Estrella Pediatrics Practitioners

Our Doctors Make All The Difference
 
Matthew Bennett

Matthew Bennett

MD

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.

Dorothy Thomas

Dorothy Thomas

MD

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.

Samantha Albrecht

Samantha Albrecht

C-PNP

Samantha Albrecht is a pediatric nurse practitioner from Denver, CO. She completed her Bachelor’s of Science at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO and her Master’s of Science in Nursing at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. During her time at Vanderbilt she was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and is a current member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Samantha’s medical interests include nutrition, adolescent health, and establishing a relationship with patients and families that addresses physical, mental, and emotional health. In her free time she enjoys traveling, hiking, and Dodgers baseball.

Caroline Finley

Caroline Finley

PA-C

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.

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