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

Memorial Day: Never Forget

“At Summit Medicine and Pediatrics, we remember the sacrifice made by fallen heroes. Although they no longer walk among us, they remain forever a part of us. You see, the freedom and liberty for which they fought to protect and defend now lives and shall endure through the lives of each of us whose solemn respect for them is shown this day.”

— Michael J Lucherini MD MS

From all of us to all of you… Happy and Solemn memorial Day. God Bless America.

— The Summit Team

Summit Fundraising Event for Tasha and Sawne

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Summit Medicine and Pediatrics is proud to host a fun fundraising event to support Tasha and her son, Sawne, as they prepare to participate in both the USA Special Olympic Games in Seattle, WA in July 2018 and the World Games in Abu Dhabi in March 2019. Please join us and remember to share this event with your friends!

Tasha and Sawne are working very hard to raise the thousands of dollars necessary for travel, accommodation and meal expenses to participate in this extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that is the Special Olympics. On Friday, June 15, 2018, we have closed our office to clinical care in order to invite our friends, neighbors, colleagues and patients to stop by starting at 9:00 AM to sample and purchase the most spectacular homemade baked goods, prepared with special attention and dedication by our baker-extraordinaire, Susann. We hope to raise as much as $3000 and ALL proceeds raised at this event will go directly to help offset expenses for Tasha and Sawne.

Please take a moment to watch this special feature video about Sawne published in April 2018: Tasha and Sawne Prepare for the Special Olympics

Among the baked goods at our fundraising event, you may expect to enjoy a wide variety of…

Cookies: Salted Caramel, Biscotti, S’mores, Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter
Bars: Lemon and Peanut Butter & Jelly
Loaves: Banana and Pumpkin
Cakes: Crepes, Red Velvet and Chocolate
Chocolate: Buckeyes, caramels and chocolate-covered pretzels

… and much, MUCH more! So please come early in the day to take advantage of the best selection of baked goods. We will stay open for fundraising until everything is gone!

If you’d prefer to contact us ahead of time to place a special order for pick-up on the day of the event, please do so by calling 480-326-0014 or email us at shotikangirl42@gmail.com . Cash, credit cards and checks will be accepted at the day of the event.

If you are unable to attend our fundraising event but would still like to support Tasha and Sawne, you may consider making a tax-deductible contribution directly by accessing the following link in your browser: www.classy.org/team/128646 . (Please remember to specify that your donation is for Sawne Rippey and Tasha Crofton)

Remember to follow and share our event on Facebook and Twitter!

Happy and Solemn Memorial Day

At Summit Medicine and Pediatrics this weekend, we join the multitude of grateful Americans to honor and remember all the men and women no longer with us who have sacrificed their own lives over the last 240+ years to protect and defend the freedoms and liberties we cherish in our great nation.

God Bless America. 


Amici Forever — Requiem For A Soldier

You never lived to see
What you gave to me
One shining dream of hope and love
Life and liberty
With a host of brave unknown soldiers
For your company, you will live forever
Here in our memory
In fields of sacrifice
Heroes paid the price
Young men who died for old men’s wars
Gone to paradise
We are all one great band of brothers
And one day you’ll see we can live together
When all the world is free
I wish you’d lived to see
All you gave to me
Your shining dream of hope and love
Life and liberty
We are all one great band of brothers
And one day you’ll see – we can live together
When all the world is free


To those who have served our great nation and have passed on, or who remember today with special honor a loved one who has done so, we honor you and humbly say ‘Thank You’.

Happy and Solemn Memorial Weekend.

— The Summit Team