Dr. Bennett has practiced pediatrics in the Valley since 2001. Seeing the need for pediatricians in the southwest valley, he started Estrella Pediatrics in August 2005, shortly after the opening of Banner Estrella Medical Center. Raised in Wisconsin, he completed his undergraduate, graduate and residency training through the UW system and their academic campuses.
In addition to his busy office work schedule, he frequently helps out in the Emergency Department at Banner Estrella Medical Center during the busy cold and flu season.
Dr. Thomas is an Arizona native who grew up in the Phoenix area. She attended Arizona State University for her undergraduate education and the University of Arizona for a dual graduate degree, MD-MPH. Go Sun Devils! After completing her pediatric residency training at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in 2015, Dr. Thomas remained at PCH staffing their urgent care facilities the last 6 years. She brings this expertise to Estrella Pediatrics, joining our team in 2021 while continuing her part-time work for Phoenix Children’s Hospital. When Dr. Thomas isn’t working, she enjoys Arizona hiking, sports, and supporting local restaurants with her family.
Caroline Finley, PA-C joined Estrella Pediatrics in 2009. She has over 15 years of experience in pediatric and emergency medicine. Born and raised in Michigan, she earned a Bachelor degree in Health Science and Masters in Physician Assistant Studies, both from Grand Valley State University.
Physician Assistants diagnose and treat illnesses, write prescriptions, perform procedures and assist in surgery. They are licensed under the supervision of a physician. They are required to maintain their license by logging 50 hours per year of continuing education and passing a national board exam every 6 years.
It is easy to see Caroline loves caring for children and educating parents. She is passionate about nutrition and early literacy and has a special place in her heart for exhausted new mommies. As a mother of two she knows first-hand what a challenge and a blessing parenting is. This is obvious in the relationships she builds with our families. She spends her free time running marathons and hiking.
Tina was born and raised in Kansas City. She graduated from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences. After college, Tina worked in clinical research where she helped study pharmaceuticals for RSV, IBS, and migraines. She earned her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies at South University in Richmond, VA. Tina has a special interest in pediatric cardiology and completed some of her training at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, where she worked with the pediatric CV surgery and CVICU teams. When she’s not working, Tina enjoys yoga, listening to true crime podcasts, and traveling.