The Agave Journey
Our History of Pediatric Care in Phoenix, AZ
Our history here at Agave Pediatrics started in 2005 when Dr. Rajeev Agarwal,
MD first moved to the United States from his original home in India. Since
those early years, our team has remained devoted to our core mission:
Providing the best possible pediatric care in Phoenix. We believe in the
importance of individualized and personalized care, and we focus on fostering
growth and child development.
10+ Years of Serving Our Community with Compassionate Care
Learn more about our journey here at Agave Pediatrics:
2005 – In 2005, we had one employee, one provider, and zero patients!
In May, Dr. Agarwal moved to Arizona. In July, Desert Ridge Children’s
Center opened with a total of seven exam rooms. In August, we saw our
first patient. Dr. Agarwal began rounding at five hospitals in the valley.
2007 – In 2007, Desert Ridge Children’s Center (DRCC) began training
students in the physician assistant (PA) and pediatric nurse practitioner
programs. After completing her time as a student at DRCC, Diane Smith,
CPNP joined the team. Victor Perfecto, MA also joined the team to handle
front office and back office work as well as referrals. This was also
the year that Dr. Agarwal began to discover his passion for helping moms
and infants with breastfeeding, and the “Tongue Tie Project”
began to take root. The practice began to receive recognition within the
2009 – By 2009, our patient volume had doubled from 2007! At this time,
Dr. Nichole Thomas joined our practice, along with Brita Overly, PA-C
after completing her pediatric rotation as a DRCC student. LaDana Cook,
LPN and Maria Woods, RN also joined the team, along with Chris Cheaney
as office and billing manager. Dr. Agarwal received the award for “Most
Compassionate Doctor” from Patients’ Choice.
2011 – In 2011, our south location—Agave South—opened with
three exam rooms. Senior team members Victor Perfecto and Ruben Hernandez
moved to Agave South. Dr. Shawn Singleton joined the team as a healthcare
provider, along with Val Pizano, MA; Shelly Hunter, MA; and Tonya Bublik,
MA. Robin Lepker also joined the billing team after training as an extern
with DRCC. Dr. Agarwal received several more awards this year, including
the Patients’ Choice Award from Vitals.com, Phoenix Magazine’s
“Top Doc” award, and “Most Compassionate Doctor”
from Patients’ Choice.
2012 – By 2012, our patient volume had again doubled itself from 2009!
We had outgrown Desert Ridge Children’s Center and moved into a
new facility known as Agave North. New growth with a new location meant
double the exam rooms and double the staff. Dr. Agarwal’s “Tongue
Tie Project” had become widely recognized with over 500 procedures
performed. Our team received more awards, including “Most Compassionate
Doctor” from Patients’ Choice, the Patients’ Choice
Award from Vitals.com, and Talk of the Town’s award for “Excellence
in Patient Satisfaction.”
2013 – In 2013, Agave South moved to a larger location with double the
number of exam rooms and staff members. This was also a big year for new
providers, with Cynthia Harding, PNP, Penny Lee, FNP-C, and Dr. Eric Noel
joining the team. The “Tongue Tie Project” was firmly established
at this point, with the benchmark of 1,000 procedures performed reached
early in the year. Dr. Agarwal continued to receive awards, including
“Most Compassionate Doctor” from Patients’ Choice and
the Patients’ Choice Award from Vitals.com.
2014 – By 2014, we had doubled our patients from 2012. Dr. Thomas earned
the prestigious Parents' Choice Award. Our “Tongue Tie Project”
reached more than 1,500 procedures performed, and Dr. Agarwal presented
at conferences in Phoenix and Tucson on tongue ties. Our staff grew, with
Melissa Brown joining the team as billing supervisor.
2015 – In October, Dr. Traci Lombard joined our team followed by Stephanie
Poterack, Nurse Practitioner. Our tongue and upper lip tie program now
has more than 5,000 procedures under the belt!
We’re Still Growing! Thank You for Letting Your Child Grow With Us, Too.
There is nothing more precious to us than the trust our patients and their
parents place in us. We believe strongly in the importance of human-to-human
contact and experience—fostering growth and child development in
our young patients with personalized care. Call our team today to schedule
an appointment or to learn more about Agave Pediatrics.