Verde Community Healthcare provides comprehensive adult health care. we have a network of board-certified providers that promote personalized & compassionate care. We are now accepting new patients, including AHCCCS, Medicare, and most commercial health insurances.
The Verde Community Healthcare is a clinic setting which provides services to promote wellness and treat common health issues including both acute illness (example: allergies, infections, minor injuries)and manage chronic conditions (example: high blood pressure, diabetes, elevated cholesterol). Additionally, the provider will make referrals to specialists when needed to provide a full scope of care.
Dr. Brooks has been a practicing physician for over 43 years. She graduated with a BA from the University of Pennsylvania magna cum laude in 1976 with distinction in biology and psychology and then went on to earn her doctorate of medicine from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY in 1980. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine at St. Lukes Hospital Center, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1983 followed by a residency in Emergency Medicine at the Bronx Municipal Hospital Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1985, attaining board certification in both. Her love for patient care, teaching and clinical research earned her a faculty position at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the departments of Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine where she remained until 1993 when she took the position as Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie, NY to be closer to her home and children and to serve the community where she lived. Her job consisted of administrative responsibilities, quality assurance, development of programs in the Emergency Department, hospital, and community, education of prehospital providers, midlevel providers and medical residents as well as direct patient care. During the latter part of her tenure she joined the team at the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center at Vassar Brothers Medical Center becoming the Medical Director, growing the center and earning her board certification in Wound Care. With a heavy heart, leaving patients and a staff she loved, Dr. Brooks retired from her fulltime medical practice in NY March 2023 and moved to Arizona making Sedona her new home. Missing patient care and dissatisfied with the lack of medical providers and access to medical care in the area, she has joined Verde Community Healthcare as a Primary Care Physician to help close the gap. Her practice of medicine has always been patient centric putting the patient first and caring for the whole patient. It has always been important to serve the community she resides in and is excited to provide medical care to her local population. Dr. Brooks enjoys yoga, weight training, hiking, and reading and is an active member of Friends of the Forest.
Robert Murphy PA-C received his Bachelors' Degree in Science majoring in Biology at University of Wisconsin Stevens Point in 1985. He completed his master's in Biology in 1999 at Minnesota State University Mankato. In 2001, Robert finished Physician Assistant Studies at Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center and became a board-certified Physician's Assistant.
In over 20 years as a Physician's Assistant, Robert worked in a wide variety of clinical practices including Family Practice, Urgent Care, Urology, Orthopedics, and Occupational Medicine. He relocated to Arizona six years ago and now resides in Cottonwood. He previously worked at an urgent care center before joining Verde Community Healthcare.
Karen Diaz, a devoted wife and mother of two, made the transition to Cottonwood, AZ, in April of 2023 from Douglas, Arizona. She expresses deep gratitude for becoming a valued member of the team. Karen finds great joy in her role within the Verde Community Healthcare system. Her dedication is unwavering as she strives to offer exemplary service tailored to meet the diverse needs of the community.
I received my Nursing Degree through Yavapai College. I was born in Cottonwood, Arizona and am blessed to raise my 2 daughters here with my wonderful husband. We enjoy the mountains all the way down to the desert in this great state. I have 10 years of experience working as a preschool teacher and my patience is unending as is my love for helping others. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love working in my garden and playing the piano. I am excited to serve my community as the Nursing Administrator at Verde Community Healthcare.
Laura relocated to the Verde Valley six years ago, drawn by the desire to be near her family. Before making this move, she spent several years residing in Southern California, where she served as a Licensed Vocational Nurse across various healthcare settings, including acute care, sub-acute, pediatrics, palliative care, and Hospice.
Married and blessed with four children, Laura's family spans a wide range of ages, from 27-year-olds to 5-year-old twins. Her passion for helping others has been evident since her youth, and she finds immense fulfillment in providing care and support to those in need.
Now an integral part of the Verde community team, Laura is committed to delivering compassionate and competent care to her patients. She is grateful for the opportunity to serve her community and looks forward to making a positive difference in the lives of those she encounters.