Estrella Pediatrics PractitionersOur Doctors Make All The Difference
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. Kara Prier was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She attended the University of Arizona for her undergraduate degree in Chemistry. She then went on to Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska for medical school. She returned to Arizona to complete her pediatric residency training at the University of Arizona. Her and her husband then ventured up to the state of Washington where she worked as a pediatrician. They moved back to Arizona in 2014 and are enjoying being back in their home state.
Dr. Prier and her husband have two children, an 8 year old son and a 5 year old daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, hiking and yoga.
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, 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.
DNP, RN, CPNP-PC
Michelina Stazzone is a Nationally Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with over 25 years of experience working in pediatrics. She attended the University of Arizona completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. She worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit prior to returning to school at Arizona State University, where she completed a Master’s of Science in Nursing with focus on Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She later obtained a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from Arizona State University. She can speak Spanish in the clinical setting. She loves working with children and families to promote development and healthy lifestyles.