony, have been awarded an extraordinary opportunity to participate in the Special Olympics in Seattle in July 2018, and in the World Games in Abu Dhabi in 2019. Tasha’s son, Sawne, has Autism, and Tasha has been an advocate for autism awareness and support her entire life. She continues to care for her adult son and to raise awareness in the community for those with autism and its spectrum disorders, and we admire her devotion to family and cause.

Tasha and her family are part of the Adult Unified Basketball Team for Special Olympics Arizona, and were successful in winning the honor of representing our state at these prestigious national and international events. Here is  short video published several months ago by the Arizona Department of Economic Security that highlights both Tasha and Sawne in their journey:


Along with the receiving the news of their honor to participate nationally and internationally, Tasha and her family must find a way to raise a significant amount of money to make their dream come true. They have been working very hard with the basketball team, practicing several times a week in the evenings, and on their own, finding creative ways to reach a goal of raising the estimated $7000 it will take to cover the expenses of travel, accommodations and meals for both trips. Of course, Summit Medicine and Pediatrics made the commitment immediately to help them raise the funds.

What Did We Do to Raise Funds?

With the generous and loving support of several of our patients quite skilled in baking, we organized and held a bake sale fundraising event last week on their behalf. The event was a spectacular success all around! Here are some of the absolutely incredible sweets, cakes, breads, loaves and chocolates that were made for the event:

Red velvet, peanut butter, and chocolate cakes:

Giant s’mores cookies, salted caramel and fudge brownies, pound cake, and peanut butter buckeyes:

Pistachio and cranberry biscotti with white chocolate, peanut butter and butterscotch/walnut cookies, lemon bars, walnut cake, and banana bread:

And a wide variety of homemade chocolates, cinnamon roles, and breads:

Each of these delicacies were prepared with loving attention to delight our visitors and supporters, and to honor Tasha and her family as they prepare to participate in the Special Olympics. Our fundraising event was host at the Summit Medicine and Pediatrics office here in Mesa, and over an 8-hour period, we saw almost 90 supporters join us to purchase the sweets and donate to our cause. Our office was barely large enough to accommodate the amount of baked wonders and number of people joining our efforts:

Susann, who prepared and baked for weeks prior to the fundraising event, took donations and orders from our supporters to bake additional cakes for later dates, and we even held a raffle in which several of our supporters had opportunity to win one of several fabulous gift baskets. Congratulations to RoseAnn, Sienna and Anthony for winning!


How Much Did We Raise?

Are you ready for this? Our goal was to raise as much as $3000 (just under half) of the total $7000 necessary to fund entirely the trips to Seattle, WA this year and to Abu Dhabi next year for participation in the National Special Olympics and World Games, respectively, for Tasha and her family. Through the incredibly generous support and efforts of the many Summit Medicine and Pediatrics patients, friends, families, neighbors and colleagues, we raised–to date– a total of…

$ 7,716.12!

And we say to all of you…


The Fundraising Is Never Over!

Those who were not able to join us at our fundraiser are nevertheless able to donate separately and directly online in support of Tasha and her family, and are actually still doing so today! When donating on the Special Olympics Arizona website, it is very important that each supporter specify in the box following entry of the donation amount that their donation is made “in honor of” Tasha Crofton and Sawne Rippey, and that the following email notification is specified so that Tasha is made aware of your donation: Shotikangirl42@gmail.com. Those who wish to donate may do so here:


Summit Medicine and Pediatrics was both honored and privilege to support Tasha and her family as they take full advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at the Special Olympics, and we wish them great success in competition and on their journey!

— The Summit Team

ALERT: Dr. Mike Will Be Out-of-Town!


Dr. Mike will be out-of-town from Sunday, July 1st thru Monday, July 9th (2 weeks)

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Dr. and Mrs. Mike will be Independence Day from SUNDAY, JULY 1st through MONDAY, JULY 9th (9 DAYS). They will be in Sedona, AZ. During this time, our staff will be available to answer your telephone calls at 480-981-9000 during routine office hours. Dr. Mike will be back in the office on Tuesday, July 10th, 2018.

Although there is no ‘on-call’ doctor while he is away from the office, Dr. Mike, as always, remains available 24/7 to receive your urgent, direct call on his Summit mobile telephone 480-828-XXXX… even while on vacation!


In preparation for Dr. Mike’s vacation, please review and complete the following important tasks:

  • MEDICATION REFILLS: Determine if you need prescription medication refills. If you will require authorization of refills of any of your prescription medications within the next 4 weeks, let us know now so that Dr. Mike may do so prior to his departure.
  • APPOINTMENTS: Determine if you need an office visit. If you have ongoing or emerging medical concerns for which you would like to see Dr. Mike, let us know now so that Dr. Mike can see you in the office prior to his departure.
  • LABS AND TESTS: Determine if you are due for labs or tests. If you have blood work or radiology testing that are either ordered already or will be due in May, schedule and complete them now so that Dr. Mike can review the results with you prior to his departure.
  • MAJOR MEDICAL EVENTS: Determine if you are having major procedures or surgeries. If you are scheduled to have a major procedure (e.g. colonoscopy, cardiac catheterization, etc.) or surgery (e.g. cholecystectomy, knee replacement, etc.) within the next several weeks, let us know so that Dr. Mike may notify your physician or surgeon to contact him directly for concerns that may arise while he is out-of-town.

At any time, you may contact the office and speak to Marion or Tasha for more information on how to prepare for Dr. Mike’s being out-of-town from Sunday, July 1st through Monday, July 9th, 2018. Dr. Mike will be back in the office on Tuesday, July 10th, 2018.

And remember… whenever Dr. Mike is away from the office, all current patients may still contact him directly on his Summit mobile telephone 480-828-XXXX if they are experiencing medical concerns that require his attention… even when he is on vacation!

Direct Access Medicine® care makes your healthcare experience and mine both valuable and enjoyable. Call me when you need me!” — Dr. Mike

— The Summit Team

Dance with Us!

When you discover Direct Access Medicine® care at Summit Medicine and Pediatrics, you’ll just have to celebrate and bust a move!

At Summit Medicine and Pediatrics, we restore the integrity of the Doctor-Patient Relationship… one patient and one doctor at a time. Stop by to meet Dr. Mike and learn more about his innovative, affordable method of delivering healthcare. And be prepared… you’ll end up dancing like William!

— The Summit Team