The Elves Visit Summit!

The Elves on the Shelves have made their annual appearance at Summit Medicine and Pediatrics! Each year, without fail, a pair of mischievous pixies mimic medical procedures and make mayhem in our office when we are not around. We have begun capturing their antics and are happy to share them with you…

Elf Treat for Dr. Mike!

The elves have brought their special mix of cocoa to Dr. Mike.

SMP Elf Candy Cane Cocoa

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas…

My doctor gave to me:     12 Medications

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On the Eleventh Day of Christmas…

My doctor gave to me:     11 Ear Lavages

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On the Tenth Day of Christmas…

My doctor gave to me:     10 Mattress Sutures

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On the Ninth Day of Christmas…

My doctor gave to me:     9 Sinus Flushes

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On the Eighth Day of Christmas…

My doctor gave to me:     8 Testosterone Injections

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On the Seventh Day of Christmas…

My doctor gave to me:     7 Temps A-Taken

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On the Sixth Day of Christmas…

My doctor gave to me:     6 Women’s PAP Smears

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Check back with us tomorrow to see what the elves were up to overnight!


The Christmas Santa Samba

Here’s a little ‘warm’ humor that’ll make you smile:

Remember, you don’t need snow to celebrate the Christmas Season…

Merry Christmas from all of us at Summit Medicine and Pediatrics!

— The Summit Team

Dr. Mike’s Christmas Coffee:

A Day in the Life of Summit Medicine and Pediatrics…

Long before there was ‘Elf on the Shelf’, there was ‘Dr. Mike and his Christmas Coffee’!

Lovin’ the Practice of Medicine Again!

SMP Christmas Santa Cup

— The Summit Team

Special Christmas Ornaments and Chocolates:

A Day in the Life of Summit Medicine and Pediatrics…

Thank you, Bob and Sue, for the ‘corky’ homemade ornaments and chocolate coins. The ornaments will look great on our wine-themed Christmas tree, and the coins are adorable! Merry Chocolate-and-Cabernet Christmas 🍫 🍷 🎄!

Lovin’ the Practice of Medicine Again!


— The Summit Team


Happy Thanksgiving!


Ella Wheeler Wilcox

We ought to make the moments notes
Of happy, glad Thanksgiving;
The hours and days a silent phrase
Of music we are living.
And so the theme should swell and grow
As weeks and months pass o’er us,
And rise sublime at this good time,
A grand Thanksgiving chorus.


To Our Dear Patients, Friends and Neighbors:

We now enter the season of reflection and gratitude for the many blessings given to every one of us. And because, for each of us, the year brings with it both blessings and difficulties, we are compelled at this time to remind ourselves that there are many among us whose needs are greater than our own.

We at Summit Medicine and Pediatrics dedicate ourselves to the needs of all of our patients, and wish for each of you a time of peace, health, love and joy in particular during this Thanksgiving holiday:

A time for family and a time for love… Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Summit Medicine and Pediatrics!

The Summit Team


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He’s My Dad

Years ago, I was given a copy of the following letter, apparently written by the daughter of a man who was receiving medical care at the outpatient clinic of a large, metropolitan teaching hospital.

The letter was dropped off after the man’s treatment was completed, and although the author is unknown and the veracity of the letter is unconfirmed, the content is quite moving. It serves as a reminder to everyone who is privileged to serve in our healthcare care industry to strive at every opportunity to preserve, above all, humanity when all other lesser aspects of our healthcare industry seem to get in the way.

Dr. Mike


He’s My Dad

To Each Staff Member of This Facility:

As you pick up that chart today, and scan that green Medicaid card, I hope you will remember what I am about to say.

I spent yesterday with you.  I was there with my mother and father.  We did not know where we were supposed to go or what we were supposed to do, for we had never needed your services before.  You see, we have never before been labeled ‘charity’.

I saw a week man stand in line, waiting five hours to be shuffled through a system of impatient office workers, a burned-out nursing staff and a budget-scarce facility, being robbed of any dignity and pride he may have had left.  I was amazed how impersonal your staff was, huffing and blowing when the patient did not present the correct form, speaking carelessly of other patients’ cases in front of passers-by, of lunch breaks that would be spent away from this “poor man’s hell.”

To you, it seems my dad is only a green card, a file number to clutter your desk on appointment day, a patient who will ask for directions even after they have been mechanically given the first time.  But no, that is not really my dad.  That is only what you see.

What you do not see is a cabinetmaker since the age of 14, a self-employed man who has a wonderful wife, four grown kids (who visit too much), and five grandchildren (with two more on the way), all of whom think their “Pop” is the greatest.  This man is everything that he should be: Strong and firm, yet tender; rough around the edges (a country boy), yet respected by prominent business owners.

He is my dad, the man who raised me through thick and thin, gave me away as a bride, held my children at their births, stuffed a $20 bill into my hand when times were tough and comforted me when I cried.  Now we are told that before long, cancer will take this man away from us.

You may say that these are the words of a grieving daughter lashing out in helplessness at the prospect of losing a loved one.  I would not disagree.  Yet, I would urge not to discount what I say.  Never lose sight of the people behind your charts.  Each chart represents a person with feelings, a history, a life, whom you have the power to touch for one day by your words and actions.  Tomorrow it may be your loved one, your relative or neighbor, who turns into a case number, a green card, a name to be marked off with a yellow marker as done-for-the-day.

I pray that you will reward the next person you greet at your station with a kind word or smile because that person is someone’s dad, husband, wife, mother, son or daughter, or simply because he or she is a human being, created and loved by God, just as you are.

—          Author Unknown

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Reflections on Veterans’ Day

Reflections On Veterans’ Day

Because in most of our world…

where Freedom isn’t free and
Liberty isn’t cherished…
where Honesty isn’t admired and
Trust isn’t earned…
where Rights aren’t respected and
Laws aren’t preserved…
where Bravery isn’t selfless and
Justice isn’t blind.

And because We, collectively the United States of America, with all our flaws, are this world’s best hope to preserve a sane and secure future for all of humanity, we at Summit Medicine and Pediatrics ask God to bless the men and women of the US Armed Forces, who, with bravery in their hearts, justice in their deeds, honesty in their words, and trust in their souls, continue each day to win, protect and preserve the Rights, laws, freedoms, and liberties we enjoy each day.

 Happy and Honored Veterans’ Day! 

God Bless America!



“At Summit Medicine and Pediatrics, we celebrate and honor the men and women who willingly guard against evil in protection of innocence.” — Dr. Mike


Open House: Autumn 2017 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.

Autumn 2017 Open House Schedule: All Open Houses are held on Saturdays from 9 AM to 12 Noon at Summit Medicine and Pediatrics.

  • October 7th, 2017
  • October 14th, 2017
  • October 21st, 2017
  • October 28th, 2017
  • November 4th, 2017
  • November 11th, 2017
  • November 18th, 2017
  • December 2nd, 2017
  • December 9th, 2017
  • December 16th, 2017
  • December 23rd, 2017 NO OPEN HOUSE; CHRISTMAS WEEKEND
  • December 30th, 2017

Dr. Mike Will Be Out-of-Town!


Dr. Mike will be out-of-town from Saturday, August 26th through Thursday, August 31st

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Dr. and Mrs. Mike will be celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary from Saturday, August 26th through Thursday, August 31st. They will be in Arizona for the celebration. During this time, our staff will be available to answer your telephone calls at 480-981-9000 during routine office hours.

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 2 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 bloodwork or radiology testing that are either ordered already or will be due by the end of August, 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 at the end of August.

— The Summit Team

Physician-Murder: Death of the Doctor-Patient Relationship

The Slippery Slope of Legalized Euthanasia

Last week, I shared and commented on a disturbing report on efforts of lawmakers in the Netherlands to legalize, and effectively legitimize, euthanasia for healthy persons who reach the age of 75 years. Perhaps even more concerning is the fact that another report has surfaced showing that more than 400 people in the Netherlands have been euthanized… without their consent.

This is murder. There is no doubt that the intentional taking of life without consent for any reason whatsoever is murder. Medical ethics and morality have no definition and no application in healthcare if they fail to protect those whose lives are terminated without their having been given opportunity to say, “No thank you… I think I’ll live today.” And the fear and danger of state-sanctioned euthanasia metastasizing into state-sanctioned murder is already realized.

At the core of this crisis are the physicians who made the decisions to terminate the lives of these 400+ patients. Such decision and act is a death-blow to physicians’ universal pledge of fidelity to uphold their patients’ interests and welfare above all else. It is a capitulation to the pressures of statism and to political correctness that relegates doctors to a lesser advocate of population over patient, resources over professional relationship, and medical economics over men and women. It is, in essence, the end of the Doctor-Patient Relationship as we’ve understood it for thousands of years.

The means through which healthcare is delivered each day to patients throughout the world is changing rapidly–mostly for the better–with improvements in technology and advancement in science. But there is neither need nor advantage in trying to improve the Doctor-Patient Relationship, the very core of medicine. It is pure and fragile, and cannot be improved. It can only be weakened, and eventually destroyed, and physician-murder is a darn good way to do it.

Michael J Lucherini MD MS
Summit Medicine and Pediatrics PLC

Dr. Lucherini is among the Pioneers in Direct Access Medicine® care. He specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and practices at Summit Medicine and Pediatrics in Mesa, AZ. His opinions expressed herein are personal and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of his staff, his patients, or his colleagues.

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Open House: Summer 2017 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.

Summer 2017 Open House Schedule: All Open Houses are held on Saturdays from 9 AM to 12 Noon at Summit Medicine and Pediatrics.

  • July 1st, 2017
  • July 8th, 2017
  • July 15th, 2017
  • July 22nd, 2017
  • July 29th, 2017
  • August 5th, 2017
  • August 12th, 2017
  • August 19th, 2017
  • August 26th, 2017 NO OPEN HOUSE; DR. MIKE OUT-OF-TOWN
  • September 2nd, 2017 NO OPEN HOUSE; LABOR DAY WEEKEND
  • September 9th, 2017
  • September 16th, 2017
  • September 23rd, 2017
  • September 30th, 2017